Snugli Baby Carrier Instructions

By Lisa Baker

The Snugli Carrier, designed by Evenflo, is a popular baby carrier that will enable you to carry your baby hands-free as you go about your day. The Snugli is easy to use and can carry babies who weigh between 7 and 26 pounds. There are several lines but only three main designs. Most Snugli carriers must be worn in the front and have two carrying positions: baby facing in and baby facing out. The Snugli Front & Back Pack also has a backpack carry, and the Snugli By My Side also has a hip carry.

Put on the Carrier

All Snugli Carriers can be worn in a front carry. You should put the carrier on before putting the baby inside it. With all the buckles unbuckled, put the straps over your shoulders with the carrier in front. For most Snugli Carriers, you should then cross the straps so they form an X across your back. Then take the straps around under your arms and buckle them to the carrier in front.

For the Snugli Front & Back Pack, fasten the waist buckle and let the shoulder straps fall straight down. Take the straps under your arms and fasten them to the side buckles on the carrier. Then fasten the chest strap which connects the two shoulder straps. It should fall just above your shoulder blades. Even if you plan to put your baby on your back, you should start by putting this carrier on in front.

For the Snugli By My Side, fasten the one strap so it goes over one shoulder and across your back. Then fasten the waist strap around your waist. If you want to put your baby on your hip, you can put this carrier on your hip instead of in front before you put the baby in.

For all Snugli Carriers, tighten the straps till they are comfortably snug against your body. The carrier should be held close against your body so your baby will be as close to your center of gravity as possible.

Put the Baby in the Carrier

Once your carrier is comfortably adjusted on your body, you can put the baby in. With all the buckles unbuckled, slide the baby into the carrier from the top, making sure his legs go into the legholes. If he doesn't yet have head control, you should face him toward you so you can use the headrest for head support; otherwise, you can face him out if you prefer. Keep hold of the baby's body while you fasten the side buckles by raising them up and sliding them down. If your baby is facing out, then fold the headrest down and fasten the shoulder buckles. If he is facing in, keep the headrest up and fasten the shoulder buckles. Make sure your baby is centered in the carrier, with both legs through the holes and his arms under the shoulder buckles.

Adjust the Position

Once your baby is securely fastened in the carrier, you can adjust her position if you are using a Snugli that can be worn in various positions. If you are using a Snugli Front & Back Pack Carrier, you can move your baby to your back by unbuckling the chest strap and then sliding the entire carrier around your body, over your hip and onto your back. If you plan to put your baby on your back, you should put her in the facing-in position so she will be facing forward once you put her on your back. If you are using a Snugli By My Side Carrier, you can move the baby from your front to your hip by sliding the carrier around to your hip.

About the Author

Lisa Baker has been a professional writer since 2001. She has published articles on parenting, environmental issues and religious topics in a variety of print and online venues, including "HomeLife Magazine" and "Pink & Green." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sweet Briar College.