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Baby Slings - Common Sling Problems and How to Correct Them

Aug 19, 2008
Properly worn baby slings are not only comfortable for you, but for your baby as well. Also, if you and your child are comfortable with a sling, you are more able to wear it for extended periods of time. This increases the bond between wearer and child and may even reduce your baby's crying due to longer carrying time.

Here are some common problems encountered with baby slings and how to correct them for maximum comfort:

Ring Position For Ring Slings

Many people find that wearing the ring at or around the collarbone level is the most comfortable for them. You can position the ring lower, but bear in mind that the sling the baby is carried in will be smaller. These rings are very strong, often being made from marine grade aluminum or metal used for heavy livestock. This ensures that the ring will not break or crack even with a heavier toddler. Because of the size and make of the ring, you'll want it to be as comfortable on your body as possible, and the "pouch" of your collarbone is an ideal place.

Shoulder Position

With the ring sitting nicely at your collarbone, the fabric that comes up and over your shoulder needs to be spread over your shoulder and somewhat down your upper arm. This distributes the weight of your child and the sling evenly. If you bunch the fabric up on your shoulder, you'll have unnecessary pressure on your shoulder muscles and this will fatigue you rather quickly.

If you are looking at baby slings, which have a padded shoulder strap, then make sure it is properly centered on your shoulder and not up against your neck. Again, this will reduce muscle strain

The Back Of Your Baby Slings

The baby slings back need to be spread out as widely as possible. Basically, the more you spread out the fabric in the back, the more comfortable you'll be. Also, spread the fabric down low on your back. This, too, will reduce pressure on your back. You will be surprised at how wide you can spread your sling across and down your back, so take the time to do it and notice the difference in your comfort level.

The Height Of Your Baby

Basically, the higher you carry your baby, the more comfortable you'll be. Baby slings are pretty easy to adjust, so just keep at it until your baby is comfortable and you are, too. The weight of your baby and the baby's age will also determine carrying height.

Remember, if you are finding that you are getting tired easily from using your sling or that it's uncomfortable, it may not be adjusted ideally for your body. If possible, have someone that also uses baby slings help you in adjusting your sling for a better fit. If that's not possible, check online for a local Le Leche group. You will likely find someone in this group that will assist you in fitting your sling.
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