Review of Ring Sling Baby Carriers

What Is Your Favorite Baby Sling?
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Last Wednesday we linked to articles that show the benefits of baby wearing. Then we discussed some dangers when using baby slings with children under four-months-old. Yesterday we mentioned that some of our favorite baby slings are ones with pouches.

Today we review our favorite ring slings. Ring slings are more adjustable than a pouch. The tail of the sling can be used as a cover up for nursing or can be tucked under the sling or wrapped around the rings. Newborns can be held upright or reclining.

Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Baby Ring
The Maya Wrap baby carrier is one well known brand of rings sling, not a wrap as the name would imply. Consumer Reports love this ring sling and is the number one ring sling recommended to new moms. It enables caregivers to wear newborns until they are toddlers in a variety of positions up to 35-pounds. There is a built in pocket for keys, a diaper, and cell phone. We like that it has just the perfect amount of padding in the shoulder for comfort, but isn’t bulky or hot. It fits easily into a diaper bag or purse and has a free instructional DVD included!

Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling by Dr. Sears
The Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling by Dr. Sears can be worn in five different positions, for newborns through toddlers up to 25-pounds. One of America’s most renowned pediatricians, Dr. William Sears is the author of over 40 books on childcare and is the grandfather of the modern ‘attachment parenting’ movement. The Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling is brought to you by Dr. Sears and Shirley Pepys, the founder of the popular NoJo sling. With so much experience between them, the creators of the Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling have designed a sling that’s soft, comfortable, and designed to grow with any baby. When out and about, the Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling is much less cumbersome than a stroller or infant seat, and a convenient pocket can hold your keys, cell phone, or credit cards.

Ellaroo Ring Sling
The EllaRoo Lightly Padded Baby Sling is 100% certified organic cotton fabric, with just a touch of organic cotton padding in the shoulder and rails for your comfort. The inner and outer rails are fully independently adjustable through lightweight brushed aluminum sling rings, with an open tail for maximum adjustablity and versatility. The sling is designed to cup the shoulder and spread naturally over the back, keeping baby secure and close to your center of gravity. It’s great for newborns, nursing moms, and it carries heavy toddlers up to 35-pounds exceptionally well.

Snuggy Baby Prestige Ring Sling Baby Carrier
Snuggy Baby Prestige Ring Slings have a pleated shoulder for lasting comfort. They are made with two layers of cotton fabric to provide additional strength and security. The two layers also ensure that you get an uniform print. No matter which side of the sling is showing, you always see the beautiful design. They are made with strong, lightweight aluminum rings. These slings measure approx. 2 1/3 yards long by 27″ wide, which is large enough to fit all body types. This is a wider sling and perfect for larger babies. It provides a deep secure pocket for newborns and still provides plenty of support for a wiggly three-year-olds. All Snuggy Baby slings come with an instructional DVD that will show you the correct, safe way to carry your baby in four different positions; cradle position, tummy to tummy (AKA snuggle position), kangaroo carry, and hip carry.

TaylorMade Silk Slings
This TaylorMade’s luxurious silk dupioni sling features a one-of-a-kind pocket. Each pocket has been hand-dyed in Bali using the traditional method of batik and highlighted in gold. Turn heads with this stunning, unique TaylorMade Silk sling with batik pocket!

There is also a TaylorMade Water Mesh sling to use in the shower, pool, or at the beach. The mesh does not absorb water so you can still adjust your sling and not get weighed down. Light-weight fabric dries quickly. Can be used in or out of the water. While this sling’s qualities shine in the water, we recommend a different sling to use for everyday. This makes a great second baby sling for showers and splashing around at the pool or beach.

SlingEZee Baby Ring Sling
While various forms of cloth baby carriers have been used around the world for thousands of years, this sling was one of the first to be widely used in the United States. While some baby wearers find great comfort in an unpadded ring sling, the makers of the SlingEZee Padded Ring Sling are adamant that the padding adds a great deal of comfort for both parent and child. The SlingEZee Padded Ring Sling comes in five different sizing, and sizing is crucial. When the baby is snug and tight in the sling, the caregiver can be truly hands-free. The lower rail of the SlingEZee Padded Ring Sling should fall close to your waist. When the baby is snug inside the sling, they should ride comfortably above your waist level. Another important aspect of the SlingEZee Padded Ring Sling is the construction of the shoulder area, which is designed so that the fabric spreads out wide enough to distribute your baby’s weight. Making sure the shoulder is spread out over your shoulder cap allows the fabric to spread out evenly across your back, assuring comfort in the SlingEZee Padded Ring Sling.

What’s your favorite baby sling?


  1. I love the maya wrap sling!

  2. I recommend a ring sling for any new mom/nanny. I cannot live without them. You don't have it on your site, but I love the ring sling from Upa-lala. I have a red linen one. They have cotton and linen slings. I think this is the

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