Are you more a baby-wearer mom or a stroller mom? Did your mother use a baby wrapper to carry you? Mostly the answer is yes. Many of us experienced being carried by a baby wrapper, whether we remember it or not. Babies are the happiest when being held by their mom. It is natural for a baby to get closer to his mother, with baby sling wrap, it’s easier for the baby and the parent to build a stronger bond.
Truth is, a mother carrying their baby in a wrapper goes similarly in many countries. Ever heard of Chinese’s Mei Tai or Mexican’s Rebozo? They all have the same goal, to make sure the baby is safe and warm by being snuggled skin to skin to their mom’s body.
What Does Baby Wearing Means?
Baby Wearing International Inc explains that the term “Baby-wearing” means holding or carrying a baby or toddler using a baby wrapper or carrier to make it easier and more comfortable. You can do it at home while your baby is taking a nap close to you or carry the baby while walking outdoor.
Is Baby Sling Wrap Safe?
It depends on how you are wearing it. If you are following the safety guideline correctly, it could be a safe and easy way to carry a child. When used incorrectly, baby sling wrap can be a choke or suffocate hazard.
How? Most cases happened to a baby who is younger than 4 months and their face is pressed against their mother body. Prematurely born babies and babies with respiratory problems are at greater risk of suffocation.
To avoid that, Moby Wrap, encourage mothers to check the baby’s face often. Check if their face is visible, uncovered and away from the caregiver’s body at all times.
Also, make sure the baby’s chin isn’t resting on or near their chest as this can disturb their breathing. Don’t forget to correct the baby’s position after feeding.
Baby’s body is still growing, this means their bones aren’t mature and are on development stages. This is why important to make sure they are growing in the right position. Incorrect positioning that occurs continuously may contribute to hip dysplasia.
International Hip Dysplasia Institute explains the recommended and not recommended way of positioning to prevent babies to develop hip dysplasia.
To understand about hip dysplasia, you need to understand that the hip joint is a ball and socket joint. If positioned incorrectly, the ball can be affected permanently thus leading to deforming the socket, this is called hip dysplasia. In the early age, this might go undetected because you are carrying your baby all the time. When the walking age comes, the hip dysplasia may result in painful arthritis and stays into adulthood.
Is Baby Sling Wrap Good For Baby?
Yes, it is!
Some studies stated that there are several benefits you can get from babywearing for your baby and even you! The benefits are:
- Wearing a baby is convenient.
- Baby cry less!
- Baby learns more
- Babies worn in slings are happier.
- It can be beneficial for you!
- Toddlers feel secure
- Baby Wraps are economical.
- Increase the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding.
- Increase the parent confidence in their own ability to take care of their child.
- Baby-wearing is fun!
1. Wearing a baby is convenient.
Isn’t it amazing when you can do two things at the same time? Take care of your baby closer to you and doing another task you want to do?
Babywearing is very convenient to all moms who are taking care of their baby, you can walk freely, you can even wash dishes while they nap or simply not worry about the inconvenience of crowded places.
It allows you to multitask, by baby-wearing, you can do other things because your hand will be free. Whether it’s talking on the phone or reading magazine, traveling by bus or walking through the mall, you name it! Because you and I know, women are great in multitasking.
2. Baby cry less!
Babywearing decreased the crying and fussing because the baby feels content being snuggled by their baby-wearing mother. One of the most stressful thing about being a parent is when your baby cries nonstop even in the middle of the night. Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that babywearing for 3 hours a day reduced crying by 43% overall and 51% at night which is a win-win for both of you and your baby.
3. Baby learns more
Our baby will learn more when they are not crying. When the baby is closer to the mother, they do not cry! Which means when in silence, the baby can learn. The infant is more relaxed when they are not having tantrums and they are able to interact with their environment. A study suggests that carried baby show enhanced visual and auditory alertness and improve their cognitive development.
4. Babies worn in slings are happier.
Crying is exhausting for the baby and his parents and may cause damage to developing his brain due to stress hormones. However, babies who are held cry less often and they become happier, they focus on their environment and they greatly feel the warmth and security of being held close. Continues bonding and attachment help satisfy the baby needs of human interaction.
5. It can be beneficial for you!
Reports show that new mothers don’t find time to exercise and it can be quite challenging. However, with babywearing, you can do a long walk with a sling attached to you and not worry if your baby is crying at home. You will also enjoy the dual benefit of walking while weightlifting the baby you are carrying in the sling.
6. Toddlers feel secure
A natural extension of skin to skin makes both mom and baby feel safe because the baby is snuggled close and always in sight.
The baby wrap is not only for newborn babies, but there are also products like Happy Baby Wrap, Solly Babywrap for your toddlers. These baby wraps are good for toddlers as they can feel safe while being carried.
The world can be a scary place for toddlers and being closer to you, they can be comfortable and soothe they worry especially in public places like the zoo or park.
7. Baby Wraps are economical.
Buying strollers or front carriers can be quite expensive. You can find cheap slings in Walmart or Amazon with different pattern and designs that you prefer.
There is also organic baby wrap at Lazy Monk which is stretchable, breathable and machine washable.
The length is enough to FIT NEWBORNS AND INFANTS up to 18 months, this will be the best newborn or infant carrier you will own and very affordable.
8. Increase the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding.
Studies show that 50% mother that just got discharged from the hospital is more likely to produce breast-milk if they are baby-wearing their baby.
9. Increase the parent confidence in their own ability to take care of their child.
- Especially helpful for parents with disability or children with special needs. This is because, by baby-wearing your children, you can make sure they are okay as they are always in your sight. Remember always to keep your baby close enough to give them kiss, this means they are in the right position.
10. Baby-wearing is fun.
I’m sure you love cuddling with your baby, with baby sling wrap, it’s easier to do it and it’s easier to make conversations with them as well. You can see their little giggles, their reactions, and you can observe all the little details about them because when they grow older, you will miss those little moments.
What to look for in a baby sling wrap:
Now that you’ve known what benefits can you get with baby wrapping, are you are ready to purchase your very own baby wrap? If not, here is a simple list you can check before buying your baby sling wrap.
1. Does it fit your height and build?
When you are buying your own baby wrap, you have to prioritize the comfort for you and your baby. Choose brands that are right for you, you should consider your shoulder width, bust, and length of the torso. Not every brand is a perfect match for you so choose carefully to avoid discomfort.
2. Is the baby wrap adjustable?
A baby wrap that cannot be easily adjusted is often not the right brand for you. Baby sling was made to easily use and can be used for a long time even if the baby grows bigger.
The most baby sling comes with a ring that will help to tighten or loosen the fabric of the product so when buying this for the first time, you should opt to one that is adjustable.
The Lazy Monk Baby Wrap can be easily adjusted and comes with a shoulder ring so it can be easily used.
3. What fabric is used?
Before buying, you should examine the fabric being used by the brand. Can you use the machine to wash it? If so, it’s a good one. If not, you may be discouraged in the future if the wrap got a stain and you cannot wash it. Waste of money!
4. How long can you use it?
Make sure that you also put this into consideration before buying your baby wrap. It is important to take note of your needs and how long do you need it. Do you need it for a newborn baby until he/she becomes a toddler? Or for a toddler only? You must decide how long they will use it so you can buy one that is suitable for your need.
Can You Put A Newborn In Baby Sling Wrap?
Baby sling wrap isn’t recommended for babies smaller than 8 pounds unless they have the doctor’s approval. If your baby is more than 8 pounds, you can put them in the baby sling wrap.
Always make sure the baby’s face is visible with their face uncovered. Don’t carry them too low as this can make them “drown” on their wrap, making it harder to breathe. Remember, suffocation can happen within minutes.
Baby Wearing Safety recommends remembering ABC.
Make sure to keep the baby’s chin off the chest to make sure the airway always opened.
Make sure to carrier carry the baby in the right position to prevent slumping
Comfort and confidence
If you’re not comfortable and confident with the way you’re carrying your baby, have a spotter nearby to help you.
Motherhood is a beautiful stage in life. Although it’s not easy to do, we still always want the best for our children. By using the right baby sling wrap, you can monitor your children close and it’s going to be easier for you to multitask. There isn’t a guide to be a perfect mother, but what’s important is we try our best.
Baby Ring Sling Wrap
A Ring Sling Wrap is a baby sling wrap with a ring sewn at the shoulder to make it easier to carry a baby. The length of a sling usually ranges from 1.7m to 2m. The tail (end of the woven wrap) is mostly asymmetric. A ring sling has a slight diagonal stretch that supports you to hold your little one, from a newborn to a toddler.
The cloth of the sling wrap usually made of cotton, linen, silk, wool and even cashmere fabric. The ring and cloth are unthreaded that let the sling hang freely. if you are looking for a baby sling wrap without actually do the wrapping, the baby ring sling wrap is the best product for you.
To find out more about how to use the ring sling, let’s take a look at the facts below.
What Ring Sling Style is for you?
There are two types of ring slings based on their shoulder style that you can choose: gathered and pleated. The difference between them is the gathered style is sewn in a straight line from one side to another and creating a gathered shoulder. It is more prevalent amongst the brands. While the pleated shoulder varies a smidgeon more.
A newborn from the 4th trimester will best benefit to a ring sling wrap as they benefit the most for physical, psychological and neurological development. The more they are carried close to you, the more content and calmer they will feel.
It is also good for a toddler who just learning to walk. Imagine your little one is able to stand and being steady on their own feet but is still learning to walk. They might love to do it, but they can’t do it for a long time before they get tired.
How To Wear A Baby Ring Sling
1. Choose which hip you want to carry the baby.
There are three positions you can do when carrying a baby: front, back, and hip. It is amazing to do hip carry when your baby is at least 6 months old. If you choose a hip position, your baby can still look out the world while cuddled up in your arms.
Using a hip carry is the most convenient because both of your hands are free and the front of your body is not being used. After choosing the right position for you, place the rings on the opposite shoulder.
It can take a bit of time when you try to wear it by spreading the fabric. But once you get hang of it, it will be easy to use and quick to put on.
3. Thread the rings.
Make sure the rings are just below your collarbone with the fabric capped over your shoulder. Also, make sure the fabric is not twisted. You can practice it in front of the mirror for easy access.
4. Fold the fabric and hold it in one hand.
Pass the tail through both rings. After you make sure all the edges are not twisted, then separate the rings. Accord the fabric at the end of the sling and away from the rings. After that pull it through both rings then down to one ring like a belt.
Don’t forget to spread it evenly and place the rings on your shoulder. This is the most important part of getting the threading right. Loosen the fabric in the rings and do a finger walk to make sure there are no twists.
6. Place the baby on the selected hip carefully.
To make it easier, you can use the pouch to set the seat, by setting it behind baby’s knees, in a straight line from one knee to the other. The rings supposed to be a hammock-like seat and wrapped around the baby’s back up to their neck.
7. Adjust the fabric.
When adjusting the fabric (either up baby’s back or through the rings), always try to lift baby’s weight, it will be more easy to adjust. Make sure the rings are below your collarbone with the fabric capped over your shoulder. This will be the most comfortable position and will also give you the best back support.
8. Make sure the baby position.
The recommended baby position is upright on your chest, off center or on the hip. (Hip position is for a baby older than 6 months old). Before you put your baby in the sling, you don’t want your ring sling to be too loose. Tighten the sling so the ring sling will have enough room to put your baby in.
9. Tighten it carefully.
Adjust the excess fabric through the rings in a horizontal motion – going in the direction the fabric has come from. The fabric will move through the rings with much greater ease. And don’t forget to make sure you have a deep seat with your baby legs forming M position.
10. Check your baby’s leg position.
Check your baby’s leg position. Don’t let your baby’s legs dangle straight down. This is not safe and can cause pressure marks on her legs. Bunching the fabric under your baby’s knees can cause pressure points, red marks and impact circulation.
When carrying a baby with legs out of the pouch of the ring sling (in the hip carry or tummy to tummy position), her legs should be wrapped around you, with baby’s knees up and her bum lower or at the same level as the back of her knees. Legs should be parallel to the floor or angled up.
For a first-timer, it can be a little hard because you might need a technique, but when you are used to it, it can be really easy! Some even don’t have to spend a minute to use a ring sling for their baby.
Tips For Using A Ring Sling
A sling is like a layer of clothing when it’s wrapped to your little one, try a single layer or keep a minimum layer, so the baby won’t get too hot in summer weather.
For a newborn to 6 months old, the best position is front carry (chest to chest), while for a baby older than 6 months can be on back carry or even hip carry
The best way to get used to it is practice! You can stand in a mirror to get a better look on you, put the rings below your shoulder on the opposite side from where you want to carry your baby.
The most important part of getting the threading right is to then loosen the fabric in the rings and finger-walk along the fabric to make sure there are no twists. You want the edges of the fabric coming out at either side of the ring.
According to Anne Ferris, a common mistake is to pull down on the whole piece of tail fabric at once, this will pull the rings too far down towards your chest. The correct way to adjust a sling is to pull the side piece of the fabric (the rail) in the direction of the fabric. So, try to avoid it!
Is the ring sling safe?
Yes, it is, as long as you follow the safety guides and the instruction. See Lazy Monk blog to find out more about the standard guidelines in using the ring sling wrap.
Having a sling can be life-saving for you, as you are able to do things easier, with your little one closer. It can form a beautiful bond within you.
On the plus side, the sling is super lightweight, so you can easily insert it in your diaper bag to wear whenever you need. And… they will make you look stylish and won’t wrinkle your clothes like a wrap.
It can take time to get used to wearing a ring sling. But once you get the hang of it, slings are really easy to use and quick to put on.
So, hang it there and embrace your little one!
If you’re looking for a big, stylish and high-quality baby bag to put all of your baby’s needs (bottles, diapers, clothing, anything you name it!) in one bag, check out the Lazy Monk’s Baby Sling Wrap below.