Thursday, March 21, 2013

Baby Slings – A Look at Ring Slings

Baby Slings are becoming more and more in fashion these days.
One type of sling is called the “Ring Sling.” These are baby
slings that work through the use of dynamic tension, cloth and
rings. Basically, a piece of cloth is sewn into two rings. The
remainder of the cloth is then wrapped around the body from
shoulder to opposing hip, around the back, up to the original
shoulder again. As the loose end of cloth comes back to the
shoulder, it is threaded through the rings to make kind of a
buckle effect. The baby can be placed safely in the resulting

Here is some interesting information about baby slings in the
form of ring slings:

How A Ring Sling Holds Your Baby

Ring slings work through the use of dynamic tension. Basically,
the baby’s weight pulls, or puts tension on the cloth and this
combined with the positioning of the rings locks the sling into

How To Adjust A Ring Sling

Because of the “buckle” effect of these baby slings, once put
together, they can be adjusted for different sizes and shapes,
allowing for different people to carry the baby in comfort. To
adjust the sling, put the sling on and place the baby inside –
supporting the child with one arm. While doing this, have a
companion adjust the “buckle” from behind to a comfortable
position for you. Pulling cloth through the ring will tighten
the sling and letting fabric out will loosen it.

To Pad Or Not To Pad

Baby slings of this type can come padded or unpadded. Typically,
you will find pads at the shoulder for greater carrying comfort
and also in the sling itself, forming a type of seat for the
baby. It boils down to individual taste as to whether or not you
want pads on your ring sling or not.

Type Of Fabric Used

Baby slings can be made from all types of material. Ranging
anywhere from cotton to silk and everything in between, baby
slings can be as beautiful as they are functional.  The most
common fabrics used in the construction of these slings are
homemade fabrics, twill or anything with not only good strength,
but also a fair amount of diagonal “give.” Fabrics to avoid
would be a very slippery fabric, as the baby needs to obviously
be secure inside the sling without sliding out. Also, the
material should not easily slide out of the rings. Finally, you
want a fabric where strong stitching will hold the fabric in
place without fear of fraying or tearing.

Ring Construction

Craft rings are strongly discouraged for baby slings, as they
are not strong enough to hold this kind of weight in the long
run and are prone to breakage. Rings that are ideal for this
kind of carrier are aluminum marine rings or rings designed for
heavy livestock. These types of rings are designed for much
heavier weights and should not break with the daily use of your

A well-constructed ring sling can be both beautiful and
functional for the new parent. These tips can help you when
purchasing one, so that you know what is safe for you and your

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