Pros and Cons of each Baby Slings and Baby Carriers

There are lots of different types baby slings and baby carriers. And yes, it can be quite confusing. To make matters even worse, there is not really one  type of baby sling superior to the others. In reality, each type has its pros and cons and the ideal baby sling or carrier will very much depend on your situation and your tastes.

To help you have a clearer view, I have summed them up in the chart below.

Please remember that if you have any doubt or any question you want to ask, do not hesitate to contact me (claire@tinytwig.co.uk or 078 52 440 949).

 

Types of Baby Slings Pros Cons What for ?

Woven Wraps

  • most versatile of all carriers (you can carry your baby in all positions),
  • suitable from birth to toddlerhood,
  • very sturdy : woven wraps seem to last forever. They are often passed from generation to generation,
  • maintenance is easy : they are washable at high temperature (60C), and washes even impove the quality of the fabric,
  • one size fits all : a woven wrap can be sahred easily between babywearers of different sizes and shapes,
  • very ergonomical and comfortable : when correctly tied, a woven wrap provides a very comfortable option to carry your baby.
  • tying methods can take time to master,
  • tying twoven wraps when on the go can be a challenge if you do not want the fabric to dag on the ground,
  • they may prove to be hot in summertime, If you live in warm climate, gauze or linen are better options than cotton.
  • good for everything actually,
  • ideal when carrying baby for a long period at a time.

Stretchy Wraps 

  • suitable from birth,
  • good weight distribution which makes it very comfortable,
  • low learning curve : there is only one knot to remember.
  • easy to use : as you pre-tie the knot before putting baby in (unlike a woven wrap), it allows for easy training and you avoid to have to tie it in challenging environments (car park, etc.),
  • versatile : a ring sling is not as versatile as a woven wap but still it provides an interesting of carrying options,
  • one size fits all..
  • tends to sag with heavier babies and toddlers becoming less comfortable to wear,
  • can be hot during summertime.
  • very good option for beginners,
  • good for situations when you need to often pop in and out your baby.

Ring Slings


  • easily adjustable : you just need to pull the tail to adjust your ring sling to you and your baby,
  • suitable from birth,
  • low learning curve,
  • low weight and space-saver : a ring sling is light and takes very little space. It can be easily stored in your handbag for instance.
  • versatile : a ring sling is not as versatile as a woven wap but still it provides an interesting range of carrying options,
  • open tail is good to cover up in the sun or to breastfeed,
  • Very stylish : the piece of fabric makes it an easy way for a mum to look elegant.
  • Weight distribution over one shoulder only can be tiring when carrying heavier babies.
  • Closed tail ring slings can be difficult to get a snug fit.
  • no carrying position on the back
  • good for beginners,
  • good for situations when you need to often pop in and out your baby,
  • good as a back-up option stored in your handbag for toddlers who get tired walking.

 Mei Tais

  • adjustable : one size fits all so they can be shared easily,
  • easy to use : unlike waps, tying is vey simple,
  • extensive choice of fabric designs to exactly match your tastes,
  • comfortable : weight of the baby is evenly distributed over both shoulders of the carrier.
  • maybe not the best carrier for newborns,
  • not as versatile as a wrap in terms of carrying positions.
  • the best compromise between versatility and ease of use (while preserving comfort).

Soft Structured Carriers

  • design looks more familiar to those used to front carriers (such as Baby Bjorn),
  • one size-fits-all : it can can be shared between parents for instance ,
  • comfortable : weight of baby is evenly distributed between shoulders and waist.
  • despite what it seems, they can sometimes be tricky to put on and adjust,
  • they can be bulky,
  • not as versatile as other baby slings or carriers in terms of carrying positons,
  • maybe not the best carriers for newborns (although lots of them now offer an infant insert option)

 


  •  The most "reassuring" baby sling option for those who are not confident with any tying,
  • Often the favourite choice of fathers.

 Pouches

  • easy to use,
  • good value for money. 
  • although a pouch is easy to use, it is also easy to use it incorrectly (remember to always have baby’s bum in the wider part of the pouch no matter the carrying position),
  • cannot be shared as most pouches are not adjustable,
  • can be uncomfortable when used with heavier babies as all weight is carried on one shoulder only.
 
  • good for situations when you need to often pop in and out your baby,
  • good as a back-up option stored in your handbag for toddlers who get tired walking.