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Wearing Help

Which positions are best at each age? How do I put the sling on and put the baby in?

Age Ring Sling Illustrations Ring Sling Videos
All Ages
0-3 months, no head control
3-6 months, good head control, not sitting
6+ months, sitting up
  • Hip - coming soon
15+ months, walking steadily
  • Toddler hip - coming soon
  • Toddler back - coming soon

Are there any general wearing tips for beginners?
  • Try your sling on in front of a mirror.
  • Before putting baby in, adjust the main body of the sling so baby’s bottom will be in the sling zone.
  • When the fabric is twisted in the rings, it can be difficult to adjust. Spread fabric around the rings evenly. Leave the outside/top rail loose, with the edge isolated in the rings.
  • Tighten the outside/top rail only by pulling UP and OVER, not down.
  • Rings should end up in corsage position in the hollow under your shoulder. Start with rings high on your shoulder before you put baby in, as putting baby in often shifts the rings down.
  • Make sure the fabric is spread wide across your back.
  • ZoloWear slings are designed to cup your shoulder comfortably. Pull the shoulder folds out so the fabric cups your shoulder.
What if my baby is fussy?
  • Fussy baby? Get moving! Put the sling on and go for a walk, or vacuum or dust the house.
  • Try a different position. Some babies don't like the cradle hold, so try the tummy to tummy hold. A baby who can hold her head up might prefer to face out in the kangaroo hold (legs crossed). Move around until you're both comfortable.
  • Take a break and try again later. Try at times when both you and baby are well rested and fed. OK, as well rested as you can get these days! Keep trying!
  • Believe in yourself. Baby can often sense the parent's lack of confidence when first using the sling. Sometimes babies who “hate the sling” actually love it (and fall fast asleep)when carried by an experienced sling-user. So keep practicing!
My back is hurting. What should I do?
  • As long as baby is in proper position, the sling should not cause back pain. And it is certainly easier on your body than carrying a carseat around, or carrying baby in your arms.
  • Make sure the sling is on your shoulder and not in the crook of your neck.
  • Be sure the baby is at or above your waistline.
  • Check our troubleshooting guide to verify correct positioning.
  • If your back continues to hurt, consider having a massage, or see your health care provider. Sometimes back pain while using the sling is more about your back than the sling.
Are ZoloWear silk slings hot?
  • Our silk slings feel absolutely luxurious against your skin. But combine them with your baby’s body heat, and you might get a bit toasty if you’re outside in hot summer sun.
  • Silk is an insulator, and our slings are made from two layers of silk. Here in steamy Houston, Texas, we wear silk slings inside year-round, and outside when it’s less than about 85 degrees.
  • A silk sling is not a practical choice for outdoor hikes in the Texas summer. However, it’s comfortable for short trips outside, like from your car to the grocery store.
  • If you live in a hot climate and plan to wear your sling outside often, start with a lightweight, light-colored cotton or mesh sling. You might find that you love your sling so much that you need a silk one for the cooler months.
Are the silk slings difficult to keep tightened, since the fabric is so smooth and "slippery"?
  • Not at all. Our slings are made from two layers of silk: a slippery brocade and a textured dupioni. The thickness of the two layers and the texture of the dupioni both keep the fabric from slipping.
  • In fact, silk slings are a bit stiff when new, and take several wearings to break in and be easily adjusted.
I tried an unpadded cotton sling once, and it kept slipping out of the rings. Won’t your slings do that, too?
  • No. We use sturdy fabrics that never slip. Once you get a ZoloWear sling in place, it will not move until you want it to.
Still having trouble?
  • Watch the videos.
  • Try a different position.
  • Take a break and try again later. Try when both you and baby are well-rested and fed. OK, as well-rested as you can get these days!
  • The baby sling is one of humankind’s oldest tools. Like millions of parents throughout history and all over the world, you can do this. Baby can sense parent's hesitance when first using the sling. Most babies who “hate the sling” actually love it (and fall fast asleep) when carried by an experienced babywearer. So keep practicing!
How can I ensure my baby's safety in the sling?