I am well known to love ring slings and one of my most frequently repeated workshops is all about them. For me they are an incredibly quick and versatile sling; so when I saw that Hana Baby was releasing a ring sling I was intrigued, as were members of my Sling Library Facebook group; one of whom had purchased hers almost as quickly as they were released. I have been a big fan of their bamboo Hana Baby Wrap and have retailed them since 2012. This new development excited me and I am delighted that Melissa agreed to send me one to review.
The Hana Baby Ring Sling has a gathered shoulder and four rows of stitching. The gather is quite wide so it does spread across full shoulder. The bamboo and cotton mix provides an excellent level of support. This ring sling is clearly designed for younger babies and potentially those parents who have used a stretchy wrap. The stretch of the fabric is a little more forgiving than wrap fabric ring slings and the stretch can assist with placing baby within the pouch created.
Traditionally ring slings are around the 2m mark in length. This ring sling is 1.65m long and at 5’10” and UK size 10/12 I did find it a little short when I tried with older (but within weight limit) babies. It could therefore be too short for larger parents and/or older babies as length of tails through rings may be too short: We had a play with the sling during a recent ring sling workshop and we found this to be the case. At present there are no plans to make a longer length ring sling. However, the length could be beneficial for parents who do not like swishy tails or who typically find ring slings too long.
Overall I am very positive about the Hana Baby Ring Sling. Thank you for letting me, Isaac and the North East Sling Library test it Melissa.
The Hana Ring Sling comes in a choice of 5 colours; we were sent the Ash Purple and the depth of the colour really drew my attention. The draw string storage bag in the same fabric and colour was an added bonus. Made from 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton it is extremely soft to the touch. I have experience of only one other stretchy fabric ring sling, and to the touch this because of the bamboo content is softer to the touch. It is suitable from birth and until 12kg. It is machine washable at 40o’C and can be tumble dried on low. The recommended retail price for the Hana Baby Ring Sling is £39.99. It came with clear photographic instructions each with a written summary, which included details of TICKS safety guidelines. These are clearly split into different stages.