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I’ve been using ring slings since Grady was a tiny baby and they’ve become my favorite type of carrier over my last 3 years of babywearing. Both my kids absolutely love them and I find them to be versatile, comfortable, and gorgeous. I think they’re one of the most classy baby carriers out there. The colors, the fabrics, the way the fabric drapes – just lovely. Dressed up or down – they’re my go to carrier and I use one EVERY SINGLE DAY. With all that experience, I feel confident (and qualified as a Volunteer Babywearing Educator through Babywearing International) to give out some tips for using ring slings. They can be a little tricky at first, but if you follow the tips below, you’ll be rockin’ the ring sling in no time!
Tips for Using Ring Slings
1. Before you even put it on make sure the fabric is spread out evenly in the rings with each edge of the fabric being on the outside. This will make it easier to tighten and adjust once you have your baby in.
2. Place your rings higher than where you want them to end up. The weight of your baby will bring them down into the correct position. The correct position is the same spot you would wear a corsage – not on your shoulder, not on your boobs.
3. Spread the fabric out over your shoulder to maximize comfort. The fabric should cup your shoulder. It shouldn’t be on your neck nor sliding down off your shoulder.
4. Create a good seat for your baby as you slide them down in to the sling. Some fabric should come up between the 2 of you to create a nice pouch that your baby will sit in with their knees up higher than their butt. Their legs should not be hanging straight down – your baby could potentially fall out. If you have a small baby you can alternatively tuck their legs up in a froggy position inside the sling.
5. Pull the fabric all the way up your baby’s back to the tops of their shoulders. Older babies may prefer having their arms out – and that’s fine – just be sure the fabric is pulled up to their armpits.
6. Tighten the sling’s top and bottom rails by pulling the tail of the sling UP and OVER across your body while pushing up on your baby’s bottom. The inside edge (closest to baby) will tighten the top and the outside edge will tighten the bottom of the sling. Tighten until your baby is right up close to you and you feel secure enough to let go. Your baby should not be able to lean away from you and you shouldn’t have to use your hands to support your baby.
That’s it! It takes a bit of practice – but once you get it – you’ll fall in love with ring slings.
Comfy Joey Linen Ring Sling
The ring sling I’m wearing in these pictures was provided free to review from Comfy Joey. It’s the Canary Islands Sunny Yellow Linen Ring Sling and it is just absolutely gorgeous! I get compliments on it all the time. I love that it’s bright and stands out – anything that I can do to promote babywearing is a plus in my book! People come up and ask me about it, or tell me how pretty it is, and I use that to invite them to my babywearing group.
The fabric is linen so it’s thin (yet supportive), breathable, and great for hot summer weather. It starts out pretty rough so you’ll need to wash it (on cold), line dry, and steam iron to get it to soften up. And then it’ll continue to soften up over time. You’ll find little nubs and thread pulls in the linen, but this is characteristic of the type of fabric and IS NOT a flaw. It adds character and uniqueness to the sling.
The sling I’m wearing is a size small, but that has nothing to do with adjustability. The sizing just refers to how long you want your tail to be. The small is 78 inches long from rings to tail unthreaded. It falls right above the knee on me and I’m about 5’8″ and slender.
This sling comes with medium sized silver slingrings, but I actually find that I prefer the larger size – just personal preference though, as I find it’s easier to adjust with larger rings.
The way the rings are sewn in to the sling is unique to Comfy Joey and is called a Hybrid Shoulder. It is a combination of a pleated shoulder and a gathered shoulder. It allows you to be able to spread the fabric wide over your shoulder for comfort OR make the shoulder narrower for greater range of movement. I typically prefer a pleated shoulder, but I find Comfy Joey’s Hybrid Shoulder to be just as comfortable for me. It may be my new favorite.
Do you have any experience with ring slings? Have you tried a Comfy Joey one yet? I’d love to hear your experiences and questions in the comments!
You can purchase a Comfy Joey Linen Ring Sling, like the one I reviewed, on the Comfy Joey website and select retailers starting at $62.50. The sling I’m wearing was $72.50. Comfy Joey also offers toddler width ring slings for a little more.
Three lucky According to Jenny readers are going to win $25 gift certificates to Comfy Joey! It’s almost enough to purchase a doll sling or help you make a purchase of any of the slings you’ve been eyeing!
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Winners: Gail W., Jenn M., Lisa B.