Ring Sling

Ring Slings are popular carriers that typically rest on one shoulder and the baby is cradled inside the pouch the fabric makes or an older child can be carried on the hip or back. The fabric is adjustable to accommodate for the height and size of the wearer to be the most comfortable. Cotton, especially linen, and silk are popular fabrics for ring slings, although many different textiles prove strong and sturdy enough to be used.

Pros: Can be quickly put on and can be adjusted with body changes or as your child grows to make it the most comfortable. You can also carry newborns in the cradle position which is soothing for many children. It also lends itself well to being homemade since there is room for adjustment in the fit with the rings.

Cons: The rings can dig into your collarbone or the side of baby’s face and the fabric may need to be periodically tightened, especially with a heavier child. Only rests on one shoulder so puts a lot of pressure on one side of the body– I do not recommend wearing this for long periods of time especially with an older infant or toddler, however, they are great for running in the store, quick outings and around the house. I’d recommend a Mei Tai or Backpack style carrier for walking and longer stretches of time.

Brands we have reviewed that carry Ring Sling style carriers:
Baby in a Fishbowl

Autumn Slings

Maya Wrap
Rockin’ Baby Sling
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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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