How to Wear

  We have included some basic information and photos below, but when you purchase one of our baby carriers, you will receive an instructional DVD as well as a detailed, illustrated instructions booklet. If you are still having trouble wearing your sling and finding comfort, please do not hesitate to ask your local retailer/ distributor for help, or contact us.

*** Our instructional DVD has been available to kissed baby customers as of June 2008. If
you purchased a sling before June 2008, or if you have an older hand-me-down sling, you can still purchase our DVD for $5 CAD in our on-line store, which includes shipping within Canada and the U.S..

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Ring Sling Pouch Sling  | Mei Tai

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 Ring Sling


1- Correct Positioning:
Fabric on the back  |  Fabric on the shoulder  |  Infant's head  |  Fabric placement

2- Wearing Basics:
Assembling sling  |  Putting sling on, and adjusting size (tightening and loosening)  |
Preventing fabric from sliding through rings

3- The Six Positions:
Note that in all of these
positions, you do not need to support Baby with your hands.
Positions that allow you to easily breastfeed are marked with an asterisk *.
1- The Chest-to-Chest Hold/Facing In*
2- The Cradle Hold/Reclining*
3- Side-Sitting*
4- The Hip Hold (once child can support own head)
5- The Piggyback Hold (once child can support own head)
6- The Kangaroo Hold/Facing Out (once child can support own head)

4- (At Least) Eight Other Uses for the Ring Sling:

1- Seat "harness" for sitting at the table on parent's lap
2- Hands-free aid for stabilising sitting or standing
3- Blanket/surface for lying down
4- Shawl
5- Bib/wipe/cover-up
6- Shopping cart handle hygienic cover
7- Carseat strap/Carrying aid
8- Toddler "harness"
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 1- CORRECT POSITIONING

On the back

 
CORRECT positioning of fabric on wearer's back: Flat and spread out, without twisting or bunching up

On the shoulder


CORRECT positioning of fabric on wearer's shoulder: Ever so slightly off-shoulder, so that the weight is centred on your joint, not on your flesh/muscle, or against your neck.

INCORRECT
positioning of fabric on wearer's shoulder: On the flesh/ neck muscle, with fabric digging into wearer's neck.

Infant's head


CORRECT
head positioning of child in sling: Chin up so that child breathes comfortably


INCORRECT
head positioning of child in sling: Chin tucked down so that child breathes into his chest

Fabric placement

 
INCORRECT: Not enough fabric under child's bottom means that child risks slipping through bottom of sling


INCORRECT: Not enough fabric on top behind child's back, means that child risks falling out backwards over the top of sling


 2- WEARING BASICS

Assembling/threading sling

 
1) With wrong side of the fabric facing you, fold about 1/4 of each tail side in toward the centre.


2) On each side, fold fabric upon itself, so that you have an accordion or fan shape, of four layers.



3) Pull tail about 1/3 of its length through both rings.

4) Split the rings.

5) Pull tail back over the top ring, then under the bottom ring.

6) Assembled sling, with sides of tail flattened to show differential-colour stitching

Putting sling on, and adjusting size (tightening & loosening)

 
  1) Holding sling with label and tail facing out away from you, slide your non-wearing arm through the sling.

2) Slide sling over your head and rest the shoulder of the sling on your wearing shoulder (usually, this would be your strong arm).

3) To tighten the sling, pull straight down on the tail.

4) To loosen the sling, lift the top ring in order to release the fabric, and pull fabric through the rings.

Note the Differential-Colour Stitching feature: One line of contrast thread on one side of the sling allows wearer to visually separate the two sides of the tail (which correspond to the top and bottom rails), when adjusting the two sides independently of each other.


Preventing fabric from sliding through rings: Tuck or Tie

 
The Tuck: Lift child's body and tuck the tail of the sling under child's entire body (not just under legs), so that child's weight will sit on the fabric.

The Tie: Tie a loose knot under the rings, and the fabric will not slip further than the knot.




 3- THE SIX POSITIONS (full instructions included with sling)

 
The Chest-to-Chest Hold/Facing In


The Cradle Hold/Reclining
(head can be on either side)


Side-sitting

The Hip Hold

The Piggyback Hold

The Kangaroo Hold/Facing Out


 4- (AT LEAST) EIGHT OTHER USES


Seat "harness" for sitting at the table on parent's lap


Hands-free aid for stabilising sitting or standing


  Carseat strap/carrying aid

Plus:

>
Blanket/surface for lying down
> Shawl

> Bib/wipe/cover-up
> Shopping cart handle hygienic cover

> Toddler "harness"

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I just got your sling in the mail today and I LOVE it! I immediately took it to the grocery store and wore T. in it while I was shopping. I had 3 different people approach me and ask about it! I have a Maya Wrap, a Kangaroo Korner fleece pouch, and an OTSBH [Over The Shoulder Baby Holder], and your sling is by far the most comfortable!!! I have narrow shoulders, and I love the way that it covers my shoulder . . . soooooo comfy!!!
—A.S., Newcastle, California

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