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Interested in Beachfront Baby® Carriers but want to know more? Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions:
Q: Can I wear my baby in other positions in a Beachfront Baby® Carrier?
Q: Can I breastfeed my baby in a Beachfront Baby® Carrier?
Q: Do Beachfront Baby® Carriers contain SPF/ UV protection?
Q: Are Beachfront Baby® Carriers safe for out-of-water use as well?
Q: How do I shower with my baby in the Beachfront Baby® Carrier?
Q: What size person does the Beachfront Baby® Carrier fit?
Q: What size/age babies can be worn in the Beachfront Baby® Carrier?
Q: I normally wear woven wraps. Which standard woven wrap sizes are comparable to Beachfront Baby® Wrap sizes?
Q: What is the difference between the Original Beachfront Baby Mesh fabric and the Everyday fabric?
Q: I’m not sure whether to buy a wrap or a sling? Which one is best?
Q: How soon will I receive my order?
Q: Do you offer donations for babywearing groups?
Q: What is your policy on returns/exchanges?
Q: Are your carriers Coast Guard approved?

Q: Can I wear my baby in other positions in a Beachfront Baby® Carrier?

A: Yes! Beachfront Baby Wraps are similar in size & structure to other wraparound carriers. The fabric has 2-way stretch (as opposed to 4-way stretch) allowing for comfortable wearing in & out of the water. The heart-to-heart position shown in the photo wrapping instructions is the only position recommended for use in any water environment. If your baby is facing away from you, you cannot see his face to be able to gauge how he is reacting to the water & how much water is splashing in his face. Some older babies just do NOT like this position because they want to see everything! It is up to YOU to make the final decision as to how to use this wrap, and the wearer accepts full responsibility for using it in a way other than what’s recommended. Using the wrap OUT OF THE WATER gives you another option for position. Due to the width of this wrap as well as the slippery feel of the fabric, this wrap is NOT suitable for back carries. You can find forward facing carry instructions at the previous link as well.
Babies can be worn in the heart-to-heart or hip carry position in a Beachfront Baby® Sling. Check the booklet included with your sling for complete wearing instructions or view our online booklet file here.

Q: Can I breastfeed my baby in a Beachfront Baby® Carrier?

A: We recommend taking baby out of the Beachfront Baby® Wrap to breastfeed. Because of the risk of positional asphyxiation, it is safer to remove baby, leave the wrap on (which is a great way to keep your breast & belly covered!), nurse baby, then pop him back into the wrap.
With a Beachfront Baby® Sling, we give instructions for placing your baby in the cradle carry position for breastfeeding. It is very important that your baby be moved back to the heart-to-heart position after feeding to avoid breathing difficulties or suffocation. Once your baby is sitting up and has head & neck control (5-7 months), it is easy to breastfeed in an upright position by loosening the sling and lowering baby enough to latch on.

Q: Do Original Beachfront Baby® Mesh Carriers contain SPF/ UV protection?

A: No. The only UV protection is what the layers of fabric afford. Please protect your baby with a non-toxic sunscreen (if he is over the recommended age for use) clothing & a hat, as well as keeping out of the direct sun as much as possible during the middle of the day & making sure you have a shady place to rest now & then. The Everyday by Beachfront Baby line of carriers have a UPF rating of 15, meaning it blocks about 87% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays. Consider which carrier you plan to use, as our wraps have multiple layers of fabric wrapped across baby, while our sling only has one. You can tuck the tail of the sling across baby’s back & under his bum to increase the UPF factor of your sling as well. 

Q: Are Beachfront Baby® Carriers safe for out-of-water use as well?

A: Absolutely! Polyester jersey mesh fabric is a very strong & durable fabric which makes an excellent baby carrier! The type of fabric we use stretches in one direction- the width of the carrier- so it conforms to your shoulders and baby’s body, but it doesn’t stretch lengthwise, so there is no sagging after wearing for any length of time. Our carriers are designed similarly to any other wrap or ring sling style carriers on the market…with one major difference- the lightweight fabric does not hold water so it makes an awesome water carrier. This does not mean that they should ONLY be worn in the water. We have many customers who love to wear their Beachfront Baby Wrap or Sling as an everyday carrier, especially during hot weather! We recommend using our original  carriers with babies & toddlers up to 30lbs. With any lightweight fabric (be it cotton gauze, single layer linen or polyester jersey) you will find it less comfortable the heavier your baby is.

Our mesh wraps & ring slings have been safety tested by an ASTM accredited lab to meet the stringent sling safety standard, F2907. They were tested in a laboratory out of water and passed the mechanical testing.

The new Everyday carriers are perfect as an out of water carrier as they are light weight & hold babies up to 35lbs. 

Q: How do I shower with my baby in the Beachfront Baby® Carrier?

A: Start by undressing yourself & baby & putting the carrier on. Put baby in the carrier in the heart-to-heart position & carefully step into the shower. Keep an eye on baby’s face to ensure the spray isn’t hitting his face & that he is enjoying the water. To wash your hair, turn your back to the water & tilt your head back to allow the water to run down your back. Turn so that the spray is on your baby’s back while you shampoo your hair with your head tilted back. (Most mothers have found that switching to a non-toxic, gentle shampoo that they would use on their baby is a perfect way to get both themselves & baby clean.) Turn again so that your back is to the spray and tilt your head back to let the shampoo rinse down your back. To wash your body & baby’s body, you can soap up right through the fabric. Again, choosing a soap that is gentle enough for baby makes it easy to get both of you clean without worrying about unintentionally using a harsh product on baby. As you turn to rinse all parts, keep an eye on baby’s face to make sure the spray isn’t hitting his face in any position. Shaving is best left until you are alone in the shower, as babies have quick hands and can grab things even at a young age! At this point, if someone is home for you to hand baby off to, you can take baby out of the carrier to hand to your helper waiting with a towel. If no one is there to help, you can turn off the water & wrap a big towel or robe around both of you in the carrier. Be extra cautious stepping out of the shower to avoid slipping while wearing your baby. Once you are out of the shower, you can have a towel ready to lay baby on & take baby out of the carrier. Then you can take off your carrier & hang it to dry.

Q: What size person does the Beachfront Baby® Carrier fit?

A: Our one-size carrier fits most adults who wear a size S, M or L shirt.
XL wraps fit those who normally wear an XL or 2XL shirt.
Petite wraps best fit adults who wear a size XS or S shirt.

Q: What size/age babies can be worn in the Beachfront Baby® Carrier?

A: Babies can be worn in our original mesh from approximately 8lbs up to 30lbs. The fabric will support babies & toddlers heavier than this, but it will not be as comfortable for the wearer. Newborns & small babies must be watched closely while in the carrier to ensure their airways are not blocked at any time.

Everyday carriers hold babies from 8 to 35lbs in and out of the water.

Q. I normally wear woven wraps. Which standard woven wrap sizes are comparable to Beachfront Baby Wrap sizes?

A. Our petite wrap is 13 feet, which is 3/4 foot smaller than a size 5. Our one size wrap is 15 feet, which is about the same as a size 6. Our XL wrap is 18 feet which is about 1/3 foot shorter than a size 8.

Q. I’m not sure whether to buy a wrap or a sling? Which one is best?

A. Whether you get a wrap a or a sling is really a personal preference. We can give you some of the reasons others parents like each one to help you make your choice.
Wraps are often the most popular choice for parents with newborns to about 5 months. They feel a little more secure for little babies without good head control. They offer two-shouldered carrying which is often more comfortable for long periods of wearing.
Slings are a great choice for parents with older babies who like to be carried in the hip carry position. They are great for toddlers who often want up then down frequently as they go on easier than the wrap. They are only worn on one shoulder so longer periods of wearing a heavy baby aren’t as comfortable. Newborns to 5 months can also be worn in slings, but they take more time to get a good, safe fit as there is only one layer of fabric holding baby in.

 

Q. What is the difference between the Original Beachfront Baby mesh fabric and the Everyday fabric?

A. Our original mesh carriers were meant to wear in the water. The lightweight sport mesh fabric has small holes distributed throughout the fabric that allow water to easily pass through so as not to absorb water and weight you down. The mesh line holds babies & toddlers up to 30lbs and does not include sun protection due to the open weave of the fabric.
The Everyday fabric is a soft, knit fabric with more grip & stretch than our mesh. It holds babies up to 35lbs and includes a UPF rating of 15. (UPF is the sun protection factor of fabric and clothing.) The Everyday line was designed to be worn out of the water, but due to the lightweight, 100% polyester weave, it can also be worn in the water, but it does absorb more water than the mesh. (See images- Tide Pool Teal Everyday Fabric & Midnight Sky mesh fabric)

Q. How soon will I receive my order?

A. For details on shipment options, please visit www.usps.com. Generally, orders in the US are delivered 3-4 days after the payment has been received. International orders usually take 2 weeks via First Class International Mail, but they can take up to 2 months depending on your country’s postal service and customs’ processing. We mark all international packages’ customs forms with “merchandise.” Please do not ask us to mark it as a gift. You are responsible for paying any customs fees upon delivery.
If you are paying for Priority Express Mail please check details on the USPS website. We ship from zip code 78101. Some Express packages are 1 day delivery & some are 2 day. Please note also that orders ship within 24 hours of receipt of payment SUN-THURS. Cut off time for each day is 9am CST for orders to depart same day excluding Saturday & Sunday as we do not ship on weekends or holidays*. *USPS Holidays can be found here.

**Beachfront Baby does our best to offer low shipping rates on our products. With the low shipping rates, there comes a risk that your package might become lost or misdirected. International packages are at the highest risk for becoming lost or misdirected. In order to ensure Beachfront Baby can file a claim for a lost package via the USPS, international packages must ship via USPS Priority Mail International or USPS Priority Mail International Express. If you choose First Class or Standard shipping for your international package, you are waiving your right to file a claim for a lost package with the understanding that Beachfront Baby will not offer a refund on your order. We cannot be held responsible for mail once it leaves our possession.**

Q. Do you offer donations for babywearing groups?

A. As of January 1, 2017, we have changed our lending library donation policy. We are pleased to offer lending library groups a 50% discount on any item(s) on our site, including second quality and clearance carriers, as well as free shipping for USA groups. In order to request a unique discount code for your group, please fill out this form: Discount Request Form . We will get back to you within a week with your group’s code if you are approved. 

Q. What is your policy on returns/exchanges?

A. Please visit our returns & exchanges page for full details. 

Q. Are your carriers Coast Guard approved?

A. Beachfront Baby Carriers are not a flotation device. Coast Guard approval is required for flotation devices meant to save lives from drowning. There are no Coast Guard approved baby carriers. We never recommend wearing your baby in a baby carrier on a boat. If you were to fall in the water with your baby attached to you, you would not be able to keep their head above water while you tread water. Please use a Coast Guard approved flotation device for your baby in a boat.   

Beachfront Baby® Carriers are not an appropriate restraint for riding in any vehicle, including a boat. Please use proper equipment including a car seat in a car & a personal floatation device made for babies & small children in a boat.

Don’t do anything with your baby in the carrier that you wouldn’t do with him/her in your arms. This includes, but is not limited to: diving off the diving board, scuba diving, riding a jet ski, going down a water slide, water skiing, flipping into the water or any other dangerous water activities you can think of.

 

Machine wash warm, tumble dry or hang to dry.

Fabric is made in China & the US. Carriers are made with pride in the USA by work-at-home-moms (and 1 grandma with a sewing business!) in the San Antonio, Texas area!

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