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Weekly Focus: Ring Slings

Storchenwiege ring sling

Ring slings are a one shouldered carrier suitable for newborns through to toddlers.  A ring sling can be used the same way as a pouch sling – the difference though is that a ring sling is adjustable so one size will fit all wearers.  The ring sling is adjusted by pulling the end of the fabric through purpose made sling rings, allowing baby to be adjusted upwards and inwards so that they are nice and snug against the wearers body.

Storchenwiege ring slingAlways make sure to use a ring sling that has been made with purpose made sling rings as these have been weight tested for safety.  Never use a ring sling if the rings have a join in them as they may pull apart causing the sling to become dangerous.

Babies can be carried in several different holds in a ring sling – upright cradle, tummy to tummy, hip and back. The most common carry with a ring sling is the hip carry as shown below.

Storchenwiege ring sling organic As with any baby carrier, positioning is very important when carrying your baby.  For an upright cradle carry with a ring sling, always make sure baby’s face is clear of fabric and that their chin is not pressed into their chest – an easy way to make sure the airway is clear is to make sure you can fit two fingers between baby’s chin and their chest.  For carries with an older baby or toddler where their legs are out, always make sure their knees are higher than their bottom.  This can be achieved by spreading the fabric of the sling right up to the backs of your child’s knees, creating a comfy seat for them.  This ensures optimal positioning of baby’s developing hips and spine.  The images above and below show the correct positioning with the child’s knees higher than their bottom.

Storchenwiege ring sling LillyWhen carrying your child in a tummy to tummy, hip or back carry, make sure to pull the fabric nice and high up baby’s back, making sure the sling is nice and snug.  This ensures that your child’s back is well supported.

The fabric of the ring sling should be nicely spread across the wearer’s back, as pictured below.  This allows the child’s weight to be evenly distributed across their caregivers shoulder and back and makes for comfortable wearing without any painful pressure points.  The fabric should cap the shoulder, it should not dig into your neck.

Storchenwiege ring sling Bio Eric Ring sling terms and their definitions:

Tail = the end of the sling that hangs through the rings.  This can be held over your child if you’re caught in a rain shower, to cover your child for sun protection or as a breastfeeding cover if desired.

Rails = the edges of the sling.  The top rail goes behind baby’s back in upright carries and can be adjusted to bring baby in closer to you.  The bottom rail goes under baby’s knees in upright carries and can be adjusted to lift baby higher up your body – their bottom should be about level with your tummy button.

For more information about ring slings and to find instructions complete with photos, please visit Slingbabies!

Article written by Helen MacMillan of My Natural Baby Ltd

Storchenwiege ring sling images used with permission.

New Zealand Babywearing Week Giveaway with My Natural Baby Ltd

Hello everyone.  We’re on the countdown to New Zealand Babywearing Week (10 – 16 October 2011) and we are looking forward to celebrating with you.  We’ve been loving the giveaways over the last couple of months thanks to some generous product sponsors.  The next giveaway will be drawn once we reach 800 page members over on the New Zealand Babywearing Week facebook page.

StorchenwiegeOur 800 liker giveaway sponsor is My Natural Baby Ltd. One lucky ‘New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page’ member will be randomly drawn to take home a Storchenwiege Woven Ring Sling valued at $140.00 in their choice of colour from available colourways . (Open to NZ residents only).

Practical and simple to put on: The Storchenwiege® RingSling, made of the proven Storchenwiege® sling material, can be worn in one size by different wearers.

Using the Storchenwiege® RingSling, you can:

  • carry your child on your hip, tummy to tummy and on your back.
  • carry your child easily and quickly, but still have both hands free for her brothers or sisters or jobs you need to do.
  • easily manage barriers such as stairs, getting on the bus or train, or rough or irregular paths.
  • give your toddler a rest when she is just learning to walk and cannot yet manage long distances.

What makes the Storchenwiege® RingSling so special?

  • The Storchenwiege® RingSling comes with detailed instructions on how to wear it and a washing bag to protect your washing machine and the Storchenwiege® RingSling aluminium rings.
  • The Storchenwiege® RingSling is made of 100% cotton; the special Storchenwiege® fabric stands out for its extremely good diagonal elasticity. The Storchenwiege® RingSling thus supports the child firmly and envelops her body like a firm bandage. This guarantees a safe, comfortable feeling when wearing it.
  • The fabric of the Storchenwiege® RingSling is certified in accordance with the Oeko-Tex 100 standard for babies. In this way, you can rest assured that it is absolutely safe for your child´s health.
  • The use of large, high-quality aluminium rings makes the Storchenwiege® RingSling comfortable to wear, allowing its folds to be arranged neatly in the rings and thus over the shoulder. The Storchenwiege® RingSling also has different-coloured edges, making it considerably easier to put on, and especially to pull tight.

How to care for your Storchenwiege® RingSling properly:
The Storchenwiege® RingSling can be washed at up to 60°C. Please use the enclosed washing bag to protect your washing machine and the aluminium rings.

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To be in with a chance to win, join us over on the New Zealand Babywearing Week Facebook page – that’s it!  Simple, easy.

For extra entries in the draw check out these options:

  1. Like the My Natural Baby Facebook Page
  2. Update your Facebook status (on your own wall) with the following: “I’m in to win a Storchenwiege woven ring sling with @New Zealand Babywearing Week and @My Natural Baby”.  You will need to ‘like’ both New Zealand Babywearing Week and My Natural Baby Facebook pages for the tags to work and remember to make sure your update is shared with ‘everyone’.  To do this click the drop down menu with the padlock icon under your status update and choose ‘everyone’
  3. Leave a comment under this post to let us know your favourite Storchenwiege ring sling colourway (view available Storchenwiege ring sling colours on the My Natural Baby website) and why you would like to win one.

Good luck to all who enter!  And thanks for helping to spread the word about New Zealand Babywearing Week – the countdown is on . . .