information & tips
This page is designed to provide information, tips, and general instructions from a few leading experts in the baby wearing community. We recommend infants/babies always be carried in an upright position, where the child's chin is NEVER to touch their chest, to actively monitor the child's breathing at ALL times.
Per Babywearing International:
Make sure your child’s airway remains open at all times while babywearing. The best way to do this is to keep him or her in an upright position, high enough on your body to monitor breathing and ensure that her chin is off her chest. Babywearing International recommends that infants only be held in a horizontal or cradle position while actively nursing (if desired) and return to an upright or vertical position as soon as they have finished.
It is also important that your carrier provide adequate support for your infant’s developing neck and back. Ideally baby should be held with his knees higher than his bottom with legs in a spread squat position and support from knee to knee although with older babies and toddlers full knee to knee support is not always possible or necessary.
Always inspect your carrier for wear or damage before use examining it for weak spots, loose stitching, worn fabrics, etc. BWI recommends purchasing a carrier from a reputable manufacturer to ensure that it meets all current US safety, testing, and labeling standards.
Practice all carries—especially back carries–with a spotter, over a bed or couch, or low to the ground until you are completely confident. A BWI meeting is the perfect place to learn new skills with the assistance of a Volunteer Babywearing Educator. In most cases it is best to be comfortable with front carries before attempting back carries.
Always exercise common sense while babywearing. Baby carriers are not an approved child restraint or flotation device and should not be used in moving vehicles or boats or even when we ride on cars, even those electric gaming ones. Avoid babywearing in situations where it would not be safe to carry an infant in-arms.
Wearing your baby safely
per Babywearing International, Inc.
Click on the links below for video tutorials. (All information provided is located on Babywearing International Webpage, www.babywearinginternational.org)
This video by Babywearing Faith, Faith Rayland of BWI of Central New York shows how to thread a ring sling.
This video by Rachel of BWI of Southern Maryland shows how to thread a ring sling with the rings already on your shoulder. The threading is shown with the camera over the shoulder and includes keeping the threading neat using the walk-along trick and how to adjust each strand of the wrap separately.
This video by Babywearing Faith, Faith Rayland from BWI of Central New York shows how to nurse a baby in a ring sling. The video includes how to nurse baby upright in a tummy to tummy position as well as in a cradle position.
This video by Wrap in ASL shows how to do a thread a ring sling and how to do a front carry in a sling. The instructor uses American Sign Language.
This video by LaKeta Kemp from Tandem Trouble demonstrates how to do front and hip carry in a ring sling with an older baby.
This video by Rachel Boarman from BWI of Southern Maryland shows how to do a front carry in a ring sling with a newborn. The video also shows how to nurse a baby in a ring sling and how to reposition baby after nursing.
Ring Sling Photo-Tutorial. This blog post by BWI of Pheonix includes a photo-tutorial for a ring sling front carry with baby tummy to tummy. It also shows how to do a forward facing carry in a ring sling.
This video by Babywearing Faith, Faith Rayland of BWI of Central New York shows how to do a hip carry in a ring sling with a younger baby and includes tips for keeping the rings high while adjusting. It also shows how to make a deep seat.
This video by Sew Funky Slings shows how to do a back carry with a ring sling. First, it shows how to go from a hip carry to a back carry for a quick back carry. Then, it shows how to start with the rings on the back, put baby on the hip, and scoot baby to the back so that the rings land at a comfortable level in front.
This video by Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions includes tons of ring sling troubleshooting tips including how to keep the threading neat, how to get the sling mostly adjusted before putting in the baby, how to prevent ring slipping, and how to adjust without the rings migrating downward.
This video by Babywearing Faith, Faith Rayland from BWI of Central New York shows a quick ring sling tip. If your sling's tail is too long, and you don't want it hanging down, you can wrap it around the rings as shown in the video.
This video by Michelle Li from BWI of Atlanta shows three methods of getting a great seat in a ring sling.
This video by Rachel Boarman from BWI of Southern Maryland shows how to troubleshoot a ring sling front or hip carry. Most people find ring slings most comfortable with the rings just below their collar bone. This video shows how to easily raise the rings if they are too low and how to avoid the rings creeping lower in the first place.
** We are thankful for these wonderful organizations that help educate us and others on the benefits and safety of safe baby wearing. Thank you Babywearing International Inc and La Leche League for the very hepful and informative information shared above. You can learn more about these experts in our field by visiting their webpages. As always please contact your child's pediatrician if you have questions or concerns. **
per La Leche League International
Baby Wearing FAQ
Many mothers of breastfed babies have asked us for information on the "slings" they see other mothers using. Here is some information on the benefits of carrying your baby in a sling, as well as some safety tips. Much of this information was gleaned from a longer article at AskDrSears.com.
Why Wear Your Baby in a Sling?
- Babies whose mothers wear them in slings are calmer and cry less. In most cultures, where babies are held almost constantly, they are typically in a quiet alert state and rarely cry for more than brief periods.
- Slings provide a gentle way of transitioning babies from the calm environment of the womb to that of the outside world. Babies in slings continue to be rocked by their mothers' movements and to hear their mothers' heartbeats. This helps them to regulate their own systems.
- Babies in slings are more receptive to learning and display enhanced visual and auditory alertness.
- It facilitates bonding. When babies are held closely, the adult and the baby can see each other's faces, leading to frequent verbal and non-verbal interaction, enhancing speech development.
- Babies who are carried in a sling facing away from the adult get a bird's eye view of the world and its wonders. This kind of gentle stimulation enables babies to learn about their environment at their own pace.
- Experiencing a wide variety of stimuli helps babies' brains to develop to their full potential.
- Mothers are more easily able to calm their babies if they are frightened, providing a safe haven.
- It is easy to nurse discreetly when the baby is in a sling as the fabric shields both the baby and the mother from the public view.
- Mothers find it easier to carry on their normal daily activities when they wear their babies. Both their hands are free and their babies are quickly soothed. Housework, shopping, walking for exercise and even using computers become more manageable tasks. Some mothers even take their babies to work in their slings.
- Older children appreciate that their mothers' free hands can attend to their own needs, like tying shoelaces or making snacks.
- Traveling is easier when babies are tucked securely into slings.
- Twins can be worn in slings too Â one on each side.
- At first, help to support your baby in your sling with your hands. When you get used to the extra weight and learn to balance properly, you will feel confident enough to go "hands free."
- Do not wear your baby in a sling in potentially unsafe situations, like by a cooking stove, when drinking (or carrying) hot beverages, or when using sharp knives.
- Bend at the knees if you have to pick up an object, keeping one hand on the baby.
- Remember that toddlers have long reaches, so keep well away from dangerous objects when carrying them in slings.
- Walk carefully around corners and through doors.
- When traveling, babies should only ride in approved infant seats made for cars or bicycles, never in slings.
These articles offer more information about baby wearing:
LLLI Resource page on Baby Wearing
Slings and breastfeeding
A baby-friendly world
The sling walk
Can you give me some tips for discreet breastfeeding?
Back to work with baby
Employed mothers: Supporting breastfeeding and mother-baby attachment
FAQ on babywearing from AskDrSears.com
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