1. First, make sure your sling isn't twisted and that the fabric is spread evenly through the rings. Pay special attention that your sides/ends (aka rails) are on the edges.
2. Start off with the rings on top of your shoulder. Place the baby in the ring sling, keeping one hand on them. If there's excess fabric use one hand to gather it towards the rings (so start by your back and go towards the rings).
3. Do not tug on the entire tail when adjusting the ring sling! (I tried that at first. Total fail! lol.) You'll want to pull on just one section at a time. I recommend starting with the bottom rail (the side that's under the baby). Gently pull DOWN on just that rail of the tail.
Then go the top rail and pull just that part of the tail ACROSS your body.
Then you can take one middle section and a time and adjust if needed. Make sure not to make the bottom too tight because the baby needs a "pouch" to sit in. (Remember support from knee to knee with butt lower than the knees.)
4. When taking your baby out, lift on the top ring and only let out just enough fabric to get your baby out. Life the baby UP, not out. This way you have very little adjusting to do the next time you use the RS. The more you have to adjust, the more the rings will move. Some people find it useful to adjust as much as possible BEFORE baby is placed in the ring sling.
Where my rails ended up tonight after adjusting:
Close enough to kiss.
HTHs. If there's something more you need, let me know.
Last edited by alwayssmile; 12-29-2011 at 09:15 PM.
The ring sling I was using in the photos is actually a woven wrap converted into a ring sling, so it's MUCH wider than most normal ring slings.
I should measure my other RS. I don't use it as much these days, but I can still easily use it with Aiden.
Okay, here's my CJ linen RS. It's 26" when pulled straight. It's never straight though. It's always a wrinkled mess. I definitely have to pay closer attention to my ring position and how the sling is pulled across his body and under him a lot more in this ring sling than my other one. (Completely due to his size and age, it was perfect when he was smaller!)
Last edited by alwayssmile; 12-29-2011 at 10:04 PM.
Mine is also a heavier cotton. I've found my camera charger but lost my camera now. I also have one that is listed as a ring sling but I have issues with it, but keep it around because it is perfect for newborn nursing.
Just measured my ring sling, it's 20 inches across so probably considered quite small
That's a great tutorial--the only thing I wanted to add is just the basic message that you never want to pull DOWN to adjust. If you pull down, the rings will go down. But if you pull out horizontally, or even a little up/across, it should keep the rings pretty close to where you want them.
The DVD that came with my Maya Wrap was REALLY helpful.
Oh yeah, I also just remembered that when she was small, we were not above sticking an arm in to lift her up, scoot the rings around to where we wanted, and then lay her back down in it. Only necessary when we didn't have it pre-adjusted, or were switching between me and DH, who are very different sizes.