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The Best Baby Slings So You Can Comfortably Wear Your Infant

And keep your hands free.

Baby slings have been essential parenting gear for a few millennia, at least, and there are many good reasons this simple, perfectly engineered piece of baby-carrying technology has survived generations of other innovation. The best baby sling carrier or wrap — whether it’s designed for a newborn or a toddler — helps you bond with your baby, while keeping your hands free to do other things around the house or out in the world.

When using a sling, use your common sense and practice a few times to avoid common mistakes, says expert Dr. Benjamin D. Hoffman, the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

“With slings, the head can be completely obscured by the sling and unfortunately horrible things can happen. Be very conscious of the airway and head and neck,” he says. 

The advantage of the sling is many – they’re super-easy to clean and don’t take an engineering degree to strap on. Also, the proximity to dad keeps the baby secure while pop’s rocking walk can soothe the most colicky of kids. Besides its convenience, baby-wearing promotes intimacy between papa and child. And, it’s flexible: A dad can carry the infant in a variety of positions, nestling close to the neck, belly to belly with the baby upright, the cradle carry with the baby semi-upright or, for older kids, off the hip. Plus, it easily fits into a diaper bag. Before you buy a sling, think about how long you plan on using it, because a sling provides minimal structural support. And that can be an issue once your baby becomes mobile, and heavy.

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This sling is easy to tie, and is a blend of cotton and spandex, so it doesn't sag or lose its shape. Like other slings, it's good for newborns up to kids weighing 35 pounds. The belt-and-buckle-free bestselling Boba comes in 10 colors including basic black for those formal baby occasions. The one-size-fits all makes this a no-brainer for dads and it comes with simple instructions to safely tuck in that bouncing baby until you hear those sweet snoring snuffles. Babies love it.

This 18 foot long wrap can be used until your baby is 35 pounds, and you can wear your child facing in or out, sideways, or on your back. It's simple, soft, and easy to use; you just tie it into a knot at your waist. Because there are no buckles, you can use this as a nursing cover or blanket as well.

This is a truly flexible baby sling, because you can carry your baby in multiple positions: A newborn snuggle, outward-facing, and inward-facing. Above all its other many great features (like the breathable panel), we love this sling's back panel that distributes weight evenly while you're toting your tot around.

This sling is ideal for newborns because it has an integrated neck-support pocket, which also increases baby's comfort. This baby sling, suitable for babies that weigh from 7 to 33 pounds, is lightweight and breathable. It has a removable zippered pouch for your keys and phone, and there's a layer of padding beneath the rings for added comfort.

Ease, flexibility and a great price — who could ask for anything more? This one fits a newborn up to a child weighing 35 pounds. This is a sling that’s gentle enough for a woman — but comes in sizes that suit men — up to an XL that fits men who wear jacket sizes 47 to 52. It fits like a stretchy T-shirt and is available in three unfussy sporty stripes. And you can be up and out of the house with the bambino in two minutes — it’s that simple to wear.

If slings frustrate you, this is the one to get. It's a wrap, with an easy-on design. The fabric on this baby sling is soft and stretchy, and it fits babies weighing 8 to 25 pounds. The baby sling has an adjustable back support to evenly distribute weight.

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