Transferring a sleeping baby out of your arms and into a sling
My top sleepy sling transferal tips include keeping a stretchy wrap pre-tied and slipping them back in when asleep. Or having a woven wrap partly tied in beginnings of front wrap cross carry, in a cross carry, or a kangaroo carry can be tied around a sleeping baby. A ring sling can be slipped over you both when baby asleep, or on ready to slip in. You could even buckle up or tie on the waist band of your carrier when you sit down and feed your baby, then position bottom in place holding baby upright, and secure the sling around them. There are very possibly unlimited possibilities. Us parents can be very resourceful when the occasion arises.
As your baby's sleep matures you can use the sling to get them to sleep, and then transfer them safely to another sleep surface. I loved this so I could cuddle up with them and have a snooze too! Do not sleep yourself while carrying your baby in a sling.
Where can I find this sleepy dust?
Sleepy sling transferals are sometime tricky without putting your baby down, so even easier is taking advantage of the built in sleepy dust often contained in slings and carriers. It won't say so on the box but rest assured it is a vital component in most. If your baby has a full tummy, clean nappy and they are not so full of smiles anymore, get them in a sling and potter, and nine times out of ten they will drift off. You might need to keep moving, pacing, walking up and down stairs, if your baby is particularly fickle. Or going for a walk in the garden or around near where you live. Mums, dads, grandparents and other family members can also make use of this sleepy dust, therefore giving you a much needed break if you are the main baby carer.
Finding your rhythm
Using a sling daily as part of your nap routine for your baby can be very reassuring and reliable for you both, with baby sleeping more soundly and for longer than if they were without physical contact. They have your physical touch and may even be able to be rocked back into a second sleep cycle when they tend to stir after the first 40 minutes or so. Being put in the sling is an opportunity for a tired or overstimulated baby to rest or nap wherever you are. Often if a baby sleeps well in the day, once they've found their rhythm, and have been held in arms for as long as they need, they often settle for evening sleep more easily and sleep better at night. They have had their carrying needs met, and sleep breeds sleep.
Baby can sleep anywhere
This is my favourite part. As long as you have a sling your baby has a consistent place for naps, not just when at home, but when you go out to groups, for days out, when travelling, or staying somewhere new. When staying away somewhere unfamiliar you can go for an evening stroll with baby in pyjamas before you transfer them to their bed. In fact somewhere to sleep is one of the things we most love about babywearing. A place that is warm and safe, and baby can be close to our hearts.
Sleepy dust is the best!
Pop along to a sling library drop in, a workshop, or book a consultation to find your sleepy dust