Today's guest blog post is brought to you by Brea from JoHo Baby. We are so excited to have her tell us about her passion for baby wearing but how to avoid using your ring sling incorrectly!
Before, JoHo Baby was anything other than the first two letters of my two favorite little people, The Jo is for my daughter Josephine and the Ho is for our son Holden, I was just a new mom trying to navigate through the endless yards of baby wraps, soft structured carriers, back pack and front packs. One of my favorite ways to wear my babies was then and still is a ring sling. It’s easily identifiable with its two rings synching the fabric on one shoulder. Ring slings are easy to get on and off, adjustable and so comfortable if worn correctly.
Its really quite simple to tell if you are wearing your sling incorrectly, if it is causing you discomfort you may need to make some adjustments. Identifying this is really very simple. I thought it’d be nice of me to save you all the trial and error and just tell you the top three reasons your sling may be causing a pain in your neck.
Problem One: The shoulder portion is creeping up your neck.
Solution One: Pull the shoulder section down so that it is capping your shoulder and pull the sling tight to avoid, it slipping back up. It will occasionally creep back up again pull it down.
Problem Two: You are wearing the sling too loose this causes a tugging feeling and a strain in your back.
Solution Two: Pull the sling tight, it will feel more secure and akin to a second skin. Be sure to separate the tail and tighten it in small sections to ensure that it is evenly tight all the way from top rail to bottom.
Problem Three: You are wearing the sling to low.
Solution Three: Your baby should be close enough to kiss with out any strain. I find it most comfortably for babies bottom to be close to the level of my belly button and for her head to rest on my chest near my collar bone. You can lower baby to nurse and then tighten when finished.
My name is Brea and I am JoHo Baby. I am also the mom to the most awesome little people. I made my first ring sling after the birth of my daughter Josephine, I had always been an advocate for baby-wearing but disappointed with the selection I set out to make my own. I simply wanted a a ring sling that represented my style that was strong, safe and comfortable. I began researching fabrics and methods during nap time. It was more than a hobby; it was an obsession.