Almost every baby loves the closeness of being held in a sling. Here’s how to use your baby carrier safely and correctly so it’s comfortable for you and your child. Use the TICKS checklist to make sure you’re properly using a baby sling.
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There are many ways to carry your baby. For simplicity, we have listed our favourite baby sling positions. Find more positions on the web or by asking your friends for their favourites.
Be patient when you first use the sling: sometimes it takes a few tries for parent and baby to get used to it. Keep trying: it is well worth the freedom a baby sling offers! The key is to start moving once the baby is settled in the baby carrier, as babies love motion.
Video and instructional list
Getting the right size
The key to comfortable baby wearing is to make sure you have a properly fitting baby sling. Here’s how to select the best size for you:
- Your Pippalily sling size will typically be the size of your fitted t-shirt. If you find yourself between sizes, choose the larger baby carrier.
- The bottom of the baby sling should rest on or just above your hip bone. A low hanging baby feels uncomfortable and puts unnecessary pressure on your back.
- The baby sling should contour your body closely.
- For newborns, you can roll the inside fabric, decreasing the width of the sling to accommodate a small baby.
- Be sure the fabric is not bunched over your shoulder or along your back. Bunching causes pressure points because the baby’s weight is localized instead of being spread proportionately through the wide shoulder strap.
- The sling is a new experience for your baby. It might be love at first carry or it may take a few days for her to get used to it!
- If either you or your baby can’t get comfortable with the Sleeping Baby position described below, don’t give up! Keep trying or wait a few months to try the Peek-a-Boo or Hip Carry positions. We guarantee you’ll appreciate getting your hands back!
Putting on the sling
- Decide on which shoulder you are going to wear your Pippalily baby sling: most right handed people prefer to wear over their left shoulder. Left handed people typically wear over their right shoulder.
- With the sling’s longest edge closest to you (logo facing away from you), slide the opposite arm (to the shoulder you will be wearing it on) through the upper folded edge.
- Slide the sling over your head so the flat edge rests on your opposite shoulder.
- Now decide which position you are going to carry your baby.
Sleeping Baby position
- Hold your baby over the shoulder opposite the sling.
- Place the sling’s Pippalily logo (seam) in line with the baby’s body. (When the baby is rested in the sling, their body will lie across the seam, in the natural curve of the sling.)
- For newborns, you can roll the inside fabric, decreasing the width of the sling to accommodate a small baby. (Watch video)
- Use your free hand to create an opening in the sling.
- Lower your baby’s feet and bottom into the sling, and gently recline him or her.
- If your baby doesn’t want to be in the fully reclined position, you can free his outside arm from the sling allowing the fabric to act like a prop, supporting his back and head. This even works for babies that are only a few weeks old (see Peek-A-Boo position)
- The baby’s body should be lying on the seam, in the curve of the sling.
- Make sure the material fully envelops the baby, and is pulled up between you and the baby.
- Adjust your baby — and the sling’s position — for comfort and safety.
- Rotate the sling to accommodate a more reclined or upright position.
- Adjust the fabric to make sure it is not bunching at your neck, and is smooth over your shoulder and along your back. If the fabric is bunched, pressure points will develop.
- This is also a wonderfully discreet breastfeeding position. Simply slide the inside fabric down below your breast for a convenient nurse.
- Start moving!! Babies love being in motion.
Perfect for babies who like to see what’s going on.
- From the Infant Pouch Position…
- Reach into the baby sling and guide your baby’s head and shoulders forward, so that the baby is almost sitting up.
- Free the baby’s outside arm. This arm will prop the baby up into a sitting position and the material will also support their head. Once your baby is able to hold their head up and sit they will love watching the world in the Hip Carry position described below.
Front Carry Position
- Place the sling’s curved seam halfway between your hip and your centre.
- Slide your baby between your body and the entire sling, in line with the logo. (Baby will sit in the natural curve of the sling.)
- Hold your baby with one arm and use the other hand to pull the inside material down and around the baby’s bottom, creating a seat, with legs dangling.
- At the same time shift the baby so he is straddling and sitting on your hip.
- Make sure the fabric’s edge is pulled all the way to behind the baby’s knees or further, creating a hammock-type seat.
- Be sure the fabric under the baby’s bottom is smooth. Bunching creates uncomfortable pressure points.
- If a pressure point persists, try putting your baby’s front leg inside the sling to ensure that the fabric is smooth.
- Some babies prefer one or both legs inside the sling straddling your waist. If so, pull the fabric up around your baby’s leg(s), ensuring that there is material between you and his leg(s).
- Pull the material up high on the baby’s back for the most support, comfort and safety.
- Make sure the seam is going up the baby’s back and that there is fabric between you and the baby.
- Remember that babies move unpredictably so be aware of their position and movement at all time.
- Start moving ! Babies love being in motion.
- The user of the Pippalily sling is solely responsible for the proper and appropriate use of the sling, including the safety of the baby while it is in the sling.
- Babies should weigh no more than 30lb.
- Remember that your baby is not buckled in, so please be aware of what they are doing at all times.
- When bending over, keep one hand on the baby at all times.
- Please take care to ensure that the baby’s breathing is not compromised in any of the positions; be sure to adjust the baby and the sling accordingly.
- Be sure to inspect the seams of the Pippalily sling regularly to ensure the continued suitability and safety of the sling.