This is one of several "All About" posts where each is about a particular type of commonly used baby carriers. I WANT HELP with pictures, comments and tricks to each brand you have experience with, how to use it properly, different carry options, and more! So please offer input to help supplement my information.
You can add homemade ring slings to this thread, but only if you share the pattern you used (or at least link to where you got it). I would appreciate only safely made rings sling be shared on here, so the best information is available.
We cover pouches (slings without rings) in another thread!
Ring slings (RS) are a length of fabric with two rings at one end. They are usually worn on one shoulder with the cloth wrapped around the parent and baby; the carrier is tightened and adjusted by using the two rings. Rings slings are great because most can be used with newborns and toddlers both! There are also several different ways to wear a baby in one. Depending on the length of the cloth used, one sling can be often used for both petite and fluffy parents. The main difference between rings slings are the length (which mainly affects the length of the tail), how the shoulder is gathered and sewn, and the type of fabric used to make it.
Ring Sling Brands/Types: (I will add to this list as people add info!)
Sleeping Baby Productions
P Sling (note these do follow some different "rules" than other ring slings! They're rather unique!)
SweetPea Ring Slings
Ring Sling Help:
Nursing in a ring sling - videos, picture of newborn nursing, pictures of toddler nursing
Tips for using a ring sling (and keeping the rings in the right position!)
Semi Reclining Postion for Newborns (great, SAFE carry!)
Pull baby UP from a RS (video)
A different way of getting toddlers and kids into a ring sling (video)
How to thread a ring sling (includes hip carry too) (video)
"Declan's Shoulder Carry" (very unique and includes nursing too!) (video)
Variations of Ring Sling Shoulders
Anatomy of a ring sling video
Tummy to tummy visual tips
Quick 1 minute video on the "fill your bra" method of getting a good seat
**Before buying or using any sling please check it first for safety! Ring slings should have at least 3 rows of stitching in the shoulder and be made with quality rings that are of the correct size for the fabric used. The vast majority of professional rings slings are made with SlingRings which are aluminum or nylon. They have been made specifically for babywearing and are weight tested to 250 pounds. Craft rings are not safe and will eventually break! Correctly sized rings should allow the sling to be easily adjusted but with tension will not slip at all.**
And of course - not all slings are created equal!