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A Quick Tip by EcoMama

  • Jul 1, 2010
There will always be someone who doesn't know how to use a sling properly and/or has little common sense, that doesn't mean we should stop babywearing! Everything can be a hazard if you don't use it as intended. We love babywearing! It is so convenient and our daughter has loved it since birth! Sometimes there are no other alternatives, like for hiking trails and other non stroller friendly places. Sometimes I just need both hands. Regardless, manufacturers should have standards.
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Ring slings

Father wearing son in a ring sling made out of Guatemalan ikat cotton.

These are baby carriers that use dynamic tension, a length of cloth and metal (such as aluminum) or nylon rings. One end of the cloth is sewn to two rings. The cloth wraps around the wearer's body from shoulder to opposite hip and back up to the shoulder, and the end is threaded through the rings to create a buckle effect. The baby sits or lies in the resulting pocket. Once a sling is threaded, it can be taken off and put back on without rethreading. A threaded sling forms a loop of cloth. The wearer can put one arm and the head through the loop of cloth to put the sling back on.[2]

When the baby is in the carrier, the baby's weight puts tension on the fabric, and the combination of fabric tension, friction of fabric surfaces against each other and the rings combine to "lock" the sling in position. This type of sling can adjust to different wearers' sizes and accommodate different wearing positions easily: the wearer supports the baby's weight with one hand and uses the other hand to pull more fabric through the rings to tighten or loosen the sling.

Ring slings may be padded or unpadded at the shoulder, have padded or unpadded edges or "rails", and the "tail" of the sling may be open or closed. Some "hybrid" ring slings have curved seats sewn into the body, similar to the seam in a pouch. Ring slings are most closely related in use to the Mexican ...

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