Babywearing is a choice but correctly babywearing is a decision you must take to follow through with your choice. Using your ring sling for the first time can be very tricky especially because you won’t be able to tell if the baby is uncomfortable. Make sure you consider safe ways to wear a ring sling before embarking on a beautiful bonding journey with baby.
We’ve compiled tips and tricks to make sure you and your baby have a safe and comfortable ring sling experience.
Easy breathing: Your baby must breathe easily. To make sure that your baby’s airway is undisturbed the following points should be considered.
- Face should be visible: Your baby’s face should always be visible to you. This ensures that your baby receives fresh air and his/her breathing isn’t obstructed by the fabric.
- Chin off chest: You should make sure your newborn’s chin isn’t pressed towards baby’s chest. A baby’s windpipe is the size of a drinking straw and pressing the chin against the chest can easily obstruct breathing.
Body- positioning: The position of your baby is very important for a safe babywearing experience.
- Close enough to kiss: The baby should be close enough to kiss and visible to you.
- Knees higher than the bottom: Make sure your baby’s knees are kept higher than their bottom and legs form a M position.
Body-positioning of newborns:
- Fabric: The fabric should come until the nape of the baby’s neck and should support the back.
- Limbs: The baby’s arms should be inside the sling. The legs can be kept inside if the base is wide enough.
- Head: The baby’s head should be supported by the fabric to make sure it doesn’t move away.
Body-positioning of infants and toddlers:
- Fabric: The fabric should come up, at least, to the baby’s shoulder blades.
- Limbs: The baby’s arm can be inside or outside but the legs should be out and in an M position (knees higher than the bottom)
- Head: The head should be given support but should be free enough to move.
Comfort: Ring sling tips to ensure comfort for you and baby.
- The fabric of your ring sling should be tight so as the baby is pressed against you. Make sure that the baby isn’t leaning away from you or slumping.
- The fabric should be tight and should provide your baby with adequate back support.
- The fabric should be spread out on your back to make sure it does not get twisted and bunched up.
- Start wearing you ring sling with the rings high on your shoulders so that they come to the right position after you tighten it.
- Alternate between your shoulders if you plan on using the sling for a long period of time.
Your sling should hold your baby like you would hold it in your arms: high and pressed against you. Follow these tips to make the most out of your ring sling. Here are few ways to use to ring sling, this will act as a tutorial and provide different babywearing options with your ring sling.