How to Use a Baby Sling
All parents want to make sure that their infants are protected as much as possible, as this is their most fragile phase. Being able to tend to your baby as soon as you can is important; this is why baby slings are essential. Any piece of cloth wrapped around your torso to support your infant is called a baby sling. This is called baby wearing. Many parents do this to protect their babies from the chance of falling if they’re just held up by arms. As you read on, you’ll find out that it’s easy to use a baby sling.
What is baby wearing?
Baby wearing is when you use a piece of cloth such as a bed sheet or a scarf to support the weight of your infant as you carry them. You wrap the garment over your shoulder and secure it just above your chest where your baby can be placed.
Garments that are produced specifically for baby wearing are modernized baby slings. They come with sling rings to secure the two ends of the garment, and prevent your baby’s weight from causing it to separate.
When should you use a baby sling?
Any time you want to bring your infant with you is a good time. This gives you a chance to tend to your baby at just a moment’s notice.
Is it safe to use a baby sling to hold a baby?
Babies, especially during the infant phase, have weak neck muscles. Make sure that your baby’s head is supported just right by the baby sling. According to medical experts, a baby sling might inadvertently cause a baby to curl up, which increases the risk of them having problems when breathing.
What do you need to remember when using a baby sling?
The best precaution that you can take is to talk to your baby’s doctor and ask whether it’s safe to use a baby sling at their age. Other things you have to keep in mind are:
·Baby slings have weight limits. Find out how much your baby weighs before you place your infant child in your baby sling
·Hold your baby when you bend. Due to the position of your baby when you have them in the baby sling, you must bend at the knees and not at the waist
·Support your baby’s head. Make sure that your baby doesn’t have any obstructions in their airways
·Check for any rips or tears in the seams of the baby sling. No matter how small, a rip can suddenly become bigger at any second, so it’s important that you keep your baby safe
Benefits of using a baby sling
- There are many advantages that comes with using a baby sling. You have a lot of freedom with how your baby rests among others.
- Convenience is mutual—Both you and your infant will the feel convenience of using a baby sling. Infants will want to be held most of the time, but you don’t have to worry about your hands not being free
- Babies cry less in baby slings—According to a study in 1986, infants are less likely to cry if they’re feeling the warmth of their guardian and resting in a baby sling. This makes for a happier baby and a stress-free experience for you and your companions
- Breastfeeding is much easier—If you’re a breastfeeding mother, you can support your baby as they feed without the hassle of constantly balancing them. You have the benefit of relaxing your arms as you breastfeed your infant child since you’re letting the sling handle all the weight
- Babies learn earlier—By having your baby in a sling, two of their senses are stimulated.; they’re able to see what you see and hear what you hear. This promotes an earlier development of your baby’s cognitive recognition when it comes to speech as well
How to use a baby sling
We have listed the directions that you need to know in order to take advantage of a baby sling. These steps also guarantee that your baby sling is safe and secure.
How do you thread the ring?
·When you’re threading the ring, hold the sling’s ring end (shoulder) in one hand and the tail end with your other hand. Make sure that the tag is facing up. Do not twist the fabric
·Collect the tail’s fabric and pass it through both of the rings. Have the tag sandwiched between the shoulder and the tail of the sling
·Move the tail over the top of the ring then pass it through the bottom rings. You know how you thread a belt? Yup, just like that
·Pull apart the fabric and make sure that they’re not twisted after you’ve threaded through the bottom rings. You need to flatten the fabric as much as you can
How do you adjust the rings?
·Using one hand, hold the rings and pass the loop just over your head. Finish with the rings on your preferred shoulder and the tail dangling above your feet
·Place the rings a few inches from your shoulder. To do this, you can place the rings as high as possible when you’re practicing. You’ll find that they’ll move down much easier whenever you try to adjust the baby sling
·Make sure that the sling is the right length for you and is flat enough to accommodate your baby. Finalize the adjustments by having the sling pouch just above your belly button area
Baby slings bring you closer
Now that you know how to use a baby sling, you can have your baby close to you at all times. This is not only physical; the more that you bond with your baby, the more you’ll recognize the emotional aspects. Having a stronger bond with your baby can lead to you taking care of them much better. This, in turn, leads to them developing into a physically and emotionally healthier baby over time.