Our main goal during the designing of the KiBi carrier was to ensure that it grows with your child so that you can use it to carry your child for as long as possible.
Small babies who are not able to sit on their own because the muscles along their spines are not strengthened enough must be placed in the carrier with the utmost care. There are several rules that should be kept. Their legs should not be hanging down freely. The thighs should be supported, the legs should be spread wide and the knees should be higher than the bottom. This position is beneficial for the hips, which are not under any stress and can develop in a healthy way. When the legs are positioned carefully, it influences the posture of the whole body -- the back is rounded and rests comfortably against the fabric of the backrest. Until the child can sit on their own, the backrest should reach up to their neck. Their hands should be tucked inside the carrier so that the spine does not bend backwards. This is why the backrest must be sufficiently wide under the legs and also high enough to support the whole back. As soon as the child learns to sit on their own it is not necessary to support their back so carefully. However, when the backrest can reach high enough, carrying can be comfortable even for bigger children and for longer periods of time.
You can regulate the width of the backrest with the press studs located on the upper rim of the waistband.
If you start carrying your baby while it is still small, undo all the studs and only do up the last one in the narrowest position. The excess cloth can be fastened by the inbuilt clamp. As your child grows, you can add the studs one by one, so that the cloth always reaches all the way to their knees.
If the cloth is too loose around the knees and does not hold them up high enough, you can pull it higher with a black strap on the very edge of the backrest.
The width of the carrier can be adjusted from approximately 31 cm to 51 cm.
The upper part of the backrest is loosely threaded on the shoulder straps so that you can pull it up or down at will. The height of the backrest can be adjusted from the basic 32 cm up to 52 cm.
If you need to secure the backrest at a specific height you can simply hook the two snap hooks on the sides of the upper rim of the backrest into pre-prepared loops on the shoulder straps. We have learned from experience that when carrying the smallest babies in the front it is not necessary to secure the backrest. You will need it when you start carrying bigger children on your back.
The KiBi carrier is very practical for carrying children in the front. As soon as the child falls asleep, you can pull the backrest up over their head and thus secure it from reclining. Pulling the backrest up is noiseless and very easy.
HEALTH and SAFETY
Even before we started manufacturing the carrier we had all the components tested in renowned testing labs. Now we can be sure to present you and your child with an absolutely safe product.
Our priority when choosing materials for the manufacture of the carrier was their chemical safety. Small babies like to suck on the shoulder straps and we took pains to ensure that the material is safe and you need not have any health concerns during the carrying of your child.
Both outer designer cloth and black lining cloth have been tested by the Czech Textile Testing Institute (Textilní zkušební ústav) and fulfil the Czech regulatory norm 84/2001 SB. for fabrics for children up to three years.
These tests are designed to discover harmful chemicals in the fabric and their gradual release in contact with sweat and saliva. They also test the fastness of the colours used in the fabric.
The carrier also underwent tests in TÜV laboratories according to the European norm for cloth baby carriers.
Another very important safety concern is the carrier’s safety regarding its design, construction and properties. The carrier has been tested according to the European norm for baby carriers EN 13209-2:2005 in the TÜV Süd laboratories, which is a leading company in testing the safety of consumer products. The carrier successfully passed all tests.
The carrier passed stress tests of its plastic buckles, straps and seams. The possibility of biting through the fabric to the filling or loosening of small parts was eliminated. There are also no straps that the child could accidentally strangle themselves with. The carrier was required to have sufficient head support for the smallest babies and prove that it is impossible for the baby to fall through any of the openings. There were also tests of flammability of the materials and shape stability after washing and regular maintenance.
FAQ about KIBI carrier
When can I start carrying my baby in the carrier?
The carrier is designed for babies from approximately 4 months old and about 60 cms tall. We can only give approximate figures because babies’ sizes vary greatly. Until the child is about 4 months old the carrier is still too wide between the legs. When the baby gains more bulk it will fill the space between you and the backrest, which can then provide them with proper back support.
We had the carrier tested for children from 3.5 kg because we sought to prove that the backrest fulfills the stricter conditions that apply for this weight category. It is presumed that the smallest babies are unable to hold up their head and so the carrier must provide support and protect the head from sudden recline. We wanted the carrier to be tested for this feature as well in case you needed to carry a newborn in an emergency (in which case the baby should have their legs folded inside the carrier). You might also wish to use one of the infant inserts offered by other manufacturers. It also makes it possible to use the carrier with children with slower psychomotor development.
What is the maximum weight capacity of the carrier?
KiBi has passed the weight test for 20 kg. It should handle any weight up to this point easily. Children’s size and weight can vary greatly during their infancy -- from a tall 2 year old girl weighing 12kg to a boy of the same age weighing 18 kg. Because our own children are quite heavy we wanted to set the weight limit so that it would suffice for most children under 3 years of age.
Another issue is the height of the child. If you carry older children only occasionally and for short distances it is not necessary that the cloth under their bottom reaches all the way to their knees. Children who are able to sit on their own do not need to be supported along their whole spine. It is not advisable to try to force their backs into the rounded position with knees high up that is beneficial for small babies who do not have the curvature of their spine fully developed yet. Older children have no problem handling the small discomfort of the cloth reaching only halfway along their thighs. However, if you need to carry your child for longer periods of time it is better that the cloth reaches from one knee to the other because the child is much more comfortable. The KiBi carrier is adjustable in such a way that it suffices for most children who have turned 3. If your child is of smaller stature you will be able to use the KiBi carrier even when they become a pre-schooler.
I am short, while my partner, on the other hand, is big and tall. Will it be possible for both of us to use the KiBi?
Yes. We took pains to ensure that the KiBi carrier is as universal as possible and can accommodate all sizes of carrying persons. You can lengthen or shorten the shoulder straps so that the padding is always on the shoulders with short or tall people. This also allows very thin and short women to tighten the shoulder straps sufficiently. The padding on the waistband is sized so that even very slight people could tighten it comfortably around the waist and do not have to pull it down on their hips. The minimum circumference of the waistband is 60 cms.
What materials is the carrier made of? Are they natural or artificial?
The base carrier cloth as well as the designer cloth are 100% cotton. All materials have been tested in an accredited laboratory and fulfil the rather strict requirements of the Czech regulation 84/2001 SB. It sets the maximum limits for chemicals in products for children up to 3 years of age. The carrier has also been tested for the release of harmful chemicals from the fabric when in contact with sweat and saliva. The tests also evaluates the fastness of colours.
How to wash and maintain the carrier?
You can wash the carrier in the washing machine using a gentle cold wash (30 degrees Celsius). The cloth can be ironed at a lower temperature. The KiBi carrier should not be tumble dried. It dries best on the clothesline. Be careful not to use very aggressive washing powders or gels which could affect the colours. Never use bleach because it will destroy the colours.
The standard remedy in case of staining is always a wet cloth. Actually, it is not necessary to wash the carrier as often as it would appear.