How to Make a Baby Sling – The Ultimate guide 2017
When it comes to making sure that your baby or child can be safely transported anywhere, you always want to make sure that you have the best for them. In terms of ways that you can take your child anywhere, the options are virtually limitless. And read all how to make a baby sling
If you went on Amazon right now and either did a search for “ best baby carrier” or “stroller” you would get thousands and even tens of thousands of results, for both of them. Thankfully, online shopping sites like Amazon allow you to sort for
- Highest rating
- Most ratings
- Highest price
- And lowest price
But even then, you still have to sort through thousands of highly rated models in your price range, just to find the right one for you and your baby.
If you are in that dilemma right now, here are a couple of questions that you can ask yourself.
- What are some of the models or brands of baby carriers that you like?
- Do you enjoy self projects and DIY’s?
The good news is that if you like baby sling style carriers, it is actually really easy to make your own, and we can show you how to do it.
How to Make a Baby Sling
What You Are Going to Need to Make Your Own Baby Carrier
Now, before we get started, there are a few essential items that you are going to need to get started with making your own baby sling carrier.
- A thick, durable sheet that you can use to fold into your baby carrier
- Two 3 ½ inch metal rings that you can use to make a ring sling carrier
- A small sewing kit in case you want to get a little more elaborate with your baby carrier
- Some same color fabric as your sheet in case you want to get a little more technical with your baby carrier
How to make a baby sling out of a sheet
Here is the step by step process of how you can fold a baby sling out of a simple sheet. Whether you are using a sheet that you had in your linens closet or went out to buy a brand new, durable sheet to use as a baby carrier, either one of these will do.
- Lay out your sheet and fold it in half lengthwise, so that your sheet is as long as possible.
- Put your now folded sheet over your dominant side shoulder. Make sure that the fold of your sheet is facing toward the outside of your body.
- Make sure that the front part of your sheet is hanging at about waist level, and let the other end of your sheet hang down your back.
Next, we are going to work on tying the knot in your sheet. We want to make sure that we have a strong secure knot so that you can keep your baby safe.
Here’s how you do it.
- Take the end of the sheet that is in front of you, and put it in your hand.
- Take the end of the sheet that is draped over the backend of your body, and pull it under your non-dominant side of your body.
- Keep the material of the sheet pinched tightly against your body with the elbow of your non-dominant hand.
- Take the long end of the sheet that is under your non-dominant arm, and place it over your dominant-side shoulder
- Then you are going to use the short end of the sheet with the long end to tie the knot.
- Take the long end of the sheet and pull it under
- Pull the knot tight at your chest, but not too tight. Make sure that it is a comfortable tension for you.
- Use the ends of the sheet to make an X. Make sure the long end is beneath the short end, and is on your dominant side.
- Right now, the know of your sheet should be under your dominant side. You should be able to hold that side right out next to you, and be able to adjust the length of the sling with the knot that you just made.
- Move the sheet so that the knot of the sheet is positioned right in front of your shoulder.
- Now, the part of the sheet that is right in front of your shoulder and chest should form a pouch
You are now totally ready to place your baby in the pouch. Use the adjustable part of the sling to put it at a comfortable level of tightness for your baby so that they are totally secure and supported. Then you can fan the sheet out over your shoulder so that more of your baby’s weight can be evenly distributed over the sheet, which will make it significantly easier on your body, to carry your baby. You can adjust how close your baby is to you by simply pulling the short end of the sheet in front of you.
What we love about this method is that you do not need a sewing needle, machine, or even any special kind of fabric. This is the total, safe, minimalist way to create a quality baby sling with a soft and durable bed sheet.
Now, if you want to take a little more of a project to get your hands on so that you can get a little more of a customized look and feel from your sling, we are going to get to that right now. You also get a little more adjustability by creating your own baby ring sling.
How to make a baby ring sling
This is where your extra piece of knit fabric comes into play. Lay your fabric out on an open piece of flooring in your house. Make sure that there are not any wrinkles in the fabric. You may have to trim the edges off of the fabric in case the ends are white or are another color or pattern that is different from your knit fabric.
- First, you are going to need to fold your piece of fabric length wise.
- Take the edges of the fabric, lengthwise, and fold them to the center of the fabric equally, like a hotdog.
- If you are right handed, you want the opening of the fabric fold to be on your left, and vice versa if you are left handed.
- Since you have folded this, it will keep the backside padding of the fabric against your shoulder and allow it to lay nicely across your back so that it can thread through the rings very easily.
- Next, you can go ahead and slide the rings (both of them) over the fabric.
- Slide the rings one foot to a half of a foot down the fabric.
- Then fold the fabric over again so that the ring is looped on the end of the fabric.
- Next, you will want to use the same thread color to set two new lines, and have them zigzag across the sling.
- You will definitely want to make sure that your stitching is securely reinforced at the start and the end of your line.
- Set two lines right next to each other, side by side, and put the third so that it overlaps the first two.
Taking those extra steps to double up on the stitching and adding more loops will help you make sure that your ring sling is totally secure and reinforced. Congratulations! You now have a brand new baby ring sling.
Using Your Baby Sling or Ring Sling
Congratulations! Now you have two totally DIY methods of creating your own baby sling or ring sling. As you could see from shopping around the internet, shopping for the right baby sling or ring sling can be a grueling process. There are so many different options from great companies, that it can be hard to choose which one is the right one for you and your child.
Not only are you going to save money and time with creating your own baby sling, you are going to have a massive sense of accomplishment in creating your own customized sling that you can use for you and your child.
Here are some things that you are going to want to keep in mind when creating your baby sling.
- When using a sheet, make sure that you ALWAYS use a taught, new or newer sheet. You do not want to run any risks of using an old sheet that could deteriorate or fall apart while you are using it to carry your child. As a conscientious parent, you should never want to run that risk.
- When creating your own ring sling baby carrier, make sure that you use a durable, dense knit fabric that will hold up to your baby’s weight securely. The better the fabric is, the longer the sling will last, which means that you won’t have to make another ring sling for a long time. Unless, you just want to create differently styled slings that you can carry your child around with.
Now, you have all the tools and knowledge that you need to create the perfect baby sling for your child.
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