Wearing

Threading Your Sling
Putting On Your Sling
Legs In
Legs Out
Hip Carry
Forward Facing

 


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Threading Your Sling:

  • Hold the rings of your sling in one hand, gather the tail of the sling into your other hand, and look to be sure that there are no twists in the fabric.
  • Bring the tail through both rings
  • Separate the rings, bring the fabric over the first ring, and through the second ring.
  • Make sure the fabric is not twisted in the rings by grabbing the edge of the fabric between the rings and walk your fingers through the fabric to the other edge and repeat as necessary until there are no twists.

 


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Putting On Your Sling:

  • Decide which shoulder you would like to wear your sling on.  The Comfy Joey sling can be worn on either shoulder!
  • Hold the rings of your sling in the hand of the side you would like to wear your sling on.  The tail should also be facing the side you would like to wear your sling on.
  • Insert your arm into the sling and bring the sling over your head (much like you would a sash or a messenger bag)
  • The rings should be placed high on the shoulder with the tail hanging down in front.
  • Pull the tail to tighten so there is just enough room the child.  Pulling the outside edges outward and the middle of the sling straight down can help keep the fabric from twisting in the rings.
Note:  You can wear a newborn with legs either in or out.  We encourage caregivers to follow the child’s lead and use whichever position they feel is best.

 


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Legs In Hold (birth to 3 months):

  • Bring the bottom rail (edge) of the sling up between your body and the top rail of the sling to form a pocket.
  • Hold baby high on your opposite shoulder, in a burp position
  • Slowly guide baby down into the pocket, in an upright position.  Allow baby to decide where to place their feet, but make sure that their weight is resting in their bottom.
  • The top rail of the sling should come up to the bottom of baby’s earlobe.
  • Pull the slack from your back around the baby and toward the rings
  • Pull the extra slack out by pulling on the tail of your sling.  While gently lifting baby’s weight, start with rail that is closest to the center of your body (this is your top rail) towards the baby.  Tighten the middle by pulling down, and the bottom rail by pulling away from the baby.

 


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Legs Out (birth on up):

  • Tighten your sling so there is just enough room for your baby.
  • Hold your baby high on your opposite shoulder, in a burp position.
  • Reach your hand between the sling and your body, and guide the baby’s body into the sling in an upright position, allowing their feet to come through the bottom.  Baby’s bum should be resting about half way into the width of your sling.  Baby should be either centered or just slightly off center on your body.
  • Support baby’s weight while reaching between your body and baby’s leg, grab the bottom rail of the sling, and pull it up between your body and baby making sure it extends from the back of one knee to the back of the other.  
    • This should mimic sitting into a hammock with their knees above their bum.  Some wearers find this is easier to do by leaning forward slightly.
  • Bring the top rail of your sling up high on the baby’s back.
    • For a newborn, the rail should come up to the bottom of their earlobe.
    • A child with good head control, the rail should come up to the top of the shoulders
  • Bring the slack from your back around the baby’s body, and toward the rings
  • Pull the extra slack out by pulling on the tail of your sling.  While gently lifting baby’s weight, start with rail that is closest to the center of your body (this is your top rail) towards the baby.  Tighten the middle by pulling down, and the bottom rail by pulling away from the baby

 


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Hip Carry (3 months +):  

This carry is best suited towards children with good head/neck control.
  • Tighten your sling so you have just enough room for your baby
  • Place your baby high on your shoulder, in a burp position.
  • Reach your hand between the sling and your body, and guide the baby’s body toward your hip and into the sling in an upright position, allowing their feet to come through the bottom.  Baby’s bum should be resting about half way into the width of your sling.
  • Support baby’s weight while reaching between your body and baby’s leg, grab the bottom rail of the sling, and pull it up between your body and baby making sure it extends from the back of one knee to the back of the other.
  • This should mimic sitting into a hammock with their knees above their bum.  Some wearers find this is easier to do by leaning forward slightly.
  • Bring the top rail of your sling up high on the baby’s back.
    • For a newborn, the rail should come up to the bottom of their earlobe.
    • A child with good head control, the rail should come up to the top of the shoulders
  • Bring the slack from your back around the baby’s body, and toward the rings
  • Pull the extra slack out by pulling on the tail of your sling.  While gently lifting baby’s weight, start with rail that is closest to the center of your body (this is your top rail) towards the baby.  Tighten the middle by pulling down, and the bottom rail by pulling away from the baby

 


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Forward Facing (4-8 months):

  • Bring the bottom rail up between your body and the body of the sling, creating a pocket
  • Hold your baby with their back to your chest, fold their legs, and slide baby’s bum into the sling first.
  • Make sure there is fabric between your body and baby’s body.
  • The top edge of the carrier should come up higher than baby’s chest.
  • Bring the slack from your back around the baby’s body, and toward the rings
  • Pull the extra slack out by pulling on the tail of your sling.  While gently lifting baby’s weight, start with rail that is closest to the center of your body (this is your top rail) towards the baby.  Tighten the middle by pulling down, and the bottom rail by pulling away from the baby

 

Helpful tip:  Be aware of your baby’s position and mood while they are in this position.  If they become fussy, they may be overstimulated (typically happens in 20-30 minutes) and need to be turned to face inward.  Baby should never sleep in the forward facing position.