(1-3) Your sling will arrive properly folded. To fold an unfolded sling, fold the sling in half by matching the lining halves together, as shown in (3). Each half of the seam should face the other half.

(4) Lay the sling on a flat surface, such as a table, couch, or the floor. Open the bottom half of the sling so that the seam lays flat on the surface and is vertically oriented to your body. The seam should be more on one side than the other; in this photo, it is on the user’s right side.

(5) Place the baby in the sling so that the baby’s bottom lies on the seam. The baby’s legs and feet should point upward (they will also be in the sling). Make sure the baby’s head is securely in the sling.

(6) Keeping the strap (the part opposite your baby) folded, lift the sling up and place one arm through the opening in the sling. It is the user’s left arm in the photo; it should be the arm on the same side as the baby’s head. Lift the sling over your head. Adjust the baby’s head position if necessary.

(7) The baby’s head is now on the side opposite the shoulder supporting the strap (7a). If you put the other arm through the sling in step (6), the baby’s head will be on the same side as the strap (7b). Experiment with both positions to find what works best for you and your baby.

Tips:

-Your baby’s neck should not be bent more than a little (if at all). Make sure your baby is lying relatively flat (7a) or is only slightly elevated (larger babies will be more elevated in position 7b).

-Experiment with moving your baby’s head toward the inside and outside edge of the sling.

-Experiment with moving your baby’s bottom slightly past the seam in each direction to find what works best for your baby.

- If your baby still seems fussy once in the sling, don't give up! Try bouncing, swaying, or speed walking until your baby calms down.

-Experiment with changing the strap position along your shoulder.

-Make sure that the strap is not twisted or bunched -- it should lie flat across your back.