About the weight of the sling, thin or thick?

What is the weight of a baby sling?

Weight is the weight of one square meter of fabric, expressed in grams. No fabric has a predetermined weight, but it is often determined by the type of weave, the thickness and weight of the fibers.

Sling can be divided into three groups, according to their weight:

Thin slings
Sling having from 190 to about 250 g/m2 is classified as low-weight sling. This kind of cloth is perfect for the beginning of our adventure with slings and wraps. They are perfect for learning how to wrap, they tighten up well on a newborn. They are quite thin, so they can be tied in many ways, especially during hot days. Unfortunately, the weight of the baby is more noticeable than in the case of thicker wraps.

Medium wrap
Wrap “medium” is made of sling that weighs between 260 g and 290 g/m2. This thickness is probably the most popular and universal. They are suitable for almost all children. They can be tied in many ways, the same cloth fits to persons with various sizes.

The third group includes wrap of over 300g/m2. They do not have any rigidities (like a flexible cloth or woven cloth), allowing for carrying a child according to physiology of young spike. They do not have any rigidities (like a flexible cloth or woven cloth), allowing for carrying a child according to physiology of young spike. Let’s remember that this wrap is fluffier, so for some of the bindings we may need bigger size than usually.

There is a belief that thinner wraps will be perfect for small children, while thicker ones will be more supportive and will work better for heavier babies, but remember that everything is a matter of individual choice.

It all depends on our liking, experience and comfort. It’s also worth to observe how our babies react to a given sling and whether they want to cooperate with it.

Choosing a sling, you shouldn’t be guided only by its weight. Let’s remember about the weave and its composition, and the best solution is the ubiquitous “feel the sling”, because there is nothing like to touch the sling itself and put our baby in it, to find out that it is the perfect one.

Which baby sling to buy?

Wondering which baby sling to buy and what length to choose?

The first sling and what is most important when choosing it.

Just as when buying clothes, it is very important to choose the right size, so with a sling it is also very important.
I give you the lengths of slings usually corresponding to the sizes we wear on a daily basis:

– Size 7: 5.2 m (for clothing size 42)

– Size 6: 4.6 m (for a size 40)

– Size 5: 4.2 m (for a size 38)

– Size 4: 3,6 m (for size 36)

– RS: 1,8m

Size 6, or 4.6, is considered to be the most versatile size to start with

Attention Girls!

Remember, choose the right wrap for your body shape and how big or small your baby is. It is always better to choose a longer sling than a shorter one, because the former will allow you to use more variety of tying options. If you are not sure about the size of the sling, ask your experienced friends, or go for a consultation with a babywearing consultant.

A wrap’s weave is a term used to describe the way the fabric is woven. For the first sling it is best to use a cross twill weave, which guarantees that the sling will be well tightened, which will result in proper stabilization of the baby’s position. We also recommend as the first sling, a kind of weave called heart, cone and herringbone weave – these are jacquard weaves and they work very well during knotting.

Sling’s weight is nothing else than its thickness, which is expressed in grams of fabric per square meter of the sling (g/m2).

At the beginning it’s good to choose wrap with the weight of about 200-250 g/m2, because it provides comfort of carrying a baby up to the weight of about 7-8 kg. Later, it is worth to look for a thicker wrap.

For beginners we recommend slings made of 100% cotton, that is a natural fibre.

It is easy to maintain, airy and supportive.

Babywearing and how it began

Willingness to carry the offspring began in the times, which we know only from books. At the time when we began to take our first steps in an upright posture, women began to carry their offspring in their arms. At this point, the roles of parents were divided, with mothers taking care of the child and fathers providing food and prosperity for the family. It did not take long for a man to realize that by constantly carrying a child his hands were occupied. To make daily chores easier and not to leave the baby alone, designs emerged to keep the baby on the back.
At the turn of the century, babies were carried in more and more comfortable ways. They were wrapped in sheets, woven shawls or square flags.
Time for convenience
A revolutionary invention was the introduction of baby carriages, which made it possible to take the baby completely off the mother’s hands. Initially, these were baskets with wheels attached. Strollers still have their uses today and are used by all parents.
Back to the past
Hundreds of years later, we are discovering the many advantages of carrying our offspring close to our bodies. Our awareness that we provide them with closeness, a sense of security and we have influence on their correct posture convinces us a lot. Nowadays we want to provide our offspring with the most comfortable conditions for life.
Polish fashion for sling, that is colorful, diverse and comfortable
Cloth slings had different names – chycki, odziewacki, szmaty or pÅ‚achty. The name depended on the region of Poland in which the sling was used. Children were also wrapped in pieces of clothing – they were worn in zapaska, i.e. large, embroidered aprons, or in thick woolen scarves; here the choice of material depended on the current season.
Children were carried by women and older siblings. Only newborns were carried in aprons and stockings, which were tied around the waist. In addition to their function of carrying, aprons were a great protection against the cold. Another type were hacks, or triangular slings. This model served a great function as a cradle, it was worn over the shoulder and the baby was placed in front or to the side of the wearer.
For a version of carrying the baby in front or on the back, wide, rectangular slings called rags worked great. This method allowed the mother to control what was happening to the baby, while the toddler could observe his surroundings.
The choice of cloth used to make the shawl was tied to the region and family traditions. They often took the version of a blanket, were multicolored and decorated with fringes, for example. Depending on the cut, shawls were woven from cotton, linen and hemp canvas or warm wool. They were usually rectangular in shape, or possibly triangular. Wearing technique was haphazard, not always adjusted to correct posture. Parents cared only that the child did not slip out of the sling.
The era of baskets
At one time, children were also carried in wicker baskets, which replaced the baby carrier of the time. During farm work, the baskets were placed in the shade or hung on trees so that the baby would not be disturbed. The baskets were light and handy.
Modern version
Today’s slings are an improved version of those we know from history or from our grandmothers’ stories. Nowadays baby sling is a popular option for carrying a baby. In Poland we have many advisers and experts in the practice of slinging. They differ from the old-fashioned ones in that they are much more versatile and knowledgeable, explaining how to carry a baby.

The bond between mother and child

The creator of the attachment theory – British physician and psychoanalyst John Bowlby states how important it is for the development and life of a child to build emotional bonds in the family. It has an impact not only on the well-being of our child now but also plays a big role in the psychological and emotional development in his later years.

The family environment plays a special role in the child’s social development. If we do not ensure proper bonding with the baby, in the future it will have a tendency to enter into inappropriate relationships, and his need for attachment will be unmet.

The bond between the mother and the baby is already formed in the mother’s womb. But the actions taken after the baby have already appeared in the world have a huge impact.

What is it about building a relationship? Touch, a sense of security, and meeting the baby’s needs are the conditions necessary for its survival.

Right after birth, it is the sense of touch that is most developed in a baby. “Through the skin” he gets to know the world around him, which is why hugging, stroking or carrying is so important, and nothing can handle our baby like a sling 🙂

Breastfeeding also builds relation. It ensures not only the emotional safety of the child but also its physical safety, it gives the small organism strength to face the world around it. The process  causes the release of oxytocin, which is called the love hormone, moreover, skin-to-skin contact has many other benefits. It stabilizes the child’s heart rhythm and breathing, and maintains optimal body temperature and blood sugar levels

Another crucial element is responding to your baby’s crying and needs. Crying or whining is the only possible way to communicate at first. Don’t ignore it.

Talking and singing. Singing not only calms the baby, but also has a huge impact on the development of his speech and imagination, and talking is the best way to support the baby’s development.

Playing with your baby and taking care of your own well-being. Researchers found that playing together gives the child the feeling of being loved as little as any other activity, and additionally eliminates aggression and reduces the tendency to the bad competition.

Motherhood is not one of the easiest tasks, so remember to also take care of yourself and your psychological comfort, because happy parents are happy children.