If you are looking for a specific video for a particular type of sling, please see the categories below.
I would highly recommend a look at my safe carrying page for guidance on how to keep your child safe in a sling.
Here are some safety reminders, please ensure you know how to protect your baby’s airway and ensure a good position for them before you use a sling.
Please note that these videos are to be used at your own risk. There is no substitute for hands-on help at one of the Surgery events or in a one-to-one. Always keep your child safe!
Here are some reminders of the positioning of babies and children in carriers.
Young babies should be held in this supportive tucked position that respects their natural anatomy. The M shape describes the shape of the legs; with knees higher than bottom. This is how babies naturally position themselves when they are relaxed and held in arms, or resting on the floor or in reclined seats. A newborn has a much narrower M shape than an older baby (and each baby will open his/her hips at his/her own pace).
The J shape describes the shape of the head and spine; a gentle curve with the pelvis tucked under. Having a tuck at the base means that the heavy head is less likely to slump over. Chin can be kept up and the chest cavity kept open and uncompressed.
Carries with a Stretchy Wrap
Many parents love to use a stretchy wrap for their newborn; it is very comfortable as it distributes the weight widely around the body . It is also very snuggly for babies and reminiscent of the warmth and gentle pressure all around that they enjoyed in utero.
They are not hard to use; these videos will show you how to put stretchy wraps on safely, how to fix them if baby feels too low, and how to use the stretchy as a breastfeeding aid without needing to remove the sling (please note the safety advice in that video!)
Sheffield Sling Surgery Videos
- Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with 2 way stretchy, showing how to avoid slumping (with baby)
- Slower video of how to avoid slumping
- Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with a two way stretchy wrap (Hana Baby, Boba, JPMBB etc) with doll
- Using a stretchy as a breastfeeding aid (not hands free carrying)
- Fixing a stretchy wrap that has slipped
- An audio and captioned video of a two way stretchy wrap by Abby (Noah’s Arc Sling Library) and Harriet (Sheffield Sling Surgery)
- An Audio Description of how to put a two-way stretchy on and how to put baby in, by Harriet (Sheffield Sling Surgery)
- Je Porte Mon Bebe video for front double hammock (any two way stretchy, with a baby whose legs have not yet uncurled)
- Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with a one way stretchy wrap (Happy, Moby, etc)
- Slingababy video of Front Double Hammock with a Moby (one way stretch)
Putting twins into one stretchy wrap
Close Carrier Front Carry
- Rosie’s video of a 4week old baby in a Close Caboo, silent, close captioned
Pocket wrap cross carry with a two-way stretchy wrap, showing how to ensure baby does not slump over (with baby)
More detailed video of a two-way stretchy wrap with a doll
Video showing the pelvic tuck with a stretchy wrap
Soft Structured Carriers (Buckles/Tie Straps)
The videos in this section look at soft structured carriers (full buckle carriers and meh dais/bei dais (formerly known as mei tais), showing you how to use them for front, hip and back carries, as well as how to make a good seat in a carrier with the pelvic tuck.
Front Carries with a Connecta
- Front Carry with a Connecta with an older baby who does not need cinching, showing how to tighten
- Fixing shoulder straps too close to the neck with a cross strap carrier (thanks Peekaboo Slings)
- FWCC style carry with Connecta (spreads the top edge of panel more widely and brings knees higher) please note this is not endorsed by Connecta
Hip and Back carries with a Connecta
- Hip Carry with a Connecta (or any cross strap full buckle carrier) – two methods (please note this is not endorsed by Connecta)
- Back Carry with a Connecta
Front Carry with a Waistbanded Cross Strap Carrier (Sleepy Nico, Manduca, Beco, etc)
- Front Carry with a Sleepy Nico, adjusting the panel if it is too tall or wide – please note this is not endorsed by Sleepy Nico
Front Carry with a Rucksack strap carrier (Tula, Boba 4G, Lillebaby, Emeibaby, etc)
Back Carries with a Full Buckle Carrier
- Secure Hip Scoot and Back Carry with a Full Buckle method 1
- Secure Hip Scoot and Back Carry with a Full Buckle method 2
- Back Carry with the chestbelt done up (wrapyouinlove video) “walk like an Egyptian” – eg Tula, Ergo, Boba 4g. Ensure chest belt is strong and secure.
Front Carries with a Mei Tai/Half Buckle
- Photo Tutorial for Meh Dai
- Front Carry with a Meh Dai with baby
- Front Carry with a Meh Dai with toddler
- Front Carry with a Newborn in an adjustable waist Meh Dai (eg Hop Tye) video by Rachel from the North East Sling Library
Hip/Back Carries with a Meh Dai/Half Buckle
How to put on a Connecta Baby Carrier with a small baby (front carry)
How to make a good seat in a carrier, creating a pelvic tuck
How to put on a cross strap carrier with a small baby (front carry) – using a Sleepy Nico
How to put on a rucksack strap carrier with a preclipped belt – using a Tula
Carries with a Woven Wrap
Woven wraps are very versatile and can be used for children of every age, from newborn to preschooler, on the front, hip and back. They come in several different lengths –read more here.
In this selection Rosie demonstrates just a few of the possibilities and links to other excellent videos to help you make the most of your woven wrap.
Here is a very useful Wiki of Woven Wrap Carries by size.
- Photo Tutorial for a Front Wrap Cross Carry with baby
- Front Wrap Cross Carry with a sz 6 woven wrap and a small baby, legs out and lexi twist
- Audio file for a FWCC – from Harriet Fisher
- Front Wrap Cross Carry with a sz 6 woven wrap and a large toddler
- Front Wrap Cross Carry with a small toddler (Wrap you in love)
- Semi FWCC with sz 2 woven wrap and slip knot
- Front Wrap Cross Carry tied at side with a sz4 woven wrap
- FWCC with a toddler, flipping the rails for extra reinforcement (Sarah Condry)
- Kangaroo Carry by wrapyouinlove (with a sz3)
- Kangaroo carry (with a sz 4) by LewNay
- Kangaroo carry with a small baby
- Knotless Front Cross Carry (Slingababy)
- Front Cross Carry (unflipped shoulders – Wrapping Rachel)
- Front Cross Carry with flipped shoulders and deep seat -Wrap you in Love)
- Photo tute of the Front Cross Carry
- Front torso rebozo (size 3)
- Kangaroo Hip Carry (size 3)
Sheffield Sling Surgery videos
- Knotless Ruck with sz 2 woven wrap and a large toddler
- Short Back Cross Carry with a woven wrap size 2
- Reinforced Ruck – by Lindsey, with a woven wrap sz 3
- Knotless Double Hammock with sz 4 woven wrap
- Double Hammock with a sz 5 woven wrap (L Pull) (yes she does fall asleep)
- Ellevill Jordan’s Back Carry, good for leg straightener children, sz 5 woven wrap (happy happy happy)
- Ruck tied Tibetan with sz 6 woven wrap and large toddler
- “Pouchless Ruck” with two cross passes with a size 4 woven wrap – without making a deep seat
- Back Wrap Cross Carry by Babywearing Faith
- Back Wrap Cross Carry with Tibetan finish, slow and precise, by Slingababy
- Secure High Back Carry by Wrapping Rachel
- Slingababy double hammock from a hip scoot (very clever way of doing it)
- Saltwater DH with knotless finish
- Charlie’s Cross Carry with Ring Finish – other variantshere
- Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry by Wrapping Rachel
- Wiggle Proof Back Carry with Sweetheart Neckline and ring finish
Front wrap cross carry with small baby, legs out and twist under bum
Ring Sling Carries
Ring slings are a popular choice with parents wanting something simple yet versatile, and they can be used from newborn to toddlerhood and beyond. There is often a learning curve to making them as comfortable and safe as possible; the videos in this section will show you how to use them well. Practice makes perfect and sometimes some one-to-one help can make all the difference.
- Ring Sling Photo Tutorial with baby
- Ring Sling prep and legs out Tummy to Tummy Carry with a newborn (creating rolled neck cushion) – See the embedded video above
- Slingababy‘s excellent ring sling preparation and hip carry (with toddler)
- Ring Sling front carry with rings on the back and a twist in the fabric
- Off centred front carry, paying attention to airway (please note this is NOT a cradle carry)
- How to thread a no sew ring sling (with two rings) (external video)