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Beginners Guide to Using a Ring Sling

Beginners Guide to Using a Ring Sling

Our friend, Larissa, from Living in Color Blog, has graciously shared her beginner’s guide to using a ring sling with us so we could share the helpful information with you! Whether you have no idea what a ring sling is, or have been considering one but wanted more information, read through this guide where Larissa answers some common questions and gives some helpful tips!


If you’re anything like I was as a new mom, you don’t know A THING about ring slings, woven wraps or soft structured carriers. I hope to demystify what these other carrier options are and share additional tips for using them. Babywearing has most definitely made me a better mom.

Here’s a list of commonly questions I get about ring slings and my answers!

What is a ring sling?
A ring sling is a piece of woven wrap cut to a specific length (depending on size) and sewn at the shoulder with rings to create a convenient “sling” to use to carry a baby.
How does it work?
So chances are when you receive your sling it will be unthreaded, meaning the rings will be up top and the end of the sling will hang freely. The first thing you need to do is thread the rings. See this video that helped me when I was learning how to thread.
After your sling is threaded, you are now ready to practice using it. The rings hold the wrap sling in a way that allows you to create a hammock-like seat, wrap around your baby’s back up to their neck, and then tighten carefully. Read on for tips on using a ring sling!
Who needs a ring sling?
Anyone who wants to carry a newborn. In my opinion, ring slings are the easiest to use with newborns. Anyone who wants to run a quick errand and wants a compact, easy to adjust carrier. Also, someone who has a baby or toddler that you would prefer to hold in a hip carry. Most caregivers will want to carry your baby or child on your hip anyway. So, why not have a nice and supportive piece of fabric to help you do it and free up your hands?
Is a ring sling the only carrier I need for my baby?
Yes and no. If you have a newborn or super light baby, then yes, all you need is a ring sling. At around six months I started wearing G in her soft structured carriers too since they help distribute weight a bit better for older babies. But I still use my ring slings too – just for different reasons! I use three types of carriers daily. A ring sling, woven wrap, and soft structured carrier. They each have different functions and you can read more about that in this post here.
How old does baby have to be to be worn in a ring sling?
Each sling has it’s own weight limit depending on the fabric and the age of the child. Generally, 35 pounds is a good maximum baseline. You can generally wear a newborn in a ring sling right away (assuming there are no medical problems – be sure to consult a medical professional before officially wearing your newborn in a sling – just to be safe.) I wear my 17-month-old in a ring sling daily and still feel very comfortable with her in it. She loves it so much.
How do I get one?
There are buy, sell, trade groups on Facebook, or you can easily buy one on BabyTula.com. That is my favorite place to buy ring slings, which brings me to my next question.
What are your favorite ring slings, Larissa?
I have owned quite a few ring slings in several different types of material. Baby Tula tencel blend ring slings are my favorite fabric/types because of their cute prints and their special tencel material they use. Of the four that currently live here now, three of them are Tula.
Which fabric is best for a ring sling?
I would say tencel blend like I mentioned above, 100% cotton, or bamboo are my recommended fabrics.
How do I know what size I need?
Here’s the thing – when I bought my first sling I had people tell me to get a S/M (small/medium) because that’s what t-shirt size I wear, but I prefer a L/XL (large/extra-large) aka, LOOOOONG tails!
I love the long tails because they serve three purposes: the first is beautiful flowy fabric, the second is a makeshift nursing cover, and the third is extra support at neck or bum or another layer of warmth for baby! It’s a win-win with longer tails, but honestly it’s a personal preference thing!
My size guide in the image below is for Baby Tula Ring Sling sizes. For ring slings that are converted from small pieces of woven wrap, just look at the inches and then refer back to this guide.
S/M – 77 inches
L/XL – 87 inches

THREE TIPS FOR USING A RING SLING

1. Create a deep seat.
When your baby is carried in the ring sling, in a deep seat, you create a position that is very safe and more comfortable. This deep seat prevents them from undoing the “seat” of the carrier when baby straightens their legs.
Check out the photos of G in our ring slings. The bottom third of the ring sling fabric is pulled across her bottom, thighs and supporting her “seat” from the crook of one knee to the crook of the other knee.
2. Make sure you start with ring sling mostly tightened
The graphic below shows optimal comfort and tips for using ring slings. To make sure your ring sling is secured in an optimal position, tighten the fabric of the sling in THREE sections: top third, middle third and bottom third. Start with the sling snug with just enough room to get your baby into the carrier. If your ring sling is loose, it could make it uncomfortable.
3. Make sure there are no twists in fabric on your back.
The fabric that goes across your back should be flat and snug on your back so that it doesn’t mess with the seat or the fabric that’s threaded through the rings.
For a comprehensive list of FAQ’s visit Baby Tula’s FAQs page or get additional help when you sign up for Baby Tula’s Video Fit Checks!
Bonus tip: Be patient and take your time with learning. You WILL get frustrated, but I can also promise that with practice and determination, you will get good at it. Be confident! Baby Tula offers amazing instructional resources on how to use your ring slings.
What’s the difference between Semi, Half and Full Wrap Conversions?

Difference Between Wrap Conversions

A common question asked regarding Baby Tula Wrap Conversions is “what’s the difference between the different types?” We created the following graphic to help show you the differences!

While our ‘regular’ Standard, Toddler and Free-to-Grow carriers are made with canvas and twill fabric, our Wrap Conversion Carriers are made using popular woven wraps. The prices vary due to additional cost in sourcing woven wraps. Wrap Conversion Carriers were made for babywearers who love the look and feel of woven wraps but want the simplicity of a buckle carrier.

There are 3 types of wrap conversions: Full, Half, and Semi – while the Half and Full also come in Coast variations!

  • The Full Wrap Conversion is made entirely out of woven wrap material meaning shoulder straps, body panel and waistband are all made with a woven wrap, front and back. (also comes with Coast mesh panel)
  • The Half Wrap Conversion is made with the woven wrap on the outside of the shoulder straps, body panel and waistband, and has canvas material on the inside.The canvas reinforces the wrap which can make it more supportive. (also comes with Coast mesh panel)
  • The Semi Wrap Conversion is made with the woven wrap only on the panel of the body and canvas on the shoulder straps and waistband.
  • The Coast version of the Wrap Conversion is made with a center panel of breathable mesh and a mesh hood. This version provides added airflow.

When it comes down to it, all Baby Tula Carriers will support your baby and/or toddler ergonomically and comfortably, canvas, semi, half or full!

Want to learn more about our Wrap Conversion Carriers? Visit our Wrap Conversions 101 blog post!

Customize Your Carrier

How to Customize Your Baby Carrier

We’re all about expression, which is why we have so many different carrier options to help you find your perfect style. But as special as our carriers are, have you ever thought of creating your own one-of-a-kind Tula Carrier? With the addition of a custom hood, reach straps and/or suck pads, it’s possible to create a baby carrier that is unique to you and your baby!

Suck Pads

What are Suck Pads? Suck pads are detachable covers to put over your arm straps where they meet the panel. Sometimes, babies like to try and suck on the arm straps. By adding suck pads to your carrier, you’re able to easily remove them to wash, prevent wear to your carrier, AND add extra flare!

Reach Straps

What are Reach Straps? Reach straps connect to the hood on your baby carrier. When you’re back carrying, reach straps give you added length to be able easily reach and pull the hood over baby while they’re sleeping!

Custom Hoods

A really unique way to personalize your carrier is by getting a custom hood to replace hood that comes with your carrier! This is the ultimate way to add flair in a theme or style that speaks to you.

We’ve seen people create animals, put inspirational quotes, make a hood in a matching or coordinating print of the carrier…the options are endless!

 

Visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration, join our Tula Love Facebook group to see a list of customizers, and share your finished product with us by tagging us @Baby Tula or @tulababycarriers!

Free-to-Grow Summer Collection Look Book

Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier Summer Collection

Since launching just a few months ago, our Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier has had an overwhelmingly positive response from parents across the world. It’s ease of use and ability to carry a newborn without an infant insert, has made our Free-to-Grow Carrier a must have! 

Take a look at the for new Free-to-Grow Baby Carriers, below, to see how we’ve kept the designs in this next collection simple stylishly! These four, more neutral options, will compliment your everyday style while you shine! We stay bold with the Free-to-Grow’s multiple features like the breathable twill material that feels cool to the touch and does not have added bulk. 

Which print will you choose?

Effortless style describes Indigo’s solid rich color. Perfect for everyday wear, Indigo makes a simple statement in a neutral shade of blue made with our cool twill material all over, including the detachable hood.

We celebrate the cherished moments of independence with this simple, stylish design. Soar has black silhouettes of birds in flight across an olive green backdrop covering the entire carrier, including the inner shell, and the detachable hood. With support and love, your little one can soar!

A playful spirit and limitless wonder inspire our print, Imagine. Soft brushstrokes in jet black, fall across a white background, in horizontal lines. Imagine’s print is an all over design that feels classic with a touch of interest. The print continues across the inner shell of the carrier and the detachable hood.

Keep it simple with Stormy. A sophisticated color of dark gray creates an understated, yet chic, color palette for this Free-to-Grow Carrier. Stormy’s modern shade of gray is made with our cool twill material all over, including the detachable hood.

 

Indigo, Imagine, Soar, and Stormy will be available on babytula.com on July 13th and many of our boutique retailers.

Summer Style Guide

As the weather heats up and you are outside more, your baby carrier is a must have! Check out some of our favorite summer styles, and comment below what is your favorite Tula for summer!