Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling Review

When Zoë was born, one of the baby carriers I had on hand was a sling. I had heard they were great for breastfeeding discreetly and for keeping your baby close to you. Unfortunately, I could never get comfortable in it, so I ended up passing it on to someone else who could use it. However, I know a lot of sling-loving mamas out there, so I decided to give it another try – this time with the Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling.

This sling was developed in a collaboration between Shirley Pepys, founder of Noel Joanna Inc. (NoJo), her son Noel Pepys and Dr. William Sears.

It’s a one-size, adjustable sling that is designed to grow with your baby. Kaylee weighs just under 25 pounds (the sling’s weight limit) and she still fits perfectly in it.

I was surprised by how comfortable I was wearing her in it, even at her weight. I was expecting a more challenging experience like I had with my first sling. I wish I’d had this one back then!

It has a padded strap and heavy-duty nylon rings to make it comfortable and easy to adjust. The trim is covered elastic as well so that you can safely position your baby close to you.

It also has a small pocket on it, which is a nice added feature.

Overall, the sling is comfortable and well made. If you’re looking for a high-quality sling for your baby, check out the Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling.

As part of the Ultimate Babywearing Giveaway Event, I’ll be giving away a Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling ($60 value) with a group of bloggers from the Green Moms Network. We’ll be giving away several great carriers, so be sure to come back between August 1-14 to enter!

In the meantime, be sure to connect with Balboa Baby on Facebook and Twitter.


Thank you to Balboa Baby for providing the products mentioned in this post. Although I received these products free of charge, all opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Amy Bailey says

    Im not a fan of slings mainly because I have a hard time using them and find they hurt my neck after a while. This sling looks easy to use. Id like to give it a try. :)

  2. amanda strohl says

    I have this sling, and love it. I personally think it is better for a newborn, to cradle and breastfeed in. As the baby gets more heavier, and moves into the side hip carry, it puts a lot of stress on your neck. Its great for short trips, but hurts if worn long.

  3. Ashley C. says

    Love the coordinating pocket :) I have never seen or heard of this sling so it was great to see a review!

  4. ewetli says

    I like the colors, and the storage pocket. I have problems with getting slings to stay where I want them on my neck. I feel like I do more adjusting than enjoying – probably just user error :)

  5. Heather R says

    I’ve always been intimidated by slings so I’ve always used wraps or soft structured carriers. This one looks easy to use and comfortable. Definitely one I’d love to try.

  6. Jourdan says

    i like the pattern! but i have found that i am not a huge sling fan! i wonder if this sling would change my mind!

  7. Allie says

    Side carrier, brilliant!!! My 16 month son wants to be held a lot lately, this would be so nice to free up my hands.

  8. Julie Ghrist says

    This looks like a really great sling. I love the extra padding in it and it is so cute. I think this looks like a really comfortable option for baby wearing :)

  9. says

    i never have tried a sling out with my little man!! lol- i had a moby wrap and managed to figure it out alright but was intimidated by the slings!! 😀 the pocket is a great idea & i love that it’s in a matching fabric.. very cute! looks comfy!

  10. Rebecca Wood says

    I love the print on the pocket fabric! I also really like the width of and padding on the strap, it seems like it would be comfortable.

  11. jamie Davis says

    Although I have the utmost respect for Dr Sears, I don’t think I could use the sling type of carrier. I have terrible balance and I’m afraid this would send me toppling. :-)

  12. says

    I wish you had a review with an infant using this. I tried it and maybe I was doing it wrong or it was just too big for my small frame, but the sling just didn’t feel safe for a baby only a few months old. I know lots of people who love them though. Never thought about trying it later on when my first was older and could sit up and now she’s definitely too big – darn!
    Nicole HQ recently posted..Ocean Nursery Update 2 – Turning the Mini Crib into a Toddler Bed

  13. Kimberly says

    It looks so easy to use! I bought a different sling for my first but it just wasn’t comfortable for either of us.

  14. Heidi says

    I’m not a fan of the sling I have. It hurts and it’s hard to get my son in and out of. I’d be open to trying this one though!

  15. Sandy Chiang says

    I don’t know, the sling looks a bit uncomfortable to me because it seems to way against or on your neck.

  16. Olivia L says

    I’ve been nervous about trying a sling – I have back problems and I worry the one shoulder design might be painful. The extra padding seems like it might help.

  17. Christina Isaac says

    I really like the way this sling looks. It seems to be pretty comfy and I like that the strap is padded.

  18. Tianna says

    These slings are too cute! I actually make my own ring slings but not with a padded shoulder, I would love to try one with padding to see what it is like. I’m looking forward to wearing my new little one in a sling though, hopefully I don’t have the same trouble you had.

  19. Bekah Kuczenski says

    I especially love using slings for newborns, I feel like a sling allows them to feel like that are being cradled by you :)

  20. tanis says

    I have a ring sling that I’m not 100% confident with – it feels like my son is able to slide himself out if he straightens too much, no matter how much I tighten the rails. Maybe this style with the elastic would be more secure.

  21. says

    I would have liked one of these when my little was well little. would have been much easier then the sling I had that didn’t fit very well and dug into my shoulder. Love the print!
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  22. Carrie W. says

    I’ve always wondered if slings would be that comfortable for very long, but this one seems like it would be nice to try!

  23. Angela Landry says

    I know a friend who would just love this sling, my baby is past the weight limit now :( oh well maybe next baby?:)

  24. Cathie Shane says

    This looks much more comfortable than the old traditional slings. It would be worth a try for sure.

  25. Amie says

    I love ring slings, but I have never tried one with padding before. The Balboa sling looks very comfortable!

  26. Samantha Herrmann says

    I like the side sling, but wish it would be for bigger toddlers. My daughter is 25 pounds, and wouldn’t fit into it :(

    • says

      I actually liked all of the fabric. I felt like Kaylee was more secure and it still folds down pretty small. It is bigger than slings that are fabric only, simply because of the padding – but I wouldn’t trade the padding for a smaller sling :-)

  27. Jeannie L says

    this carrier looks great. Love the sling and being adjustable. Perfect for moms and dads that are of different sizes.

  28. Kelly Crow says

    I’m always nervous with slings, due to the one sided thing. But maybe this would work well on the hip, and looks cute!

  29. judi says

    My first positive babywearing experience was a Nojo ring sling. I’ve moved on to an unpadded ring sling that I found worked better for me but this one might be nice for quick hip carries.

  30. Oksana says

    It looks really fashionable simple and fun!!! The slogan is absolutely true!!!

    Thank you for the chance!


  31. Richelle says

    I own the Balboa Shopping Seat Cover and love it. Such beautiful patterns. I bet I’d love this. I own a Beco, but would consider one of these in the future.

  32. Megan Smith says

    I’ve never been a huge fan of slings, but this one looks pretty neat! Thanks so much for the review!

  33. says

    I am not a lover of slings. Although they are nice to nurse in….. I have always been a wrap kind of girl. This looks like a sling I could love……

  34. Amy says

    Oh they are just so adorable! I can’t wait to carry my new little one around with my in something so comfy!

  35. Nikki says

    I could not get this sling to work for the life of me :( I love my regular ring sling but this just wasn’t comfy. I wanted to be able to BF in it so bad because they’re so cute… glad you had better luck than I did!

  36. Rachel N says

    That sling is a lot bigger and more supportive than the one I had. I would love to try something like this out.

  37. suzanne says

    I have to say, I’ve only had one experience with a sling and it wasn’t a good one…I prefer to have the weight more evenly distributed. But this one looks like it could be comfy.

  38. mammadoula says

    I’ve come scross similar issues with slings, but I am hoping to find one I like! I would definitely give this sling a try

  39. Danialle Birdwell says

    This sling seems perfect for hip carrying! I have a sling right now that isn’t adjustable. I think an adjustable one would be easier to use, though.

  40. Amanda Alvarado says

    I wish I would have known about these when dd was smaller and younger! It would have been perfect since she liked to be carried on the hip most of the time.

  41. Sarah P. says

    In general I’m not a huge fan of ring slings, but this one looks like it could be comfy and easy to use!

  42. Michelle Ferguson says

    I would love to try this! It looks really comfortable! I had a sling but also passed it on once my baby got a little big bigger because it became uncomfortable for me.

  43. Jaimie Adams says

    My first experience with a sling wasn’t too great either. After reading how easy this one was to use (even with 25 pounds) I’m excited to give it another try. Thanks!

  44. Maria Daniels says

    This sling looks like it would be more comfortable than some others I have seen. Does it seem easier to have them at the side?

  45. Laura Love says

    I’ve never seen a baby carrier quite like this! I love that it has a padded strap and is easy to adjust!

  46. Addison Kat says

    I have never tried a sling and it looks comfy. I’m loving baby wearing my newest so I think I’ll look into a sling for her when she gets older.

  47. Erin S says

    Hmm, for whatever reason this sling looks way easier to use than most other ring slings I’ve seen. And it looks incredibly comfy!

  48. Justice Montgomery says

    I have a ring sling that I love, with metal rings. I kind of worry about nylon rings lasting, and the actual adjustability of a sling like this. In my ring sling, I have top and bottom control. I can see the bottom control, but is there also top control? I don’t want my LO to fall out if I need to bend forward and having to hold him IN defeats the purpose of my sling being truly hands free…..Just my thoughts right now. LOL

  49. Lynn B says

    My son is just starting to really like being carried on my hip so this looks ideal for now! He’s also growing really fast (17lbs at just under 6 months) so I’m not sure how long it would be good for. I too wish the weight limit were higher on this.

  50. Syazwani says

    It looks like so easy to carry a toddler in a sling. Hope i can carry my 5-months-old daughter with no worries 😉

  51. Nicole S says

    That is a deluxe looking sling! It has a lot more going on than the basic one I had and couldn’t figure out…

  52. VJ M. says

    I really like the print on this one. Out of all of the carriers this one stood out to me as far as aesthetics. I have never used a sling, but I can see how this one would benefit for breastfeeding use. As far as carrying goes, I would think that you have to still kind of hold the little one somewhat while they are in this, so it’s really just taking some of the strain off of you, but it won’t let you be hands free.

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