How to make a baby sling
Baby slings are intriguing, right? Maybe you have thought about putting your little one into one of them, but don’t know where to start just yet.
Alternatively, perhaps you have gathered all the fabric you need, before looking at it and declaring that you would only ever make a mess of it.
But don’t worry, because you aren’t alone. There are so many fears and worries that new parents have before they first wrap their baby up in a sling. Questions over the comfort, practicality, safety will all float in your mind before you make a decision, and that’s OK!
But regardless of whether you are opting for a steady wrap or a woven wrap (which is a baby sling), then this guide will have you sorted, by covering everything that you need to know about them. Yes, it will be a steep learning curve, but it will most certainly be worth it in the long run.
What are the benefits of using a baby sling?
There are many days which will change your life. Perhaps your wedding day, the birth of your firstborn and many more. But in my eyes, you can add the day you first master the baby sling onto this list. The benefits of being able to wrap your baby up in a little sling are invaluable and will make life much much easier for both you and your little one in the future.
A baby sling is perhaps the most comfortable way for you to carry your baby around. It’s something that they are going to grow out of until they don’t need to be carried around at all. You can easily keep them tucked in there for hours upon end without feeling the same strain as other methods of carrying them.
There is enormous variety, too. You can use the wrap on your hip, on your front or even your back if you wish. It can be used for wrapping twins and sleepy cuddles with your little one. If you’re out for the day and you’ve got to take a tired toddler home, you can piggyback them the whole way! Most surprisingly of all, when you have your child wrapped up so nicely, people in public will just stop what they’re doing and watch you in awe. Although there may be a flash of worry in their face as if you are going to drop your child, you can rest assured knowing that they’re genuinely just watching in amazement. So don’t be surprised if they begin to ask you where you learnt it from, you’ve been warned!
But isn’t it just a long piece of fabric?
Yes, that’s true. After all, it is just a piece of fabric. Quite a long one, too. Standard straps will measure somewhere between 4-6 metres. The reason why it is so long is that it means you can wrap it around your body several times, which adds another layer of security to protect your little one.
Since it’s so long, it’s usually best to ensure you have plenty of space around you before you begin to make your sling. It’s best to do it in front of a mirror, but if you can’t, then that’s no need to worry.
How to make a baby sling?
Here are some simple instructions on how to tie a baby in the classic carry position
First, you should find the wrap’s centre and place it just underneath your chest. Then grab the top section of the sling.
Next, while you hold the wrap, cross your hands behind you and pull up to tighten them over your shoulders. When you do this, you should notice an X shape on your back.
Now, grab the fabric and tuck through the top fabric half, which is near the centre on your front. Now cross it along your waist. Now, you should notice an X high up on your chest. Adjust this point to where exactly you would like your baby to sit.
Now, take the wrap and tie a double knot. This can be done at either the front, back or side.
After that, double-check the front to ensure that you have left sufficient space for your child because now you are going to put them in!
Lay them against you over the shoulder that is opposite the inside panel and push their leg through the other board or the outside committee. Now you’re going to see that you have a position of an X for your little one to sit in, pull the inside panel across his back, so it completely covers both knees.
Repeat on the outside panel, then take your baby’s legs and place them on the horizontal board outside until it is at the baby’s neck. All that’s left is to tuck the bottom underneath his knees and ensure that he is comfortable inside the wrap.
A little word of advice is to ensure that your child is fed and has been to the toilet before you place them into a sling. This ensures that they won’t start yelling before you even get the chance to finish wrapping the sling.
In conclusion then, everybody wants to know how to wrap their baby, and the good news is that it isn’t too hard either. Everybody starts as a beginner, not having any idea how to organise their oversized fabric into a baby sling. It will require a lot of practice. You will have a lot of ups and downs. There will be good days and bad days: some great carries and some not-so-great ones. The important thing is to keep practising and to stay consistent.
If your child doesn’t seem to like being in a sling, try experimenting with different ways to do it. You could try back carries, or even side carries until they seem to get the hang of it. It may seem like a lot to do now, but it is undoubtedly worth it in the long run.