How to use the Ring Sling
(See full video tutorial below)
Tips to remember!
- Place the ring on your dominant side shoulder with the fabric draping behind you.
- Gather fabric with your other hand and thread tail through the rings (like you do a belt)
- Take sling off and spread out fabric between the rings – it’s important that both rails (see diagram) are easily accessible for adjusting the top and bottom part of the fabric
- Put the sling back on with the ring on top of your shoulder (this way when you pull to tighten the ring will land just below your collar bone)
- Place baby up on the ring shoulder – thread the other hand up and through the fabric – grab baby’s feet and legs wiggling him in creating a seat with the fabric.
- Tuck fabric in and under baby’s bottom. Start tightening the bottom rail first; ensuring baby’s knees are higher than their bottom. Pull fabric up around baby’s body
- Tighten the upper rail and the middle until baby is secured close to the body.
- To remove gently pull the bottom ring upward to loosening fabric and safely remove baby.
Tips to remember!
- Ensure you’ve spread out fabric (between rings) revealing the edges of the fabric - this makes tightening the sling much more effective (and efficient).
- If you do not place ring high enough on shoulder to begin with the “pocket” where baby sits will be smaller and less secure. Start with ring on top of shoulder.
- Always inspect your sling prior to use for wear or any rips. Do not use if damaged
- While making adjustments – always make sure baby’s weight is supported
- Practice holds with stuffed animal before trying them on baby
- If your baby is not wanting to go into the sling – wait until they are calm and try again
- If your baby starts getting impatient while in the sling – move around, talk to him – just as you would normally do to soothe your baby
- Learn and follow babywearing safety guidelines: use at your own risk, accepting responsibility for the safety of your child. And remember to check your carrier before EVERY use for signs of wear and damage.