Over the years, we’ve made many mistakes when it comes to babywearing. Learning babywearing the hard way has been a blessing, because we are now able to pass on the tips we’ve learned. If you still need help after watching your instructional DVD and reading these instructions, please email us or give us a call at 832-239-5110.
Parts of Your Sling
Buckling Your Sling
Hold the rings in one hand and the bottom of the tail in the other hand. Pull all of the fabric of the tail through both rings until the label has come a few inches past the rings. Pull all of the fabric back through one ring, just like threading a belt. The label should end up just below the rings.
Key Tips for Comfort
Rest assured that, with practice, wearing your baby will become second nature to you. Most things that are truly worth it take a bit of work, so hang in there until the art of babywearing comes naturally!
If you are right handed, you may find that the position that feels best to you is to wear your HAVA with the shoulder pad on your right shoulder. To do so, start with your hands out in front of you, with your sling draped on your left hand. The shoulder pad should rest on your left hand, with the tail hanging between your two hands. Next, slide the sling up your left arm and over your head, resting the shoulder pad on your right shoulder. If you’re left handed, you will probably feel more comfortable with the shoulder pad on your left shoulder, so follow the above directions using the opposite sides. The hammock where your baby will be cradled goes across your chest like a banner. The rings should come just between your breast and shoulder. This is called the neutral position.
In review, the three keys for comfort are:
|1.||The rings should be between your shoulder and breast.|
|2.||The shoulder pad should be on your shoulder cap, rather than on top of your shoulder.|
|3.||The fabric of your sling should be spread out across your back
as much as possible – with rails not criss-crossing, and spread as far
away from each other as possible.
Placing Baby in the Sling
With your HAVA baby sling in neutral position, start with the rings a bit too high (almost touching your shoulder) so that they will end up in corsage position after you adjust your sling. Initially, you will securely hold your baby high on your shoulder, outside of the sling, opposite the sling rings. Rather than lowering baby into the sling and placing baby's weight on the sling, lower baby between your chest and the sling fabric, but keep holding baby with your arm. Before you place baby's weight in the sling, it is important to sweep any excess fabric from around your back, across baby's body, toward the rings. After pulling the excess fabric across baby's body, you're ready to make the initial adjustment - pulling the tail (from the label down). Pull the tail until the sling fabric is wrapped securely around baby, with baby high on your chest, where you would naturally carry him or her with your arms. All the while, hold your baby securely with your arms, until you have wrapped your baby in the safety of the sling and made all adjustments necessary. Detailed instructions regarding specific positions follow.
Bubbling (Adjusting the Top Rail Only)