How To Use a Baby Sling
Using Pouch Slings
Using Ring Slings
Using Mei Tais
Using Buckle Carriers
Using Stretchy Wraps
Using Woven Wraps
Using Hip Carriers
General & Safety
Many different websites and manufacturers have links to sling instructions on the internet. It is useful to read a few of these before attempting to use a new carrier as you can pick up hints and tips that may not be included in the manufacturer's instructions.
By far and away the best and most comprehensive guide to using any type of carrier is the collection of articles at The Babywearer - a fantastic website devoted to promoting babywearing. The forums are also a great source of independent information and support.
There is also now an excellent new resource - the Tummy2Tummy DVD which you can buy from Big Mama Slings. Below are some video clip samples from the DVD:
Important safety information: Many babies like being carried in the cradle position when younger. It is important that you ensure their chin is kept off their chest so that their airway remains unobstructed if you carry your baby in this position. The following links will explain correct positioning in more detail:
Babywearing Safety Article at thebabywearer.com (opens as a .pdf document)
Video on Proper Positioning by Babywearing educator Meg Barry
Sling Positioning and Safety article on our blog
UPDATE May 2010: Following the recent recall of the Infantino SlingRider, there has been a great deal of media coverage about the safety of slings and baby carriers. In response to this, a new website, Baby Sling Safety, has been set up where you can find the T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing, as well as the response to the recall from the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers.
Instructions by Sling Type
Some of these instructions require Adobe Reader - click to downloadUsing a Pouch Sling
Zolowear Adjustable Pouch - Instructions for using this pouch, in movie format.
Shell - Detailed instructions for different carrying positions as
tips and safety guidelines.
Using a Ring Sling
Zolowear - Excellent illustrations and videos, covering all positions. Highly recommended.
TaylorMade Ring Slings - Very clear instructions, viewable online.
Oopa Baby - Online instructions with useful tips and tricks.
The Mamatoto Project - Ring sling section of this advocacy website. Also has a great selection of sling carrying instruction videos here - scroll down for the ring slings.
Sleeping Baby Productions - Lots of information on using a Ring Sling (available as both webpages and downloadable pdf instructions) from a fantastic manufacturer and babywearing guru. We like these and we like her!Babyhawk Mei Tai - Photo and video instructions from the manufacture can be found here
Wilkinet Baby Carrier - Comprehensive video and download instructions
Hip slide method for getting a baby on your back - from Little Possums
Fantastic Tips for Mei Tai troubleshooting - from Wrap Your Baby (a great source of carrying tips for other styles of carriers too)Ergo Baby Carrier - Various instructions from the manufacturer of this popular baby carrier available as downloadable PDFs and videos.
Patapum Carrier - video instructions can be found here.
Hip slide method for getting a baby on your back - from Little PossumsCalin Bleu Fleece Wrap - Photo instructions showing all the tying methods are here.
Moby Wrap - instructions of the main carrying positions available as photo instructions and videos
- Basic photos showing how to put on the sling and a basic carrying
The sling is sold with an excellent DVD/video
Others:More links to video and photo instructions, tips and tweaks for stretchy wraps can be found on our Blog
NB: There will be differences between the instructions produced by the various manufacturers. However all woven wraps are basically used the same way so you will be able to follow any of the instructions below (depending on the length of your wrap) and it is worth checking several different sets of instructions to allow you to get the most from your sling.
Bara Barn - Download a pdf file of the instructions for this rebozo length carrying shawl from SwedenHoppediz - instructions from the German made supportive woven wrap
BB Slen - pdf instructions from this European woven wrap
wrapababy.com - Fantastic selection of instructions for a variety of carrying positions
Ellaroo Mei Hip - Online step-by-step photo instructions
Hip Hugger - Detailed instructions for fitting and using this unique sling
Hip Hammock (Non-US version) - Basic instructions. Please note this is the non-Playtex version for sale outside the US.
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