Best Buys Baby Best Buys Pregnancy Best Buys Toddler Best Buys 10 Of The Best 10 of the best baby slings Baby slings to keep your little one close and leave your hands free 1 of Ad break Why a baby sling could be good for youA sling is (usually) a structured bit of fabric which lets you carry your baby against your body (front or back). It's a great way of keeping your hands free and for a baby, it's the closest thing to being back in the womb; hearing your heart beat, feeling the warmth from your body and snuggling in tight as you move around can be soothing and calming for a newborn.Slings differ from baby carriers in that they don't usually have clips, buckles or buttons - they are far less formal and can be used from birth. Carriers tend to have safety restraints that stop babies falling out, where as with a sling you need to be aware of your baby's position and careful when you bend down. If you have any concerns or are unsure about how to wear a baby sling, check out this sling safety article. If you're after a more structured carrier, have a look at our pick of the best baby carriers. 1. Lifft Stretchy Wrap, Lifft Slings, £39.95, MadeForMums Gold Award WinnerAge suitability: Newborn (2.5kg) up to 15kg Number of carrying positions: 1 Our gold winner is the Lifft Stretchy Wrap, which wowed judges with its great support for little passengers. It is made from a lovely soft, cotton jersey fabric, in a range of colours, and comes with simple instructions, showing you how to wrap and secure the sling around you before placing your baby inside. The lightweight wrap then evenly distributes your baby's weight around you, holding them in a natural ergonomic carrying position, so it is comfy for both of you. Three layers of fabric keep your little one snug and well supported, leaving you free to carry bags, answer the phone and so on while they cuddle up to you. You can pop it in the machine to be washed and the generous length and width mean the wrap fits men and women of varying body shapes and sizes. What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Lifft Stretchy Wrap: “The sling is comfortable to wear and very supportive to baby and you – I felt the benefit to my back straight away. I have an older daughter and it made it easier to keep my baby close and happy while changing her for swimming and other tasks.” Mum of 2, Kyna “I read through the instructions and in no time had the sling ready to place my whopping 10kg 9-month-old in it. The pictures were so easy to follow. It was easy to adjust and made him feel light as a feather. My son loved it, he was very comfortable and fell asleep within minutes of walking. Due to the stretchy fabric I could easily tuck his head in so he could relax and not jiggle his head about whilst I was walking. This makes it suitable for newborns as well. I would definitely recommend this sling. It is very good value for money as will last a long time and can be easily washed.” Mum of 1, Loretta You can buy the Lifft Stretchy Wrap from: Lifft Slings and Carry My Baby. Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 2. Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap, £49.90, MadeForMums Silver Award WinnerAge suitability: Birth to 13.6kg Number of carrying positions: 1 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest) Our silver winner is the Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap, a lightweight, ergonomically designed piece of kit that allows parents to keep baby close while they are hands-free. It’s comfy for your baby, easy to use and gives a little extra privacy for breastfeeding on the move. The glided edge allows the wrap to be tied and adjusted easily without any fuss – perfect when you need to tend to a cranky or hungry newborn. It also comes with a useful integrated storage pocket. The wrap is acknowledged as ‘hip healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, supporting babies by keeping their knees are above their hips in an ‘M- shape’. Choose from three colours – grey stripes, indigo and sage. What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap: “A winner for me. A beautiful colour, extremely soft and comfortable to wear.” Baby-wearing expert and mum of 2, Rachel Coy “I found this wrap really comfortable to wear and will definitely use it again. I do the school run and wearing my daughter makes it much easier to get out the door on time. It’s easy to use for the most part and I love how supportive it is. My daughter fell asleep within minutes of being put in.” Mum of 2, Hannah You can buy the Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap from: Amazon and John Lewis. Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 3. AmaWrap Baby Sling, £39.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award WinnerAge suitability: newborn to 3 years (approx 15kg) Number of carrying positions: 1 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest) The AmaWrap is a baby sling, meaning it’s a single piece of stretchy fabric, and has no belts, buckles or buttons. There’s also no foam padding – everything that supports your baby comes from the way the fabric is tied. Suitable from birth, it’s targeted in particular at smaller babies (up to 12 months). The wrap is made by a UK-based company, which was founded by mum Shabs who wanted a wrap which was a little sturdier, and would therefore last a bit longer. The ergonomically designed AmaWrap offers a comfy fit for parents while following the International Hip Dysplasia Institute’s advice on the best hip position for babies. It’s made from breathable 100% cotton, and one size fits all. The instruction booklet is packed with advice into the benefits of skin-to-skin contact, and there’s a useful storage bag for when you’re not using the wrap. See our review of the AmaWrap Baby Sling here What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the AmaWrap Baby Sling: “Nice quality, easy to use and comfy.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams “I love the lightweight fabric, and the simple pocket at the end to roll the sling away into when you aren't using it.” Car seat expert and co-founder of Child Seat Safety, Julie Dagnall You can buy the AmaWrap Baby Sling from: Amazon and AmaWrap. Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Continue slideshow > 4. Je Porte Mon Bébé, The Basic, £38Age suitability: Newborn up to 9kg (9 months) but certified for up to 14kg (3 years) Number of carrying positions: Various Je Porte Mon Bebe make a range of wraps, and this one promises all the quality parents want with an affordable price tag – ideal if you don’t plan to use it for long. The design is super-convenient for parents who are out and about – the fabric is light and airy, and you can pop your baby in and out without untying the knot. Machine and comes in a range of gorgeous colours. You can buy The Basic, Je Porte Mon Bébé from: Amazon and JoJo Maman Bebe. Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 5. We Made Me Wuti Wrap, £49.99Age suitability: Birth to 3 years (3kg - 15kg) Number of carrying positions: 1 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest) A relatively new wrap to the market from baby-carrying specialists WeMadeMe, the Wuti wrap is essentially one long piece of woven and stretchy fabric that is tied to create a supportive carrier which keeps baby close to the wearer. Suitable for newborn (8lbs+) up to 3 years (35lbs or 15kg), it’s targeted in particular at babies up to 9 months old. Our MFM mum found the Wuti wrap to be a "godsend" after her C-section as it distributed weight evenly across her back and shoulders. She also said: "I could wear it for long periods of time without any aches or pains. It was comfortable when I was still in pain following the procedure and, once I was up and about, it left both hands free so I could get on with light chores while baby slept soundly on my chest." Check out the full WeMadeMe Wuti Wrap review here You can buy the Wuti Wrap from Amazon Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 6. Close Caboo Carrier Wrap, £54.99Age suitability: Birth to 3 years (3kg - 14.2kg) Number of carrying positions: 3 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest, baby on back or hip) The Close Caboo is a sling/carrier amalgamation; the front of it is stretchy fabric like a wrap, while the back straps are harness-style carrier ones that cross over at the back with ring slings. Versatility-wise it has five carrying positions to accommodate newborn babies through to toddlers, including the foetal position for newborns. Our MFM mum reviewer commented that the Close Caboo Carrier is soft and comfortable and allows your baby to "sit high up on your chest, while you're free to move around with feeling restricted". A great feature of this sling is that it can be used with babies as small as 5lbs or 2kg, so it’s a good bet for most babies from day one. Available in five colours. Read the full review of the Close Caboo Carrier You can buy the Caboo carrier from Jojo Maman Bebe Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 7. TotsBots Papoozle, £49.99Age suitability: Birth to 3 years (3.5kg - 15kg) Number of carrying positions: 1 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest) The TotsBots Papoozle is an award-winning baby sling that not only keeps your newborn close to your body but protects your back too. Suitable for use for babies up to 35lbs/15kg or around 3 years - so not just newborns. This wrap is also a great way to keep your hands free and soothe your baby at the same time. Available in a range of colours - black, stone and teal - our reviewer loved the soft material and was pretty happy that it can be "bunged into the washing machine in a 30 degree wash". Read the full review of the TotsBots Papoozle Buy the Papoozle from Babi Pur and the official TotsBoz website Continue slideshow > 8. Baby K'Tan Baby Carrier, £50Age suitability: Birth to 3 years (3kg - 14.2kg) Number of carrying positions: 3 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest, baby facing the world or sitting on hip) A lightweight baby sling, the Baby K'Tan Breeze Baby Carrier is ideal if you're in hot climes, as it's designed to keep your little one cool when in warm weather. Made of a 50/50 cotton and mesh material, the Breeze is breathable and should prevent you little one from overheating when in the sling. The sling has two shoulder-loop straps to keep your baby secure, even when bending over and a built-in band to provide back support for mum and dad. Read the full review of the Baby K'Tan carrier Buy the K'Tan Breeze Baby Carrier from Amazon and Kidly Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 9. ByKay Mei Tai Classic Wrap, £89.95Age suitability: Birth to 5 years (3kg - 25kg) Number of carrying positions: 3 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest, baby on back or hip) One of the longest-lasting wraps in this list, the Mei Tai can be used from birth to a massive 5 years. Secure, ergonomic and comfortable for parent and baby, this popular wrap has wide shoulder straps and a padded waist band. You can buy the ByKay Mei Tai Classic Wrap from ByKay Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner 10. Rockin' Baby Reversible Sling, £52Age suitability: Birth to 4 years (3kg - 18kg) Number of carrying positions: 3 (baby facing inward on mum or dad’s chest, baby on back or hip) This multiple award-winning ring sling has two rings that have been safety tested to carry a weight up to a massive 317kg. Of course no baby will ever (hopefully) weigh that much so for retail reasons it's recommended to be used for babies up to 18kg (around 4 years). A long piece of breathable cotton fabric the sling has a deep, zippered pocket and comes in more colours and patterns than you can shake a stick at. Buy the Rockin' Baby Reversible Sling at the official Rockin Baby website and Amazon. We've got more on baby slings, wraps and carriers right here... Buyer's Guide to Slings How to wear a baby sling safely 10 of the best baby carriers Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner By Christy McGhee Comments Latest on MadeForMums 2018's celebrity babies - who gave birth this year? Which pregnant celebs are due in 2018? Izzy Judd reveals the BEST pram accessory husband Harry bought her Is wearing a baby carrier 'emasculating' for dads?