Back in the earlier (read: lighter) days, I carried Baby Spawn in a linen ring sling or a stretchy wrap. The ring sling (rs) was very light and easily transportable in our diaper bag or backpack. It kept her close but didn’t make her too sweaty.
What is a Ring Sling?
Ring slings are exactly that. A long piece of fabric with two metal rings that you adjust to hold the baby. The anatomy of the sling consists of shoulder, top rail, bottom rail, rings, pouch and tail. They’re pretty amazing for newborns because you don’t need an insert or padding. But you do need to learn how to carry them correctly because there is a lot of room for error.
The most popular fabrics used are linen, cotton and conversions from woven wraps! There are also nylon or polyester ring slings that are made to go into the water! Most ring slings tend to be priced between $35-100, depending on manufacturer and material.
I ordered mine from Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP), and it is a simple linen RS. There are lots of manufacturers who make ring slings and they’re beautiful. Some use woven wraps and convert them. Some use silk. You could custom order one! Whatever you choose, do your research on its quality, check out reviews and find a local babywearing meetup to try them on to see if it’ll work for you and baby!
As she got older, Spawn liked to be carried on my hip with the ring sling. She could look out and turn her head and still have a good seat on her. I’ve since lent out my ring sling to new mom friends and it’s been getting some great use!
If you’re wondering how a ring sling might fit you and your baby, check out your local babywearing group and attend a meetup!
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