Baby Carrier Buying Guide

9 Of The Best Baby Slings For 2020

Baby slings are wonderful for babies and allow you to not only bond together, but to get on with everyday tasks hands-free - think tidying up after a toddler, or making dinner for your family. There is a wide choice, so which should you buy for your little one? Make choosing your baby sling easier with 9 of our top picks for 2020.

 

It's a fact that babies love being carried in arms; if you have one (a baby that is), then you've probably figured this out already. It’s where your baby is most comfortable, it’s where you love to hold them, and it's where you know they are happiest and safest. Thankfully, baby slings make this so much easier! But which is the best baby sling? Which sling would be best for you and your family? Which sling should you choose? These are the questions you're likely asking yourself, and ultimately the best baby sling for you is one that your little one and you both find comfortable, one that will work for you and your family. There are a few things to take into account though, and a few things to think about. You can help to narrow your choice down by considering:

  • your budget;
  • your lifestyle;
  • the age of your baby, and
  • who will be using the sling.

The fact that you're on this website and looking for information on carrying your baby is a great start! Now, you know yourself and you know your baby, so allow those instincts to guide you - what style catches your eye? What seems like it would be a good option for you, your little one, indeed your whole family?

Choose a sling that you like - you're far more likely to use a sling or carrier that you love the look of from the start. Whether it's a certain style, colour or pattern, choose the one you really love! Check out our introductions to each style for the specifics of each: Stretchy Wraps, Ring Slings, Meh Dais, Woven Wraps, and Half Buckle Carriers. If you'd like more detailed advice, or you have a specific query, just ask. We love helping families to both start or continue their carrying journeys.

 

Do You Need A Baby Sling?

 

Most parents say that a baby sling is the one parenting tool they can't do without. They really do make the parenting journey easier, whether you use one just for the first few months, or if you continue to carry into toddlerhood and preschool.

When we talk about baby slings (as opposed to baby carriers), we mean soft baby carriers i.e. slings that have less (or the least) structure.

 

There are 5 main types of baby slings:

 

Stretchy Wraps: Perfect for your newborn, a stretchy wrap offers a gentle transition from womb to world. They facilitate skin-to-skin, are completely soft, and thus very respectful of your newborn’s physiology. Stretchy wraps are a long piece of soft fabric which is wrapped around you before popping baby in. The advantage is that you can tie it in the morning and keep it on all day - you can also have it tied before you go out. Perfect for those precious first weeks and months.

 

Ring Slings: Wonderful for newborns and toddlers alike. For your newborn the single-layer carry is light, with little fuss, supporting them tucked up high and close. For older babies and toddlers at the 'up and down' stage, a ring sling is a quick and simple option, allowing you to meet your baby’s needs, then folding it up small and neat in your bag. A single shoulder option, baby can be carried on the front, off-centre, or on the hip.

 

Woven Wraps: Woven wraps are the most versatile carrying option - depending on the length of the wrap, they can be used for many different carrying positions. One woven wrap can be used to carry your newborn all the way to through to preschool; on your front, hip, and back. There are many different designs available from stripes, to jacquards, to self-colours.

 

Meh Dais: A lovely, less structured style; a super option for newborns and bigger babies too. They have all the softness and moldability of a wrap, but with some structure - a main panel with two pairs of straps. One pair ties around the waist, securing with a knot, and the other pair sits on the shoulders and crosses on the wearers back, tying either at the front, side or back. Super-adjustable for the wearer too.

 

Half Buckles: Halfway between a full buckle carrier and a meh dai. The Half Buckle offers the ease of a clip buckle at the waist, with the adjustability of long shoulder straps for a truly snug fit, without the reaching for back or side clips. Front, hip and back carrying, most are suitable from newborn.

 

Our Top Baby Slings For 2020

 

 

Coracor Baby Wrap

Coracor Baby Wrap

Coracor Baby Wrap - £69.95

 

Why We Love It

Coracor Baby wraps are soft, lightweight, durable and organic; not only that, the designs are stunning! Easy to wear colours, and designs that wouldn't be out of place in a boutique clothing store.

 

Pro Tip

Coracor baby wraps are made from GOTS Certifed organic cotton. It is a two-way stretch wrap, which is soft, thin but durable, beautiful and safe. The exclusive fabric is breathable and keeps both you and your baby comfortable and close.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"So comfortable and easy to use and leaves my hands free for dealing with my toddler! Best purchase for the second born!" - Gemma

 

 

Neobulle Jersey Sling

Neobulle Jersey Sling

Neobulle Jersey Ring Sling - £49.95

 

Why We Love It

Made from 100% organic cotton jersey, this sling offers superb comfort and support for newborns and babies. Perfect for all those little moments when baby needs up in your arms.

 

Pro Tip

The Neobulle Jersey Ring Sling is lightweight and super-soft, and can be used repeatedly throughout the day. It can stay in place when you're not carrying baby, or can easily be packed away in your bag.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Lovely soft sling, nice and light for the warmer weather!"

 

 

Didymos Didysling

Didymos Didysling

Didymos Didysling Ring Sling - From £54.95

 

Why We Love It

Made from Didymos woven wrap fabrics in 100% organic cotton, the Didysling is simply wonderful. The quality is outstanding and the designs are beautiful. The Didysling comprises a long piece of woven wrap fabric with 2 aluminium rings sewn into one end, approx 1.8m in length. Suitable from birth, a ring sling allows you to welcome baby in and out quickly and easily - great for those amazing newborn snuggles, and equally great for toddlers at the up-and-down stage.

 

Pro Tip

A great option for breastfeeding on the go. Washing - pop a sock over the rings to protect your machine.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Really enjoying the convenience of this carrier after using a wrap for the first 4-5 months with my baby girl. She seems to love it as much as the wrap. It's very easy to use and looks good too." - Ruth

 

 

Girasol MySol Half Buckle Carrier

Girasol MySol Half Buckle Carrier

Girasol Mysol Half Buckle Carrier - £119.95

 

Why We Love It

The Girasol WrapMysol Half Buckle is a half buckle carrier with wide woven wrap shoulder straps and a padded buckle waist. The Mysol Half Buckle Carrier is completely soft - 100% pure cotton, so it's super-soft against babies body and super-comfortable for you. With the buckle waist, it's super functional and easy to use. The buckle belt can be removed, so you can use it as a regular meh dai carrier if you wish. The MySol Half Buckle is made from two layers of woven wrap fabric, which nestles like a second skin around your baby, providing optimal support. Oh, and it's fully reversible - you can wear either side facing out, it's like having two carriers in one.

 

Pro Tip

It's suitable for your newborn and as they grow and grow; the body of the carrier is easily adjustable - it narrows in the width for younger babies. This is very important to promote a soft, supported position, respectful of a young baby’s physiology.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"We took our time to choose our sling, my 11month old daughter and I. We wanted to upgrade from the Caboo that has served us so well, but she is too heavy for it now. After a few hires from the local sling library we knew we wanted a MySol. And we haven't been disappointed: it's lovely and soft and so comfortable to wear. And the colours are just stunning - so many people complement us on this sling." - Cordula

 

 

Didymos Meh Dai

Didy Meh Dai Carrier

Didy Meh Dai Carrier - From £114.95

 

Why We Love It

The Didy Meh Dai - it's a meh dai-style carrier, and a very special one. It's made from Didymos woven wrap fabrics. The quality is outstanding, the designs beautiful, they are ethically woven always using organic cotton. As there is no padding it is perfectly suited for carrying newborns as it snugs their shape, and works equally well for older babies and toddlers on the front or back.

 

Pro Tip

A great option for newborns & toddlers, the woven wrap fabric snugs baby's shape, adjusting as they grow.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"I'm a first time mum and have gotten really into babywearing since my little one came home from the hospital. I've got a stretchy wrap, a woven wrap, and buckle carrier and a Didy Meh Dai. The Meh Dai is the newest addition to my collection, but is already hands down my favourite. The fabric is beautiful and so comfortable. My daughter sleeps so comfortably in it and loves to ride on my back when we're out and about. If I'd known how amazing it would be I would have bought it first, not last, but I'm so glad I decided to snag one when they were on sale here a while ago. I cannot recommend the Didy Meh Dai highly enough!" - Miriam

 

 

Little Frog Woven Wrap

Little Frog Woven Wraps

Little Frog Woven Wraps - From £46.95

 

Why We Love It

Little Frog Woven Wraps are a wonderful option for novice wrappers and experienced wrappers alike. The quality is superb, and there is a huge range of colours and designs to suit every taste. Each wrap is dyed and woven in the EU to OEKO-TEX standard.

 

Pro Tip

We love these wraps - the price is superb and the striped designs can be very helpful when learning to wrap.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"This is my first wrap purchased after using a stretchy. It was very soft from first use, being very easy to use due to that. It feels great and only gets better with using and washing. So secure with baby snuggled in. The colours are very vibrant and this is a good affordable wrap. I'd definitely recommend to others." - Natalie

 

 

Didymos Woven Wrap

Didymos Woven Wraps

Didymos Woven Wraps - From £69.95

 

Why We Love It

Didymos woven wraps are woven with 100% organic cotton - perfect for newborns, bigger babies and toddlers. Super-soft, easy to care for and wonderful to wrap with.

 

Pro Tip

The variety of carrying positions (front, back, and hip) make woven wraps exceptionally versatile.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"I bought this wrap sling after trying a friend's didymos, plus a few other carriers. This was by far my favourite - very comfortable to wear, and my 5-month old daughter started falling asleep in it almost immediately. I also like how versatile it is - you have a lot of different, ergonomic options for how to carry your baby." - Jessica

 

 

Hana Baby Wrap

Hana Baby Wrap

Hana Baby Wrap - From £34.95

 

Why We Love It

The Hana Baby Wrap is a wonderful stretchy wrap with 2-way stretch. Weight-wise it’s lightweight and fine, with a really good amount of stretch. You can tie it really snug, and pop baby in and out whenever you need, without having to re-tie or readjust. It’s made with an organic cotton/bamboo blend, so it’s gentle against baby’s skin, and great in warmer weather too.

 

Pro Tip

The Hana Baby wrap has lots of stretch, so tie it nice and snug at the beginning.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"I’m so pleased I went for the Hana wrap, it’s wonderfully soft, really comfortable to wear and the olive grey colour goes with everything. But, more importantly, my daughter loves it. It really soothes her and she can sleep for hours in it, which is great because then I have my hands free to look after my 2 year old. I’ve used it every day since she was born, I’d be lost without it. And, yes, it took me a few attempts to get the hang of it but practice makes perfect and it’s second nature now." - Rebecca

 

 

Tula Half Buckle Carrier

Tula Half Buckle

Hana Baby Wrap - From £34.95

 

Why We Love It

The New Half Buckle carrier from Tula is easily adjustable, and the padded waist belt is secured with a clip-buckle (just like a regular Tula buckle carrier) ensuring great support around the waist. The large, adjustable body panel made of the stunning Tula fabrics we've all come to know and love. This creates a soft pouch offering a safe place for your little one. For newborns it provides a snug cocoon which is easily adjustable to their size. It's the shoulder straps that make the difference - padded over the shoulder and back, they flare for extra support around baby. They can be tied in a variety of ways offering amazing adjustability and support for all shapes and sizes.

 

Pro Tip

The Tula Half Buckle Carrier allows you to carry your baby on your front, hip and back at the appropriate ages while your child is always supported across the back and the bottom ensuring the natural spread squat position.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"The tula half buckle is amazingly comfortable . I can wear my 8 month old all day and not feel any strain on my shoulders or back, but more importantly she is lovely and comfortable as it moulds round her. And the play print is gorgeous!" - Bianca

 

 

 

Choosing What's Right For You

 

So there you have it - our top baby slings for 2020. Remember, choose a sling that you like - you're far more likely to use a sling or carrier that you love the look of. Whether it's a certain style, colour or pattern, choose the one you really love! If you'd like more detailed advice, or you have a specific query, just ask. We love helping families to both start and continue their babywearing journeys!