The Best Baby Wraps and Slings

The Best Baby Wraps and Slings

Our pick

Solly Baby Wrap

Solly Baby Wrap

The best wrap

The stretchy Solly Baby Wrap is made of a soft, lightweight fabric that makes it the most comfortable and convenient wrap for carrying newborns for longer distances and durations.

Buying Options

$65 from Nordstrom
$65 from The Tot

May be out of stock

The Solly Baby Wrap has a noticeably lighter weight and softer feel than other wraps we tested, making it more comfortable to wear in all seasons. Because it uses less material, it’s also less unwieldy to tie. The stretchy fabric of the Solly Baby conforms to babies’ bodies, making it a great choice for wearing newborns. It allows for nursing, and is also more supportive than most other stretchy wraps we looked at as an infant gains weight. Even so, its weight limit is 25 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than our runner-up wrap pick, and many parents may start to feel the strain of carrying by the time their child is 6 months old.

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Runner-up

Moby Wrap

Moby Wrap

A great wrap for growing babies

This cotton knit wrap provides more support than our pick, but some may find its longer length and denser fabric cumbersome and too hot to wear.

Buying Options

$45 from Amazon
$40 from BuyBuy Baby

The cotton Moby Wrap is not quite as stretchy as our wrap pick and is thus more supportive, especially for growing babies. Its higher weight limit means you may get more mileage out of it. But there’s a lot more of it than the Solly Baby—5 feet more, which makes it somewhat inconvenient to tie and wear. And some people may find the thicker, denser fabric uncomfortably warm. Like with the Solly, it’s easy to pop a baby in and out while the wrap remains tied, and it can be easily shared between people of widely ranging body types.

Our pick

Sakura Bloom Basics Sling

Sakura Bloom Basics Sling

The best ring sling

This ring sling’s linen fabric is cooler to wear and easier to adjust than the cotton of other slings we tested and can comfortably carry babies from birth to toddlerhood.

Buying Options

Buy from Sakura Bloom

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

If you’re looking for a carrier that works across a wider age range and is simpler to get on and off than a wrap, the Sakura Bloom Basics Sling is a good bet. This ring sling (a different design than the Solly, a stretchy wrap) is easier to secure and more comfortable to wear in various climates and with children ranging from babies to toddlers than the other ring slings we looked at. The single layer of linen in the Sakura Bloom Basics makes it stand out, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. The fabric is both easier to pull through the ring and stays in place better once adjusted than most other ring slings we tested. None of the ring slings were as comfortable as a stretchy wrap for long walks, but the Sakura Bloom seemed to distribute weight better along the back and shoulders for shorter ones. We like that the sling comes in eight colors.

Budget pick

Moby Sling

Moby Sling

A ring sling at a good value

The midweight fabric and extra-long tail make the Moby Sling somewhat less convenient to use than our main sling pick, but it does the job well and costs much less.

Buying Options

$50* from Target
$50 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.

For half the price of our sling pick, the Moby Sling brings comparable functionality. As with the Sakura Bloom, the fabric can be easily adjusted in the ring to give the baby a nice deep seat and then stays put for a secure fit. But the mid-weight cotton weave is not as cool to wear as the Sakura Bloom’s linen. Also, the tail is considerably longer, and may get in the way for shorter wearers. Unlike the Sakura Bloom, the Moby Sling comes in only three patterns.

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Our pick

Solly Baby Wrap

Solly Baby Wrap

The best wrap

The stretchy Solly Baby Wrap is made of a soft, lightweight fabric that makes it the most comfortable and convenient wrap for carrying newborns for longer distances and durations.

Buying Options

$65 from Nordstrom
$65 from The Tot

May be out of stock

Runner-up

Moby Wrap

Moby Wrap

A great wrap for growing babies

This cotton knit wrap provides more support than our pick, but some may find its longer length and denser fabric cumbersome and too hot to wear.

Buying Options

$45 from Amazon
$40 from BuyBuy Baby

Our pick

Sakura Bloom Basics Sling

Sakura Bloom Basics Sling

The best ring sling

This ring sling’s linen fabric is cooler to wear and easier to adjust than the cotton of other slings we tested and can comfortably carry babies from birth to toddlerhood.

Buying Options

Buy from Sakura Bloom

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Budget pick

Moby Sling

Moby Sling

A ring sling at a good value

The midweight fabric and extra-long tail make the Moby Sling somewhat less convenient to use than our main sling pick, but it does the job well and costs much less.

Buying Options

$50* from Target
$50 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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