Enjoy comfort and connection during the first few months and years with these parent picks for the best baby carriers on the market!
A good quality carrier is a useful baby must-have that will allow for hands-free child wearing while going about your day with your newborn, infant or toddler. Today's options are designed to be good for back pain, improved comfort and easier breastfeeding. Always follow the manufacturer guidelines to make sure baby is positioned correctly.
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Ergobaby Omni 360
0-48 months, 7-45 pounds
Nancy L.: Ergobaby's carrier is adjustable and has a wide, padded waistband offering the support needed for healthy posture. Check it out if you're looking for the best baby carrier for back pain. Baby can sit facing in our out, and mom or dad can wear baby on the front, back, or hip. No additional insert is needed for carrying a newborn, and there is a hood for sun protection and privacy when nursing.
Baby Tula Carrier
Options from 7-70 pounds
Vanessa M.: Baby Tula carriers are ergonomically designed to comfortably support babies and toddlers in a carrier built to keep wearers comfy, too. Carriers come in standard size (15-45 lbs, or as low as 7 lb with infant insert), toddler size (25-60 lbs), and also Free-to-Grow carriers that allow wearers to skip the infant insert and wear baby beginning at 7 lbs. The easy to use Tula can be worn on front or back (once baby is able to sit on his/her own), giving the wearer flexible options. Many cute prints are available!
LÍLLÉbaby Complete Baby Carrier
Vanessa M.: LÍLLÉbaby offers carriers that are ergonomic, comfortable, and stylish. Their soft structured Complete baby carrier comes in options like all season (with a panel that zips down to allow cool air and zips up for warmth) or airflow (ventilated for optimal airflow to keep baby cool).
Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
Erynn: Moby's line of carriers offers options for holding newborns to toddlers, with front and side carries that work for moms and dads of all sizes and builds. This wrap carrier allows mom to nurse, and they're machine washable in case of accidental messes.
Catbird Baby Pikkolo Newborn-to-Toddler Carrier
Jennie Utsinger: This comfortable soft structured baby carrier can be used for front, back and forward-facing carries. The straps cross in back and the sleeping hood can be rolled up and tucked in a pocket when not in use. A solid choice for any baby-wearer, the Pikkolo's non-bulky design is particularly excellent for petite parents.
Boba Baby Wrap Carrier
Nancy L.: The Boba Wrap is free of buckles, straps, and snaps. This is machine washable and offers breastfeeding privacy. The wrap is front-hold only.
Chimparoo TREK Air-O
0-18 months, 7-45 pounds
Jane Torres: Adjustment and support system that is ergonomic, comfortable, practical and simple. From birth to early childhood. (7-45 lbs). Stretchy head support and seat for newborn with 3 carrying positions. Padded shoulder straps and semi-rigid waistbelt. Adjustable and multi-positional shoulder straps. Designed to be used with stirrups. Woven from organic cotton, certified free from toxic chemicals.
Infantino Cuddle Up Carrier
Nancy L.: Infantino’s Cuddle Up Carrier offers a canopy hood to keep baby covered. When worn by baby, it looks like an adorable bear. This features adjustable shoulder straps and a thick waist belt, which transfers baby’s weight to the caregiver’s hips offering a more comfortable fit and relief from back pain. There is a small front pocket to hold caregiver items. Baby can be worn in the front or the back. Machine washable.
Baby K'tan Original Baby Carrier
Nancy L.: The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is a soft, cotton baby carrier for use with newborns up to age 3. This style blends the best of a sling, wrap, and carrier allowing baby to be carried up to five different ways. There are no buckles, snaps, or other types of hardware. Instead, this features a double-loop design, which can also offer moms breastfeeding privacy. It goes over the body like a sling, yet it gets placed over both shoulders to evenly distribute baby's weight like a structured carrier. It’s available in a variety of sizes from XXS to XL.
Kinderpack Soft Structured Carrier
Four sizes from 8-55+ pounds
Vanessa M.: Kinderpack has a reputation in the babywearing community as being the "Rolls Royce" of baby carriers, because of the carrier's unique comfort, quality, and fit. Four sizes are available to fit kids from the infant stage through preschool. Kinderpack also offers the largest carrier on the market, which is helpful for children with special needs.
Sarah Calamita: A wrap is a great gift that any mom would love! The solly wrap is lightweight, buttery soft and breathable. Newborns will love being snuggled against their mom (or dad!) in this wrap. Wraps reduce infant crying and gas. Bonus - the colors are just too cute!
Mamaway Ring Sling Carrier
Nancy L.: This sling is one size fits all and is fully adjustable for caregivers. Baby’s weight is evenly distributed along your back and shoulders for a comfortable carry. This is 100 percent cotton, available in a variety of patterns and styles, and is machine washable. The double-ring design locks in place so as the weight pulls on it, it gets tighter. This offers privacy for breastfeeding.
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