We asked parents to tell us what baby sling or carrier brands they owned, and to rate these brands on comfort, ease of use, quality and value for money.
One sling and carrier brand stands out from the rest. It’s the only brand to score a top five stars for quality and comfort for your baby. And it’s also the top scoring brand for ease of putting on, ease of adjusting once on and comfort for parent or user.
Our survey also shows that not all sling brands are rated so highly by parents. The bottom-scoring brand manages just 54% for its customer score compared with 79% for the top scoring brand.
Find out which sling or carrier brand scored highest by reading our guide to the best sling brands.
How we rate baby carrier and sling brands
In spring 2018 we surveyed 951 parents to find out what type of baby carrier or sling they owned and what brand it was. We then asked the owners of the top-five brands owned how they would rate their sling or carrier in terms of ease of use and comfort, as well as overall quality and value.
We also asked parents to tell us how satisfied they are generally with the particular brand they own, and whether they’d recommend the brand to a friend. From these responses, we’ve compiled an overall customer score and ranked the best baby sling and carrier brands to help you make your choice.
The brands our parents ranked are: Baby Bjorn, Chicco, Ergobaby, Mamas & Papas and Mothercare.
How to buy the best value sling or carrier
With slings costing anywhere from £15 to £150 it’s interesting that no brand in our survey receives a full five stars for value for money.
Our sling reviews range in price from £13.99 for the Aldi Mamia right the way up to the Cybex Yema and Ergobaby Omni 360 which are both at least £150. But we’ve also found Best Buy slings for carrying your baby from £30.
Picking out a sling or carrier to use can be a confusing business. The first step is deciding whether to go for a fabric wrap or sling, or a more structured carrier. Slings tend to be cheaper, easy to wash and take up little space in your bag, while structured carriers have padded shoulder and waist straps, and are fixed with buckles, which makes them easy to do up, but can make them bulkier when not being used.
Other factors to consider include the age and size of your baby, how confident you are putting your baby into a sling or carrier and adjusting it and how long you’ll want to use the carrier for. Some carriers and slings have a longer shelf-life than others.
For more tips on choosing a sling or carrier, read which baby carrier or sling should you buy.