Step 1: Preparing the Ring Sling
- Ensure that your ring sling is threaded correctly. The rings should be at your shoulder, and the fabric should be threaded through both rings, forming a pocket.
Step 2: Positioning Yourself
- Hold the ring sling with the rings over your shoulder and the fabric spread out.
- Adjust the fabric so it sits comfortably on your shoulder and the length of the fabric hangs down to your waist.
Step 3: Placing Your Baby
- Hold your baby against your chest, facing you, with their legs spread apart in a frog-like position. Make sure your baby's head is at the same height as your chin.
- Use one hand to support your baby's neck and head while using the other hand to gently guide their legs through the fabric, creating a pouch to hold your baby.
Step 4: Adjusting the Fabric
- Keep one hand securely on your baby's back to support them.
- With your free hand, gently spread the fabric across your baby's back and bottom, ensuring they are snug and secure.
- Make sure the fabric goes from one knee pit to the other to support your baby's hips in a spread-squat position.
Step 5: Creating the Pouch
- Hold the fabric pouch with the hand that was supporting your baby's back. Use your other hand to reach behind your back and pull the fabric up and over your baby's back, spreading it wide across their body.
- If necessary, use your supporting hand to continue adjusting the fabric, making sure it's not twisted and provides proper support.
Step 6: Adjusting the Rings
- With one hand, hold the fabric against your baby's back to secure them.
- Use your other hand to pull the outer edge of the fabric through both rings. This will create tension and help secure your baby in place.
Step 7: Spreading the Fabric
- Carefully spread the fabric across your shoulder and back to evenly distribute the weight.
- Make sure the fabric is not bunched up and that your baby is snug against your body.
Step 8: Checking Safety
- Ensure your baby's airway is clear and unobstructed at all times.
- Keep your baby's face visible and free from fabric.
- Check that the fabric is tight enough to support your baby but not too tight that it restricts their breathing or movement.
Step 9: Monitoring
- Periodically check on your baby's well-being, comfort, and positioning in the sling.
- Listen for their breathing and ensure they're not overheating.
Remember, practice is key to getting comfortable with using a ring sling. If you're new to babywearing or using a ring sling, consider practicing over a soft surface or with the assistance of a knowledgeable friend or family member until you feel confident in your skills. If you have any concerns, consult with a certified babywearing educator or email us for a 1:1 consultation at email@example.com