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Tip Tuesday- Ring Position

By CS

Tips and Tricks – Ring Position

We previously talked about theading and sizing your ring slings (http://bwiofpeoria.org/2012/03/13/tip-tuesday-3/) but for a long time I always ended up with my rings too low so I wanted to talk about ring positioning.  The ring sling that I am using is the BWI of Peoria Library BB Sling in Papaya.  It was donated by Nova Natural.  It is actually made from a wrap so is a nice and sturdy ring sling.  

As you can see, I am first sizing my ring sling by adjusting it to the distance between my shoulder and hips.  

I like to carry on my left hip, so I put my left arm and head through the sling.

I want to end up with my rings in a high corsage position.  To do this, I am actually going to line up the seam of the ring sling with the seam of my shirt. If you are new to ring slings, you may actually want to start with it a little behind the seam of your shirt.

Then you place your baby in the carrier.  This is 14 month old T.  As always, make sure you get a good seat.

To tighten the carrier, pull the top rail horizontal instead of down

If you need to tighten the bottom rail, you can pull it down.

Then spread the fabric wide over you back and over your shoulder as comfortable.

As you can see, my rings ended up in the high corsage position and my baby is secured nice, tight and close enough to kiss.

Tip Tuesday- Nursing in a Carrier

By KSC

To wrap up World Breastfeeding Week, I thought today’s tip should show one of the ways to make breastfeeding easier while babywearing.  I am using our lending library’s Girasol in a size 2 in a rebozo carry.  I really like wearing a tank top under my shirt to provide belly coverage when using a ring sling or rebozo carry when you don’t have as much coverage from the carrier itself.

Before putting on the carrier I pull up my outer t-shirt.
 T-shirt now in position for nursing.
Next I would put on my carrier.  Put baby in a bit lower than normal to the right height for nursing in the upright position.
I can then pull down on my tank top or unclip it if it is one made for nursing.
Now I am in the nursing position with nipple fully exposed but plenty of coverage.  You can also use a button down shirt, one that crosses in the front for the same coverage.

Comfy Joey Water Ring Sling Review and Comparison

By B

 

I recently had the opportunity to try the Comfy Joey Water Ring Sling out with my family at an indoor water park. I talk here about how babywearing really helped out on that trip. I’ve owned a water ring sling since my older child was just a few months old. It got a lot of use here as a shower sling. I figured the CJ sling would be the same thing. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that the Comfy Joey water sling is a million times better!

I thought that the major advantage of the Comfy Joey sling was the wide range of cute colors they are available in. Other water slings I’d see are available in black, white and blue. The Comfy Joey ones come in 6 beautiful colors, the better to match to your swim suit.

On the ring sling that I have, the material is like a football jersey, with larger holes. When dry, it is somewhat slippy, not dangerous, just needs to be readjusted often. Once it gets wet, it becomes grippy. I expected the same from the Comfy Joey, but that isn’t the case at all. The CJ is rock solid. I put baby girl in, got her settled and headed to the pool. I didn’t need to adjust the sling one time during the 90 minutes she was in it. The CJ material is grippy from the get go. This is a big advantage when you are wearing your baby around, say, a water park, where you will be in and out of the water. I was really surprised at how supportive and comfortable this ring sling was. I could definitely see wearing it for a day at the pool. I think the smaller holes in the Comfy Joey would make for better sun protection as well, though neither sling is made to be a substitute for sunscreen.

Close up photos of the fabrics:

Comfy Joey is the green one.

Another difference is the shoulder style. Really, it’s a matter of personal preference. I really like the “CJ Hybrid” shoulder, as it’s called. Some info from the site:  “Fans of gathered shoulders will find that this design allows the sling fabric to be spread wide to hug your shoulder similar to a gathered shoulder style, virtually eliminating pressure points. However, our design also allows the shoulder fabric to be worn narrowly, or scrunched up, maximizing the freedom of movement for the ring-side arm with less bulk than you’d expect.” This means that you can wear the shoulder either spread out, to distribute the weight better, or bunched up, to have full range of arm motion. Honestly, they are both super comfortable on this.

CJ shoulder, spread

And bunched

The other, spread as much as I could

And bunched

The rings on the Comfy Joey are smaller, too, which helps it to be less slippy. It’s just as easy to adjust, though.

 

 

 

Tip Tuesday- Getting a Good Seat

By KSC

This week we will talk about getting a good seat.  Whether you use a wrap, a ringsling, a Mei Tai or a soft structured carrier we often use the term getting a good seat in the carrier.  It means making sure that your child has the bum lower than knees position and ideally has the carrier covering and supporting knee to knee.  I will be using our lending library’s SBP’s wrap conversion ringsling, our Wrapsoday hybrid stretch wrap and our Action Baby Carrier soft structured carrier.

 

With the ring sling I make sure the bottom half of the material is knee to knee and well tucked up between me and my child’s body.  You can see that the top half of the fabric is flat and not bunched around his back.

You can see the bum lower than knee position here again.

Here shows how the fabric is tucked up between his legs and my stomach/side.

In a wrap I will pull the bottom of the wrap straight down and then pull from between his legs and up between us.

I make sure that I pull that material up along my back and knee to knee on his body.

Here you can see the bum lower than knee position that I end up with when I use this method.

In a soft structured carrier I make sure the waist band is flat against my back without any gaps.  I then bring the fabric up and over this bottom so that he sits about half way over the waist band.

I would do the same with a Mei Tai as I do with a soft structured carrier.  As a final check with any carrier that I am using is to make sure his position is correct by lifting up on his heels which pushed his bottom into that nice deep seat.

BB Sling Review

By HD

 

Carrier: BB Sling (generously donated to us by Nova Natural)

Reviewed with children age: 12 months

This is a ring sling carrier made from the same material as a woven wrap.  The material gives extra support and you can carry a heavy child comfortably.  I used this carrier primarily with my 12 month old, but I did try my 3 year old and he also fit.

I am not a typical ring sling user, but this sling was easier than a lot of ring slings I have tried.  The fabric makes it easier to pull through and adjust the fabric to size.  The shoulder is especially comfy and spreads easily.  I also thought the fabric added sturdiness, I even slid my son to my back a few times and I normally don’t do this with a ring sling, but he was safe and secure.

For me, ring slings are great in and out carriers and I like to use them for quick trips into stores.  They are easy to fold up and stick in a large purse or diaper bag.  I also really liked this carrier for getting ready for work in the morning.  My little guy enjoyed being carried as I rushed around to find all of my things and get myself ready!