Babies loved to be carried. But as parents, our arms can’t always put up with it. Baby carriers exist for that very reason—to carry your little one around without straining your arms and back. They also free your hands to make it easier to get things done while still keeping your little one calm, quiet, and close. Here are some baby carriers we recommend.
Purchasing Baby Carriers
Take the following things into consideration to find a baby carrier that’s right for you:
- Straps: You want to make sure the carrier is secure for both you and the baby. Find a carrier with adjustable straps to tighten and clasp it to your body for a good fit.
- Style: Depending on the type of carrying you expecting to be doing, the style of the carrier is incredibly important. Just going for a quick trip to the grocery store? A lighter front carrier will work well. Going for a hike? Opt for a backpack style to keep the baby shaded and stable.
- Weight: Obviously, you don’t want a huge bulky carrier that will add pounds and pounds of weight, so choose one that is lightweight but still durable.
- Fit: For added safety, make sure the carrier fits you snugly with no gaps or loose straps and is appropriate for the age range of your baby.
- Comfort: Choose a carrier that is comfortable for both you and your little one. Comfort is key!
Best Overall: Infantino 4-in-1 Carrier
This baby carrier allows you to carry the baby any way that you like—facing inward (narrow seat), facing inward (wide seat), facing outward, or as a backpack. The seat and straps are both adjustable for you and your baby’s comfort, while the shoulder straps and waist belt help to shift weight to your hips for added comfort while carrying. It is recommended for babies between 8 and 32 pounds and is designed with newborns in mind, so there is additional head support. The carrier gives you the option of hands-free convenience while still bonding with your little one. The material is durable and machine washable, and there is an included burp cloth that can attach to the front for added spit-up and drool protection.
Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Carrier - Ergonomic, Convertible, face-in and face-Out, Front and Back Carry for Newborns and Older Babies 8-32 lbs
Designed with four different positions, this carrier will keep baby close and happy while giving you hands-free convenience.
Best Wrap: Boba Wrap Baby Carrier
This baby carrier wrap is made of 95% cotton for airflow and comfort, even for long-term wear. It is super soft and durable for repeated use to keep your little one close and your hands-free. There is a combination of 5% spandex for just a little stretch and a snug fit. The wrap is easy to tie and keeps the baby in the correct position for healthy hip development. It can be used with a baby from birth up to 35 pounds without any worry of discomfort.
Boba Wrap Baby Carrier, Grey - Original Stretchy Infant Sling, Perfect for Newborn Babies and Children up to 35 lbs
Made to contour perfectly to you and baby, this wrap holds your baby close while keeping them comfortable and promoting healthy hip development.
Best Ring Sling: Nalakai Ring Sling Baby Carrier
This sling is made of a lightweight and durable bamboo woven fabric that is super soft against a baby’s delicate skin. The wrap will help you continue to bond with your baby while also allowing you to have free hands for other tasks. The body warmth from you will help your little one drift off to a peaceful sleep against you, and the wrap can even relieve some symptoms of colic in your baby. The rings are unwelded, copper-colored, and durable. There are over 20 colors to choose from, and the wraps will help with the baby’s hip development, keep you both cool and comfortable without overheating, and won’t wrinkle your clothes like a heavy carrier.
Nalakai Ring Sling Baby Carrier - Luxury Bamboo and Linen Baby Sling - Baby Wrap
Designed to be comfortable and breathable, this wrap is soft and will keep baby warm and cozy against you without overheating.
Best Backpack: ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Backpack
This comfortable backpack only weighs 5.5 pounds with thick padded shoulder pads and a bolster for your comfort while carrying your little one. The frame is made of a durable metal that folds flat for easy storage and transport. There is an added canopy that can be easily removed or folded back out of the way when not in use, as well as multiple pockets, including two for water bottles and a removable and washable drool pad. This carrier can also easily stand on its own with a kickstand and has a three-way adjustable seat and foot stirrups. It is designed with lumbar padding to keep you cool while keeping the carrier secure.
ClevrPlus Cross Country Baby Backpack Hiking Child Carrier Toddler Gray
This carrier is designed to keep both you and baby comfy during long hikes with a sun or rain shield and adjustable straps.
Best With Hip Seat: bebear Bebamour New Style Designer Sling Carrier
This carrier comes in multiple colors and is made with a breathable mesh front window. There is an adjustable buckle bridge belt with a side zipper pocket for storing things like your phone or keys. This carrier can be used in six ways, including as a hip seat so that you can always find a position that is comfortable for both you and your baby. All straps have broad and wide padding for extra comfort and a foam wedge inside the seat. Included with the carrier are also two removable baby bibs as well as a head hood.
Bebamour Baby Carrier Front and Back Carry Baby Newborns to Toddler Baby Hip Carrier 6 in 1,3 Pieces Teething Pads, Blue
This carrier can be worn six different ways and is designed with comfort and durability.