Are ring slings good for newborns?
Infant and toddler health
A baby sling — typically a one-shouldered baby carrier made of soft fabric — can be a safe way to carry a baby, if you follow safety guidelines. But a baby sling can pose a suffocation hazard to an infant, particularly those younger than age 4 months.
Can you breastfeed in a ring sling?
It works wonderfully to breastfeed baby upright in a ring sling. Austin Rees, IBCLC and Babywearing Educator Breast Skin Sling said “Nursing upright in a sling can mimic the koala hold or the laid back nursing position. … This position also gives the parent more control if they need to hold the breast when latching.”
How long can a newborn be in a ring sling?
There’s no time limit! You can wear your newborn in a ring sling as long as you’re both comfortable and happy. In fact, baby-wearing for three hours a day significantly reduces newborn crying — 43 percent overall and 51 percent at night. So hold that baby!
How old does a baby have to be for a ring sling?
What to consider when using a ring sling. Baby’s age. Recommended use usually begins around 4 months. This gives babies a chance to develop their neck muscles, which are crucial for the ring sling to be effective and safe.
When can I start using a ring sling?
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!