What suits me? A baby sling or a baby carrier?

A frequently asked question! What really suits you? We will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each system, to simplify your choice!

What is better? A baby sling or a baby carrier?

That’s a difficult question to answer. First of all, carrying your child is really fantastic and has a lot of advantages, whether in a baby sling or in an ergonomic baby carrier. 

You carry your child close to you and the skin-to-skin contact makes your child feel comfortable, cosy and secure. 

In addition, your child is in a good spread position both in a well-tied baby sling and in an ergonomic baby carrier. It means thighs are fully supported in the knee cavity, buttocks are lower than the knees. This is important for a good hip development.

It is also important your child can retain the natural bulge of the back. Both baby sling and baby carrier can.


Baby sling

There are two types of slings: A stretchy baby sling and a woven baby sling. We have explained the difference in another blog. 

Many people believe it is complicated to tie a baby sling, because of its length. After all, the average baby sling has a length of 4.6 - 5.2 mtr. 

Practice makes perfect. It’s like cycling or tying your shoelaces.

Each time you tie a baby sling, your tie will become better and more comfortable. Are you having trouble in spite of the instruction? You can always contact a babywearing consultant

A baby sling always fits. Everyone can use it and you don’t have to adjust it every time. A baby sling is comfortable and ensures an optimum support. Very pleasant if you are suffering from shoulder-, neck-, pelvic- and back complaints.

A woven baby sling can be worn from birth through toddlerhood. After all, you can carry your child on your belly, hip or back.


Advantages of a woven baby sling:

  • Perfect fit for new-borns, strong enough to carry toddlers
  • Very weight distribution. Perfect for people suffering from neck- and back complaints
  • Always ergonomic, as you can support your child
  • Allows various ties, more than 20 different ties.
  • Practice makes perfect
  • Durable, you can use it for a very long time, for a second child as well.

Disadvantages of a woven baby sling:

  • It takes some time to learn how to tie it
  • If it is raining or you tie it on a dirty surface, the sling will be lying on the floor while tying

Baby carrier

Baby carriers are available in all kinds of types and sizes. Quite often, people talk about an ergonomic baby carrier. What is an ergonomic baby carrier?

Ergonomic baby carrier

An ergonomic baby carrier can fully be adjusted. It means it can support your child optimally. The legs are supported from knee to knee, buttocks are not lower than the knees and the back can retain its natural bulge.

A good, optimum support, the weight of your child against you and a good adjustability make the baby carrier ergonomic for you as well.

A baby carrier that only supports the buttocks, not the legs, has a hard back or a reduction cushion is not ergonomic at all, even if it called ergonomic. After all, ergonomic is not a protected title.

Conclusion: A baby carrier should be fully adjustable, comfortable and have a soft back.

The advantages of an ergonomic baby carrier: 

  • Fast and easy adjustment
  • You don’t have to learn how a tie
  • A baby carrier is compact, easy to take with you
  • Not much fabric, no long parts. Easy to carry even if the floor is wet or dirty

The disadvantages of an ergonomic baby carrier:

  • Less weight division: Not comfortable for people suffering from neck-, shoulder- or back problems
  • A baby sling is more comfortable for new-borns.
  • Less durable. The Pure Baby Love is available from size 50/56 to size 98 (2-2,5 years).

Have you made your decision?

We hope this information will enable you to make your choice. Of course you can also make use of both products.

Problems? Questions? Please contact us! Our baby wearing consultant will be at your disposal!

Would you like to buy a woven baby sling? Click here for our nice, wide range of comfortable baby slings! 

Would you like to buy an ergonomic baby carrier? Pure Baby Love offers lovely, fully adjustable baby carriers. Click here!

Want to use both products together? Find our perfect combi-deal here!

      28-03-2018 10:07     Comments ( 2 )
Comments (2)
 Karen Smoots -  04-04-2022

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 Peter M. Parker -  17-10-2020

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