Tips and Instructions
There are a variety of different sling positions you can practice with your baby. The following pictures demonstrate three popular positions: the Hip Carry, the Cradle Carry, and the Kangaroo Carry. (The baby featured in these photographs is seven months old). Before you place baby in your Oopa Baby sling for the first time, you may want to practice with a doll to get used to the feeling of the sling on your body. You can also practice with your baby on top of a bed or other soft surface, or try your sling on in front of a mirror so that you feel confident and can see exactly what you are doing!
Threading and Putting on Your Sling
STEP 1: Hold your Oopa Baby sling out in front of you, and confirm that it is properly threaded and prepared. Tail should be hanging down in front, and material inside the rings should be spread out flat. All material should lie smooth and flat, avoid any twisting or bunching.
The material should be threaded through the rings as you would thread a ring belt, under both rings, then “over again way” in the middle, covering only one ring.
STEP 2: Place the sling over your head as if it were a sash (pretend you are "Miss America"). Rings should rest on your opposite shoulder of preference - lefties rest rings on right shoulder, righties on their left shoulder. (The woman in this picture is left-handed). Pull any slack fabric around your back, making the sling material as smooth as possible to ensure that your baby’s weight is properly distributed.
STEP 1: Before putting baby into your sling, adjust the main body of the sling so that it feels comfortable. Create a “wall” of fabric against your body; to ensure that there is no way that baby can slip out, make a pouch or bucket out of the fabric in front of you, into which you will place your baby. Keep rings at the level at which you would place a corsage on your shoulder.
TIP: The tighter your baby is to your body, the better his weight distribution will be across your back and the less strain you will feel in general.
STEP 2: Place baby in the “burp position” over the opposite shoulder from where the sling rings are resting, and place his legs through the pouch of fabric you have made in your sling. Wrap fabric tightly around his bottom - fabric should go from his neck to his knees.
STEP 3: Adjust baby on your hip, ensuring there is plenty of fabric under his bottom and riding up his legs. The higher his legs are on your waist, the better fit you will have. Try and seat baby as deep as you can in the sling pouch, pulling any excess fabric up around his shoulders and arms (if he’ll let you!)
STEP 4: Once you and baby are comfortable in the sling, pull the slack out of the top and bottom rails, securing the sling to hold baby in. Tighten the outside/top rail by pulling sideways, not down. By pulling sideways, the edge of the fabric will stay more isolated in the sling rings, making it easier to adjust.
STEP 5: Finally, make sure the fabric is spread evenly and lays flat across your back. Oopa Baby slings have a pleated shoulder that distributes your baby’s weight across your back and shoulder and providing maximum adjustability.
TIP: You can easily remove your sling without waking baby (unlike more cumbersome backpacks) by simply lying baby down and “backing out” of the sling, while at the same time slipping it over your head. Oopa Baby strongly recommends that you then unthread the sling or remove it entirely from underneath your baby, to prevent any possible choking or strangulation hazards.
To face baby out so that he can see the world, prepare sling in the same way you would for the Hip Carry, creating a pouch with a wall of fabric against your body (see steps 1-3 of the Hip Carry). Hold baby against you, facing out, and cross his legs in front like a little Buddha. Place Baby into the pouch you have created in front of you.
This position is ideal for small babies with good neck control -- over six weeks old, as well as any time baby nurses. Your Oopa Baby sling tail provides discreet coverage while nursing in public, as well as peace and quiet for your sleeping baby.
Place baby in sling while sitting down with baby resting on your lap. Baby should be lying down in nursing position.
Fabric closest to baby’s head can be pulled up for more coverage, or back to let in a cool breeze. Baby can be placed in either direction, depending on what you both find most comfortable.
Be careful to allow space for baby to breathe, and always be conscious of the location and placement of your breast, near baby's face. Baby can smother if not left enough space to breathe between your body and his. The position is recommended only for babies with enough neck control to keep their head straight and not collapsed against their chest.
Never use this position with babies under six-weeks old to ensure their safety.
TIP: It helps to overcompensate in ring placement, leaving rings high on your shoulder for the initial adjustment. As you tighten the sling with your baby in it, rings will inch down towards your chest, which may not be as comfortable. When baby is in the adjusted sling, he should sit at or above your waist.
In closing, please remember that Oopa Baby slings are built to withstand normal use. Nevertheless, always check your sling for wear or damage to the fabric, particularly near the rings, before you use it. If for any reason you question whether or not you should use the sling, don’t risk it! For warranty or repair work, questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.