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shoulder styles:

While all ring slings are made with the same basic design -- a length of fabric with two rings on one end -- the design of the shoulder can make a big difference for the individual wearer. There are many ways to fold fabric in a ring sling -- for more, check these out -- and each one has its pros and cons for different-sized wearers, although there is no hard-and-fast rule about what fits who better. Two people with nearly identical builds often prefer completely different shoulder styles, so if there's a babywearing group near you, I'd recommend a visit to try a few slings out and see what you like. All ring slings are made to go over one shoulder, not both. If you are looking for a two-shoulder carrier, which will distribute your child's weight over both shoulders, please see my links page for some suggested types.

Visual comparison of widths of available styles, plus gathered for referenceVisual comparison of the styles I offer:

Top to bottom: (click for larger view)

Signature SBP Pleats:

Overlapped pleats give even support across the whole shoulder and back, allowing the fabric to spread naturally along carefully stitched lines.

Signature SBP PleatsPros:

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SBP shoulder Minutiae

The number of pleats will vary depending on the thickness and width of the materials used. Most slings will have seven or eight pleats. However, for the wearer's comfort, I use a larger number of smaller pleats on thinner fabrics, so the French twill will have 10-11 pleats; while thicker or narrower fabrics -- like Natibaby wraps, which are quite thick; and some older Didymos wraps, which are rather narrow -- will have five or six pleats instead. If you feel strongly about the number of pleats on your sling, please let me know ahead of time so that I can accommodate your wishes.)

Retro pleats:

Larger pleats give similar support to signature pleats, but with wider spread over the shoulder and upper back

Retro pleated shoulderPros:

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Eesti* hybrid:

Small pleats on each side give some structure, while the gathered center section allows flexibility in the fabric width across the shoulder and back

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* Karen Hoppis invented this design in 2005, and when she stopped sewing professionally in 2011, allowed me to license the design in the US. Please be advised that other vendors are selling this shoulder style (usually calling it simply "hybrid") without credit to Karen and without paying her for her design. This is not done with her permission.

Other styles:

I am often asked to do other shoulder styles on slings, but it's not something I can do. With the new testing regulations, everything I sew must be tested with every shoulder design, and I have tested only pleats and Eesti.

Wondering how a sleeping baby sling compares to more expensive brands? Here are a few photographs of basic construction details -- how the rings are sewn in, and the hemmed edges -- so you can see how they differ.