Spotlight on the Close Parent Caboo
Why We Love the Close Parent Caboo
The Caboo from Close Parent is a popular purchase for new parents and for good reason! The Caboo combines the wonderful snuggliness of a stretchy wrap with the ease of a more structured carrier. The Caboo is slipped over the head, and tightened using the rings which sit at your hips. Your baby sits in the cross formed by the main part of the carrier and the third layer is tied over the top. The final result has the same structure as a stretchy wrap, and carries you baby in the same way. Many people who like the idea of a stretchy wrap but not the length of fabric are drawn to the ease of the Caboo.
The Caboo is currently available in 3 versions, the Lite, the +Cotton and the +Organic. The Lite is made from thinner material and the crosses are narrower than in the other versions. The +Cotton and +Organic are the same however as the name suggests the +Organic is made from Organically grown cotton!
Tips For Using the Close Parent Caboo
Where should the cross at the back of the Caboo sit on me?
The main part of the Caboo is made up of a cross on your back and crossed fabric loops on your front. To make the carrier sit comfortably on you it will need to have the cross in a comfortable position on your back. Ideally this will be in the middle of your back, around bra strap level on a woman. This will help the weight of you baby be distributed evenly across your back and shoulders.
Using the Caboo with a newborn or small baby
Small babies are often very curled up and you may find that sitting in the cross with one leg in either side seems to have too much fabric between their legs. Babies this small may benefit from a slight adjustment in technique. The video below shows using the Caboo in a way where both of the crosses act as hammocks instead, allowing baby to be as curled up as they need to be.
How can I breastfeed in a Caboo?
One of selling points of the Caboo is the ability to breastfeed in it. However, like any carrier learning to feed comfortably in it can take some trial and error and perseverance to get the hang of, and success will partly depend on various personal factors about you and your baby.
One way of using the Caboo to help with breastfeeding is to use the carrier as a support and cover. It can be used in the same way as the stretchy wrap being used in the video below. You may not end up totally hands free but it may give you the extra support to get through your day.
Is my Caboo tight enough? Is my Caboo loose enough?
The most common complaint with the Caboo is that the baby will slowly slip down whilst wearing. The most common reason for this to be the case is that the carrier was not tight enough! Before putting your baby in the carrier needs to feel snug around you.
A great way to test if the carrier is tight enough is to do a test with your hands.
Slide your hands into the two sides of the cross and bring them together out the top of the cross. Pull down with your hands, stretching the fabric down and away. Where your hands end up is where your baby’s bottom will end up! If it’s too tight or too loose, adjust the fabric through the rings and test again.