Having a newborn baby is a whirlwind. Saying that having any age child has its moments when you feel like a tornado has flew through your life. There are hundreds of products on the market which aim to make life easier for you. These ‘must have’ lists or their opposite ‘worst buy’ lists are published by several magazines, websites and parenting shops. But are they realistic? Do they make us expect more?
There are over 100 sling libraries in the UK and an increasing number of consultants. They work with parents regularly and are usually trained to offer advice and guidance on positioning and safety. They see almost every type of sling and carrier on the market. The publication of one recent top carrier poll sparked a lengthy discussion amongst babywearing consultants and sling librarians. As an industry we were pleased that it did have 3 ergonomic wide base carriers listed – Ergobaby, Manduca and Lillebaby. But was the list really representative of what we working on a daily basis with parents who want to carry their children? Therefore, it was decided to conduct a poll of UK Babywearing Consultants and Sling Librarians to find their Top Ten Baby Carriers and the results are in!
The Top Ten Baby Carriers 2015
1st Connecta Baby Carrier
3rd Boba 4g Carrier
4th Tula Baby Carrier
5th Ergo Baby Carrier
6th Close Caboo
7th Beco Gemini
8th Action Baby Carrier
10th Beco Soleil
It was interesting to see that 3 of the 10 carriers we found were popular were listed in the survey which sparked this. However, all the carriers submitted were ergonomic and meet the TICKS guidelines for safe babywearing. Congratulations to all those who made it into the top 10. Does this list seem more life like to you?
The survey was accepting responses for 18 days and advertised in UK Sling Libraries and Babywearing Consultants UK Facebook groups, and promoted by the UK Sling Libraries Network on Facebook and Twitter. There were 28 submissions. Each library or consultant was asked to provide their top ten carriers from the list of 33 given, or submit own entry, if not listed. The top 10 carriers accounted for 182 of the 244 total different slings submitted.
Thank you to Nicole Hastie of Cheltenham and Gloucester Sling Library for suggesting this survey and supporting its construction through feedback on questions. Roamy Hunt of East Sussex Slings for advice and guidance over questions, and for posting the link to Sling Libraries UK and Babywearing consultants UK groups. Also thank you to Rachel Coy of The North East Sling Library for creating the survey, collating and analysing the results.
A full version of the survey, including results can be accessed here. This document can be shared freely and reproduced as long as it is not altered in anyway. It has been collated independently from data collated from Sling Libraries UK and Babywearing Consultants UK Facebook groups during April 2015.