Ring slings are so quick and easy to use! I keep one in my diaper bag and one in my car at all times because I never know when I will need it. In fact, one of my slings came in handy a couple weeks ago when I rushed my kids to a last minute doctor’s appointment and forgot Max’s shoes!
Today, I will be using a Bibetts pure linen ring sling in bamboo yellow to demonstrate a front/hip carry in a ring sling. I say front/hip because I wear my sling kinda off to the side–not exactly front or hip but in between. This is because when I wear directly on my hip, my back hurts and when I wear on the front, there is usually a head in my face after a certain size.
First we have to thread the ring sling!
Bring the sling across your back with the rings on your shoulder.
The other side will come under your arm.
Bring the fabric across your chest.
Pleat the fabric to help it thread easier.
Pull the fabric through both rings.
Bring the pleated fabric back through the bottom ring.
Using your thumbs and fingers, un-bunch the fabric in the rings.
Pull the fabric straight through the rings to flatten everything out.
Bunch all the fabric in your “pouch” part to make a spot for the child.
Get your child! (Hi Minerva!)
Get them up on your shoulder a little…
…high enough for you to reach through the bottom to grab their ankles.
Sit them in your sling with all the fabric bunched to the back of their knees.
Grab the top of the sling fabric and
pull it up over their back
up to their shoulders for arms out or back of the neck for arms in.
Adjust the seat so that they are sitting comfortably with the bottom of the sling in back of their knees and in a nice deep seat–“M” shaped
Adjust the fabric so that it is spread comfortably over your shoulder and across your back.
Tighten your sling. When tightening, lift your child a little and
pull the fabric back in the direction that it came from. The lift/pull combination helps the sling tighten easier and also helps keep the rings in place.
Tighten throughout the entire sling.
Here is the video: