For a secure and practical way to carry your baby around, you'll want to get the best baby sling you can find. A baby sling is usually a long piece of fabric with special features that can be wrapped around you and your baby, tying you both together. In general, a baby sling doesn't have clips, buckles or buttons like other baby carriers, but, if tied correctly, they are super secure and your child will love being in it. Baby slings are especially good for newborns as they offer closer contact with you so they feel snuggled and happy while you are free to get on with doing other activities at home or out and about.
Baby slings aren't the only baby-carrying options. The more traditional style baby carrier provides more back support and backpack carriers are great for long walks or hiking. You can check our guide to the variety of carriers available or see our picks of best baby carriers and best baby carriers backpacks. If however, you've decided on a sling, then scroll down to see our 6 picks for the best sling carrier.
Which baby sling is best?
There are many baby slings on the market but we've tried and tested a bunch of them and list the best 5 below.
This is the ideal everyday wrap which is made with a flexible and comfortable fabric. With this carrier wrap, you will be able to keep your baby safe and secure all day long. It comes in one size fits all and is designed to carry up to 35lbs. You and your baby will be happy with this choice. You can also read the full review about this winner baby carrier wrap.
This sling is different from the other ones in this list, as its wrap-styled. It's easy to use in different positions and for different baby sizes/ages. As it only fits one size, you can't really share with another person of a vastly different size to you, but the advantages of this baby sling put it on the top of best-sellers.
Caboo +Organic is a sling with good support. It's designed to provide more structure, and it allows you to carry your baby in five different positions. This sling is easy to use and to adjust, feeling super comfortable even for heavier babies. You can use it during summer as its made of breathable fabric but will also keep your baby warm in winter. The only negative aspect of this sling is that it doesn't allow you to carry your baby on your back. You can read the full review about Caboo +Organic Sling.
This is a multi-use wrap sling which works when your little one is a baby and later when they get to the toddler stage. You can only carry the baby in one position with this but with well-distributed weight that is even across the back and shoulders. It's highly recommended for newborns and for mums after a C-section.
This baby sling is super affordable without compromising on quality. You can use it from newborn to toddler, but it's perfect for when your baby is around 6 to 12 months old, and it's perfect for breastfeeding too as your child can lie sideways in it. It comes in several different colours and is the basic model from a wide range of slings from Je Porte Mon Bébé.
The most important advantage this sling has is you can carry both babies and toddlers (but not at the same time!). It's also extremely simple to use. There is extra padding on the shoulder which can be helpful, making it particularly comfortable to wear, but some of our mum testers complained about the fact that it looks bulky. You can read the full review about We Made Me Soohu Sling Classic.
Check out our tried and tested baby carrier slings
Our annual Mother&Baby Awards see hundreds of baby products tried and tested by our panel of mums, so for extra peace of mind, be sure to check out the slings that won in the Mother&Baby Awards 2019. Want some more options? Have a look at our favourite baby carrier backpacks and other baby carriers.
How to use your baby sling safely
Your baby sling needs to be tight, keeping you and your baby closely attached, but you need to be able to check on your baby regularly to ensure they are comfortable. Try “the kiss test”: if you can kiss your baby’s head, you are in the right position. The best position for your baby is on your chest, and with good support for their back, neck, and hips.
You can use your baby sling as much as you want, you even use a sling while breastfeeding or bottle feeding (in both cases, you need to keep the baby in a certain position to allow the milk flow and avoid any choking). However, we would advise you to consider the two-hour baby rule where you avoid keeping your baby in the same position for over two hours, as their spine is still in development and it's important to keep changing their position. As opposed to a more structured baby carrier, with a baby sling you have to be a little bit more aware of your baby's positioning. For more on baby sling safety have a look at the UK Sling Consortium's TICKS method, and also see our safety tips here.
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