Following the survey conducted in 2015 by UK based Sling Libraries and Babywearing Consultants. It was decided to once again repeat the study and the results are in for the Top Ten 2016. In the past year the number of sling libraries and consultants has grown dramatically (there are now over 170 sling libraries in the UK). During January and February they were asked to submit hire data on their most popular carriers. For this study, libraries and consultants were asked to provide data on buckle carriers (and slings with the “carrier” in their name). It does not consider stretchy wraps, woven wraps, ring slings, mei tais etc. Publication of this study seems apt, as once again a, top ten has been created, although a different website this year. This research is completely independent and is based on hire data only.
Sling Libraries and Babywearing Consultants work with parents on a daily basis. Their training and understanding of slings and carriers means they are able to provide a best fit approach to slings, taking on board parent and child’s carrying requirements and helping them find a carrier which is safe and easy to use. All the carriers which made it into the top 10 adhere to the TICKS guidelines for safe babywearing (when sling is used correctly).
Top Ten Baby Carriers 2016
2015 placing is in brackets.
1st Place – Connecta Baby Carrier (1st)
2nd Place – Close Caboo (NCT/Cotton/Organic versions) (6th)
3rd Place – Tula Baby Carrier (4th)
4th Place – Manduca (2nd)
5th Place – Boba Carrier (3rd)
6th Place – Ergo Baby Carrier (5th)
7th Place – Lillebaby (9th)
8th Place – Beco Gemini (7th)
9th Place – Beco Soleil (10th)
=10th Place – Action Baby Carrier (8th)
=10th Place – Sleepy Nico (new)
To calculate this Top Ten, all entries were grouped and then separated into each type of slings and ranked with from the carrier with the most entries, to the one with the least. We were able to identify that 29 of the 34 carriers listed were selected at least once by a sling library. There were 49 library/consultants that provided data.
You can read the study results in full here and a link to anonymised data is here. These documents can be share freely and reproduced, as long as it is not altered in any way. The data used to provide this Top Ten has been collected independently from libraries and consultants in the UK (and Oslo).
The survey was accepting responses for 58 days from 3rd January until 29th February 2016 and was based on each library/consultants data from 2015. It was advertised in UK Sling Libraries and Babywearing Consultants UK Facebook groups, as well as consultancy specific groups. It was also promoted by the UK Sling Libraries Network on Facebook and Twitter. It asked users to submit their data for the 2015 calendar year. There were 49 submissions, 39 of these came from those who offer library and consultancy services, 9 from those who run a sling library only and 1 from a consultant only. Data was received from across the country.