How to Tie a Baby Sling (the Easy Way!)

There’s plenty of benefits to the practise of babywearing: it acts as an instant soother, sleep aid, promotes skin-to-skin bonding, helps regulate a newborn’s body temperature and heartbeat by being in close proximity to your own, and – bonus – it keeps your hands free to do all those things you otherwise never get a chance to do (except take that hot shower, of course).

How to Tie a Baby Sling (the Easy Way!)

Who knew a length of material, and not Gina Ford, would be the answer to all your parenting quandaries.

Let’s not forget the undeniable CUTE factor; a freshly baked babe looking like a toasty lil’ pita pocket is just enough to tug at anyone’s ovaries.

With all that said, many a mum finds the idea of trying to giftwrap a writhing, wriggling, and quite possibly wailing infant a tad daunting.

The good news is that you don’t have to be an Origami expert – or a giftwrapping one either, to get the art of babywearing down. Check out this easy tutorial to get you into the swing (or sling) of things…

  1. Begin with the logo section of the wrap centered at your navel (or simply ensure there’s equal length of material on either side).
  2. Fold the wrap in half and place across your waist with the stitched edges on top, like a taco.
  3. Cross the two ends behind your back and bring one end up and over your shoulder.
  4. Bring the other end over your opposite shoulder creating an “X” on your back.
  5. Tuck the ends of the wrap under the logo section/ centre point from top to bottom.
  6. Cross the end pieces in the front making an “X” across your chest.
  7. Bring the fabric ends behind your back and tie a knot here, or continue to wrap around to the front of your body.
  8. Tie a double knot on your back, hip or front.
  9. Tie where knot comfortably lands.

If you find yourself – or babs – getting impatient with the learning process, don’t get yourself in knots; try again when both of you are less cranky, and your cargo is fed and rested.