Get Moving. Once you get your baby in the sling, start moving. Walk. Sway. Dance. Bounce gently on a yoga ball. Movement often calms babies and will help them settle happily into your sling.
Bottom to Bellybutton. Your baby should be held high and snug in the sling. His or her bottom should be roughly at your belly button, at about the same height as if you were holding your baby in your arms.
Personalities and Positions. Different babies like different positions. How do you carry your baby in your arms? If you carry your baby upright, try the Tummy-to-Tummy position. If you carry your baby in a recline position, try the Cradle position. Some babies like all the positions, others prefer one over others. Some change their preferences as they grow older. Experiment to find out what position your baby likes. If your baby is uncomfortable, he or she will let you know.
Adjustments. If you don’t get your baby in correctly the first time, take baby out and try again until you get it right. Don’t be afraid to reach into the sling to adjust the baby if need be. Your baby’s head should not hit the rings. If it does, take baby out and put him in again. In the beginning it might take a week or two to master using the sling. Once you do, it is as easy as riding a bike.
Reverse it. All Sakura Bloom slings are fully reversible. Wear chocolate brown one day, our signature stripes the next. To reverse your sling, unthread it, then rethread with your preferred side to the back. There is no “wrong side” with Sakura Bloom slings.
Napping. The comfort and movement of the sling often lulls children to sleep. If your child falls asleep in the sling and you would like to transfer the baby to another place to sleep, one technique is to bend over at the waist and lay the baby on a bed or couch while still in the sling. Slowly take the sling off by pulling it over your head, being careful not to disturb the child. Make sure the child is in a safe place to sleep and gently remove them from the sling.
Go With the Flow. Don’t feel constricted to any one position—slings are great for their versatility. They can allow baby to face the world, interacting with all those you encounter at one moment, and turn in to snuggle with Mommy or Daddy or take a nap at the next.
Be smart. Always make sure your baby is safe and secure in the sling, especially during periods of extended wearing or if baby falls asleep. Use common sense and follow our safety instructions.
Have fun. Wearing your baby in a sling allows them to interact with others from a secure and confident position. It enables them to follow your cues in social situations and provides you both with valuable opportunities for teaching, sharing, and cuddling.