Now that you’ve got the hang of the basics of your ring sling, as outlined in our last blog (which you can find here), we’ll now have a look at the different ways in which you can carry your baby.

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Cradle Carry

Ideal for younger babies or when you want to breastfeed, the cradle carry positions your baby across your stomach.

  • First, adjust the ring sling to the height you want to wear it then hold your baby in your arm like a rugby ball (i.e., head in your hand, body laying along your arm).
  • Place your baby and your arm into the ring sling so that their head is towards the outer rail and their feet are towards the inner rail.
  • Use your free hand to adjust the sling while still using your arm to support the weight of your baby.
  • Pull your arm out and then make and adjustments that you need to. Your baby should not be deep down in the sling but instead should be angled to be looking up at you and you should be able to see their face clearly.
Front Carry

A more traditional babywearing carry, and one that many babies actually prefer, the front carry is suitable for older babies who are able to sit up and hold up their head by themselves. However, you can pull the ring sling over their head to give them some support if you wish.

  • While holding your baby so that they’re facing you, then first put their feet into the ring sling.
  • Next, lower them slowly into the ring sling until they are sat with their chest against yours.
  • As before, support your baby’s weight while you tighten the ring sling. The inner rail should form a little seat that rests under your baby’s knees and your baby should be positioned with their bottom lower than their knees.
Hip Carry

Ideal for toddlers, you can also breastfeed while babywearing in the hip carry position by simply lowering the ring sling. This is good as your baby will then feed sitting up.

  • Adjust the ring sling to the rough height where you will want it to sit, and then hold your baby on your hip.
  • Lower your baby into the ring sling and as you do so, bring the outer rail up to at least your baby’s armpits. As before, the inner rail will sit behind your baby’s knees resulting in their knees higher than their bottom.
  • Make any final adjustments to the ring sling or the rails to ensure that your baby is comfortable and secure in the sling.

In our next blog, we’ll have a look at the final two ring sling babywearing carries: the kangaroo and back carry. Don’t forget, if you have any questions or have some tips of your own to share, be sure to join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!


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