Choosing the best sling or baby carrier has been a problem for parents seeking independent and impartial advice on the pros and cons of the different styles.
This is set to change as Which? publishes the results of its first test of baby carriers and slings, based on a comparative test of 16 bestselling products by mothers and their babies.
Find out which baby carriers and slings topped our tests in our baby carriers and slings reviews.
Baby carriers tested by parents and babies
We enrolled 48 new parents and their babies to take part in our massive user trial. We put put 12 baby carriers and four baby slings to the test, in the largest side-by-side test ever to take place in the UK.
As well as giving us their first impressions of the carriers or slings they tried, our mums and dads recorded every ache and pain they got from wearing their babies as they got on with doing the shopping or the school drop-off.
Unlike word-of mouth recommendations and other review websites, the large number of people that tried each sling or carrier gave us a balanced view of its strengths and weaknesses for most users, and put it into context compared to other best selling models.
What it takes to be a Best Buy baby carrier
To be a Which? Best Buy baby carrier or sling, the product had to please the fiercest product critics there are – parents with young babies.
Our Best Buys are easy to get on and off, comfortable to wear and provide the baby with a secure and comfy place to bond with mum or dad.
A Best Buy is easy to use. Fancy features didn’t impress us unless they made the carrier or sling better at doing its job.
Those that don’t make the grade are likely to have pleased fewer of the 12 parents who tried them, be difficult to get to grips with, uncomfortable to wear or result in tears and tantrums from mother and child.