How to Wear Your Sweet Sling
remember that learning to use a baby sling will take time for you and your
baby. Practice, patience, and
persistence will allow you to learn to easily and quickly place your baby
comfortably and securely in your sling.
Allow yourself at least 3-5 wearings to establish familiarity with your
new sling. Before you wear your sling
for the first time, be sure you understand these instructions and practice with
a doll or other baby sized item.
Sit down with your baby
nearby. Lay the body panel of the Mei-Tai
out on your lap, contrast fabric up. Wrap
the waist straps around you back and tie in back or wrap back around front and
tie. Place the baby tummy to tummy with
his legs straddling your body. Pull up
the body of the Mei-Tai with the shoulder straps. You can either criss-cross the straps across
your back, or just bring them down under your arms. Bring the straps back around the front and
tie under (or over) the baby’s legs and bottom, or around his waist. Tighten and secure all straps with the baby
in place. The shoulder straps should be
worn spread wide over the shoulders to distribute the weight.
Check your knots and
straps often to be sure the sling is tied properly and baby is not entangled in
6 months up
baby should have good
head and body control
Lay your Mei-Tai out on
a bed or similar secure location. Spread
the straps out so they can easily be reached.
Place the baby on his back on the body panel, with his shoulders even
with the shoulder straps. Turn around
with your back to your baby (making sure he is secure) and tie the waist
straps. Lean back and grab each shoulder
strap in each hand. Pull baby up against
your back and lean forward holding baby tightly to your body with the shoulder
straps. Wrap straps back around your
back, under the baby’s bottom, and tie.
Back carries should be practiced with another person present
to assist until you are 100% comfortable getting baby secure.
Sweet Slings is not
responsible for damage or injury, it is your responsibility to make sure the
sling is worn properly and the baby is secure!
by tying the waist straps of the Mei-Tai on your hip, body panel offset to one
side. Take baby on your hip and pull the
body up like you would with the front carry.
The strap on the front side of your body should cross your body and go
over your opposite shoulder. Make sure you are holding baby snug with
your other hand.
the strap down behind baby holding baby and strap together. Grab the strap on your back side. It should
go under baby's arm and cross your back.
You can either bring the strap over your shoulder, on top of the other
and back around tying both straps under baby’s bottom or behind his back. You can also take this back strap
horizontally around your waist to meet up with the other shoulder strap and tie
around baby’s back.
your baby has slipped down some make sure to hoist them back up and give a pull
on the straps to take up any slack, they should be snugly at your hip. There are many alternate ways to tie your Mei
Tai. As long as Mom and baby are comfortable and baby is safe and secure, discover
what works best for you.
for using your Mei Tai
Make sure your straps
are spread out, over your shoulders and around your back and waist! If they bunch or wrinkle they may dig into
you and be uncomfortable.
- If your waist straps are
uncomfortable, your shoulder straps are not tight enough. Baby should NOT hang from waist straps, but
sit above it.
Baby can have arms in,
or arms out with the Mei Tai under his armpits.
If the Mei Tai is too
tall to allow baby to see or have his arms out, you can shorten the body by
folding the waist up (w/ the contrast showing) and around like normal.
Fold headrest up if baby falls asleep, so his head won’t flop backward.