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Often at meetings we are able to help someone be a lot more comfortable in a carrier with a really quick tip. Today, we made a couple of one-minute videos showing some ring sling tips that address very common issues: how to get the baby well seated so you can be hands-free in a ring sling; and how to do a hip carry without having the rings move down your body to an uncomfortable position. It seems we give both tips at every meeting, so we thought we’d share them with a wider audience.

Let’s start with getting a good seat, because it’s fundamental to using a ring sling:

Sometimes, in order to make a point, we have to make an analogy. Sometimes, the analogy involves the way us womenfolk don our, um, “foundation garments.” Sorry about that, but the analogy is apt and is the most effective way I can make the point. 🙂

When you’re ready to do a hip carry in a ring sling, try this trick for getting your baby on your hip without moving the rings:

Happy ring slinging!


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How to Make a Bed Sheet Sling

Click on the above link to watch a video to learn how to turn a twin sheet into an adjustable baby sling with no sewing, no cutting, and just a simple fold and knot.

This video was taken at a training session for the Birthwell Partners Community Doula Project. Sharing the knowledge of how to use a shawl or a sheet as a safe and comfortable baby carrier is a wonderful gift to a new parent, and we were delighted to have the chance to work with a group of doulas who want to share the gift babywearing with their clients!

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It’s the first day of International Babywearing Week 2011, and the theme for the day is Make it Monday. As it happens, we developed a very popular and easy project a few years ago that fits today’s theme perfectly: The No-Sew Fleece Babywearing Poncho. All you need is a yard and a quarter of good quality fleece and some scissors. If you find some fleece on sale, you might make this project for about $5. Enjoy!


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Susie and Ryan in a Ball Baby Overall mei tai, circa 2006

Celebrate International Babywearing Week by making your own faux Ball Baby Overall mei tai with us on Wednesday, October 12, from 10a.m. to noon at the Hancock Fabrics store on Hwy. 280. Basic sewing skills are needed. This project involves some straight seams, but there are no zippers, buttons, rings or other hardware to install. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here for all the details and to register.

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At the 2010 International Babywearing Conference in Rigby, Idaho

Mandy and I went to Rigby, Idaho, June 8-12 for the 2010 International Babywearing Conference. We learned a lot and met a lot of interesting and inspirational babywearers. (And we came back with a lot of swag to share with our members!)

Here are some posts from around the web to give you a taste of the conference as well as some of the important information shared:

Inspirational post by a babywearing dad who got help at the conference. What does babywearing mean for parents and their children? Why do we volunteer to help people with babywearing? Read this!

Article about carseats by Jan at Sleeping Baby Productions based on the all-conference session by M’Liss Stelzer. Very important information!

Traditional babywearing, and museum exhibit of traditional and modern baby carriers, from Beltway Babywearers, our sister BWI chapter in the Washington, DC, area. Lots of great pictures from the museum display!

IBC 2010 post 1 from Beltway Babywearers.

IBC 2010 post 2 from Beltway Babywearers.

Idaho Babywearers post about conference attendees trip to Yellowstone National Park. And don’t miss the immediately prior posts about the medical panel, the Dutch Oven dinner (complete with cowboy band, rodeo queens, hula hooping, and celebrity babywearers), keynote speaker Kelley Mason (who sparked a babywearing revolution in the U.S. when she founded the Kozy Carrier company) and observations about the conference and the role of babywearing as “the fabric of a global community,” the theme of the conference.

The next International Babywearing Conference will be in San Diego in 2011, and after that, the Beltway Babywearers will take it to DC for 2012.

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If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer, there are plenty of good tutorials, patterns, and instructions for making baby carriers. Many require basic sewing skills and some are more advanced. Making a mei tai with padded straps has generally been considered a bit advanced, or at least a bit “involved,” and one reason is that getting the padding into the sewn mei tai straps requires the assitance of tiny little fairies is tedious.

Well, it doesn’t have to be.

Thank Diana from BucureĹźti, România, for giving you the Diana Mei Tai Applicator. (You will need a free membership at TheBabywearer.com to follow the link. If you don’t already have one, you need one anyway. 🙂 ) The DMTA is made from folded and cut cardboard with a clever little notch in the end. She posted complete photo instructions for your mei tai strap padding pleasure.


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Here’s Mandy’s brand-new video demonstrating in detail how to do a fully-adjustable hip carry with a wraparound sling. She shows you the tips and adjustments to get a rock-solid carry; once you learn them, this carry is much quicker than the demonstration. 🙂 Our friend Heather showed us this fabulous carry.

Because you can adjust the sling to fully support your baby, this carry can be done from the newborn stage on up. (If you do it with a newborn, you can make a headrest out of a burp cloth as demonstrated in this video. Or you can do the same technique using the tail of the wrap in lieu of a burp cloth.)

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