Guest post by Brandy Nichols
The very first way I learned to carry my child (other than my arms) was in a ring sling. My husband’s mother gave me one in those very early days with my first baby. I think I must have gone around for a year or more, wearing my sling or mei tai much of the time. Many folks love using ring slings for getting their child up and down quickly and praise them even in the toddler years.
A ring sling is a length of cloth where one end is threaded with sling rings, folded over and sewn (very well). The other end, the tail, is free. It’s threaded through the rings, too, to make an adjustable pocket for the baby. Ring slings are not the same as those infamous bag slings from a few years ago. I like ring slings for carrying very small babies most of all. There’s not lots of fabric to wrap around them and no special inserts or adjustments required, such as for soft-structured carriers. Babies are only very little for a short time, anyway.Continue reading