Instructions

Using a ring sling can seem difficult at first, but as soon as you understand a few basic concepts, you will be able to do any hold with ease.

First you need to properly thread your sling. However, once you have your sling threaded, it is usually unnecessary to rethread it. Rather than undoing it completely, simply loosen it when you take it off.

 

Threading your Sling

Hold the tail of your sling in one hand, the rings in the other. Bring the center of the tail through both rings, from the bottom up. Holding the center of the tail, bring it though just the bottom ring. Fan out the fabric, making sure that both egdes are on the outside of the fan.

 

 

 

 

 

Wearing your Sling

When wearing your sling, always check that the rings rest between your shoulder and chest. The pleats of your sling should fan out from your collar bone along your shoulder. The back of your sling should be spread out across your back. All fabric across the sling should be taut, and your baby should sit at your waist or above. These simple steps will ensure safety and comfort for you and your baby.

 

 

 

 

There are many different ways to hold your child based on their age.

 

0-3 months

Cradle

For the cradle hold, you need to lay your baby in the sling. Make sure that there is enough fabric on both sides of your baby to prevent slipping. When they are small you can lay them either head near the rings or opposite of the rings. When your baby is larger have their head opposite the rings, with their legs sticking out the other end. For the first couple weeks of a baby's life it is better to add a folded blanket behind their head/back to provide neck support. You can also use this hold for nursing with the tail pulled up to your shoulder, as shown in the second picture. Tighten the sling so that your baby is snug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tummmy to Tummy

Hold your baby facing you. Lower your baby into the sling. Pull the fabric up to their shoulders, making sure that there is still plenty of fabric up around their legs. Pull th top of the sling tight so that your baby cannot fling backwards. Always make sure that your baby's knees sit above their bottom, for best comfort. For smaller babies, their legs can be tucked into the sling, cross-legged. Your child's legs can also hang out of the bottom of the sling, past their knees.

 

 

 

 

 

3-6 months

Cradle see instructions above

 

Tummy to Tummy see instructions above

 

Kangaroo

For the Kangaroo hold, hold your baby facing away from you. Hold your baby with one arm, while you cross their legs with the other. Ease your baby into the sling, with their back against your tummy. Make sure that the bottom edge of your sling wraps up around their bottom, to ensure a safe hold for your baby. Your baby's arms can either hang out of the top of the sling, or be tucked in. Either way, make sure the the sling is tight at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

6 months and up

Kangaroo see instructions above

 

Hip Carry

The hip carry is very similar to the Tummy to Tummy hold. Lower your baby into the sling. Rest their bottom against your hip and adjust the sling. Pull the fabric under their bottom, all the way to their knees, and all the way up to their shoulders. Make sure that your baby's knees sit above their bottom, and tighten the sling.

 

 

 

 

 

12 months and up

Hip Carry see instructions above

 

Back Carry

Prepare for the back carry with your slings' rings over your shoulder blade on your back. Lower your child into the sling as you would for the Hip Carry. Hold your child on either side with both hands, one of your arms across your back, the other holding your baby from the front. Simply shift your child from your hip to your back and then tighten the sling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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