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Using Your Ring Sling

THREADING YOUR SLING

Before you put baby in your sling, you will need to thread the tail through the rings. Place the rings over one shoulder, fold the tail accordion-style, and feed underneath and through both rings. Loop the end of the tail over the top ring and under the bottom ring. Pull the fabric through enough that you can still fit baby in the sling. Ensure thUsing at the edges of the tail are flat against the rings and not folded underneath the rest of the fabric. Once baby is in the sling, position the rings further back on your shoulder than you would like them to sit; the rings will move forward into the ideal spot after you’ve tightened the fabric.


NEWBORN CARRY

Thread your sling and adjust the rings to be in your desired position. Place baby in the sling with their chest against your chest. Keep baby’s legs tucked inside the sling and in an ‘M’ position against your upper body. Pull the tail of the sling so the fabric is tight around baby’s back. Adjust the sling’s fabric to be covering baby’s body up to the back of their neck. Spread the fabric that is over your shoulder wide for extra support. Baby should be high enough on your upper body that you are able to kiss the top of their head.

 

FRONT CARRY

Thread your sling and adjust the rings to be in your desired position. As in the Newborn Carry, place baby in the sling with their chest against your chest. Pull baby’s legs out of the bottom of the sling and spread out horizontal and bent at a 90-degree angle against your stomach. The sling should be touching the back of baby’s legs just behind their knees. Pull the tail of the sling so the fabric is tight around your and baby’s back. Adjust the sling’s fabric to be covering baby’s body up to the back of their neck or, if baby’s arms are out, to be just underneath their armpits. Spread the fabric that is over your shoulder wide for extra support. Baby should be high enough on your upper body that you are able to kiss the top of their head.


HIP CARRY

Babies should be able to sit on their own to be held in this position. Thread your sling and adjust the rings to be in your desired position. Place baby on your hip in the sling. Baby’s legs should be straddling your hip. The sling should be touching the back of baby’s legs just behind their knees. Pull the tail of the sling so the fabric is tight around your and baby’s back with their arms out. Spread the fabric that is over your shoulder wide for extra support. Baby should be high enough that you are able to kiss the top of their head.

  

BACK CARRY

Babies should be able to sit on their own and should be at least 15 lbs. to be held in this position. Thread your sling and adjust the rings to be in your desired position. Place baby on your hip in the sling with it touching the back of baby’s legs just behind their knees with arms out. Carefully slide baby backwards under your arm and onto your back with their legs straddling your waist. Pull the tail of the sling so the fabric is tight around you and baby’s back. The rings will be about halfway down your upper body. Spread the fabric wide over your shoulder for extra support.


NURSING IN YOUR RING SLING

With baby in the sling in either a Newborn or Front Carry, loosen the fabric enough that baby can be adjusted into a reclined position with their head opposite the rings and feet now hanging out of the sling near the rings. Use your arm closest to baby’s head to cradle them in the sling and your free arm to help them latch on. Once baby is nursing, tighten the sling enough that you no longer have to use your arm for support.

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