A baby carrier or baby sling allows you to keep your little one close to you while leaving your hands free for other activities.
Whether you're going out for a walk, doing chores around the house, or enjoying a spot of gardening, a good baby sling or carrier will ensure both you and your baby are safe and comfortable.
We've picked out five baby carriers and slings, at a range of prices, which come with features that could be handy during lockdown.
This Cybex baby carrier, which is suitable from birth, has three different carrying positions. It allows you to carry your baby on your front, back or hip.
It's machine washable, so you can simply pop it in the wash when it needs a clean - great for messy baking sessions with your little one.
Suitable from birth up to 36 months, the Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier can be adjusted to fit your baby's size as they grow.
It has a baby privacy hood, which Ergobaby claims provides UPF 50+ protection from the sun, so you shouldn't have to worry about sunburn when you're out on a hot day.
If you're heading out for a walk, you can store your keys, phone and money in the detachable pouch at the front rather than taking a separate bag.
With its soft, breathable fabric, this baby sling should help to keep your baby cool in the warmer summer months.
It's made of 70% cotton and 30% polyester and can go in your washing machine, although it needs to be washed inside a pillow case.
This lightweight carrier comes with a snooze hood and a handy storage pocket.
It offers six carrying positions, including front, back and hip carry, so you can choose the best position for you and your baby depending on the activity you're doing.
The Moby Evolution Wrap is a soft cotton wrap that offers four different ways to carry your baby.
It comes with a carry bag and folds down to a compact size, so you can store it under a pushchair without taking up too much space.
The sling's long length can be adapted to suit different shapes and sizes, so you can easily swap between caregivers.
Follow these guidelines to help keep your baby safe when using a carrier or sling:
Carrying your baby in a fake sling or carrier can put their safety at risk. Counterfeit products may have bad stitching and flimsy construction, and could contain harmful chemicals and dyes.
We put every baby carrier and sling we test through tough safety and durability tests to check whether there are any issues that pose a risk to your baby.