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TIPS-tested slings for babies and toddlers - 2012

 

We have tested 9 slings for you and the following awards have been allocated (follow the links below to read the full reviews):

 

Best of the bestBeco Gemini carrier

Best baby wrapBoba Wrap and Moby Wrap Original

Best for toddlerTula Ergonomic Carrier - Toddler

Best for baby & toddler Beco Butterfly 2 Carrier, Boba 3G Carrier and
Tula Ergonomic Carrier

Innovative – Lifft Sling

Best budget – SnuggyBub Baby Wrap

 

 

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You can also find out more about the testing process in the following sections:


 

 

 

 

Awards

Beco Gemini carrier

 

newborn to toddler (7-35 lbs/3.5 - 16 kg)

front carry (facing in or facing out), back carry, and hip carry

high quality tested materials

machine washable

made in USA

 

RRP: £95

Supplied and manufactured by www.becobabycarrier.com

 

AwardBest of the best

Beco carriers are designed by Gabby Caperon, a babywearing parent, active sailor and rock climber. Beco products combine perfect ergonomics, excellent weight distribution and stylish design from top quality fabrics. Each carrier is handmade by skilled workers who enjoy the benefits of excellent working conditions. Sustainability and care for the environment are at the heart of Beco's production process. Beco pride themselves on manufacturing carefully designed and safe products.

Testers agreed the options for adjustment were endless with this and the Beco Butterfly 2 carriers and that by exploring these they were able to find the perfect position. Testers also agreed that buying this carrier is cost-effective because it can be used for a wide age range. The Beco Butterfly 2 Carrier is suitable for newborns over 3.5 kg and toddlers up to 16 kg. Beco's comprehensive information booklet and online video clips provide easy to follow advice on all aspects of babywearing, including how to fit and adjust the carrier in all positions. The Gemini carrier comes with a foldable headrest and adjustable base for growing baby.

Testers were especially impressed with the simplicity of this carrier and its ultra-secure clips.

 

It is obvious that Beco has considered the needs of babywearing parents when designing this excellent product. In recognition of the many benefits this innovative carrier offers we are delighted to award the Beco Gemini Best of the best!

This is what some of the Testers said:
  • In fact this was one of the easiest slings I've tried for getting him seated correctly on my back
  • Useful around the house to help settle wee one when suffering from reflux. Used the carrier on holiday, very handy to have at the airport to travel without buggy & keep hands free
  • I liked the double lock clip on the waist band, making me more sure of its safety
  • I haven’t used my other sling since I received the Beco!
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Boba Wrap

newborn to toddler (7-35 lbs/3.5 - 16kg)

front and newborn hold (ideal for breastfeeding)

95% cotton 5% spandex (high quality French terry material)

machine washable

made in USA and China

RRP: £42.95

Supplied and manufactured by www.bobafamily.com

 

AwardBest baby wrap


The Boba Family is a company born out of a desire to provide the best quality products with detailed information and advice on how best to use them. It was founded by Robert and Elizabeth Antunovic, a couple who gave up their home and jobs to travel the world with two children and two back backs! You can read their fascinating story online here...

This amazing experience led to the development of several carriers including the latest Boba 3G Carrier and the Boba Wrap. All Boba products are designed to support attachment parenting through babywearing.

This simple wrap has no straps, buckles or rings which make it ideal for newborn kangaroo care (this is when you hold your baby next to your chest). Ideal for newborns this wrap is made of stretch material safe and strong enough to be used with older children. Testers were keen to point out this wrap would fit any babywearer - no matter what their shape might be - so it really is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ sling! Detailed instructions are provided with the wrap and are also available online - one Tester did suggest that more video clips on the website would be useful. Testers agreed that it was worth practising using and adjusting the wrap at home in order to find the perfect position for baby and wearer before venturing out.

This soft stretchy wrap comes with its own storage bag and is available in a wide variety of colours, including organic fabric. The Boba Wrap is another excellent example of a multi-purpose wrap which scored highly with our Parent Testers and we are delighted to award it our Best baby wrap

This is what some of the Testers said:
  • Although it seems basic without clips etc. it's an amazing sling and worth the cost. It's a fantastic design.
  • I would recommend to those with small babies, especially if suffering colic or reflux.
  • My little man likes to be close and was settled when carried in the sling and it enables me to still do jobs whilst also being close to my son and keeping him content.
  • Very easy to clean and dries quickly, still looks and feels as new.

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Moby Wrap Original

newborn to toddler (8-35 lbs/3.6 - 16kg)

5.5metres of fabric with tapered edges for easy tying

front newborn, hug and kangaroo hold (ideal for breastfeeding)

100% natural or organic cotton with one-way stretch

machine washable

made in Thailand

RRP: £42.95

Supplied and manufactured by Moby Wrap Inc. www.mobywrap.com


Award: Best baby wrap

Moby Wrap Inc. was created by parents in search of the perfect baby carrier. After extensive research which involved sampling countless slings and wraps, they designed a wrap based on a time-tested European carrier. Made from the softest of cotton fabrics, the Moby Wrap distributes baby's weight evenly from the wearer’s shoulders to hips and aligns baby's centre of gravity as close to the wearer's body as possible. Wherever they wore their wrap, founders would be approached by people wanting one of their carriers, and it wasn't long before this constant demand put the parents in the supply business. Since its inception in April 2003, MOBY (MOther and baBY) has focused on sharing the benefits of babywearing with parents and caregivers worldwide. From 2004 until 2006, the founders of Moby Wrap and their family lived in Thailand where they set up a Thai corporation that manufactures the entire line of Moby Wrap products. They converted a traditional Thai home in Chaing Mai into the Moby manufacturing facility.

This simple wrap has no straps, buckles or rings. The Moby Wrap is made from one length of one-way stretch cotton, packed in its own reusable fabric pouch. One size fits all but an extra long (6m) or petite versions can be specially ordered. It is available in 46 designs including plain and patterned fabrics plus 19 varieties of organic cotton. There is even a UV version (with added SPF50+) to protect your baby from the sun’s rays. There are four Moby Holds: newborn hug hold (from 8lbs), kangaroo wrap and hold (from 8lbs), hug hold (from 3-4 months or when baby is fully stretching legs) and hip hold (5+ months or when baby has excellent head control).

The Moby website provides excellent information and advice with many photos and video clips showing users how to tie and wear their wrap. The booklet supplied with the Moby Wrap includes everything you need to know about babywearing as well as detailed information about kangaroo care, breastfeeding, baby massage, exercising and doing yoga while wearing your baby.

The Moby Wrap is an excellent example of a multi-purpose wrap which scored highly with our Parent Testers and we are delighted to award it our Best baby wrap.

This is what some of the Testers said:
  • I like the number of positions I can put my baby in with this sling.
  • I was surprised how comfortable the wrap felt considering the weight of my little one
  • My baby fell asleep straight away and stayed asleep for a very long time.
  • He was as settled as he would be when sleeping on my chest but the added bonus is my hands are free

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Tula Ergonomic Carrier - Toddler

baby to toddler (15-45 lbs/7 - 20 kg) - can be used for newborns with the Tula infant insert

front and back carry options

fast to  put on and take off

high quality tested materials

machine washable

made in Poland

RRP: €110

Supplied and manufactured by www.babytula.com

 

Award: Best for toddler

The story of Tula begins with two people from distant worlds. Ula was born and raised in Poland and Mike was born in Vietnam. They met in college in the United States and although Ula and Mike have contrasting personalities, the law of opposites seemed to attract! They share a passion for travel and have visited a multitude of countries together. They were often fascinated by colourful slings worn by mothers all over the world. When their daughter was born they wore her in a sling, enjoying the freedom and convenience of babywearing.  A few years later when their son was born they discovered the ease of ergonomic carriers. These are just as comfortable as other slings but more father-friendly. However Ula and Mike were never completely satisfied with the designs on offer, so Mike asked his Ba Noi (Vietnamese for Grandma) to design a made to measure carrier. It was close to perfect.

At first they only made carriers for friends and family but whenever they travelled, people would inquire about the carriers. This was just all the encouragement Ula and Mike needed to take their passion for babywearing one step further, and so Baby Tula was born! All Tula products are manufactured in Poland although the family is now based in the USA. The latest addition to the Tula range is the Tula Elastic Wrap (an ideal carrier for infants).

Each Tula carrier has a removable regulated hood to support baby's head while asleep, to protect from sun or wind, and to allow for comfortable breastfeeding. The Tula Ergonomic Carrier – Toddler is designed for babies and toddlers who weigh 7kg to 20 kg. It comes with an excellent information booklet and the website provides step-by-step instructions with easy to follow advice on how to fit and wear your carriers. Tula have also published videos on You Tube.

Testers agreed the options for adjustment on the Tula Ergonomic Carrier - Toddler were endless and by exploring these they were able to find the perfect position. Testers especially enjoyed wearing their toddlers in the back position which was very comfortable, even for long periods. Tula have carefully considered the needs of babywearing parents which is why the Tula Ergonomic Carrier - Toddler is worthy of our Best for toddler award!

 

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • It was soft and felt sturdy, giving me the impression that it was a quality product. As it is cotton I didn’t need to worry about my Little One overheating.
  • I was extremely comfortable and was very surprised as the carrier is very light weight and not structured at all but was more comfortable than my structured back pack. It is lovely to find a carrier that I can actually use with an older child which I can then carry in my handbag!!
  • It felt like we could engage with him more when carrying him than when he is in his pram as we were seeing the same thing and we were in earshot so to speak. He was very settled and was able to see all the sights while asking us questions. It was really great.
  • I intend to buy the infant insert and use it with my next child from birth.
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Beco Butterfly 2 Carrier

newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs/3.5 - 20 kg)

front and back carry

easy On and OFF features

high quality tested materials

machine washable

made in USA and China

RRP: £98

Supplied and manufactured by www.becobabycarrier.com

 

Award: Best for baby & toddler

 

Beco carriers are designed by Gabby Caperon, a babywearing parent, active sailor and rock climber.  Beco products combine perfect ergonomics, excellent weight distribution and stylish design from top quality fabrics. Each carrier is handmade by skilled workers who enjoy the benefits of excellent working conditions. Sustainability and care for the environment are at the heart of Beco's production process.  Beco pride themselves on manufacturing carefully designed and safe products.

Testers agreed the options for adjustment were endless with this carrier and that by exploring these they were able to find the perfect position. Testers also agreed that buying this carrier is cost-effective because it can be used for a wide age range. The Beco Butterfly 2 Carrier is suitable for newborns over 3.5 kg and toddlers up to 20 kg. Beco's comprehensive information booklet and online video clips provide easy to follow advice on all aspects of babywearing, including how to fit and adjust the carrier in all positions. Each carrier comes with a removable headrest and infant insert.

One of our Parent Testers used this carrier with her 21 month old daughter who has special needs and cannot yet walk. She found this carrier especially useful as it allows for the weight of the baby to be distributed evenly: this makes it comfortable for mum to wear and enjoyable for baby to be carried in.

It is obvious that Beco has considered the needs of babywearing parents when designing this excellent product. That's why the Beco Butterfly 2 Carrier is worthy of our Best for baby & toddler award!

 

This is what some of the Testers said:
  • It is infinitely adjustable to the nth degree.  It’s brilliant.
  • I used it everywhere, all the time!
  • My baby fell asleep shortly after walking around and stayed more settled than in his cot.
  • I liked the fact it can be used for such a large weight range, will be very useful for a toddler too.
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Boba 3G Carrier

newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs/3.5 - 20kg)

front carry, back carry, and newborn

high quality tested materials

machine washable

made in USA and China

RRP: £89.95

Supplied and manufactured by www.bobafamily.com

 

Award: Best for baby & toddler

The Boba Family is a company born out of a desire to provide the best quality products with detailed information and advice on how best to use them. It was founded by Robert and Elizabeth Antunovic, a couple who gave up their home and jobs to travel the world with two children and two back backs! You can read their fascinating story online here... This amazing experience led to the development of several carriers including the latest Boba 3G Carrier and the Boba Wrap. All Boba products are designed to support attachment parenting through babywearing. 

Like other buckle carriers, the Boba 3G can be adjusted before you wear itput on. However Testers were particularly impressed at how easy it was to adjust all the straps and buckles even with a baby or toddler in the carrier. Detailed instructions are provided with the carrier and also available online - one Tester suggested that more video clips on the website would be useful.

A number of accessories can be bought separately: clip-on teething pads, the Boba Mini (a delightful doll carrier for children 3 years and over) and a clever ‘Stuff Sack’ to store any sling, carrier or wrap (this is the latest addition to the range).

The Boba 3G is another excellent example of a multi-purpose carrier which scored highly with our Parent Testers and we are delighted to award it our Best baby & toddler.

 


This is what some of the Testers said:

  • You can obviously adjust prior to putting it on, but once on it is easy to adjust all the straps and heights etc, even with a toddler in it.
  • I really liked the footstraps (aimed at older children) and the fact it can be converted to an infant carrier without any additional inserts (will try this out on my newborn preemie baby when he is big enough!!!
  • The straps are much more comfortable and I can wear it for longer than my other one without it digging in and becoming uncomfortable.
  • I usually use a buggy, but he seemed happy to be close to me.

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Tula Ergonomic Carrier

newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs/3.5 - 20 kg) - use the Tula infant insert for newborns

front and back carry options

fast to  put on and take off

high quality tested materials

machine washable

made in Poland

RRP: €110

Supplied and manufactured by www.babytula.com

 

Award: Best for baby & toddler

 

The story of Tula begins with two people from distant worlds. Ula was born and raised in Poland and Mike was born in Vietnam. They met in college in the United States, both with contrasting personalities, but the law of opposites seemed to attract! Travel was a common passion and they have been all over the world together. They were often fascinated by colourful slings worn by mothers in many cultures. When their daughter was born they wore her in a sling, enjoying the freedom and convenience babywearing provided.  A few years later when their son was born they discovered the ease of ergonomic carriers. They were just as comfortable as other slings while being more father-friendly. However they were never completely satisfied with the designs on offer, so Mike asked his Ba Noi (Vietnamese for Grandma) to design a made to measure carrier. It was close to perfect.

At first they only made carriers for friends and family but whenever they travelled, strangers would inquire about the carriers. This was just what they needed to finally focus their passion for Babywearing so Baby Tula was born! Tula products are still made in their purpose built manufacturing facility in Poland although the family are now based in the USA. The latest addition to the Tula family is the Tula Elastic Wrap.

The Tula Ergonomic Carrier is suitable for newborns over 3.5 kg (when used with the Tula infant insert) and toddlers up to 20 kg. It comes with an excellent information booklet and the website provides step-by-step instructions with easy to follow advice on how to fit and wear your carriers. Each carrier comes with a removable regulated hood.

Testers agreed the options for adjustment on the Tula Ergonomic Carrier were endless and by exploring these they were able to find the perfect position. Testers especially liked the thick padded straps which made this carrier really comfortable to wear for babies and toddlers. Testers loved the design of this carrier and praised the many innovative features.

The relatively new Tula brand is definitely one to watch. Tula has carefully considered the needs of babywearing parents which is why the Tula Ergonomic Carrier is a worthy winner of our Best baby & toddleraward!

 

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • It is very easy to adjust. Both me and my husband used it and it can be adjusted within a minute. Once adjusted, everything stays firmly in one place.
  • It has made the school run very easy and is perfect when my son gets a bit clingy or fed up of the buggy and in need of a hug.
  • My daughter loved the sling and wants to be carried in it all the time; she much prefers it to my other sling. My son seemed really happy in it too.
  • I really loved the removable hood, perfect for rainy weather. Also straps are extremely well padded, which makes them very comfortable.

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Lifft Sling

one-piece tailored sling for improved posture

newborn to toddler (8-35 lbs/3.7 - 16kg)

six carry positions (ideal for breastfeeding)

machine washable

made in the UK

RRP: £49.99

Supplied and manufactured by www.lifftslings.com

 

Award: Innovative

You may have seen the Lifft sling on the BBC2 programme ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’, where founder Louise Day pitched her sling to Boots the Chemist. They were so impressed by the health benefits of this product which supports breastfeeding, helps baby-bonding and aids posture that they offered to stock an exclusive navy colourway version in their stores. A study carried out at the Biomechanical Testing Facilities in the North West University of Central Lancashire has concluded that the Lifft sling improves posture when carrying little ones. You can read the full report here....

The Lifft sling helps to keep the spine straighter when carrying babies and toddlers. It is ideal for anyone who has a bad back and for new mums who need extra support because of weakened tummy muscles. This sling is different from others because it comes in a number of sizes: ladies T-shirt and dress sizes, and men t-shirt sizes - so it's ideal for Dad too! Testers liked the fact that there is an excellent returns policy so you can try two sizes to make sure you find the perfect fit.

There are no buckles or clasps so the Lifft sling is very safe and easy to use. It can be put on while you hold baby and you won't need anyone's help either! A detailed user guide is available on the Lifft website alongside six easy to follow video clips show you how to use the Lifft sling.

Testers found the side position especially comfortable and enjoyed the fact that their little one was in the sitting position - this is also good for their hips. The Lifft sling is handy and versatile and Lifft provide excellent after-sales support. In recognition of this we are delighted to award it our TIPS Innovative Award!

This is what some of the Testers said:

 

  • My favourite feature was the simple folding of the sling with no buckles or straps to mess about with.
  • I would recommend this sling as the one that suits all ages of babies which means you will get your money's worth
  • My back is much more supported & my shoulders hurt much less when carrying her in this sling!
  • Everyone said how comfortable she looked and she never cried when in the sling.

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SnuggyBub Baby Wrap

premature baby to toddler (5-35 lbs/2.25 - 16kg)

5.5metres of 100% stretch cotton knit fabric front (ideal for breastfeeding), back and hip holds

folds up into a shoulder bag  with braid shoulder strap

machine washable

made in London and South Africa

RRP: £35

Supplied and manufactured by www.snuggybub.com

icon available from the TIPS shop! 

Award: Best budget

SnuggyBub is a brand new company founded by busy mum of two and hypnobirthing educator Soshanna. Soshanna grew up in South Africa where babywearing is part of everyday life. As a teacher looking after children with special needs and a collector of abandoned animals that were hand-reared it was second nature for her to become a surrogate mother to many! When her own children were born Soshanna wore them in a sling, but the high price of certain brands gave her the incentive to make her own. Friends and relatives in South Africa and the UK were soon placing orders and SnuggyBub the business was born!

This simple wrap has no straps, buckles or rings. It is made from one length of one-way stretch cotton fabric. What makes it unique is the pocket that lets you put the wrap into its own shoulder bag when you're not wearing baby. One size fits most but special sizes can be made to order. The SnuggyBub wrap is available in a wide variety of colour combinations, each with a contrasting braid shoulder strap. This wrap distributes baby’s weight evenly across the wearer's back, shoulders and hips preventing strain and enabling you to wear your baby for as long as you want. You can wear your baby in six comfortable positions – front, back or hip – to best suit the occasion. The wrap can be pre-tied or tied over baby. It does not need to be retied to put baby back in after changing or feeding.

The SnuggyBub website is still developing but already provides excellent information and safety advice. There are lots of useful photos and a video clip showing users to tie and wear the SnuggyBub wrap in a variety of ways. Testers were given a CD featuring the online instructional video. This was easy to follow and extremely helpful.

At £35 this is the best value sling we have tested so you can afford to buy it in two colour ways to match your outfits! This innovative wrap is an excellent example of a multi-purpose wrap which scored highly with our Parent Testers and we are delighted to award it our Best budget.

This is what some of the Testers said:

 

  • It is easy to put on and the material does stretch to accommodate your baby as he or she grows.
  • Once you know how to put on the sling and are comfortable using it, it's absolutely fine. I never had any safety worries.
  • The material is lighter than my current wrap sling, making it ideal in the summer. The bag feature is also great!
  • I would have found this especially useful for a newborn, as it kept my baby close and yet enabled me to entertain my toddler or do some light chores.

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How the TIPS Award Scheme works

Only products that comply with our strict criteria can be submitted for a TIPS trial – this is part of our robust selection process explained in the ‘Methodology and criteria’ section below. This means that any product accepted to go through to the testing programme is already a winner.

When selected for a trial, volunteer Parent Testers receive products to test and are asked to provide their comments using a detailed questionnaire. Testers’ feedback is collated, evaluated and reviewed by Sharon Trotter.

On completion of the judging process, awards are confirmed and the results are published on the TIPS website.

I would also like to say a special thank you to our team of dedicated parent testers whose comments and detailed feedback allow the TIPS testing programme to achieve a level of independence and impartiality that is second to none.

Please note that products tested by TIPS are not free or promotional products, but samples for the sole purpose of independent testing.  Only Testers who have agreed and signed a copy of the TIPS Award Scheme terms and conditions can take part in a TIPS trial.

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About this trial

 

I have been planning to test slings since the launch of the TIPS Award Scheme in 2007.

  • 9 products were carefully selected for this trial. 62 test samples, supplied by 6 manufacturers were sent to 62 Parent Testers (the age range of baby and toddler testers was birth to 55 months old).
  • Testers completed and returned 57 test questionnaires; this is a return rate of 92 per cent.

As a passionate supporter of breastfeeding and attachment parenting, I know how important it is to maintain skin-to-skin contact. This helps to stimulate hormone production and boost milk supply. The best way to keep your baby close is to carry them in a sling. This is often called babywearing.

When we hold a baby we automatically start to move gently. We often make shushing noises to calm a crying baby. We also tend to hold a baby near to our heart so they can be reminded of the sound of a regular heartbeat, just like when they were in the womb. When babies are out in their prams the movement often sends them off to sleep. One of my good friends used to put the vacuum cleaner on in the corner of the room to get her twins to settle for their morning nap. My son loved to sit next to the running tumble dryer, even if it was empty - this was rather expensive on electricity!

These activities help to recreate the sensations felt by your baby when they were still in the womb - this is sometimes called a micro-environment (Gatts et al 1995). Studies on newborn babies show that those separated from their mother cry ten times more than those left in close contact with her. This closeness helps the baby feel secure (Michelsson et al 1996).

Premature babies who receive ongoing skin-to-skin contact (this is often called Kangaroo care) gain weight quicker, are physiologically more stable and don't need to stay in hospital for as long (Parker & Anderson 2002).

We know that the ideal environment for mum (or dad, sibling, grandparent or adoptive carer) and baby is to be together, and babywearing is the best way to achieve this. Babies who are carried in a sling tend to be calmer, cry less, settle better, suffer less indigestion and sleep for longer (Trotter 2005).

 

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Methodology and criteria

 

Every sling included in this trial is made from the highest quality fabrics and designed to the highest safety standards.

When selecting slings for this trial my aim was to include products that:

  • are easy to use
  • help you bond with your Little One - when using a sling you can keep baby where they are happiest: close to your body
  • help your Little One with some discomforts - for example, reflux, colic and wind
  • allow you to do all sorts of things while holding your baby - for example, shopping and eating a meal with two hands
  • may help with breastfeeding
  • help prevent backache when you are carrying your Little One, and above all
  • are comfortable and safe for you and your Little One.

 


Safety first

There is no legal requirement for slings without buckles to be tested against the BS EN 13209-2:2005 standard as there is no risk of the sling coming apart. However some companies do test against this to confirm the safety of their product and to give customers the reassurance they are looking for.  Some suppliers choose to have their fabric dyes tested because babies may suck on fabrics. Flammability and shrinkage can also be tested if required, although this is not a legal requirement.

 

 

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Guidelines for Testers (this was provided to all Testers who took part)

 

Things to remember when testing your baby and toddler slings

When researching babywearing I found many websites and blogs with information for parents.

In 2010 a media storm about sling safety followed the death of three babies in the US. Baby brand Infantino recalled two of its baby slings: the SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed it was aware of three reports of deaths occurring as a result of babies being carried in the slings in 2009. Around one million baby slings were recalled in the US, 15,000 in Canada and up to 10,000 in the UK. You can read more about this in the News section of the Which website.

Sling safety is our top priority and you will find reliable information about slings in our top five online resources:

You can also ask sling suppliers for information leaflets.

 

 

How to test

Please read the following information before you start testing a baby sling.

 


Safety first

The UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers consortium recommends that baby sling wearers follow the 'TICKS' rule for safe use:

  • Tight - baby slings should be tight enough to keep your baby close to your body.
  • In view at all times - your baby's face should be visible simply by glancing down.
  • Close enough to kiss - position your baby as close to your chin as possible – a good test is to see whether you can bend down to kiss your baby's head or forehead.
  • Keep chin off the chest - Ensure there's always a space of at least a finger width between your baby's chin and chest, allowing your baby to breathe easily.
  • Supported back - a baby should be held comfortably close to the baby sling wearer so their back is supported in its natural position, with their tummy and chest against you.

You can get these guidelines on www.slumber-roo.co.uk

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Use the baby sling for a couple of weeks, or at least 6 times.

Read the instructions provided with the sling carefully and make sure you use the sling in the ways recommended for your Little One's age. If your Little One is old enough for this, you may want to try different carrying positions - for example on your front and on your back.

At first, it is better to try using the sling while sitting on a bed, or on a sofa. Do this until you get used to tying and adjusting your sling.

 

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Completing the questionnaire

There are 5 sections in the questionnaire:

  • about you: here we ask about your Little One and about your experience of using a sling
  • about the product: in this section, we ask about the packaging, design and information provided with the sling
  • using the product: this includes questions about ease and comfort of use, cleaning and parents’ back strain
  • feedback: in this section, we ask you to comment on your favourite features, suggest improvements, and tell us whether you believe the product provides good value
  • awards: in this section, you can suggest an award for the product you have tested.

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Conclusion and references:

 

I am very excited about the results of this first trial of baby and toddler slings. I believe we have chosen a great selection of the best designs available to help you chose the perfect style for you and your little one.

As you can see, there are many aspects of design to assess when testing this product. A baby sling or carrier must be comfortable (and safe) - for you and your baby. This can only be achieved when manufacturers use top quality materials and pay close attention to detail when designing their products.

Thank you again for all your hard work. You can be sure that your independent testing and comments will help to give parents the best and most unbiased advice available.

 

Kindest regards

Sharon Trotter - Founder and Director of TIPS Ltd

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References:

Gatts JD, Fernbach SA, Wallace DH et al (1995). Reducing crying and irritability in neonates using a continuously controlled early environment. Journal of Perinatology, 15(3):215-21.

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