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.
This next tip is pretty easy but I’ll admit that it took someone sharing it with me before I realized what a good idea it is. This tip is about mei tai straps. I am using the library’s Catbird Baby Mei Tai with my 14 month old. When wearing a mei tai or a SSC it is very important to undo the wrap strap last. This is so your baby doesn’t fall. It is easy to know the waist strap on an SSC but it can be trickier with a mei tai.
Here I am tying on the mei tai.
Now, adding my son.
Crossing the straps over his butt and then going under his legs like normal.
Okay, here is the trick. When you tie the straps, always tie them above the waist strap.
This way, when it is time to remove the carrier, you will know to always untie the top strap first.
This is now something I always do. I hope you find this as simple and helpful as I do.
Our tip this week will be a tie off known as the Knotless finish or Buleria finish. I am using our lending library’s Didymos Sequoia Waves donated by Birdies’ Room, it is a size 4(3.6m). This type of tie off or finish is another way to have a chest belt variation other than Tibetian or tying at the shoulder. It also can be utilized when using a shorter wrap for some carriers.
For this tie off you will have one tail end coming over your shoulder and one tail end coming under that same arm.
Take the tail end that is coming from under your arm and cross it over the other tail.
We will be working with this one tail for now
Now you will bring that tail to the back of the tail coming over your shoulder.
I reach from above and behind and pull that same tail up and over itself, as if you were tying a single knot.
Now you can lay it down over the front.
Now we will use the other tail that is coming over your shoulder. You will now take that tail and bring it across to your opposite shoulder.
Pull this tail through the ruck strap.
I now put my hand up and underneath the chest belt.
Pull that same tail down and through the chest pass.
Now you are done and have a nice Buleria finish.