Monday, August 2, 2010

The Joy of the Ring Sling & Gift Certificate Giveaway

Ring slings are a wonderful option for the first time baby wearing family. Ring Slings are quick, easy, have a small learning curve, and are good from newborn to toddler. There are different options for a ring sling. You can choose either an open or closed tail, and choose rails that are padded, lightly padded or un-padded. With these selections you can find just the right style ring sling for you. The Zolowear is an example of an unpadded open tailed ring sling. The Hava is an example of a lightly padded system.


How is a ring sling quick you might ask? Putting on a ring sling is as quick as tossing your cross bodied purse on. Ring Slings go on the same way, from one shoulder to the opposite hip with a simple ‘tail’ (the part of fabric hanging towards the floor). Once baby is in the sling you can leave the tail to hang or tuck it up inside the sling, whichever you prefer.

Ring Slings have one of the smallest learning curves which make them great for first time baby wearers. Place the rings on the shoulder farthest from where you want baby. For me I liked having baby more to my left so the rings would go on my right shoulder.

Carrying your newborn is easily done in the front snuggle position shown here with a Zolowear style ring sling. You can have the legs in or out once you become more comfortable with how to adjust and fit your right sling.

Toddlers can be worn in many positions, from the facing out shown here in the Hava style ring sling, to the hip carry, and for the advanced baby wearer (yes you will achieve this status very soon) the back carry.

The easiest way to learn how to use your sling to its fullest is to watch someone and get patient instruction. The Tummy2Tummy DVD is the perfect in home help for learning how to use your ring sling.




*Giveaway*
This week’s giveaway is a $10.00 gift certificate towards the baby carrier of your choice. Here is what I ask of you as methods of entry.  Leave one comment for each method:

*Mandatory Entry* Like Snuggle Hugs on Facebook
1 Extra Entry - Follow Snuggle Hugs on Twitter
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1 Extra Entry - Follow this Blog! (Cloth Diaper Retailer Cooperative)

*One random winner will be chosen.  Giveaway ends August 18th

Chrisitne of Snuggle Hugs LLC

** Winner of the $10.00 gift certificate is Kimberlie!, Congrats! **

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