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This tip seems simple, but makes a difference: use your words. That is, talk to your baby. Tell them what you’re doing.

“Now I’m going to put you in the sling.” And in goes baby from your shoulder to the sling.

Or, when its time to come out, “Let’s get you out: one, two” and out on “three.”

So much happens without advance warning in your child’s world. Be considerate and helpful by giving them a heads’ up about what’s coming next.

Narrate it: in and out of the sling.

Talk to your baby now about what’s happening around and to them. Before you know it, they’ll be talking with you (and that’s a whole other conversation!).

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Keep it high! Remember this simple mantra when putting on your sling and you won’t fall prey to one of the most common ring sling mistakes: rings worn too low on the body.

Here’s how to do it: put your sling on and position the rings on top of your shoulder. Yup, that’s right–on top of your shoulder. After putting your child in the sling, his or her weight will adjust the rings down to the correct “corsage” position. That is, the rings should be just about where you would’ve worn a corsage to your junior prom.

Rings worn lower than corsage position make for a shorter pouch for your child and can also make for a less comfortable carry in general. So, remember “rings high” and all should be well!

For more help, see our Instructions page for expert advice on how to put on your sling.

So you’ve got a sling. Now what do you do?

Our best advice is this: before you put the sling on and try to put your baby in it, think about how you carry your child. Think about what position your baby likes best, about the way that you carry your child in your arms and recreate that position (as best you can) in the sling.

Does your baby like to be carried in the crook of your arm? Try the cradle carry. Or does he or she prefer to be carried more upright, looking over your shoulder in a burp position? Try the tummy-to-tummy carry. Does your baby really like to face forward? The kangaroo carry is the one to try. Don’t be afraid to experiment. As your child grows, you can try different carrying positions such as a hip carry or back carry.

Read our easy-to-follow instructions. Put on your sling, put your child in, and off you go!