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How to Tie a Baby Sling

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Many different types of baby slings are available, and each can be tied several ways. The most common baby slings are the cradle carry and the hip carry.

The cradle carry is popular because it is perfect for infants with its excellent head and neck support. It is also a good sling to use while breastfeeding.

The hip carry is great for children that are a little older because it allows them to look around and interact with the world while still remaining close to mom or dad.

Cradle Carry

The cradle carry baby sling is not difficult to tie but can take a bit of practice.

To tie a cradle carry baby sling, fold the sling in half lengthwise and then hold it against your body so the folded side of the fabric is facing your shoulder and the opening is at your neck.

Adjust the folded piece of fabric so it is draped over one shoulder evenly, with an equal amount of material in the back and front.

Tie a knot at your opposite hip, slide the sling so the knot is at your back and spread the fabric out for support.

Practice this method several times before you need to use the sling to give you the confidence to tie it for your child.

Placing your baby in a cradle carry sling will be simple when you follow a few tips. You might have someone help you with the process of putting your baby in the sling for the first few times. Place your child in the sling feet first until his/her feet and bottom are secure. Continue to support his/her weight and head until he/she is resting comfortably in the sling. This process will become like second nature to you over time, so don't worry if it doesn't come naturally at first.

Hip Carry

The hip carry is similar to the cradle carry, making it an easy graduation when your baby is older.

For the hip carry, tie the same knot as you do for the cradle carry, then rotate the fabric until the knot falls at your shoulder.

The sling will now form a pouch at your hip.

Hold your baby at your shoulder so his/her body is well above the sling's pouch and then slide him/her into the sling while bringing the pouch up over his/her bottom until he/she is sitting in it. His/her feet and legs should be free.

Spread out the fabric so it is supporting his/her body from his/her knees to his/her shoulders.

Baby Sling Tips and Warnings

If you want a little extra practice, try placing a doll into the sling before attempting it with your baby. Treat the doll as if it is your child, remembering infant head and neck support and accounting for weight.

You can keep your sling tied after each use to make the process easier, just be sure to regularly check that the knot is secure.

Don't put items into the sling with your baby, as there is just enough room in there for your little one.

Practice common safety sense when using a baby sling. Never use a stove or oven or handle hot liquids when wearing your baby and never wear your baby while driving.




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