The safest and best baby slings and wraps for everyday bonding

Baby slings and wraps

by Maria Martin |
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A baby carrier is a secure and practical way to carry your baby around, but if you're looking for everyday comfort, you may find a baby sling or a baby wrap works best for you and your little one. With so many parents swearing by their baby slings and wraps, we can see why they've become so popular.

Baby wraps and slings are 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 and baby carrier backpacks, but if tied correctly, they are super secure, and your baby will love being in it (and it'll leave your hands free). They're also a good option for a newborn baby or premature baby as they allow for a snug fit.

Best baby slings and wraps at a glance:

Best overall baby sling: Ergobaby Aura Baby Carrier Wrap - Buy now on Amazon
Best for comfort and versatility: RYLOOBABY sling - Buy now on Amazon
Best strap and wrap hybrid design: Boba Bliss Baby Carrier - Buy now on Amazon
Best for eco-friendly materials: FreeRider Eucalyptus Baby Carrier Wrap - Buy now on John Lewis
Best hybrid baby carrier and wrap: Dreamgenii Snuggleroo Baby Carrier - Buy now on Amazon
Best for breathability: Diono We Made Me Flow Baby Carrier - Buy now on Amazon

Baby wearing is also a simple way for parents to bond with their baby and get oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. When you're pottering about at home, maximise this by undoing your shirt under the sling so your baby's skin is directly against yours. You'll soon find a way to safely do up a few buttons and tuck your shirt securely into the baby sling in case someone knocks on the door.

Best baby wraps loved by our mum testers

Best for Overall baby sling

Not only does this wrap come with an impressive 10-year guarantee, making it great for babies one, two, and three, but it's been designed to make your life as a parent as easy as possible. It's lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for summer walks or travelling. It's also petite and plus-size friendly, and has an integrated pocket that you can store the wrap in when not in use.

The main challenges parents seem to face with this baby carrier is learning to tie it properly, with some mums also complaining that the fabric has too much stretch. Mum Tashina laughs and says she felt a little overwhelmed at first with how long the wrap is, but after watching the instructional video and after a couple of practices she says she got the hang of it, and felt her baby was completely safe and secure when wearing it. She adds that while it may seem like a lot of rope at first, you'll soon see that you need all of it to safely secure your baby.

Overall the wrap is praised for being comfortable and well-made. One reviewer shares that it was extra-important for her that the wrap was soft and durable as she broke her back a couple of years ago. She approves of the Ergobaby Aura baby carrier for being much more comfortable than other bulky carriers. The non-buckle design makes this carrier a comfortable fuss-free option for travelling and moving about with your baby.


  • Compact and lightweight
  • Supportive and comfortable for parent and baby
  • Easy to use


  • Some parents found it to have too much stretch
Age suitability: Use from birth – 3.5kg to 11.3kg
Material: 100 per cent viscose made from eucalyptus and acacia
Size: One size fits most (H490 x W53.4cm)
  • Machine washable
  • Comes in two colours

Best baby carrier for comfort and versatility

The RYLOOBABY Sling was awarded Silver for Best Baby Carrier/ Sling or Back Carrier at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

The RYLOOBABY Sling provides a safe and breathable cocoon for your little one, keeping them cool and calm. Made from durable materials – 95 per cent cotton and 5 per cent spandex, the sling is comfy and practical, something you'll love using every day to bond with your baby.

We love the grey-green colour, it's a versatile soft neutral that'll go with anything you have in your wardrobe, and being a one-size-fits-all, mums simply love it. It might be a bit confusing to wear at first, but baby slings can be like that. You'll find the clear pictorial instructions useful, not to mention the video link if you really do find yourself tangled up! Our mum tester had never used a wrap sling before, but found it easy to follow the instructions.

Our mum tester goes on to express how much they love the material of this wrap, describing it as thick, soft and luxurious. The comfort factor of this product was also tested against the mum's c-section scar that wasn't healing. She found that everything rubbed, but the soft material of the Ryloobaby Sling genuinely helped to keep discomfort at bay. In reviews mums also love this sling for relieving back and shoulder pain. Indeed, the sling is deemed by the IHDI as being a “hip-healthy” product.

The versatility of the Ryloobaby Sling is what reviewers appreciate most, not just allowing for different carrying positions, front and back, but also for being suitable for newborns. Many mums comment on how they enjoy being able to keep little one close and experience that sense of connection, while remaining hands-free to get on with everyday life chores and activities. Our mum tester describes how this has minimised stress for her, so that she can carry on as normal whilst attending to her newborn baby's needs too.

Read our full RYLOOBABY Sling review.


  • Lightweight
  • Supportive
  • One size fits all
  • Variety of different colours


  • Can be confusing to put on
Material:Premium cotton blend - 95% Cotton / 5% Spandex
Suitable for:Newborns, infants & toddlers (8-35lbs / 3-15kg)
Washing:Recommended to wash at 30°c on a delicate cycle, do not tumble dry
Closure type:Tie
  • Comes with a drawstring bag and instruction manual
  • Adjustable Strap
  • One size fits all
  • Premium cotton blend
  • Machine washable
  • Deemed by the IHDI as being a “hip-healthy” product
  • Safe, durable and breathable

Best strap and wrap hybrid design

Boba Bliss Baby Carrier

Rrp: $79.99

Price: $69.99

The Boba Bliss Baby Carrier was awarded Bronze for Best Baby Carrier/ Sling or Back Carrier at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.
Crafted to carry your little one from birth to 18 months (7-35 lbs) with ease, the Boba Bliss will soothe your baby, keeping them calm and content, and feeling connected to you. The baby carrier is easy to use with no complicated tying needed, making it a practical accessory that you'll grow to depend on. What's more, it is certified Hip Healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, distributing weight evenly to relieve back pressure but still maintaining stretchiness for complete comfort. It's suitable for petite or plus size mums and dads, and the perfect hands-free solution for carrying your little bubba everywhere.

Admittedly, the multiple-strap system may seem confusing at first, but our mum tester who switched from previously using a stretchy wrap for her newborn with a more structured carrier ready for when her son was a bit bigger, says that it was super simple to put on, and that both her and her husband are much more confident using it than the wrap they had. They say their son feels snug and safe and happily sleeps for long periods. Other parents who have experienced some difficulty getting set up have emphasised that it's worth the effort for the freedom and convenience it offers.

The wrap is praised for its soft and stretchy material, and parents express in reviews that it provides ample support for both parent and baby. The versatility allows for various positions, making it suitable for different situations, whether that's daily chores or outings. Our mum tester agrees that the product has really helped with her daily tasks alongside being a mum. She loves being able to do things she couldn't before if she was by herself such as washing up, hanging the washing out and lots more.

Read our full Boba Bliss Baby Carrier review.


  • Variety of colours
  • Adjustable
  • Perfect fit every time
  • Supportive and soft


  • Multiple straps - can be confusing at first
Suitable for:babies from birth up to 35 pounds, but works best up to 20 lbs.
Waistband adjustment:25-58" (60 - 145 cm)
Shoulder strap adjustment:from 20-40” in height (50-100 cm).
Weight capacity:7 - 35 lbs (3,5 - 16 kg)
Material:Intelligent hybrid fabric - 92% Cotton, 8% Spandex
  • Soft, but sturdy, stretchy yet supportive.
  • Gentle on baby’s skin, breathable and easy to clean and machine washable.
  • A great option for petite and plus-sized wearers +waistband extender available.
  • One size fits all.
  • Certified Hip Healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
  • Breastfeeding friendly
  • Crossable straps
  • Gathered Ergonomic Seat
  • Soft Modular Waist belt
  • Hybrid Stretchy Fabric
  • Functional Adjustment Loops

Best for eco-friendly materials

Winner of the 2020 Gold Best Baby Carrier/Sling Mother&Baby Award.
The FreeRider Eucalyptus Baby carrier wrap is the ideal everyday woven wrap, made from eco-friendly eucalyptus – a silky soft, breathable and flexible fabric that provides comfort for you and little one, keeping them with you safe and secure throughout the day. This one-size-fits-all wrap carries up to 35lbs, and the hands-free design encourages you to stay active while still maintain closeness to your bubba for the ultimate bonding experience. Our mum tester Nicola recommends it, sharing that her baby enjoyed being in the wrap, and she felt much closer to her little one than with her previous bulky carrier.

The product does have mixed reviews on the John Lewis website with some criticism relating to its length, so this product may be more suited to petite parents. The stretchiness of the fabric has also been challenged with one reviewer describing it as too stretchy and slippery, and claiming that this affected its functionality. The manufacturer points out in response to the review that the Tencel fabric has been selected for its one-way stretch properties, as opposed to the other two-ways fabrics more commonly used on the market. They assure that the fabric has been tested to the highest of safety standards as well as being a Which Best Buy, which comes with external safety testing too, and advise following instructions carefully to avoid any slippage. Our mum tester Samantha describes the instructional videos as spot-on! She appreciates the simple 5-step process and assures that there's no faffing around with having to measure one and a half arms in fabric.

Described as stylish, lightweight and easy to keep with you, our tester Lindsey loves the little pouch it comes with to keep it clean while it's in her nappy changing bag. It's also described by parents as being very soft on the skin and easy to clean, which our tester Nicola confirms, saying that when she washed the FreeRider it came out well. Note that it may need to be ironed after washing, but we think that with the eucalyptus pattern design you may be able to get away with it, but we'll leave that up to you to decide!

The Monlo design version was shortlisted for the 2021 best baby carrier/sling Mother&Baby Awards too!

Read our full FreeRider Eucalyptus Baby Carrier Wrap review


  • Stylish
  • Soft and stretchy
  • Comfortable


  • Needs to be ironed after washing
Age suitability:From 8-30lbs (- 1 year)
Material:Biodegradable Tencel
Size: 500cm x 50cm
  • Machine wash at 30 degrees, do not tumble dry
  • Comes in a range of colours and prints

Best hybrid baby carrier and wrap

The Dreamgenii Snuggleroo Baby Carrier was awarded Bronze for Best Baby Carrier/ Sling or Back Carrier at the Mother&Baby Awards 2023.

For that close feeling with your baby, the Dreamgenii Snuggleroo is the softest baby sling made from all cotton material, confirmed by our six parent testers to be lightweight and comfy to wear! Helping you to bond with your baby, this sling doesn't require any straps or buckles but still keeps your baby feeling secure against your body. Our mum tester Georgia particularly enjoys the way the material envelopes her and baby together with a gentle material – and with no direct pressure, she says your body and shoulders are able to take the pressure over a large area. The lack of buckles and straps means it's easier to use, and as Georgia points out, you won't be left with sore shoulders or strap marks where the sling has been.

The wrap can only be used up until 12-month's of age, but mums seem to love it for the newborn stage, with one reviewer describing the wrap as 'life-changing' for allowing hands-free cuddling with her baby, which we think is a lovely way to describe being able to use a wrap to stay connected with your little one throughout the day. The wrap offers plenty of versatility with different carrying positions. One tester shares they loved how high and close it held baby to her, so he felt reassured at all times.

Our testers have brought to light that that the instructions can be a bit complicated to follow, as they rely heavily on photos rather than detailed explanations, so while some of you will love the visual aid, keep this in mind if you prefer written instructions. If you're worried about this though, don't be – Dreamgenii on their YouTube channel also provides an easy-to-follow guide.

Read our full Dreamgenii® Snuggleroo review


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Doesn't take up much space
  • The baby is positioned close to you
  • Soft material


  • Instructions could have been clearer
  • Only suitable for up to 12 months
Age suitability:Birth - 12 months
Material: Cotton
Size:‎18 x 9 x 23 cm
Extra features:Support band which can be used as a handy travel or storage bag
  • 4 carrying positions
  • Machine washable

Best for side carrying

Izmi Baby Wrap
Price: £55.00

The Izmi Baby Wrap was awarded bronze for best baby carrier/sling at the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards.

The supportive, super-soft Izmi Bamboo Baby Wrap is cleverly designed to distribute your little one's weight evenly, reducing unwanted pressure on your back and keeping them comfortable. It has two hands-free carrying positions, including parent-facing front carry and side carry. You'll be reassured to know too that the soft two-way stretch bamboo material hugs your baby's shape in a snug and supportive hip healthy position, as recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. You can also use it for breastfeeding support making it a versatile choice for your day-to-day life. Our mum tester Carys Lewis didn't use it for breastfeeding due to the fact her baby was a bit too big to get the positioning right, but she saw how it could be a big benefit to use for younger and smaller babies.  

Parents love this wrap for its cosy support. Our mum tester Emily Hentley describes hers as absolutely amazing and like giving your newborn a cuddle. The straps that can be spread over your shoulders for your comfort, at the same time offer stabilising head support for your newborn, ensuring they are secure yet unrestricted and able to suck their hands and rub their face if needed. Emily loves the fact that the sling holds her little one right in tight so that both her and her baby can be comfy. She says her little boy is happy and settled whenever he is in it, and that it has made life so much easier when dealing simultaneously with her newborn, toddler and little girl. Mum tester Clotilde Kingsley also points out how useful and comforting it has been to keep little one close when feeling unwell and during teething.

Another reviewer finds the wrap to be indispensable for daily use with her 9-week-old, highlighting its versatility in accommodating different body sizes. When it comes to different sized tots, some say that the wrap can be quickly outgrown, and our mum tester Carys pointing out that there is a limited timeframe on how long the wrap can be used for. However, the wrap is designed to fit around your growing baby from 2.3kg-9kg and is therefore a great choice for anyone who has had a premature baby. Mum tester and foster carer Paula McGir says this wrap has been perfect for her as she has cared for a lot of premature babies and tiny babies, and felt perfectly safe enough to take her hands away, as the wrap is even more supportive than she initially thought it would be.

Read our full Izmi Baby Wrap review


  • Good airflow
  • Easy to store
  • Well made


  • Quickly outgrown
Age suitability:Designed to fit around your growing baby from 2.3kg-9kg
Material:Made from bamboo
Size: 519.99 x 53.01 x 0.2 cm
  • Machine washable - on a cold cycle
  • 2 carrying positions

Best ergonomic sling

koala--best baby slings and wraps
Price: $55.00

**Shortlisted for the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards Best Baby Carrier/Sling
This ergonomic cotton-blend Koala Babycare Baby Sling is easy to put on with side loops that allow you to adjust the width according to your build and the age of your little bundle of joy. The breathable, ergonomic backrest feature of this wrap is an added bonus to the product. One reviewer, a mother with chronic pain was very happy with the product for her own specific needs as someone who prioritises ease of use due to fibromyalgia.

On the other hand our mum tester Sarah felt as though the wrap didn't grow with the baby as it weighed down and hurt her back a little as she got bigger. However, she would still recommend the product to another mum as it was very easy to use and very comfortable, but points out that it did get a bit hot for both her and baby at times in the hot weather.

Another of our mum testers Emma found the material to be very breathable and says her baby doesn't get sweaty. We think it's definitely worth noting that the material may not be as breathable as 100 per cent cotton slings. Despite this, Emma 100 per cent recommends the sling to everyone she knows who is having a baby, and praises it for being so lightweight and easy to put baby in without dropping them. Plus, there are no buckles, she says, and it's very stylish compared to many others on the market.

Another of our mum testers Katherine, agrees that things are definitely made easier as the carrier is already part 'tied' with the use of the rings, but she says the need to put a second wrap-around part over the top takes away from this advantage and actually makes the product look unattractive and impractical to use, in her opinion. We'll let you decide on that one though!

Read our full Koala Babycare Sling review


  • Great value for money
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Very comfortable


  • Instructions could be clearer
  • Not as breathable as 100 per cent cotton slings
Age suitability:Suitable from birth
Material:65 per cent polyester and 30 per cent cotton
Size: ‎18 x 26 x 9.5 cm
  • Available in five colours
  • Machine washable at 30 degrees

Best for size selection

baby-sling-best baby slings and wraps
Price: £54.99

This sling is a bit different from the others in this list, as it is sized, rather than a one-size-fits-all design, available in sizes XXS-XL. So while it's easy to use in different positions and for different ages, the only drawback is that you can't share it with your partner if they're a different body size to you. While this sling is great because it offers specific sizing, mums have expressed different experiences when it comes to the getting the right fit. Some say it comes up small, whereas one reviewer advises to listen carefully to the sizing guides. They said that they're a UK size 10 and got the 8-10 size which is perfect, insisting - don't go over your dress size.

The Baby K'tan baby carrier is quick and easy to wear with a simple design - no rings, belts, buckles or excess fabric. Sleep-deprived mums who can't cope with figuring out how to get untangled from a complicated wrap system will love the fact that this baby carrier can be put on in 30 seconds, as described by one reviewer who says it was exactly what she was looking for, and another who describes the instructions are completely idiot-proof. Just slip the baby sling over your head like a t-shirt and you're good to go.

We also love the fact that the carrier offers five positions, making it super versatile and allowing it to grow with your child. You can use it with newborn and premature babies in a sling wrap style that supports your best position for breastfeeding, and infants all the way up to 35lbs using the carrier’s natural seated position, which is approved hip healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.


  • Instructions are easy to follow
  • Good quality
  • Comfortable for you and baby


  • Comes up small
Age suitability:Unspecified
Material: Cotton
Size:21.49 x 6.99 x 20.98 cm
  • Comes in sizes XXS-XL
  • Comes in black or houndstooth colour options

Best for breathability

Diono We Made Me Flow-best baby slings and wraps
Price: $24.14

The We Made Me Flow Wrap was shortlisted for the 2016 M&B Award for best baby carrier/sling.

This is a multi-use wrap sling that 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 the Diono We Made Me Flow Baby Carrier, but with a well-distributed weight that is even across the back and shoulders. It's highly recommended for newborns and for mums after a C-section.

We put it to the test and share what our mum testers thought about the sling in our in-depth review below. Parents seem to love the breathability of the material. Our mum tester Sarah Panter points out that wearing a baby can be warm for both mother and child, so breathable material is a must. Mum tester Catherine Strange agrees it has much cooler fabric than most other baby wraps, but points out that while the material makes the wrap cooler than other wraps, it also makes it a little slippy and hard to put on. Sarah adds that the mesh material isn't as comfortable as some other cotton wraps, however, it felt secure and baby was happy.

Sarah would have preferred a smaller size specially for petite mums. She says that having different lengths of the wrap would be a bonus as it might save having a lot of excess material that you have to tie up around your waist (or leave hanging). Being shorter in height, Catherine also felt that the sling was a little bit too wide for her and would have preferred there to be a few different width options.

Our mum tester Anneli Kitson would have liked to make the fabric a little bit more stretchy, just to help with getting baby in and out more comfortably as she found the straps around her waist bunched up and tightened to an uncomfortable level. She also commented that she thought the price was a little steep considering the product is essentially one long piece of fabric in a fancy tube. It was also felt that the instructions are a bit long-winded, but one tester pointed out that the name on the front does help to get the sling in the right position. Mum tester Catherine Strange on the other hand says the product has clear step-by-step instructions, and she enjoyed the fun diagrams on how to use wrap.

Read our full We Made Me Wuti Wrap review


  • Snug and secure
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable material


  • Need a smaller size for petite parents
  • The material could have more stretch
Age suitability:Unspecified
Material:87 per cent nylon, 13 per cent spandex
Size: 30.48 x 30.48 x 60.96cm
  • Breathable air flow mesh
  • Machine washable

Best for versatility and support for newborns

Close Caboo + Organic Cotton Baby Carrier
Price: £60.54

This carrier won the 2017 Silver Best Baby Carrier/Sling and 2015 Gold Best Baby Carrier/Sling in the M&B Awards.

Caboo + Organic is a sling with good support. It's designed to provide more structure and allows you to carry your baby in five different positions, including nursing/cradle and forward-facing. This makes it great value for money, working well for breastfeeding and suitable for use with babies and toddlers too. Our mum tester Hazel Newhouse says the only downside is that you can’t use it for back-carrying baby, although it’s suitable for hip carrying as they get older.

Parents seem to love how easy it is to use and adjust the sling, making it super comfortable even for heavier babies due to the wide shoulder straps that distribute baby’s weight more evenly. Hazel describes the sling as 'amazing' and agrees it's super-comfortable on her back and shoulders, even for long periods, and so light and easy to use.

Mum tester Louise Goodman says that she thinks it's especially good for younger babies as it almost swaddles them so gives the feeling of security in the beginning, but she doesn't feel it would be as supportive for a heavier baby as the extra piece of fabric doesn't seem to do much, she says. Mum tester Helen Grimley points out that it's also weight tested to a low weight, which was great for her with a premature baby.

Read our full Caboo +Organic Sling review


  • Easy to use
  • Good design


  • Better support for bigger babies
Age suitability:Suitable from birth
Material: Organic cotton
Size: H23 x W14 x D21cm
  • Available in twilight herringbone, sage. and blueberry
  • Machine washable

Why use a baby wrap/sling?

There are so many reasons why using a baby wrap or sling is a great idea when you have a newborn. We asked Registered Midwife and Nurse Charlotte Hoskin and Registered Midwife Cathy Tabner from 'My Expert Midwife' what the benefits are of using a baby wrap or baby sling.

They offer their expert advice here:

  • Whether you call it a sling, wrap or carrier, wearing a baby gives parents an extra pair of hands, and enables a comfortable, loving, nurtured hold which keeps the baby warm, safe close and secure whilst against the chest and within kissing distance of its parent.

  • Carrying a baby in a wrap or sling means being able to get on with whatever is needed, walking the dog, preparing meals, or caring for other children, it is much easier multitasking with the baby settled and safe in a sling.

  • Babies have been carried in slings for thousands of years, they are born with a predisposition to settle in slings as the warmth and gentle movement whilst being held in a snug fashion mimics the environment of the womb.

  • Being held in a sling benefits digestion as the baby tummy is against the adult’s chest which provides gentle massage.

  • Sling babies sense and smell the closeness of their parent when in close contact; they cry less and bond well and studies suggest they speak sooner than babies not worn in slings as they hear conversational speech whilst dozing.

  • Baby wearing promotes bonding and boosts oxytocin for the mother and distributes the weight of the baby over the chest back and hips, allows for hands free care in comfort whilst parenting – it is a win win!

How to choose the right baby wrap or sling for you

Charlotte and Cathy share more of their expert insight into what you should be thinking about when choosing a baby wrap or sling that's right for you and your little one, and some really useful tips!

They suggest the following:

  • You cannot beat a personal recommendation so speak to other sling users before you buy.

  • If possible, try on more than one style to see which feel right for you.

  • Go online and check out your area for a sling library; there are over 150 throughout the UK who hire or loan slings to parents for a small fee.

  • Book a session with a baby wearing consultant who can visit you at home with range of slings and carriers and advise you on the fit and usage.

  • Join an online baby wearing group so when you start wearing your sling you can post a photo and get a “fit check” and advice from other sling users.

How do you tie a baby sling?

This may come down to your preference and baby's comfort - but there are multiple positions you can try with your sling depending on the design. We discuss the safety of doing so below, but if you're anxious about trying to put your baby in a sling or wrap, practice with a doll or something similar first. Just to get a sense of what you're doing.

How to use your baby sling wrap safely

Your baby sling needs to be tight, keeping you and your baby closely attached. 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.

Baby slings are especially good and safe for newborns as they offer closer contact with you, so they feel safe, cosy and happy while you are free to get on with doing other activities at home or out and about.

Our experts, Charlotte and Cathy share their top tips on how to use a baby sling safely:

  • Always follow the manufacturers guidelines and instructions for your chosen sling and follow the advice for your baby’s size, age, and weight. Most full-term average weight babies can go in a sling from day 1, if unsure address the manufacturers guidance or check with a health professional.

  • If using a preloved sling, ensure the sling is checked for signs of wear and tear and if concerned, do not use.

  • There are safety and development risks that need to be considered, extended periods in a sling can mean your baby may doze when it should be feeding, the feeding cues can be missed by the parent when the baby is in a sling.

  • Hip development can be affected if the legs are allowed to dangle, the M or frog leg check is important and regularly adjusting the baby’s position is an important part of safe sling use.

Charlotte and Cathy's key principles of how to wear the baby:

  • Keep your baby upright with their tummy and chest against your chest, check their bottom in the lowest part of the sling and the knees are higher than the hips.

  • Ensure a snug fit; tight enough for your baby to he hugged close to you, check the tension in the fabric and adjust if it becomes loose.

  • A baby should be in kissing distance from your chin if you bend your head forwards slightly. thebaby’s chin needs to be up, not down on their chest, they do not have neck control so will not be able to adjust for themselves.

  • To protect their hips, their knees should be higher than their buttocks (often called the M position).

  • Enjoy the snuggles but do not leave a baby in a sling for extended periods – take a break when possible.

If you're still feeling lost, this useful tutorial from Wear My Baby's Emily shows how to put on a stretchy wrap and how to safely put your baby in and take them out.

Checklist for wearing a baby sling

Dr Rosie Knowles is a GP, carrying consultant, author of Why Babywearing Matters, and a mum of two, who recommends on her website to follow the TICKS safety rule.

T is for Tight. Your carrier should be close fitting to make sure it holds your baby in a safe position.

I is for In view at all times. Make sure you can clearly see your baby's face so you can check on them easily.

C is for Close enough to kiss. You should be able to kiss the top of your baby's head easily while they are in the carrier, but make sure they can still move their head freely.

K is for Keep chin off chest. "Their chin should be off their chest and baby's airway open and unobstructed, and remain so if baby falls asleep," says Rosie.

S is for Supported back. "The sling should be snug, so baby's chest and back are well supported, with no slumping or sliding downwards," says Rosie.

How long can a baby stay in a wrap sling?

You can use your baby sling as much as you want, 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 or wrap, 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. You can also check out our do's and don'ts.

Baby slings aren't the only baby-carrying options - the traditional-style baby carrier provides more back support. We love that backpack carriers are great for long walks or hiking. Check out our picks of the best backpack carriers for a more comfortable day out.

How we chose the best baby slings

If you've decided a sling or wrap is for you, then scroll up to see our top picks from all the best brands. These are the best baby slings you can buy now, as reviewed by our mum tester team.

With several mums on the team, Mother&Baby is best placed to find the best baby slings and wraps as used and tested in real life by our own babies. Plus, we have a huge panel of real mums who test products every year for the annual Mother&Baby Awards, meaning we get to find out the best award-winning products that have been put through their paces thoroughly and independently by our readers.

Once we’ve recruited our pool of testers we ask them to consider four areas while testing, including usability, design, quality and value for money. They also are asked to provide feedback on their experience with the product and whether they would make any changes to improve it.

Find out more about how we test products for Mother&Baby.

We have also spoken to mums on our Facebook group Mumtribe as well as researched the best brands with high-rated products and top reviews from customers.

Try before you buy

Finding a sling you love is just like searching for a new fave pair of jeans – you need to try a lot to discover the style that really fits you. Go to a sling library or a sling meet – a get-together for new mums to try on different designs – and if it's an option, book a slot with a babywearing consultant while you're there to get tailored advice. Once you find a sling you like, it's worth the small fee to hire it for a proper test drive – you'll only use a sling if it's seriously comfy, so spend time making damn sure before you invest! Find your nearest meet

What is the difference between a baby wrap and sling?

The difference between baby wraps and slings is actually pretty simple. Wraps are typically secured around you and baby by tying a knot, while a sling tends to be secured with a set of rings - it's down to preference what you prefer.

Can I breastfeed my baby in a sling wrap?

You can use a sling wrap while breastfeeding, however, it does take some practice. Some manufacturers may suggest you don't feed while using their slings, so be sure to check this first. You can breastfeed in a sling wrap vertically or in a more reclined position.

Ensure your baby can breathe easily, and keep an eye out for any trip hazards that may obstruct your path. You need to support your baby at all times while feeding, but using a wrap gives you more freedom generally. After feeding, change the position of your little one, making sure their head is facing up as well as being clear of the sling wrap and your body.

Read our advice on breastfeeding in a sling here.

Are baby slings safe for newborns?

When it comes to using a sling with a young baby, The Lullaby Trust states, 'The safest baby carrier to use will keep the infant firmly in an upright position where a parent can always see their baby's face, and ensure their airways are free'.

It's best to check the packaging of your chosen slip or wrap to make sure it's newborn-friendly. If you're unsure whether using a sling is right for your newborn, bring it up with your baby's GP or a specialist.

Do baby slings make babies clingy?

There is no solid evidence that using a sling will make your baby clingy, if anything, the bonding experience can only bring positivity into your relationship with little one. As your child gets older, the sling will probably get used less and less, which is when they'll gain a sense of independence.

Check out our tried and tested baby carrier slings

Our annual Mother&Baby Awards sees 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. Want some more options? Have a look at our favourite baby carrier backpacks and other baby carriers.

Products are sent out to between three and 10 mum testers - they are completely independent of us at M&B and are recruited from thousands of mums who apply to be testers. They are all verified as trustworthy real mums and really put products through their paces - each item is tested in real life, with real babies. So if these products suck, our mums will tell us honestly!

This means our list of the best baby slings is really comprehensive - we compile a list of our M&B Award winners, plus best sellers in the market with real mum reviews.

Meet the Experts

Charlotte Hoskin is mum of two work and registered Midwife and Nurse. She works for the NHS on delivery suites and postnatal wards, occasionally in primary care, and at 'My Expert Midwife' she supports the social media and marketing team.

Cathy Tabneris also a registered Midwife at 'My Expert Midwife' who has worked in a variety of clinical settings such as delivery suites, midwife led units and antenatal clinics, as well as providing postnatal care in hospital and community settings.

Dr Rosie Knowles is a GP, carrying consultant, author of Why Babywearing Matters, and a mum of two –

Maria Martin is Digital Group Editor for and She is a mum-of-two with a passion for helping women from all walks of life – from supporting breastfeeding mothers with expert advice to encouraging conversations about mental health. In her professional role, she has over 10 years' experience in the digital world, including editing articles, focussing on SEO, social media engagement, picture researching and video editing.

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How we write our articles and reviews
Mother & Baby is dedicated to ensuring our information is always valuable and trustworthy, which is why we only use reputable resources such as the NHS, reviewed medical papers, or the advice of a credible doctor, GP, midwife, psychotherapist, gynaecologist or other medical professionals. Where possible, our articles are medically reviewed or contain expert advice. Our writers are all kept up to date on the latest safety advice for all the products we recommend and follow strict reporting guidelines to ensure our content comes from credible sources. Remember to always consult a medical professional if you have any worries. Our articles are not intended to replace professional advice from your GP or midwife.