Here are our picks for best ring slings and pouches by subcategory:
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WINNER: Maya Wrap Baby Sling
The Maya Wrap Baby 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. Available in various striped and solid patterns.
WINNER: Sakura Bloom
Sakura Bloom ring slings are pricey (MSRP $88-198), but are gorgeous and incredibly luxe. Both linen and dupioni silk versions are available, both either in single or double layer. The silk is lighter weight, while the linen is sturdier and more supportive. If you have an older baby or toddler, the double-layer version is recommended for greater support. These are of the highest quality and are great for special occasions or everyday!
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.
The Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Sling (MSRP $65, Amazon $32) 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.+).