When you engage in babywearing, you can be going through pain and discomfort when it is not used correctly or not the right product for you. Some new parents might think this is the norm and try to overlook the pain and discomfort as the sacrifices for their little one. But guess what, when done correctly, babywearing through a ring sling should not be painful. If you overlook discomfort and pain for a prolonged period of time, it can manifest into a deeper and complex back problem.
So the question is will I get back problems with a ring sling?
When assessing the possible issues related to ring slings, it’s important to understand how a ring sling works.
The rings of the ring sling is first placed in front of one shoulder, in such a way that the rest of the cloth hangs behind the wearer’s back. Then the tail is brought at the front from under the other arm and inserted in the rings from the bottom. The tail is again threaded through one of the rings only to create a buckle effect. This can also be achieved by threading the fabric through the rings then put it on like a sash.
In order to understand whether or not ring slings trigger backaches, it’s essential to understand the common causes of pain while using the ring sling. Below is a list of common mistakes:
- Rings slipped too low under your shoulder
- The slings are not engaged properly, causing it to be not secure and loose
- Twisted and bunched sling fabric
- Overuse of ring sling
- Inappropriate size
- Baby leaning away, low and not close enough to kiss
The list above will most likely trigger backaches and is a safety hazard as well. So, below is a list of things to consider for a safe and comfortable babywearing experience:
- Often, the rings slip downward while tightening, so start by placing the rings on your shoulder and make sure the fabric on your back is tight before tightening.
- Adjust the sling by pulling and tightening the tail for a comfortable and secure fit
- The baby should always be leaning towards you and high enough to kiss while in the sling
- The sling should cover as much of your back as possible, for even weight distribution
- Try alternating between shoulders if you intend on babywearing for a prolonged period of time.
- Use an ergonomic and one size fits all ring sling to make sure you have a comfortable babywearing experience
- If your baby is old enough to lift their head then try changing around front wearing and hip wearing.
Another common question with ring slings is: is it safe for mothers who underwent cesarean?
This depends on you and how you're healing. But the general rule is it is better to avoid babywearing for about a month post-delivery. Mothers who underwent cesarean should keep the following things in mind:
- The baby should be carried high to avoid being in contact with the cesarean area
- If you have a long scar, it’s best to avoid it until the scar heals.
After all this knowledge make sure you engage in comfortable and secure babywearing. This way mommy and daddy will avoid back problems triggered by incorrect baby wearing and baby will safely enjoy the warmth of mommy and daddy.