The new school year starts again. That can be a lot of work on the schoolyard with a (fresh) baby there. But not with a ring sling or hip seat ! Super fast and easy and your hands free for your oldest. I often hear from parents that carrying the baby on the hip is not so pleasant or easy. As far as I’m concerned, the ring sling is underrated!
In this blog you will read all about the hidden pleasures of hip-carrying and…. I’ll give you my expert tips. This way you do enjoy a ring sling.
Tip 1: Comfortable on your shoulder
The yoke determines the comfort of a ring sling. For most parents – especially mothers – it is nice if the weight rests on the bony head of your shoulder and not on that sensitive muscle in your neck ( aconite muscle ). So get that fabric off your neck and put it further out! A wide spread on your back also gives a lot of comfort. There are further differences in design. Some parents like a broad shoulder piece ( gathered ), others prefer a smaller one (pleated). There are also ring slings with a sewn-in cushion ( filled ).
Tip 2: Rings from the sailing world
When sailing, the rings are used to quickly tighten a rope and to be able to release it quickly. Use the rings like a real pro: tighten the fabric in the direction it comes from. This way the fabric does not sit twice and it slides smoothly through the rings. And also important: keep the rings high, so far from your baby (just below your collarbone). Then you keep room to tighten.
Tip 3: They want to watch
Hip carry is great when babies want to see more and more. You still have easy eye contact, just like on your stomach, but they don’t have to squirm when something exciting happens in front of you. And something you may not think about: your child is moving in your direction. If you carry it on your stomach, it moves backward, as it were.
You can easily wear hip with a ring sling. With a long wrap you can also tie on the hip perfectly – that will take a little longer of course. With many baby carriers you can also carry hip, but these are nowhere near the comfort of a cloth on the hip.
Tip 4: Also for newborns
Wearing on your hip means a less wide hip spread. In the picture on the right you see a spread of about 45 degrees, which is seen as ideal. Hip wearing is therefore allowed from birth. Because your hip is narrower than your belly, your baby can also clamp herself more easily and stabilize herself. Your baby smells you very well in that place too ;-). You do, however, have less skin-to-skin contact.
Tip 5: The hip seat
Do you want to be even faster than a ring sling, then the hip seat might be something for you? Fine from about 6 months up to a kilo or 13. Click and ready! Also great for those little ones who want to go ‘on and off’ all day long.
Tip 6: Do it yourself
If you have a nice sturdy cloth measuring about two meters long and 60 centimeters wide, make a ‘no sew’ ring sling . Then simply use it again as a scarf or short cloth. Use these fine rings for it.
Tip 7: Also handy in the shower or in the pool
There are special water slings for fun and safety in and around the water. They dry quickly and give you a lot of grip on a slippery baby.
Do you have great experiences with a ring sling or other hip support technique? Share it with other parents below, fun !!