With experience comes confidence. So Razeen got accustomed to the sling much earlier than his big brother. But I was still not confident wearing him when his neck wasn't strong enough...until recently.
Last weekend we had our first family outing while babywearing and Razeen didn't complain at all. Since he's considerably young, I wear him with his hands in. He actually enjoyed being carried around...
He was so comfortable that he actually fell asleep. This never happened with Raees before.
For those inexperienced, wearing the ring sling like this might look complicated. But it isn't really once you follow the instructions carefully, which is vital for comfort and safety.
1. Close enough to kiss
How do you determine if the baby's position is right? If you can kiss him effortlessly, you're on the right track.
2. M-shaped legs
How do you know he's seated correctly and safely? The baby's bum must be lower than his knees. So from the back his legs look like the letter M.
3. Ring position
Before putting the baby in the sling, position the ring higher up...like close-to-your-shoulder high. As you adjust the baby, the ring will eventually slide down. If you start off with the ring at just the right position, it will end up too low.
4. Snug and safe
With the baby in position, tighten the sling by pulling the extra cloth you see hanging at the side. Wear him tight and snug. Not only this ensures safety but most importantly both wearer and 'wearee' are comfortable!
These are just basic guidelines to babywearing with the ring sling. For more info on babywearing on various carriers, get this book called 'Babywearing Made Simple' by my friend, Adriana Thani aka Glam Mama ;)
And no, I wasn't paid to write this post :)
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