What is a Ring Sling?

Oscha Ring slings are crafted from our specially woven sling fabric and feature unique hand drawn designs. The sling is secured on the shoulder through a set of safety tested rings. Comfortable, and quick to use, they have a low learning curve and are ideal for children who like to be up and down often.

Oscha Ring Slings have been approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a ‘Hip Healthy’ product, this means it will hold your child in the ‘M’ position which is optimum for hip development.

Read on to find out more about what an Oscha Ring Sling is, what makes them so special and how to use one.

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Ring Slings: A Simple Sling for Newborns and Toddlers

Newborns can be carried for longer periods on the front and as they grow you can transition them to your hip for a comfier carrying experience.

If you have an active toddler who likes to be up and down often then ring slings are a great choice for you as they are quick and easy to retighten often.

Oscha Ring Slings are weight tested up to 45lbs (or about 5 years old), they are suitable for newborns weighing 8lbs+ and can be used with even smaller babies after seeking the advice of a healthcare professional.

Benefits of a Rings Sling & Quick Demo

Choosing a Ring Sling: Which Style is Best for Me?

When choosing an Oscha Ring Sling you have two decisions to make: Highland Pleat or Gathered shoulder style, and do you want to carry on your left or right shoulder?

Let's start by choosing the shoulder style. Below you will find the comparison between Highland Pleat and Gathered shoulder styles.

Highland Pleat

Designed by Oscha, inspired by traditional kilts, this shoulder style features fans of pleatwork.

✓ Elegant

✓ Padded feeling

✓ Sits neatly on shoulder

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Gathered Shoulder Style

A simple style featuring a large loop of fabric going through the rings.

✓ Fabric can be spread down upper arm

✓ Good weight distribution

✓ Well known and loved shoulder style

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Left or Right Shoulder Ring Sling?

Left & Right Shoulder options are offered so that the fade of colours and/or the pattern will sit as pictured when worn on that shoulder i.e. there is a right way up to the fabric.

If you want to carry your baby on your right hip, choose a left shoulder sling and vice versa as the rings sit on the opposite side to your child.

Most wearers will prefer to carry their little one on the hip which they natural pop them onto when not wearing a sling.

Okinami Gloriole is a great example of a directional design: both the pattern and the colourway are directional.

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If the pattern doesn't have a right side up you can pick any shoulder, the colours that are at the top and the bottom will simply be reversed from the product images you see when you wear it.

Why are left and right shoulder options not always offered?

Left and Right Shoulder will not be offered if there is not a 'right side up' to the fabric i.e. the fabric does not have a fade of colours and/or the pattern doesn't have a top and bottom, like the Tartan pictured

Read the blog post for more information on left and right shoulder ring slings.

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Learning to Use a Ring Sling

Ring Slings are quick and easy to use. Once you thread them its just a case of popping them on and off. Learning to tighten a ring sling well makes all the difference for your comfort.

Below you can see a tutorial for how to use a ring sling, followed by top tips for getting a really comfy carry. Also check out blog post for more.

Ring Sling Top Tips

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Adapting the Ring Sling for a Newborn

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Breastfeeding in a Ring Sling

Ring Slings can provide helpful support whilst breastfeeding. Research shows that sling use promotes breastfeeding.

In this video you can learn how to adjust your ring sling to be able to nurse your baby or toddler in both the upright and cradle feeding positions.


When breastfeeding in a sling ensure that your baby is able to latch on and off. Therefore you should not cup their head with the sling fabric, you should use your hand for head support and respond to your baby's cues if they want to latch off.

If you are nursing in the cradle position, with your baby laying horizontally in the sling, ensure that you return them to an upright position when they have finished breastfeeding.

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Safety

Always follow the instructions provided with your sling, you can view a pdf here.

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Choosing a Fabric Blend for Your Ring Sling

There are many yarns which will be comfy to use for the whole of your babywearing journey. Most of our fabrics are designed to be great all-rounders, suitable for all climates and children of all ages.

If you are a beginner, a good place to start is our Classic Collection which was designed with beginners in mind.

What Makes Oscha Baby Sling Special?

Co-founded by mum Zoe, Oscha began when her love for wrapping became a day to day life-saver after her twin boys were born just 16 months after her daughter. With a passion for slings and for design, Zoe's vision of a wrap company which offers parents elegant, colourful baby carriers quickly became a reality. Zoe and the Oscha team continue to design unique woven patterns and use innovative weaving techniques to make baby carrying a beautiful and comfortable experience for all. Read the full Oscha Story.

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