Let’s find out what a sling is. Since the ancient times, the mothers of newborns and kids who couldn’t yet walk tried to carry children as it allowed the mothers to do necessary chores and look after their babies. To carry a child, women adjusted different items of their clothes: shawls, aprons, and coverlets. Fabric carriers were also wide spread amongst nomadic people who were always traveling.
What is a sling?
Nowadays, a fabric sash for carrying a baby is called a sling. Since the ancient times, a sling has been altered to improve the comfort of a mother and a baby. Now, a sling is a symbol of a natural upbringing or inseparable connection between a mother and her child. There are a few types of slings, which are successfully used by women worldwide.
What kind of slings are there?
What is a sling-scarf?
This is a long piece of fabric 20 to 30 in across. A sling-scarf differs in length and has 3 kinds. The classic length is from 4 to 7 yards. It’s very convenient and provides the right distribution of the load on the mother’s shoulders. However, it’s important to learn how to tie it correctly. It suits both newborns, as a cradle, as well as older kids. A sling-scarf that is a medium length is from 3 to 4 yards. It lets a mother carry her baby once she has tied up the sling at both shoulders. However, it’s not as convenient to tie up a sling that is a medium length as compared to a long one. There’s a sling-scarf that has a short length from 2.5-3 yards. Such a sling is convenient to carry on one shoulder.
What is a sling with rings?
It’s an upgraded fabric sash. Instead of a knot, the end of the sling is fixed by the rings. There’s a pad sewn in the shoulder area to make carrying more comfortable. Some models of slings with rings have the sewn in pads for a newborn . The advantage of this sling is the option of being able to loosen the rings and to put in a baby that is asleep without disturbing them.
What is a May-sling?
This is a fabric sash that originates from Asia. It’s a rectangular part of a thick fabric that is connected at its corners with long straps. The bottom straps are tied around the mother’s waist. The top straps are fixed on the mother’s shoulders and are crossed on the child’s back and tied up at the waist. A child can be carried both in front of the mother and on her back.
What is a sling-pipe?
It’s a fabric sash for carrying a baby, and is 16-30 in and 1.6 yard long. A cling-pipe doesn’t have the option of regulating the length, but it’s adjusted to fit certain sizes of a mother and a child.
A sling-pocket is similar to a sling-pipe. The difference is in the child’s part, which is cut out as a pocket. This is more comfortable than a sling-pipe because a baby is sits deeper in the sash.
What is an African sling-Kanga?
It has been used through the ages by African women for carrying babies on their backs or under their chest on one shoulder. Kanga is a large shawl - 1Х1,6 yard. If a baby is carried on the back, a mother ties up the bottom ends of the shawl on her waist and the top ones above her breasts.
The Japanese sling-Onbuhimo is very similar to the May-sling. However, instead of bottom straps it has rings, and the long top straps are fixed too. Also, the straps do not cross at the baby’s back.
Sling Podegi is popular in Korea. It looks like an apron with long straps at the top. The baby is carried on the back. The straps are crossed at the mother’s chest, and picks up a baby under their legs. The straps are tied firmly at the mother’s waist.
Benefits of Baby Sling
A Baby sling has great Benefits , and ease a mother’s life considerably.
A mother can do different things and stay with the baby at the same time.
A mother can travel and walk while carrying a baby in a sling, which increases her mobility.
A baby is under the mother’s constant control.Attention: Before carrying a baby in a sling, study the manufacturer’s instructions. The wrong placement of a baby in a sling may cause undesirable consequences.
Now you know what is a sling is and what it is used it for. The choice is up to you.