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Wearing - Troubleshooting

Do Wear Baby High in the Sling

Do...


Baby is high, snug, and upright, as if baby is in arms. Baby's airway is visible.

Don't...


Baby is too low and is enveloped in fabric. This positioning is unsafe because baby's airway is not visible. Babies often resist sling when they are put into this unnatural position.
Don't Wear Baby Low in the Sling
Do Spread Fabric on Rings

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As you tighten the sling, keep the fabric spread around the rings. Tighten the top rail by pulling UP and OVER across the body, so fabric edge stays isolated in the rings.

Don't...


Pulling down on the whole tail causes the fabric to become twisted in the rings, making it difficult to loosen.
Don't Twist Fabric on Rings
Do Pull Baby Close

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Baby is pulled close, as if the baby is in arms. A snug top rail is more comfortable for the wearer's back.

Don't...


Top rail is loose and baby is leaning back. This position does not feel secure; this does not mimic an in-arms hold. A leaning baby hurts the wearer's back.
Don't Leave Top Rail Loose
Do Spread Fabric Across Your Back

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Fabric is spread wide on back and shoulder. Wider fabric is more comfortable.

Don't...


Narrow fabric creates tension points and digs into back and neck.
Don't Keep Fabric Narrow Across Your Back
Do Cup Your Shoulder

Do...


Shoulder folds are pulled out, and sling is cupping mom’s shoulder. Rings are in corsage position in the hollow under the shoulder.

Don't...


A narrow band of fabric puts all of the weight on the neck.
Do Keep Narrow Strap on Shoulder
Do Keep Knees Up

Do...


Baby’s legs are bent and spread like a frog. Baby’s bottom is lower than knees so baby cannot slip out. Fabric is spread evenly from baby's neck to knees.

Don't...


Baby’s legs are hanging straight down. Baby could slip out the bottom of the sling. Only friction is holding baby in the sling.
Don't Rely on Friction to Hold Baby