1. Hold the rings in one hand and allow the fabric to hang straight down without any twisting. 2. With the other hand, gather the tail (end of the sling fabric) neatly. You can fold the fabric like an accordion or bunch it neatly, keeping the top edge closer to you and the bottom edge farther from you. 3. Coming from under the rings, bring the tail through both rings. Once the fabric is through both rings, open the two rings. 4. While keeping the tail of the sling neatly bunched, bring the fabric between the two rings. The sling fabric should be OVER the first ring and THROUGH the second ring. 5. 5. The top edge should still be closest to you and the bottom edge should still be farthest from you. 6. Take a moment to make sure that the fabric is neatly spread throughout the rings. The fabric should not be bunched or folded over. To neatly fan out the fabric in the rings, place both thumbs between the two rings and pull the fabric out slightly while using your fingers to make sure that the top edge is on one side and the bottom edge is on the other side, with all of the fabric neatly spread throughout the rings.
To put the rings on your right side:
1. Hold the sling by the rings in your right hand.
2. Turn the sling so that the tail of the sling is pointing toward your right.
3. Bring your left arm and head through the sling fabric and place the rings at your right shoulder, just below the collarbone.
To put the rings on your left side:
1. Hold the sling by the rings in your left hand.
2. Turn the sling so that the tail of the sling is pointing toward your left.
3. Bring your right arm and head through the sling fabric and place the rings at your left shoulder, just below the collarbone.
Adjusting the sling before putting in baby:
1. One key to using a ring sling is adjusting the sling so that it is approximately the right size for your baby before putting in the baby. To approximate the size of your baby: 2. Make sure that the rings are just below your collarbone. With the arm opposite the rings, place your elbow inside the sling, holding your forearm close to your chest. 3. Tighten the sling fabric around your bent arm. Start by tightening the top edge and the first few inches of the sling. Then work your way through the width of the fabric tightening each part individually (and not pulling the whole tail). 4. When the sling is evenly tightened around your arm, remove your arm from the sling. The sling is now set to the approximate size of a baby.
Ring Sling Directions:
1. Place the threaded ring sling over one shoulder so that rings are resting in a “corsage” position. Ensure sling is not twisted on your back for maximum comfort and to avoid pressure points.
2. Scrunch the fabric down forming a band or tube at your abdomen.
3. Place baby in a high burp position on the opposite shoulder of the rings.
4. With your free hand, gently guide baby’s leg’s down into the sling such that you and baby will be facing each other. Band of sling fabric should be resting behind baby’s knees and baby should be on your torso, just as they would be if you were holding baby without a carrier.
5. If rings had slid down, gather up all of the fabric, gently lift up on baby’s bum, and slide the fabric back up so rings return to that corsage position.
6. Find the top rail of the ring sling and begin to pull it up over baby’s back starting at the opposite side of the rings. As you do this, be sure to gather any slack towards the rings.
7. Find the bottom rail of the sling and form a deep seat, using your hands to spread the fabric from baby’s knee-pit to knee-pit. There should be about one third of the sling’s width tucked up between your body and baby’s body. You may pull some fabric up from between you if you need to pull more fabric up.
8. To tighten the ring sling, lift your arm opposite the rings and pull any fabric slack out in front of you and towards and towards the rings. Tighten your sling one third of sections of the width at a time. It is helpful to gently lift up on baby’s bum when tightening. Also helpful to remember: when tightening, full the fabric across your body and away from the rings.
9. Final reminders: Baby should be visible and kissable. Top rail should be snug. Baby’s head, neck and back should be supported. Always re-position after breastfeeding. Never cover baby’s face. Look in a mirror, baby’s legs should form a capital letter “M”, with baby’s bum being lower than their knees.