Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a classic sling and a pleated sling?
What is the difference between a sling and a pouch?
- These styles differ only in the design of the shoulder.
- The classic sling uses heavy duty webbing to attach the rings to the sling fabric. This forms a very clean and narrow attachment point which is quite attractive.
- On the pleated sling the rings are attached directly to the sling fabric and the fabric is pleated to allow it to spread very quickly over your shoulder cap for increased comfort. This very sturdy option also has a pleated accent just about the rings.
- Which is right for you? That is a good question. When tried on side by side many women will choose the pleated version because of the increased comfort but others prefer the look and style of the classic. Either way, these are both great quality slings.
You're shopping for your first baby carrier, and you're searching for that one perfect
carrier that will take you from newborn to preschooler. Well, you probably can't
even imagine having a preschooler yet, but our ring slings and pouches are designed
to last that long, and you'll be there before you know it! Babywearing lingo can
be so confusing to beginners. There are ring slings and pouches, and pouches are
slings and ring slings have pouches - how confusing can it get?!
A ring sling is a rectangle of fabric threaded through two rings for adjustability,
and pouches are one loop of fabric with a strong seam in the seat creating a pocket
for baby. Any piece of fabric used to carry a baby is called a sling, so pouches
are often classified as slings. The "pouch" on a ring sling is the pocket that the
baby goes in.
- Sling Anatomy
The tail on a ring sling is the piece of fabric that hangs down from the rings.
Pulling down on the tail tightens the sling. ZoloWear pouches adjust with a button
and four buttonholes. If baby is leaning out too far, the pouch can be buttoned
to bring baby in closer. There are two buttonholes for adjusting the top rail, depending
on how much tightening is needed. There are also two buttonholes for adjusting the
bottom rail, to make a deeper pouch (for a younger baby) or make the whole sling
a little bit tighter.
- A good fit
With any baby carrier, it is important that baby ride as high and tight as possible
to maximize the wearer's comfort. For this reason, it is imperative to get a good
fit. Baby's bottom should be in the sling zone (see illustration at right). Many
mass-marketed slings do not come in multiple sizes, and parents end up wearing baby
too low. Unpadded ring slings have infinite adjustability and size is less important,
so they are easiest to get baby high and tight.
- Why choose a pouch?
Pouches are often called the "training wheels" of baby carriers. It is difficult
to go wrong with a well-fitted pouch. Put it on, slip the baby in and go. There
are few adjustments to make and therefore less to learn. Pouches have a streamlined
look that many parents prefer. Pouches are lightweight and compact and easily slip
into a diaper bag when baby is not being worn. Dads often prefer the look of a pouch
to a ring sling.
- Why choose a ring sling?
Ring slings have a longer learning curve but are more adjustable than pouches. Some
young babies prefer the upright, or tummy-to-tummy hold, which can be difficult
to achieve in a pouch because young babies who cannot hold themselves upright tend
to squish down into the pocket of the pouch. With a ring sling, the top rail can
be tightened to support a young baby in a vertical position.
Ring slings provide cover for discreet breastfeeding. Because the top rail on a
ring sling can be let out significantly, it is easier to get a perfect position
for breastfeeding in a ring sling. Breastfeeding in the sling is "advanced babywearing",
and takes patience and practice to learn in any type of sling. However, once learned,
being able to breastfeed in the sling is extremely liberating for mom.
Ring Sling Pros
- Infinitely adjustable for a perfect fit
- Easy to get baby high and tight
- Breastfeeding friendly
- Discreet breastfeeding
- Fit preemie to preschooler
- Great for tummy to tummy hold
- Easy "popability"
- Shorter learning curve
- Breastfeeding-friendly, especially compared to front carriers
- Streamlined look
- Very lightweight - easily fits in diaper bag
- Dads often prefer
- Very young babies can be shifted to back
- Fit preemie to preschooler
- No rings allow a more comfortable back carry
Ring Sling Cons
- Longer learning curve
- Some do not care for the look of long tail
- Dads less likely to wear
- Takes up a bit more space in diaper bag
- Back carry not recommended for first year
- Some find rings get in the way
- Less adjustability
- Can be difficult to get a perfect fit
- Fewer positions (no tummy to tummy hold)
- Less discreet breastfeeding
Are the slings safe? How do I wear my sling?
I already have a sling or pouch. What's so great about ZoloWear slings
- Our slings are as safe as carrying baby in your arms.
- Before you go out
on the town with your little one, take these common sense precautions:
- ZoloWear slings are built to last, but always check your sling or pouch for wear
or damage before you go out. If you find damage and wonder if you should use it,
don't. For warranty or repair work, contact
- Always use common sense caution when wearing your baby.
- Read all of the enclosed instructions before trying out your sling.
- Contact ZoloWear with any wearing questions or concerns.
- Do not wear your baby in the car or in an airplane.
- Fabric is not flame resistant. Do not wear the sling near open flames.
- When you need to pick something up off the floor, squat. Baby could fall out if
you bend over.
- If baby resists being held in the sling, gently take baby out of the sling and try
- Do not leave the sling wrapped around an unattended baby.
- Always make sure that baby’s airway is unobstructed.
- Use caution while wearing baby in the water. Mesh slings are for showering and wading,
- Detailed wearing instructions are available here.
But I got a front carrier at my baby shower. Why would I need a sling?
- Comfortably wide shoulder spreads baby's weight evenly.
- Stylish fabrics coordinate with your hip wardrobe.
- A sling is an accessory for mom. You change your purse or shoes with the season
and occasion, why not change your sling?
- Fits any child from preemie to toddler.
- While one size fits most, smaller and larger slings and pouches are available for
a perfect fit.
- Every ZoloWear ring sling has a pocket. Wear it to the store and it's both a sling
and a purse.
- ZoloWear ring sling pockets have secure zipper closures so you can be confident
your keys or other gear won't fall out. No padding means a cooler sling for mom,
and it's just as comfy for baby.
- The tail: it's a tissue, a burp cloth, a cover for discreet nursing. We've even
used it as a sun shade in the car.
I tried using a sling, but I couldn't figure it out.
- Front carriers can dig into your shoulders. The sling distributes the weight more
- Front carriers are not the ideal position for a newborn. Newborns can be cradled
in the sling, which puts less strain on their spine.
- Front packs only work until the baby weighs about 25 pounds. Some babies outgrow
front packs long before their first birthdays, but they still need to be carried.
- Difficult to breastfeed in a front carrier.
I tried using a sling, but my baby hated it.
- Slings can take a bit of getting used to, especially if you've never seen someone
- If you have any questions about using your ZoloWear sling or pouch, please contact
us and we'll work with you to be sure it works for you.
- Many La Leche League moms use slings, so
that can be a good place to get ideas.
I tried using a sling, but it hurt my back.
- Fussy baby? Get moving! Put the sling on and go for a walk, or vacuum or dust the
- Try a different position. Some babies don't like the cradle hold, so try the snuggle
hold. A baby who can hold her head up might prefer to face out in the kangaroo hold
- Take a break and try again later. Try at times when both you and baby are well rested
and fed. OK, as well rested as you can get these days!
- Believe in yourself. Baby can often sense the parent's lack of confidence when first
using the sling. Sometimes babies who “hate the sling” actually love it (and fall
fast asleep) when carried by an experienced sling-user. So keep practicing!
- If baby fusses in the sling, take her out, wait a while and try again. Keep trying!
- Back pain? Make sure the sling or pouch is on your shoulder and not in the crook
of your neck. Be sure the baby is at or above your waistline. If your back continues
to hurt, consider having a massage or chiropractic care.
I thought padded slings were best. Doesn't the padding make it more comfortable
or hold the baby in?
- As long as baby is in proper position, the sling should not cause back pain. And
it is certainly easier on your back than carrying a carseat around!
- If the sling is hurting your back, check the following:
- sling should rest on shoulder, not in the crook of your neck.
- baby should be at or above your waistline
- if your back continues to hurt, consider having a massage or chiropractic care.
Sometimes back pain while using the sling is more about your back than the sling.
I really want a silk sling, but I’m afraid it will be too hot. Are ZoloWear
silk slings hot?
- ZoloWear slings and pouches are more comfortable than padded slings! Why?
- cooler in hot weather
- generously wide fabric cups baby close to you; padded slings are narrower
- you can adjust a ZoloWear ring sling as much as you want or need to, padded rails
can only be tightened so much
- adjustable ZoloWear ring slings shrink with you as you lose weight postpartum
- you can even use your ZoloWear ring sling as a toddler harness
- streamlined ZoloWear slings and pouches fit easily in a diaper bag
Are the silk slings difficult to keep tightened, since the fabric is so
smooth and "slippery"?
- Our silk slings feel absolutely luxurious against your skin. But combine them with
your baby’s body heat, and you might get a bit toasty if you’re outside in hot summer
- Silk is an insulator, and our slings are made from two layers of silk. Here in steamy
Houston, Texas, we wear silk slings inside year-round, and outside when it’s less
than about 85 degrees.
- A silk sling is not a practical choice for outdoor hikes in the Texas summer. However,
it’s comfortable for short trips outside, like from your car to the grocery store.
- If you live in a hot climate and plan to wear your sling outside often, start with
a lightweight, light-colored cotton or mesh sling. You might find that you
love your sling so much that you need a silk one for the cooler months.
I tried an unpadded cotton sling once, and it kept slipping out of the
rings. Won’t your slings do that, too?
- Not at all. Our slings are made from two layers of silk: a slippery brocade and
a textured dupioni. The thickness of the two layers and the texture of the dupioni
both keep the fabric from slipping.
- In fact, silk slings are a bit stiff when new, and take several wearings to break
in and be easily adjusted.
I tried an unpadded sling once, and it left red marks on my baby’s legs.
Don’t I need padding to protect my baby’s chubby thighs?
- No. We use sturdy fabrics that never slip. Once you get a ZoloWear sling in place,
it will not move until you want it to.
Is there a maximum weight?
- No. ZoloWear slings and pouches have either stretchable serged edges (which give)
or two layers of fabric. Our slings are designed to have some stretch on the edge
so they won’t leave red marks.
- ZoloWear slings are very sturdy. Our rings and webbing have been tested to support
hundreds of pounds, and our slings are sewn on industrial sewing machines.
- Most parents are not willing to carry babies who weigh over 35 pounds. ZoloWear
slings will support more than 35 pounds, but once baby is over 35 pounds, the parents
usually expect them to walk.
- We have some customers who have older children with special needs who were unable
to walk. They found our sling to be the sturdiest and most comfortable for carrying