10 of the best baby slings

Baby slings to keep your little one close and leave your hands free

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Why a baby sling could be good for you

A 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.

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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.

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1. Lifft Stretchy Wrap, Lifft Slings, £39.95, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

Age 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.

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2. Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap, £49.90, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

Age 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.

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3. AmaWrap Baby Sling, £39.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

Age 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.

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4. Je Porte Mon Bébé, The Basic, £38

Age 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.

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You can buy The Basic, Je Porte Mon Bébé from: Amazon and JoJo Maman Bebe.

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