Baby slings are ideal for keeping your hands free and feeling close to your baby. Our guide will steer you through the styles out there, what type to buy and how to wear one safely
A sling is (usually) fabric item that lets you carry your baby against your torso. If you want a way to hold your baby close to your body and keep your hands free, then a sling could be for you. For your baby, it’s one of the closest things to being back in the womb – feeling the warmth of your body, enjoying the rocking sensation as you move and hearing your heartbeat. It can be a great way to soothe your baby to sleep, or comfort him if he’s suffering from wind, colic or reflux. Plus you can get on with chores, talk on the phone, or hold a toddler’s hand – not so easy to do while pushing a buggy!Mums who use slings a lot often call themselves ‘baby wearers’, and there are lots of babywearing websites around, such as the one for the non-profit organisation Babywearing International.
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