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Best Ring Slings and Pouches

January 2015

Here are our picks for best ring slings and pouches by subcategory:

Note: Our editors developed this list by summarizing TotScoop parent favorites and adding a few hand-picked editor favorites and new releases. Our picks are 100% unbiased — we never accept compensation in exchange for coverage. That said, this page may contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small commission on any purchases that you make (at no cost to you); see our full disclosure.

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Best basic ring slings

WINNER: Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Ring Sling

The Maya Wrap sling (MSRP $80) is a good, basic woven ring sling that earns high marks from parents. It is made from 100% cotton, is hand-loomed, and has a lightly padded shoulder and built-in pocket. It is available in various striped and solid patterns.

Best luxe ring slings

WINNER: Sakura Bloom

Sakura Bloom ring slings are pricey (MSRP $98-198), but are gorgeous and incredibly luxe. Both linen and dupioni silk versions (both in single and double layers) are available. The silk is lighter weight, while the linen is sturdier and more supportive. If you have an older baby or toddler, a double-layer version is recommended for greater support. These are of the highest quality and are great for special occasions or everyday!

Best custom ring slings

WINNER: Sleeping Baby Productions

Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP) is practically idolized in the babywearing community for its comfortable and impeccably sewn made-to-order slings ($40-60 including fabric). You can select from a range of fabrics (or send in your own wrap for a conversion), and choose from a variety of lengths, shoulder designs, and ring sizes/colors. The owner opens the shop for orders intermittently, and there is usually a 1- to 2-week turnaround time.

Runner up: Comfy Joey

Comfy Joey is another favorite amongst ring sling devotees. It offers a variety of made-to-order slings, and will also do wrap conversions. Several online retailers also stock ready-made Comfy Joey slings and wrap conversions.

Best pouches

WINNER: Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Sling

The Hotslings pouch (MSRP $65, Amazon $25) is super simple to put on (easier than a ring sling or wrap), and folds up tiny in the diaper bag. It is made from a stretchy material (3% spandex), is lightly padded, has a wide shoulder for comfort, and adjusts using buckles and straps to accommodate different wearers and post-pregnancy weight loss. It can be used in a cradle carry (from 8 lbs. to 4mo.), front carry (2-8mo.), and hip carry (6mo.+).