Many of us learned to tie shoelaces during our elementary school years. Tying laces helps children develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also builds independence and a sense of accomplishment. Tying knots has been an essential part of human existence because it is a skill that has helped us to survive.
You may have noticed that some baby carriers such as wraps (long pieces of cloth approximately 5 metres in length) and Meh Dais like the Helina Baby carrier (a square panel with a belt strap and two shoulder straps) require a knot to secure the carrier. In this blog, I share three quick tips and a video to help you have the easiest and safest knot-tying experience.
- When making your knot, always pull the straps in a horizontal direction – pull one strap to the right and one strap to the left. Pulling this way makes it easy to tighten the knot.
- After tightening ensure that you cannot poke your finger through the centre of knot. If you can, your knot needs tightening.
- Never tie a bow to secure your carrier. Bows are not for weight-bearing loads.
In this video, you will see how to tie a square knot – the knot we recommend to secure the Helina Baby carrier. To help you remember how to do it, think of this little mantra: Right strap over left, left strap over right. If you choose to make a simple knot (meaning you tie without doing it in any specific way), ensure you follow the tips above so that you secure the knot properly.