Awesome! Definitely a learning curve at first, but once you "get" it it should be great! If you haven't check out our all about ring slings thread.
blah... not feeling the RS love over here... I just can't seem to get it comfortable for me or for her... OFten when I try to froggy her legs, she sticks them out straight and I can't for the life of me get her to bend them... I've tried with her legs out, but it just doesn't feel secure! And I can't seem to get it really tight enough I think? She seems to slip down so that I can no longer 'kiss her head'...
hmm.... I've checked out several videos etc. on youtube about using a RS, but I just can't seem to adjust it right...
She may be like mine and prefer the cradle hold position...I couldn't do the tummy-to-tummy either, but a secure cradle hold CAN be done properly. You can't kiss her head, but as long as her face is not covered by fabric and her chin is not touching her chest, she's safe. I carried with her head toward my left arm and her feet facing the rings...she was always happy as a clam like that. Maybe give it a try and see if you (and she) like it better? (see pics in the "all about ring slings" thread)
Is the wrap thick in the rings? If so rest assured that it's common, especially with new wraps. Run the wraps in and out of the rings a lot. That should help soften it up and help you adjust it easier in the future. And as silly as it sounds sitting on the wrap helps a ton too. New wraps can be a bit stiff and they need some love to make them where they're soft and mold well.
Your comment about being afraid of him slipping out makes me think that he's not actually sitting in a pocket. Before placing baby in the sling, you'll want the bottom rail tighter than the middle of the sling, which creates a pocket. Make the pocket deeper than you think it needs to be, you can also fix it later. It's a lot harder to make a pocket deeper once baby is in the sling. Baby's butt should sit in the pocket. The bottom rail should keep his knees up and be between you and him. Then tighten strand by strand - so just pulling on one small piece of fabric (like an inch!) at a time. Tighten just what needs to be tightened. If you pull on the whole tail, you'll over tighten areas leading to a more uncomfortable carry for you and her.
You'll want the bottom of your pocket to be above your belly button. With little babies, you want it to be higher, often just below your boobs even!
If you could post a picture sometime that might help me more!
wow... quick replies! thanks!
I'll try a cradle hold with her... but in general she seems to prefer being upright when we hold her - might be different in the sling though..
And I think the fact that it is new, and quite thick and stiff might be part of the problem as well... so I'll spend some time running it through the rings and see if that helps a bit.
I guess I'll stick with it and hope it gets better...
Keep practicing! New wrap conversions ring slings definitely have a higher learning curve over other ring slings because you are dealing with more fabric that is typically much stiffer until it's broken in. You also have to pay much more attention to tighten strand by strand and not just yanking on the tail. Do you think the shop you bought it from could give you some pointers? Worth asking them! Can't beat getting help in person!
sorry you are having trouble with the 'curve' but def worth keeping at it if you can! don't forget to ask local baby shops, children's centres and whatever you have there for 'parent support centre' if there are any bw'ing groups around you they often will have ppl that are old pro's and can lend a hand face to face! when in doubt, post pics here, these ladies can spot a half inch error a mile away! lol!!! good luck!