Some people can be a bit put off by ring slings, thinking that they are difficult to use or not as supportive as other types of baby carrier given that baby's weight rests on one hip. But ring slings are fantastic, and once you get the hang of them they are one of the easiest types of slings to use.

 

 

You can use the pouch to set the seat - some call it a perch, a rope, or a band - use it by setting it behind baby's knees, in a straight line from one knee to the other. This will help create that nice deep seat that you want.

Only walk just enough fabric up baby’s back, i.e. only just enough to the bottom of baby's neck.

When adjusting the fabric (either up baby's back or through the rings), always try to lift baby's weight - imagine you're doing the robot dance - your arm is bent at the elbow so that your forearm is in a horizontal line and parallel with baby's bottom. Supporting baby in this way will ease the pressure of the fabric in the rings of the sling, allowing it to be more easily adjusted.

Always work any excess fabric from around your back towards the rings.

Adjust the excess fabric through the rings in a horizontal motion - going in the direction the fabric has come from. The fabric will move through the rings with much greater ease.

 

 

Practicing these steps will help you become a ring sling pro. Ring slings are a fantastic, easy to use option, particularly great for newborns and toddlers at the up-and-down-stage. They are easy to put on, easy to take off, and can stay threaded in between uses and popped in your bag, and re-used again when needed.

Happy ring slinging!