Types of Baby Slings

Baby Boomba - Types of Baby Slings

Babies looove to be carried. I remember trying to carry my first child in the hard structured carrier and I had no idea where any of those buckles went. I decided the soft carriers were much more easier and comfortable, which is what inspired me to start Baby Boomba 10 years ago. With my little 8 month old now, as soon as he gets in the sling, his head gets into his snuggly position. There are 4 categories of Baby Slings. Choose any of these types of Baby Slings out on the market when it comes to Babywearing.

  • The Baby Pouch
  • The Baby Ring Sling
  • The Baby Wrap
  • The Baby Meh Dai

Babyboomba PouchBaby Pouch

The Baby Pouch hangs across your body from your shoulder to just above your hip. It’s usually made out of breathable cotton. You pull it over your head and drape it over you shoulder as if you were swinging on a messenger bag.

An excellent example of a Baby Pouch Sling is The Peanut Shell and Hotslings.

Carrying Positions:

Front Carry
0 – 4 Months Leg In, 4 Months + Legs Out

Kangaroo Carry
2 – 7 Months

Hip Carry
4 Months +

Cradle Carry

I personally recommend AGAINST the cradle carry because baby doesn’t have enough head strength to move in this forced position and his/her chin will be against their chest, possibly obstructing airways. To read more about the cradle carry and the risks, please visit this website.

Pros of The Baby Pouch

  • Comes in thousands of fashionable prints.
  • No fumbling around with hardware.
  • Small and not bulky, can be easily thrown in a diaper bag.
  • Relatively inexpensive depending on retailer and type of fabric used.

Cons of The Baby Pouch:

  • You have to measure yourself post pregnancy to buy the correct size.
  • Cannot be shared between caregivers due to sizing (unless they are same size).
  • Size cannot be adjusted.

Buy Baby Pouch

The Peanut Shell Hotslings The Peanut Shell Hotslings

Baby Ring Sling

Babyboomba Ring SlingThe Baby Ring Sling consists of 2 rings and a 2 meter long piece of fabric. Ring Slings are usually made of linen for breathability and stability but you can find other material used such as silk, or a cotton/tencel blend.

To see how to make a Baby Ring Sling, visit my tutorial over here. The tail end of the sling threads through the rings and the wearer can adjust to however he/she feels fit.

An excellent example of the Baby Ring Sling is the Maya Wrap and the Moby Ring Sling.

Carrying Positions:

Front Carry
0 – 4 Months Leg In, 4 Months + Legs Out

Kangaroo Carry
3 – 7 Months

Hip Carry
4 Months +

Cradle Carry
I personally recommend AGAINST the cradle carry because baby doesn’t have enough head strength to move in this forced position and his/her chin will be against their chest, possibly obstructing airways. To read more about the cradle carry and the risks, please visit this website.

Pros of The Baby Ring Sling:

  • One size fits all, however you can get different adjustments for the length of the fabric so you aren’t left with such a long tail. For example, I am 5 feet and can fit a small.
  • Can be shared among caregivers.
  • Comes in a wide array of beautiful fabrics.

Cons of The Baby Ring Sling:

  • A little more on the expensive size unless you make it yourself.
  • Bulky and cannot easily be thrown in a diaper bag.

Buy Ring Slings

Beco Baby Carrier Moby Wrap Lillebaby Maya Wrap

Baby Wrap

Babyboomba WrapThe Baby Wrap is essentially 5 meters of long fabric that you wrap around your body. They are usually made with knit jersey, cotton and linen.

Wraps are amazing to carry infants in and if you get a heavier fabric, you can definitely carry up to toddler age.

An excellent example of the Baby Wrap is the Boba Wrap and the CuddleBug Baby Wrap.

Carrying Positions:

Newborn Hold
0 – 4 Months Leg In, see Boba Wrap’s Instructions here

Front Carry
4 Months + Legs Out

Kangaroo Carry
3 – 7 Months

Pros of The Baby Wrap:

  • No fumbling around with hardware.
  • Can be shared among caregivers

Cons of The Baby Wrap:

  • May be hard to learn the tying method, but with practice, it’s easy to become a pro.
  • Not as bulky a the Ring Sling, and not as light as the Baby Pouch, but can still be folded up and thrown in a diaper bag.

Buy Baby Wraps

CuddleBug Innoo Tech Baby Boba Bambini & Me

Baby Meh Dai (Mei Tai)

Babyboomba Meh DaiThe Baby Meh Dai (Mei Tai) is a modernized take on the traditional Chinese Meh Dai. It is a panel of fabric (usually decorative) with 2 shorter straps at the bottom that tie around the waist and 2 long straps that wrap over the shoulder and around the body to secure the baby in place.

An excellent example of the Baby Meh Dai is the Moby Meh Dai  and the Infantino.

Carrying Positions:

Newborn Carry (see BabyHawk’s Instructions here)
Back Carry (see BabyHawk’s Instructions here)
Front Carry (see BabyHawk’s Instructions here)

Pros of The Meh Dai:

  • Lots of choices of beautiful panel fabrics.
  • No fumbling around with hardware.
  • Can be shared among caregivers.

Cons of The Meh Dai:

  • May be hard to learn the tying method, but with practice, it’s easy to become a pro.
  • Not as bulky a the Ring Sling, and not as light as the Baby Pouch, but can still be folded up and thrown in a diaper bag.

Buy Meh Dai’s

Petunia Pickle Bottom
by Moby
BabyHawk
by Moby Baby
Petunia Pickle Bottom
by Moby
Infantino

How to Choose a Baby Sling that is right for you

Here’s a neat little chart I drew to help you pick out the sling for you.

Baby Boomba - Which Baby Sling is Right for You?

Only you can answer these questions, but rest assured, baby wearing is fantastic! Give it a try! I own every single one of these categories and I can tell you by far that they each have their own unique characteristics.

For newborns, the go to is the Baby Wrap. For 4-9 months old, the Baby Pouch is a no brainer. When baby is old enough to support their own a little, then the Meh Dai is amazing simply because you can easily do a front and back carry (for older babies) as well it’s sturdy enough to hold their weight when they are older. And the nice to have all around would be the Ring Sling because that fits all ages up to 35 pounds.





2017-07-09T09:32:35+00:00 By |baby boomba, babywearing|

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