Baby Sling Wearing Instructions

How to wear your baby sling

There are many ways your little person can be carried in a baby sling. As baby grows he will progress from being carried in the cradle hold position to a variety of other positions. Your one sling is designed to fit your little person and you from infancy through to toddlerhood. Your choice of carrying position will depend on individual preferences and what you are doing at the time. One great benefit of our sling is that it is so easy to change the position of your little person as he becomes fussy and needs a change of position or as you go from hanging nappies on the line to dancing around the room!

The two most common positions are:

Cradle Hold

Baby Sling Cradle Hold
Cradle Hold

This is the perfect position for very little babies as they transition from the womb to the outside world. In the cradle hold your baby’s body is totally enveloped in the sling and he will feel snug, secure and cosy. You will be able to breastfeed your baby and at the same time have your hands available to continue with the demands of a busy mama.

Cradle hold wearing instructions for newborns

Hip Straddle

By 3-4 months your baby will be ready to sit up on your hip. He will be starting to want to see what you see and do what you do – your little person can be carried in this position as soon as his head is stable. His arms and shoulders can be either inside the sling for a more snug feel, and for sleeping, or outside the sling (as his interest and desire to be a part of what you are doing increases). In the hip straddle position your little person will be secure and this will allow you to have your hands free. You will be able to breastfeed.

Hip straddle wearing instructions for bigger little people

It can sometimes be tricky and frustrating to get the hang of using your sling. It can take perseverance and patience… it is always well worth the effort.

Baby Sling Hip Straddle
Hip Straddle

Remember that the sling is designed to hold your little person in a natural carrying position – so you don’t have to. In your arms, how does he like to be held? In what positions does he feel most settled? Use your sling to hold his weight in his preferred position. Use a mirror or ask your partner for help until it becomes easy and automatic.

Other positions to wear your little person include:

  • Snuggle hold
  • Kangaroo carry
  • Piggy back

If your little person feels too tight, or not secure enough, you may require a different size sling.

Baby Sling Safety

People have safely used cloth carriers since time began however the safety of your little person remains your responsibility. Use common sense and always ensure your little person is properly supported, and safe, at all times.

Ensure that:

  • Baby’s mouth is clear from fabric and carrier’s chest