12 Responses to 8 Tips for Getting Comfortable in your Ring Sling

  1. Hannah August 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Great tips! My son is 10 weeks old and up until now I’ve been carrying him with his legs inside the sling, but he’s too big for that now I think. I followed the advice in tip 6, but I’ve notices that my baby still gets red marks under his knees. I’m nervous to make the sling looser though. Suggestions? Thanks!

    • Laurel August 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      Hi Hannah, I’m glad you like the tips! At 10 weeks, I would say that you may still be able to wear your baby with legs in the sling, but some babies definitely prefer to have them out! Some red marks may be present no matter what you do and as long as baby doensn’t seem uncomfortable, it’s usually fine. That being said, I find that grabbing baby’s knees and pulling them up while smoothing the fabric away from under the knee and up the back can help.

      • Hannah August 7, 2013 at 3:56 am #

        It’s definitely easier to get situated with his legs inside so maybe I’ll continue doing that until he’s a little bigger :) Thanks for the advice!

        • Marlena September 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

          Dear Hannah,
          I can only recommend not to carry your baby with his legs in. It’s best for the spine and hip development to carry the baby in an upright position with the legs out no matter how young. The leg should be supported up to the knee with the lower leg hanging/swinging freely. Carrying a baby this way supports the spine and hip in the most natural way without there being an unnatural tension on the hip joint or intervertebral disks.
          You can prevent the red marks under the knee by not only tightening the top and bottom rail but grabbing into the tail-fabric every couple of inches and pulling it tight. That way the wrap is snug around baby’s back as well and the baby is supported throughout his whole body and not only ‘hanging’ on the fabric in his knees. The importance of thoroughly tightening the whole wrap (no matter if you are using a ring sling or a regular woven wrap) can’t be emphasized enough as it is the key to save babywearing and supporting the baby’s body as best as possible.
          Greetings from Germany, Marlena (trained babywearing instructor)

  2. Sarah September 4, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Awesome. BTW I love goodnight mush blog. she’s a sweet heart!

    • Laurel September 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Sarah, I agree Jill is fabulous!

  3. Rosie Thomas September 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Great tips! Our customers at http://kiekaboo.com.au/ using baby slings can make great use of this. Truly appreciate this.


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