TushBaby is a portable seat that's been designed to enable parents and caregivers to carry a baby on their hip with one arm free, and it also doubles as a fanny pack. There are four different carrying positions recommended for babies of different ages, and this seat is suitable for babies who are up to 36 months in age (or three years old). Each one comes in a shade of gray and has abdominal padding around the middle for the caregiver who's using it.
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First, to get started with your TushBaby, wrap its belt around your waist and adjust it so the seat is centered in front of your body or slightly to the right or left side. If you're caring for a baby between four and 36 months, and you want to carry them on one side of your body, choose the latter position. Otherwise, keep the seat centered.
Next, fasten the strap of your belt by sliding it through your carrier's elastic loop and then snapping and locking it shut. Each belt actually has two safeguards that'll help prevent it from coming undone while you carry a baby. At this point, if needed, you can adjust the strap so that it fits your waist snugly, but not so tightly that you have difficulty breathing.
Once you're wearing your TushBaby, you'll be able to go around and collect up items you need to put in each of its three available pockets. These items could include diapers, a snack, tissues, small toys or even a pair of eyeglasses for you. Each of these carriers also contains a fourth pocket for your smartphone and a loop from which you can hang a baby's toy. If you don't want to carry anything in the pockets or fasten anything to the loop, however, this is up to you.
If the baby you're taking care of is between four and 36 months old, you can place them on the seat so that they're facing your front or facing one side of you. For babies between six months and 36 months, there's also the option of having them face outward so they can look at the world. In the event that the baby you're carrying is younger than four months old, they'll need to sit in the feeding position while you remain sitting down. Caregivers can safely walk around while carrying a baby who's four or more months old.
The TushBaby comes in a shade of gray, which is commonly considered rather gender and age-neutral. Therefore, fathers and other male caregivers won't feel self-conscious about carrying around something feminine-looking as they use one of these.
The seat built into each of these carriers is padded with memory foam of a squishy nature, so the baby you're caring for won't be sitting on a surface that's uncomfortably hard. A swath of non-slip fabric has also been added to the top of each seat, so if your one-arm grip on your baby ever becomes weak, it's unlikely that they'll fall.
Every TushBaby contains four zip-up storage pockets. Besides the one for your smartphone that's been mentioned, these include a generously sized inner storage pocket for larger items like diapers, a front pocket that's a bit smaller and a small side pocket. When you go somewhere with a baby that's under your care, you'll likely be able to fit all the things you need in these pockets, eliminating the need for an additional purse or bag.
If your baby has a small favorite toy that tends to amuse them, you may want to hang it from this carrying device's toy loop. When the baby starts to fuss or cry, if you show them the toy and wiggle it a bit, they may instantly cheer up. A baby approaching three years old might even learn to unhook the toy themselves so they can play with it when they're bored.
You'll be able to safely wash your TushBaby in a washing machine, on a gentle and cold cycle. However, you must remember to remove the plastic insert that you'll find inside before you put it in the machine. Each carrying device must also be air-dried after it's been washed, as these aren't dryer-safe.
Carrying a baby in both arms without the aid of a device can be very hard on the back and shoulders, especially if you're an older grandparent with arthritis or someone who's experienced upper-body injuries. Fortunately, using this device that wraps around your waist will relieve pressure on your back and shoulders, while still allowing you to support your baby's weight securely. While using it, you probably won't be tempted to compromise your posture by hunching over, and you'll be able to keep one arm free to do other things with.
The standard waist belt that's attached to each TushBaby seat will fit most caregivers (with waists up to about 45 inches), but if you happen to have a wider-than-average waist, waist extenders are available. With a waist extender attached, someone with a waist of up to approximately 70 inches will be able to carry a baby around with one of these devices.
When you want to take a baby somewhere, but don't want to deal with a potentially heavy stroller that might take up lots of space when not in use, the TushBaby is your friend. Furthermore, if you're caring for two babies, but they won't fit comfortably into one stroller, one baby may be able to rest on this device's seat while you push the stroller with the other hand.
While carrying a baby with one of these devices, regardless of their age, do not run or engage in any form of exercise besides walking. If you were to decide to run, jump, skip or do something else of that sort while carrying the baby, that baby might not stay securely on their seat.
The TushBaby is not meant for use in any vehicle. It's fine to load your baby onto one immediately after you get out, but you must not carry a baby with one of these while you're a driver or a passenger.
If you're pregnant with another child, but want to carry an existing child by using a TushBaby, talk to a doctor before doing so. The pressure of this device's abdominal belt may harm a pregnant belly, and a swollen stomach could also interfere with the safety of the angle at which this device's seat would rest.
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