How to Use a Ring Sling

How to Use a Ring Sling

Let's go back to the basics a little bit, shall we? I thought it'd be a great idea to share a beginner's guide for how to use a ring sling. I know some of you are new to baby wearing and ring slings in general, so this will be a great introduction for you!  This will be a step-by-step tutorial for a classic front carry. 

Put on sling, ensuring rings are sitting high on your shoulder.

Step 1: Put on sling, ensuring rings are sitting high on your shoulder.
Place baby on the shoulder opposite to the rings, slip your hand inside the sling to put baby’s body into the pouch.
Step 2: Place baby on the shoulder opposite to the rings, slip your hand inside the sling to put baby’s body into the pouch. 
Guide baby through the ring sling, supporting baby until the bottom rail is at the back of the knees.
Step 3: Guide baby through the sling, supporting baby until the bottom rail is at the back of the knees.
Settle baby into a seated position and pull bottom rail fabric up between you and baby, encouraging baby’s bum down and knees up—a frog-leg position.
Step 4: Settle baby into a seated position and pull bottom rail fabric up between you and baby, encouraging baby’s bum down and knees up—a frog-leg position.
Tighten the top and bottom rails of your ring sling to secure baby in place. Check that baby is drawn close to you and back is supported with no slouch.
Step 5: Tighten the top and bottom rails to secure baby in place. Check that baby is drawn close to you and back is supported with no slouch.
baby carrier rings in corsage position, fabric tight across the back, knees higher than bum, and baby close enough to kiss
Step 6: Ensure baby is comfortable and secure with rings in corsage position, fabric tight across the back, knees higher than bum, and baby close enough to kiss.
There you have it! Six easy steps to a proper front carry in a ring sling. As always, let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help you out! And don't forget to check out our video tutorial for this same type of carry. 
The most important thing to remember when babywearing is doing your safety checks. See our safety page for the most up-to-date information.