So let's have a good look at one of the Inoshi's features - the Belt.
We have used multiple layers of fabric, industrial strength thread, reinforced stitching and special stitching patterns to a make sure the belt has been joined onto the Inoshi in the safest way possible. AND it passed the weight tests in the international babywearing standards we tested the Inoshi too - which consisted of 50,000+ pounds of an 18kg weight in each of the Front, Hip and Back carries.
The Inoshi Belt consists of (Image 1 & 2):
- Two layers of wrap fabric double stitched with an internal cotton drill/light canvas layer for extra padding and strength.
- Is about 1.9m long and 10cm wide (for all Inoshi sizes).
- Has a convenient little pocket on one end with a single press snap - great for storing things like a phone (yes, it will hold one of those gigantic phones), keys, cash, a spare nappy, the Inoshi Hood or Rollie, etc.
- The belt also contains the mandatory warning labels and has two little "Belt Centre Markers" to help you keep the Inoshi straight/centred while in a back carry.
- A "Patch" (consists of a layer of wrap fabric and a layer of drill) is sewn between the Belt and the wrap to create even more strength.
- There are therefore 6 layers of strong fabric, with industrial strength thread, that supports the belt attachment area. The circular stitching pattern sewn by our special machines, creates a stronger, more equally weight dispersed stitching area, then compared to a pointed square or rectangular which has pressure points in the pointy corners.
How the Inoshi Belt is used (Images 3-6):
- The Inoshi Belt is NOT used for your baby to sit on like with a structured carrier - it is NOT a weight bearing area - the belt/patch gets scooped up and sits against the front of your baby's groin/lower tummy - it does NOT go under your baby's bottom (Image 3).
- The Inoshi is turned upside down (so SNAP-IT closest to the floor, and Belt near the top). With the warning labels touching the adults tummy, the belt is tied onto the adult with a double knot under their bust and no lower then their waist (it is NOT worn on the hips) (Image 4).
- The Snap-It then gets scooped up into a "J" shape, with baby placed into the "U" part of the "J" - their groin is facing the belt/adults tummy, with their bottom sitting on wrap fabric covered from knee-to-knee (Image 5).
- A Kangaroo carry (Image 6) shows how the Belt is against the wearer and bub's groin, with bubs legs outside of the belt and being supported knee-to-knee with the fabric (I've secured the tails under my 28week bump just to make this photo clearer - normally the tails would be tied with a secure double knot under bub's bottom).
- The Inoshi Belt should always remain snuggly tied around the adult, however it doesn't need to be super tight. The belt acts as a "I'm here to help you CREATE your seat - I'm NOT here to BE the seat". Your baby still needs to be fully supported by your wrapping job.
- Also have a look at our Get Going Guide to see step-by-step photos and video instructions.
So that is the (very long winded) explanation of the Inoshi Belt!