How to use a Ring Sling with a Newborn
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How to use a Ring Sling with a Newborn


Hi! I’m Rachel. This video is going to show how to use a ring sling with a newborn. The first thing you want to do is decide what side of your body you want to hold the baby. If you want the baby on your right, you put the rings on your left. If you want baby on your left side, the rings go on your right. I’ll show how to put your sling on first. If you don’t know how to thread it, I have another video on my channel that shows how to thread a ring sling. If you want baby on your right side, you’re going to hold the rings in your left hand, with the tail pointing to the left. Put your other arm in, and put the rings on your left shoulder. If you want baby on your left side, hold the rings in your right hand. tail pointing to the right Put the opposite arm in, and place the rings on your right shoulder. The next thing is to get it the right size for your baby. If the sling is too loose, it is more difficult to adjust. To estimate size, tuck your elbow close to your body and tighten the sling right around your elbow. So I’m tightening this top part that’s orange. I’m tightening the yellow and white. I’m going to leave the bottom as is. That looks really tight, but it’s the perfect size for a newborn. I will check that the threading is neat. I put my thumbs under the fabric and walk my fingers along and make sure you can see all of the stripes of the sling. Make sure that the top edge is on top (and not folded under) and that the bottom edge is on bottom. Now the sling is ready to go! I put my rings just below my collar bone. That’s where I want them to end up when I’m done. I’m going to pick up my newborn. A newborn naturally takes a great position when you hold them to your chest. She should be positioned in the sling like this. Her legs take an M shape. I put her on my shoulder as if to burp her. I bring the fabric down into a tube and guide her legs through. Then I sit her on the tube of fabric, Pulling any excess slack from the back toward the front. I sit her right on the tube. This is exactly the position I want her to be in. Her knees are above her bottom. She his high on my body. I’m going to take the top edge, which is orange, and bring that up over her back to the nape of her neck. I’m taking any slack that’s caught behind me in the bottom blue edge and feed it forward I’m going to bring it in between us, making a half circle shape between us that goes about to the top of the diaper. One way to make the seat is to reach in between you and bring fabric from knee to knee. You can also reach in between you from the top. You want the bottom edge to form a straight line from one knee to the other, about to the top of the diaper. Baby’s knees are higher than her bottom. Since the sling was tight before I put in baby, there isn’t a lot of adjusting to do. There is a lot of slack in the top edge (the orange). I feed the slack toward the rings. Holding baby with one hand, I pull the orange part through the rings back the way it came, then yellow, white, and blue. Tightening the sling one part at a time is called “strand by strand” tightening. I can make a roll of fabric here if I want extra head support and tighten it. Notice as I tighten, I lift up on her bottom and bring the fabric through the way it came (not pulling down) This keeps the rings from moving. The rings are most comfortable just below the collarbone. So this is newborn ring sling. If you feel you need more head support, you can take a small wash cloth and roll it into the top edge fabric. However, I usually find a snug top rail is plenty of head support. This is also really easy to nurse in. I usually nurse upright, even with a newborn. I loosen the sling by pulling up on the top ring while supporting baby with one hand. Lower to breast height. fasteners need for real and Hannah Lean forward to latch and aim your breast up toward baby. If you feel you need cover while nursing, you can use the tail to cover the top of your chest. You can also hold an edge and make a little “tent.” But you should ALWAYS be able to see your baby’s face, mouth, and nose. Don’t cover baby’s whole head and face. When you are done, you should readjust and tighten again. I lean forward and lift baby to where I want her. And holding her high on my body, I tighten again. Pulling through the top, the middle, the bottom. The secret to a ring sling is adjusting each part of the width of the sling individually, not just pulling the whole tail. You also want to spread out the shoulder fabric and spread out the back. There you go! Newborn Ring Sling! Thanks!

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