Parents like you and I simply can’t resist a good baby wrap or sling. And there are good reasons for it. After all, a good baby wrap will keep the baby safe and snug against our body. In addition, it will help us bond with the child in several ways. More importantly, they will have better access to the breasts during feeding. And since I love using them, I’ve compiled a short list of the best baby wraps and slings of 2019 for curious parents such as yourself.
Without further ado, let’s dig into the wraps and slings.
The Shortlist of the Best Baby Wraps & Slings
The Best Overall Wrap: NuRoo Pocket Newborn
You will be forgiven if you think that this baby wrap is actually a part of the maternity shirt. But that’s the genius of Nuroo Pocket Newborn wrap. It allows you to get that all-important skin-on-skin contact with the baby.
There’s honestly little to criticize about NuRoo Pocket Newborn. I suppose if I had to pick one ‘flaw,’ it would be that it takes a while to put on, but honestly, most of the modern baby wraps are like that. But that’s really nitpicking. The NuRoo have been making awesome baby products for years and this wrap is right up there with the best of them. Not only does it hold the baby in the proper position, but you also get a little padded belt to put under the baby’s bottom. My next-door neighbor tested the belt and she loved it.
Another important feature of the NuRoo Pocket Newborn is that you don’t have to tie or knot it. Sure, the wrapping might take some time, but it’s perfectly safe for the baby. It’s also easy to clean since it’s machine-washable.
If you’d like to test the NuRoo Pocket Newborn out, you definitely have my blessing to do so. The suggested baby weight for this wrap is anywhere from 4 to 45 pounds.
- Secure positioning & a padded belt for extra comfort
- No need for tying knots
- Soft, breathable fabric
- Machine-washable and easy to clean
- Supports weight up to 45 pounds
- It takes a while to put on
The Best Sling: Mamaway Ring Sling
From a wrap to a sling, we’re moving on to the beautiful Mamaway Ring. Now, don’t let that price tag dissuade you — the Mamaway Ring is an amazing product, and it’s worth every penny.
The Mamaway Ring sling is fully-adjustable for any weight. When the advertisers claimed that it can handle a 100-pound baby, I’ll admit I was the first one to doubt it. But luckily, I have a friend who has a heavyset baby of 85 pounds, so I let her test the Mamaway Ring sling. The fact that she’s still using it should tell you enough.
But it’s not just the weight. The Mamaway Ring sling is made from 100% combed cotton. It’s just soft enough for both you and the baby to enjoy it. In addition, the design allows you to position it on your back and shoulders in such a way that you almost don’t feel any weight. In fact, the shoulder portion has just enough light padding to get the job done. Sadly, it does take a while to adjust properly, as the fabric tends to snag the ring from time to time.
Mamaway might be new to the US market (it’s based in Australia), but if all of its future products are as amazing as the Ring sling, it’s definitely worth checking out.
- Supports weight of up to 100 pounds
- 100% combed cotton
- Weighs just under 0.66 pounds
- Safe, secure positioning
- Lightly-padded shoulder portion
- The pocket ring might tangle in the fabric
- It takes some time to adjust
The Best Newborn Wrap: Moby Wrap
We can’t really discuss quality wraps without mentioning Moby. For years, this company has been creating some of the best-rated baby wraps and slings out there. I’ll admit, when I first saw the Moby Wrap hit the stores, I was itching to buy it. But more importantly, I wanted to be the one to test it first.
The Moby Wrap has a lot of different wrapping configurations. I’m not even joking, I counted at least twelve myself. But the thing that drew me to it the most was just how perfect it is for newborns. The upper limit of what the Moby Wrap can carry is around 33 pounds. But then again, you won’t need the wrap once your baby goes past 25 pounds anyway. With a design that encourages bonding and allows you to use your hands freely, it’s perfect for that parent on the go.
Of course, I don’t have to mention how soft this 100% cotton wrap is. The only real flaw of the Moby Wrap is that the fabric begins to sag and lose elasticity as your child grows. But as I stated earlier, you’ll probably be buying a different wrap by that time anyway. The Moby Wrap, in particular, is meant for newborns and as such is more than worthy of a spot on this list.
- Multiple wrap configurations
- The design encourages bonding with the baby
- 100% cotton material
- Ideal for newborns and infants
- Hands-free baby-carrying design for the busy parent
- It only supports babies up to 33 pounds
- The fabric sags and loses elasticity with heavyset babies
The Best Wrap-Carrier Hybrid: Baby K’tan
Baby K’tan has an awesome, Sci-Fi sounding name. However, we should note that it’s not technically a wrap. It’s more of a hybrid between a wrap and a carrier. However, it’s precisely this combination that makes it a great choice for your baby.
First of all, the Baby K’Tan allows you to use your arms freely with your little one safe around your chest. Because it’s a carrier hybrid, it has a lot of versatility and the fabric moves well with your body. But the best part is that the fabric itself doesn’t stretch as much as others on this list. It’s a perfect product for any active parent.
In addition, the Baby K’tan is soft and pleasant to the touch. I actually had three of these, so I decided to test them with my neighbors by going out for an hour and a half. During the whole walk, the Baby K’tans we had didn’t budge or cause any problems. The babies didn’t complain, either — they were asleep the whole time.
The Baby K’Tan only allows you to adjust it in five different positions. That is fewer than other wraps on this list, but it’s far from nothing. You’ll still get a versatile wrap-carrier with the comfort and the feel of a fluffy, gentle cloud.
- A hands-free wrap-carrier hybrid with lots of versatility
- 100% GOTS-certified cotton
- Easy to adjust
- Simple design
- Safely wraps around the baby
- It only has five adjustment positions
- Only supports babies that weigh up to 35 pounds
The Best Plus-Sized Parent Wrap: Solly Baby Wrap Classic
Made in the good, old US of A, the Solly Baby Classic is an amazing wrap for newborns and infants. Sure, it might cost a bit more than the others, but when you see all of the features you get with this wrap, you won’t regret paying the full price.
First of all, the Solly Baby wrap is lightweight and breathable. I remember trying it out a few months ago and I was surprised that the little one didn’t cry once. Usually, he’s a bit cranky during early spring as the temperature slowly rises. But not with Solly Baby wrap; he seemed to love it as much as I did.
Second, Solly Baby uses a durable, yet soft Modal fabric. Unlike cotton, this fabric can endure a lot of stretching, shrinking, and piling.
Are you a plus-sized mom or dad? You’ll be pleased to know that Solly Baby wraps come in many different sizes, which is always awesome. After all, both the parents and the babies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, too.
Finally, there are the little things about this wrap. For example, it comes with a set of personalized instructions for every parent. In addition, you also get a lovely little pocket to put the baby’s pacifier away.
- A lightweight, breathable wrap
- Made of soft, durable Modal fabric
- Pacifier pocket
- Comes with a set of personalized instructions
- One size fits all
- Fabric doesn’t breathe as much as cotton
- Not suitable for heavyset babies weighing over 35 pounds
The Best Budget Wrap: Cuddlebug Baby Wrap
French cotton terry fabric, decent elasticity, perfect wrapping — what’s not to like about Cuddlebug Baby Wrap? Much like with Moby, I love the products that Cuddlebug makes. That’s why I wanted to test this wrap of theirs and I can proudly say that I got my cousin hooked on using it. Read on, and you might just get hooked as well.
Much like Solly Baby, the Cuddlebug wrap works well with both regular and plus-sized parents. The only real challenge is wrapping it around you, but Cuddlebug provides a great instructional video on how to do it. Once you master it, you won’t think of any other wraps for a while.
The French cotton terry fabric the Cuddlebug is made from might seem a bit thick. However, that makes it perfect for the late autumn and winter months. My cousin and I tested it in early spring, and even then our babies didn’t get fussy about the heat. But while the fabric might not be super-breathable, it’s definitely comfortable. Your little one will sleep the sleep of champions in this amazing wrap.
- Made from durable French cotton terry fabric
- Extremely soft and comfortable
- One size fits all, including plus-sized parents
- Comes in four different colors
- Designed to encourage bonding with the baby
- It takes a while to put on
- The fabric isn’t well-suited for hot climate
The Most Durable Wrap: Boba Wrap Classic
Once again, we have a wrap with a Sci-Fi-sounding name. But for those of us with experience in wraps and slings, we know the name Boba very well. Their products can’t seem to fail, which makes Boba Wrap Classic a part of an exclusive club. Let’s see what made it climb the ranks and get to the top.
The Boba Wrap Classic is made of a French terry/spandex combo. That means you get both the benefits of a soft, terry wrap and spectacular elasticity. Several of my friends tried a single Boba Wrap five days in a row, and all of them had babies with different weights. Not once did the wrap sag or stretch, which means that another Boba product lived up to its reputation.
Naturally, being soft and stretchy is important, but what about comfort? Well, the Boba Wrap Classic has spectacular lumbar support. Your back will never feel any severe pain and, more importantly, you’ll be able to carry your baby easily.
Now, the Boba Wrap only comes in one size. However, with simple tying instructions and durable fabric, parents of any size can wear it.
- Made of French terry/spandex combined fabric
- Provides great lumbar support for the parent
- Provides safety and comfort for the baby
- Easy to adjust
- Its durable fabric doesn’t stretch or sag
- It only comes in one size
- Simple design doesn’t make it stand out
What Should You Look For In a Baby Wrap or Sling?
The wrap you buy ought to be as easy to adjust as possible. Both you and your partner will want to hold the baby, so you might want to invest in an all-sizes wrap. Also, moms usually either lose or gain a significant amount of weight during the year after birth. In other words, an adjustable wrap or sling will work on any weight or body type.
Material & Comfort Level
Your wrap should be soft and smooth so that the baby enjoys it as much as it enjoys your own touch. In addition, pay close attention to the material it’s made from. Some materials work great in the summer months because they’re porous and breathe well. However, thick materials work great during the winter because they can keep your little one warm.
When it comes to durability, you’ll need to look into a few important details. First off, the wrap or sling should be able to withstand your baby’s weight. Next, it should be stretchy so that it doesn’t sag or tear. Finally, it should be easy to clean in case you (or, more likely, the baby) soil it somehow.
Wearing a wrap or a sling is always going to be a bit of a challenge. Unlike regular carriers, you actually have to put the effort into wrapping this thing around your body (and your baby). However, I can tell from personal experience that nothing beats carrying the little one that close to your chest. Babies bond with us based on that closeness; they will look up at us, study our features, or snuggle up against us and fall asleep knowing that it’s warm and safe.
For that reason alone, I would recommend getting any product from this illustrious list of best baby wraps and slings. They all get the job done and will help your baby grow in a healthy, prosperous way.