Baby sling tying tricks
Many different kinds of baby carriers exist on the market. Most of them are baglike creations with clasps and belts, by the help of which the baby can be carried on your belly or back, with the baby looking for- or backwards. I've tried several of them, yet, the simple baby sling I describe below has done the best service. The secret lies in the different methods of tying, not in the material itself. The manufacturers of such slings usually don't make the tricks widely known, you can guess why. I've never seen such a description on the Internet before, so I try to fill the gap. Hopefully, anyone can learn by the help of the pictures, how to fasten the sitting or lying baby onto one's front or back side. The sling has the additional advantage to the pre-sewn "kangaroo" carriers, that it gives a wider support on the shoulder (does not cut in) and it holds the baby softer, more naturally, as if in a gentle embrace. I suggest everyone to give it a try. I could easily carry even my 16mos old son who weighs 13kgs (the "kangaroo" carrier is supposed to work up to 9 kgs). Remember, this is my personal homepage, I have no financial interest in idolizing this object or that, yet, I've spent hours drawing illustrations and settig up this page, just for sharing with others what worked so well for me. If nothing else, this should prove you that my recommendation can be taken seriously, because I find this simple baby-accessory really good, even seen with the most objective eyes.
There are slings of special weave, which stretch in the proper directions more easily, thanks to the diagonal weave. If you have the money, you can buy these. No doubt, the result will be better than with the simple-weave, cheap cloth, but the latter also worked prefectly for me. I do not intend to advertise for any of the "super sling" manufacturers, lest I let out someone or violate copyrights. Because of the same reason I've illustrated the descriptions with my own drawings. Of course, I cannot list all tricks here, because place is limited, but with a little creativity you can combine further by yourself.
Material: I have sewn my own sling of a 2m (cca. 6,5 feet) long piece of flannel of "double" width (=140 cm = cca. 4,5ft): I've cut it in half lengthwise and sewn the ends WELL together so that I got a 4m x 70 cm (cca. 13x2,3 ft) piece of cloth. This size fits for all tying methods. The material can be anything, even an old sheet, as long as it's not old or bad enough to tear and give your baby a hard landing...
The sling can be pre-knotted with a sliding knot (see below) and tied on somehow afterwards. I could manage all tyings below by myself, but if you have someone around to hold the baby while you are tying, it's the better.
X-shaped (this tying resembles the "kangaroo" carriers most)
1. Take the cloth at the middle to your waist from behind
2. Throw both ends over your shoulders in a cross 3. Pull one end through under the band of cloth at your waist
4. Tie both ends together
5. Place the baby into the X on your stomach. The cross should be under his bottom, the legs come out at the sides of the X and the head and arms above at the top of the X. Flatten the cloth under his bottom, first the inner part, then the outer one. In case of very small or sleeping babies, you can put the hands or even the head under the above parts of the X (it's great for discreet breastfeeding in public as well). In this case you can pull the cloth higher together on his back. It's very comfortable!
1a version: Place the cloth at the middle on one shoulder and tie the ends in a knot at the other hip. Flatten the front side so that it does not get twisted. 1b version: The cloth goes backwards at the other shoulder, not at the hip. Cross it on your back and tie it around your waist. 2. Pull the baby gently into the sling from your shoulder (or from below) 3. By pulling on the cloth, the head comes higher. Turn the cloth on your shoulder inside out, so that the hem that was at your neck now lies on your upper arm (see also figure 4)
4. Tie the rest of the cloth around your waist.
1. Lay the cloth on the bed, put the baby on it and pull him on your back holding both ends of the cloths. 2. Pull the ends backwards, either simply under your arms or crossed on your breast (the latter is more comfortable in my opinion) 3. Tie the ends in a knot under the bottom of the baby on your back. 4. If you have crossed the cloth on your breast, flatten it to make it comfortable.
With this method you can carry even the bigger little ones!
sitting at the side
1. Place the cloth at the middle on one shoulder and tie the ends in a knot at the other hip. 2. Push the knot onto your back. Flatten the cloth on your shoulder. 3. Grip both hems of the cloth and twist it: push the upper one down and inwards and pull the lower one up and outwards. (see also figure 4) 4. With the twist you have formed the "seat" 5. Place the baby ino the sling and make sure he sits comfortably on our hip (or wherever you want him to sit)
Tie the cloth according to the figure, then pull it in the arrows' direction.
The knot glides on the other end than the one marked with the arrow, while it holds securely from the direction of the loop.