Our Top Summer Slings

 In Guide to Slings, Newborn Babywearing, Summer

As the sun begins to shine and the temperatures to rise, we’re asked almost every day “What are the best summer slings?” Here are our favourites!

Parents all around the world have happily carried their babies through all temperatures and all weathers; with appropriate adaptations for the climate and the surroundings. Summer carrying  on holiday or during the warmer seasons can be great fun, sharing the excitement with your child and providing a safe place to sleep/feed on the go.

All our brands are chosen for their good design and their supportiveness, all are fully safety tested and are reliable, and don’t forget we offer free fit checks with every purchase (online or in person!)

In this post we look at some of our most loved summer slings and carriers, why we like them and guides for how to use them well.

Summer carriers

Top tips for staying safe in the heat!

  • Keep well hydrated.
  • Use thin layers to protect tender skin ( lightweight leggings reduce chafing in the kneepits).
  • Use a parasol/brolly to keep baby shaded if you have to be out in the sun.
  • Use sunblock for younger babies.
  • Use hip or back carries if available, these are cooler.
  • Use UV hats and sunglasses for extra protection.
  • Browse our lightweight summer carrier options.
  • Read more about this at Carrying Matters

We can help you explore them all in more detail with a 1-2-1 appointment online or at our boutique in Sheffield, arrange this here!

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MiniSling from MiniMonkey

This carrier has been a hit with so many parents looking for the perfect blend of coolness and convenience for their summer fun.

Off centre/hip carry, great for visibility.

Suitable from small baby (easiest from about 6weeks) to toddlerhood.

The lightweight mesh structure offers the ultimate in cool fabric.

Super quick drying for any water splashes from the pool or the sea.

Packs down into its own tiny bag, perfect for stashing into your rucksack or handbag.

Comes in a range of summery colours as well as monochrome black or white.

mini monkey mini sling white ring slings hip carriers

Weight guides – up to 15kg.
Machine washable, quick to dry.

Need some more information or keen to try before you buy? Get in touch, and consider hiring this carrier from our sling library service first!

Solar Integra

The team behind the Integra have been in the carrier industry for many years. Their solar carriers are superb, and win awards time and time again.

Ultra lightweight cross strap carrier with UV protective solarweave fabric

Range of jewel-like colours as well as classic pastels etc.

Suitable from birth to toddler, and comes in toddler and preschool sizes too.

Protective hood that snaps into place.

Can be used for front, hip (from 3-4 months) and back carries (from 6 months)

Dries super quick.

Packs down small for stashing in your luggage or the bottom of a buggy.

solar integra

Weight guide – newborn to 24 kg.
Machine washable, quick to dry.

Need some more information or keen to try before you buy? Get in touch, and consider hiring this carrier from our sling library service first!

Tula Lite

This carrier is super thin and very easy to use, with minimal fuss to get on and off!

Carrier packs neatly into attached waistband, into a nicely compact parcel

Inbuilt sleep hood.

Mesh padding around knee area for comfort.

Rucksack straps (use the T-shirt method to get on and off easily!) shaped for a good fit.

Offers front carries from about 3 months.

Offers back carries when baby at a suitable age (usually around 6months).

Tula Lite Beyond

Weight guide – 5.4 – 13.6 kg
Machine washable, quick to dry

Need some more information or keen to try before you buy? Get in touch, and consider hiring this carrier from our sling library service first!

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh

These carriers are sturdy and very structured, with firm waistbands and very padded straps. The Cool Air versions have central mesh panels to add some coolness.

Adaptable width, with headrest.

Inbuilt hood that packs away into the panel.

Mesh padding around knee area for comfort

Rucksack straps (use the T-shirt method to get on and off easily!)

Offers front carries from birth and facing out carries from about 4months.

Offers back carries when baby at a suitable age (usually around 6months).

Weight guide – 3.2 – 20kg
Machine washable, quick to dry

Need some more information or keen to try before you buy? Get in touch, and consider hiring this carrier from our sling library service first!

Tula Coast Carrier

These carriers are sturdy and structured, with firm waistbands and very padded straps, but soft adaptable panels in a range of pretty colours. The Coast versions have central mesh panels to add some coolness.

Adaptable width and hight, with headrest.

Inbuilt hood that packs away into the panel.

Mesh padding around knee area for comfort.

Rucksack straps (use the T-shirt method to get on and off easily!)

Offers front carries from birth and facing out carries (in the Explore) from about 4months.

Offers back carries when baby at a suitable age (usually around 6months).

Tula Explore Coast Mason

Weight guide – 3.2 to 20 kg
Machine washable

Need some more information or keen to try before you buy? Get in touch, and consider hiring this carrier from our sling library service first!

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