Wearing your baby is not only convenient but it also helps your baby developmentally. Having the child where they can see what you are doing is a stimulate for their brain, seeing how things work. Baby wearing has become more popular in the last few years and with this a lot more companies that make and sell baby wearing items. While not all baby wearing products are expensive I still wanted to see if I could make a super affordable sling that is just as good. And I have to say it works really well and was super easy and affordable to make. My son is too big to wear, but I do have an adorable nephew that I have the pleasure of babysitting sometimes.
This has really helped me when I keep Emerit, I hope you find it useful too!
A measuring tape
Pins or a light colored magic marker
The First thing you should do is wash your fabric, if you plan on ever washing your sling (which you probably will want to) this will ensure it won't shrink.
Cut your fabric to be 81 inches long and 28 inches wide.
Hem the raw edges if you want a more clean look.
Determine what end you want the top to be and measure 14 inches down.
I drew a faint line with a washable pencil just so I could be sure I pinned and sewed it in the right place.
Now put your rings on and fold the fabric down to meet your 14 inch mark.
I recommend pinning this to make it easier to sew.
With your rings on and fabric folded over sew along to where your 14 inch mark is.
This is securing your rings, so since this will be a weight bearing seam you will need to do at least 3 lines of stitching for safety.
Your sling is finished, lace it and wear your baby!
How to lace:
Lace it by placing the rings on the opposite side of where you want to hold your baby.
If you want your baby on the right side of you place the rings on your left collar bone.
Reach behind and grab the tail, making sure it isn't twisted or tangled and put it thru both rings.
Take the tail again and put it thru the front ring.
Make sure there is no overlapping or a big clumps of fabric before you put your child in the sling.
Leave some slack so that you can place your baby in. Act as if you are just putting your child on your hip and pull the fabric under their bottom. Pull the tail to tighten the fabric. You do not want your child sagging, you want them to be in a high seat as if you were holding them.
While in the sling your baby should be at a kissing distance, meaning you should be able to kiss the top of their head without leaning your head down.
For a visual on how to wear a sling you can youtube "how to wear a baby ring sling"
I made this one for myself for when I keep my nephew and it helps me so much!
These would also be a great gift to a mom to be.
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