Hug-A-Bub Ring Sling Review
The Hug-A-Bub Ring Sling is made from hand woven cotton that comes in a variety of patterns and colours and has strong but light aluminium rings. It features a padded shoulder and its nice and wide so it stretches over your back to help distribute the weight evenly across your body which is important, and also allows for a nice deep seat for the baby. It’s also lightweight to use, and being made of cotton it is ideal for warmer climates.
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- Lightly padded shoulder for extra comfort.
- Very comfortable ring sling.
- It’s lightweight.
- The more you wash it, the softer the fabric becomes.
- I loved all the colour choices!
- Can be adjusted so that baby sits very snugly against your body.
- Baby can be held in the optimal “M” position in the hip carry and tummy to tummy carry
- Great for times when you want to wear your baby for short periods.
- Can be worn with baby in the tummy to tummy and hip carry positions which follow the T.I.C.K.S. safety guidelines.
- .It takes a little practice to work out, but once baby is in and the sling is tightened, it’s so comfortable for you and baby!
My Chiropractic Opinion on the Hug-A-Bub Ring Sling
In the hip carry position the Hug-A-Bub ring sling holds the baby in the seated position so their spine, pelvis and hips are sitting level. As a chiropractor this is a very important consideration when choosing a baby carrier or sling. The baby’s hips and pelvis are in an optimal “M” position when worn correctly in the Hug-A-Bub Ring Sling whereby their legs are drawn up and spread more than 90 degrees and their bottom is lower, which is good for healthy development of the hip socket. (This can be seen in the photo to the right). The baby’s spine is held in the “C” curve which is good as it doesn’t hold them in a more upright position which could lead to spinal problems like spondylolisthesis. For more information on good spinal health for baby and the baby-wearer can be found here: The Importance of Ergonomics Also make sure you check out the babywearing safety checklist.
A Day In The Life Of…
A review of the Hug-A-Bub Ring Sling in my daily activities
Getting baby into carrier in the car park It is quite easy to put on quickly, once you get the hang of using a ring sling. I use the reflection of the window of my car to make sure that my baby’s bottom and hips are seated correctly in the “M” position, and that both her feet are level. (See my photo on the right as to how baby should be seated in the ring sling).
Is it easier to put it on before leaving the house? There really is no need to put it on before leaving the house, unless you are in a hurry or it is raining and want to get baby in as quickly as possible at your destination.
Is it easy to carry my baby bag with carrier on? Yes, it is quite easy.
Can I hold my older child’s hand with the carrier on? Yes.
Does it feel hands-free? If the baby is secured in the front upright carry position then it does feel hands-free.
How supported is baby when they fall asleep? Reasonably supported. You will most likely need to have your hand behind their head for extra support.
Can I breastfeed while wearing the baby in the carrier? I have managed to breastfeed after putting my baby in the hammock position, while I was sitting down. I also have breastfed while standing by loosening the sling so she is seated lower and easier to feed.
Can I bend down to pick up toys, laundry etc? Yes. So long as you support their head while doing so.
How does it feel after 30 minutes? It feels quite good, but I do find my shoulder muscles will fatigue after this time and I need to swap sides.
Does it pass the late afternoon/dinner time test? ie; the witching hour! I tend to grab my ring slings at this time of the day, because they are quick and easy to put on and get baby into when they are cranky and I need to get on with things around the house! Can it hold a toddler? Yes it can in the hip and back carry. Has my husband worn it?No, I think the ring system confuses him!
Hug A Bub Ring Sling Features
(As taken from their website www.hugabub.com)
- Quick & Easy to put on and take off
- Simple to adjust
- Visually stylish with beatiful colours to accessorize any outfit
- Five different carrying positions (cradle, upright front, hip, face out and back carry)
- Full head support in cradle position
- Suitable for tiny premature infants through to toddlers
- Excellent for use while breast-feeding
- Open Tail offers sun protection and discreet breast-feeding
- Not Bulky – Cool in summer – May be worn under winter coats
- Can be used to carry twin
- Suitable for use during pregnancy
- Genuinely hands free carrying
- Light and wide shoulder padding allows fabric to spread for ideal weight distribution
- Versatile – can be used as a harness for teetering toddlers, as a beautiful throw, sunshade, cover etc
- Baby can be transferred to other parent or car seat without taking them out of the sling
- Compact – fits easily into nappy bag when not in use
- Easy to machine wash and tumble dry
- Comfortable, safe and secure
- Can be used during pregnancy