As a new mother, there are probably some key things that need to get done in a day and holding your baby throughout it all can be extremely tiring, even for Super Mum. Thanks to baby slings, you can carry and support your baby, keeping your hands free to get essential things done.
At a glance
- A baby sling is a piece of soft fabric to wrap around your upper body and baby
- They're useful for keeping your hands free for other tasks
- They can also be useful for breastfeeding, especially if your baby wriggles around
What is a baby sling?
A baby sling is a piece of soft fabric designed to wrap around the upper half of your body to allow your baby to be carried close to your chest. They are wrapped in a comfortable and secure way and one size fits all so don’t worry about having to upgrade as your baby grows.
Do I need a baby sling?
Many new mums opt for a baby sling due to its convenience. For mothers who want to eat, shop or get things done around the house, a sling can be the perfect solution and keeps your baby close to you so you can monitor and involve your baby.
A baby sling can also help mums to care for older siblings (much more easily done when you’re not holding a newborn).
Some mothers also find that the sling helps to breastfeed their babies better – great for babies who tend to wriggle and move around a lot. For mothers who want to breastfeed discreetly, the baby sling can be useful.
How do I choose the right baby sling for me?
It’s important that your baby sling is made from a material that you feel comfortable in as you’ll be wearing it quite often. Typical baby slings are made from cotton and lycra. You may also want a sling with padded support for extra comfort for you and your baby.
Where can I buy one and how much do they cost?
You can buy a baby sling from popular retailers such as Argos, Kiddicare, Mothercare, Amazon and Mamas & Papas. Prices typically begin from £30 upwards.
Don’t forget to also check out Bounty Offers for the latest deals on slings and carriers.
Is it safe to wear a baby sling?
Baby slings are safe providing you follow the important safety guidelines. If in any doubt, your doctor or midwife can guide you along with providing helpful tips on how to wear one correctly.