After 25 hours of research evaluating 80 products, we picked Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier as our top choice.
Life doesn’t slow down with a baby in the house. It speeds up (and continues to move even faster as the years pass). You’ve got plenty to do, whether your baby likes it or not.
Adding the best baby carrier you can find to the mix only makes it easier, plus you get that closeness both of you enjoy so much.
And there are plenty of benefits of babywearing, as it is sometimes called, including happier, healthier babies.
Of course, safety is as much of a concern when your baby is strapped to you as it is when using a car seat or placing your baby in a swing. Most important is ensuring you’re not blocking your baby’s airways, according to the (super helpful) folks at Babywearing International.
In addition, you need to pay attention to the temperature of your child and your personal comfort. Some of the best baby carriers on the market make this easier to do, but always err on the side of caution.
The best part is:
Luckily, we’ve spent hours reviewing the best baby carrier options available. And we really think you’ll like what we’ve found.
Can be worn as a twin baby carrier or as two individual carriers if you have a helper to carry one of your twins. Spacious pockets provide plenty of room for wipes and other essentials, so you don’t have to lug around a diaper bag.
As with most baby carriers, there’s a learning curve. After that, it’s fairly easy to use this twin baby carrier.
Tandem, with one baby in the front and one in the back. Can also be split into two single-child carriers.
7 to 10 lbs. with the TwinGo insert; 10 to 45 lbs without it.
If you’re carrying both babies at once, make sure their combined weight doesn’t exceed 70 lbs.
Super safe! This carrier has been rigorously tested by third parties.
It’s also been granted the “hip healthy status” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, which means it promotes healthy development for your baby.
Machine washable - woo hoo!
Material is Soft and smooth. The exterior is made from 100% cotton
Around $215, which isn’t as bad as it sounds when you consider that this tandem baby carrier separates into two baby carriers when needed.
Most carts, carriers, and strollers are designed to hold one baby at a time. We realize how frustrating that can be for moms with twins or babies close in age, so we made sure to include a twin baby carrier on our list.
This TwinGo baby carrier comfortably supports both babies from the newborn days to early toddlerhood. It separates into two baby carriers, so you can use it for future little ones after your twins outgrow it.
And you don’t have to be super strong or tall to make this baby carrier work. It’s designed to fit adults ranging from 4'11" to 6'5’’.
The AirContact back system promotes ventilation so your back isn’t a sweaty mess from transporting your little one. A chin pad provides a comfortable spot for your child to snooze as you trek the trails.
At $250, this is easily the most expensive carrier on our list. It’s worth budgeting for, though, if you spend a lot of time outside.
This is a backpack-style carrier. Your baby faces forward in a comfy seat, so you and your little one get to enjoy nature’s beauty together.
This carrier supports up to 48.5 lbs, but it works best for babies and toddlers that weigh somewhere between 16 and 40 lbs.
JPMA safety certification, plus it exceeds ASTM recommendations.
As far as cleaning, spot clean any dirty areas, and then let the carrier air dry.
An aluminum frame with polyester and ripstop nylon. This is a very sturdy carrier.
You’ll shell out approximately $250 for this high-end baby carrier, but most outdoorsy parents say it’s worth the price.
You don’t have to sacrifice your love for the outdoors after you expand your family. This Deuter Kid Comfort 2 baby carrier holds your little one comfortably in place as you explore trails or navigate into the woods for a family campout.
And you don’t have to carry a bunch of separate bags during your hike, either. This spacious carrier has plenty of room for snacks, diapers, and hiking gear.
Wide straps distribute weight across your shoulders and back instead of placing the burden on one spot. Cotton fabric is gentle on you and your baby’s skin while minimizing the amount of fabric between you and your little one.
If you’re new to wrap-style carriers, it may take you some practice to master the different holds.
Wrap-style carrier that can be worn across the chest or on either side.
You can carry babies that weigh up to 35 lbs in this Classic MOBY wrap, but it’s best for babies that weigh somewhere between 8 and 30 lbs.
It’s safe as long as you’re careful. Don’t wrap babies age 4 months and younger too tightly, especially if they’re facing your chest. This may cause suffocation.
Also, avoid drinking hot beverages or operating a motor vehicle while you’re wearing this wrap. You should also be careful when bending down or leaning back, as this may cause your little one to get jostled into a new - and potentially unsafe - position.
Lightweight 100% cotton. It’s breathable yet durable. Machine washable!
Somewhere between $30 to $50 depending on which color or pattern you choose.
Not sure what kind of baby carrier you need? The Classic MOBY wrap lets you experiment with different holds until you find one that’s super comfy for you and your baby.
When you’re not transporting your little one, fold the carrier into a pillow or use it as a makeshift baby blanket.
A contrasting edge helps you figure out how tight to make this baby sling. Store your essentials in the included pouch for hands-free treks around the grocery store or mall.
This sling is best for newborns and small babies, so there’s no chance of squeezing a 35-lb. toddler into it.
It’s a sling that goes across your chest. You can use it to hold your baby sideways or facing you.
It’s geared toward babies who weigh between 7 and 33 lbs. That covers the newborn stage and the first year or two of your baby’s life.
This sling is CPSIA compliant and ASTM safety certified.
Natural linen. Lightweight and soft.
Unfortunately, most parts of this sling aren’t machine washable. You can pop the ring in a laundry bag and run it through the wash, but you have to spot clean or hand wash the rest of the sling.
Also, the fabric gets wrinkly after you clean it, so make sure you have an iron on hand.
Around $100. Some moms complain it’s overpriced, but keep in mind it’ll last your kiddo for a year or two.
Moms have been toting their babies around in slings for more than 2 million years. A sling like the LÍLLÉbaby Ring Slingoffers comfortable, lightweight support for your little one as you clean, run errands, or relax.
This is a one-size fits all sling, so busty women or those who carry extra upper body weight may not find this carrier comfortable. Most moms love it, though.
This lightweight baby carrier is super easy to put on by yourself and adjust as necessary. There are also pockets and a convenient hood.
It’s definitely on the higher price side and only has two carrying positions.
Front and back strap and seat carrier
From birth to 35 lbs
Compliant with CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), a Member of BCIA (Baby Carrier Industry Alliance), and this carrier has undergone rigorous third-party testing of all carrier components.
Made from cotton and it is machine washable.
$125, which is on the cheaper range of the high-end pricing.
This baby carrier gets a lot of positive marks for ease of use. Truly. You can do this on your own and get plenty done with baby in it. And, it’s super comfortable for both of you, the high-density foam belt can be worn on the hips or the waist for the best weight distribution for you. The buckles are made from military-grade materials for peace of mind.
Boba 4G is a solid bet for dads and plus-sizes while still remaining comfortable for smaller frames. In addition to being a great fit for dads bodies as well as moms, there are several lovely features such as pockets for pacifiers or anything else you may need to carry with you besides your precious bundle. You also get foot straps, a sleeping hood, and an infant insert.
Besides the amazing price, you get a study front and back-facing carrier that meets safety standards. It works for babies between 8 and 32 lbs.
You can’t expect too much given the price, but there’s actually not much to be concerned about besides heat. Mostly it’s negligible stuff.
Front and back carrier
From 8 lbs to 32 lbs
Meets ASTM and CPSC standards; also JPMA Certified
Blended cotton and polyester. Machine wash and dry.
The MSRP is $30 – and you really can’t beat that (except when it's on sale!).
You really can’t expect too much from a budget baby carrier. Or can you? This Infantino convertible carrier aims to change your mind immediately. It offers a load of support and plenty of padding for comfort. It fits different body shapes and there’s a “Wonder Cover Bib” to protect your clothing from your little one’s drool.
We’re also fans of the adjustable (and padded) head support. Plus, this is totally machine wash and dry safe. Sure, you’re not getting hoods or pockets, but it’s fairly easy to get into and out of without assistance. Could you really ask for more at this price? Didn’t think so.
This baby carrier offers all the benefits of a wrap, without all the work of wrapping and tying. It’s certified hip friendly for babies and comfortable for wearers.
You must pay attention to the sizing; they’re sized according to what you wear. This is especially important for women with larger breasts.
Wrap-style – without all the wrapping. Wearable in the front and hip position.
For newborns to 35 lbs. Consult a pediatrician before using with preemies and babies under 8 lbs.
It also meets CPSC safety standards and has a patented double loop design.
100% breathable cotton. Machine-washable and dryer-safe.
$50. That’s a fair price for the product you get.
Love the idea of a wrap-style carrier like the MOBY Classic, but don’t have the patience (or extra pair of hands) to make it work? You’ve just found the perfect baby sling for you.
It’s prewrapped and secured. And yet, a quick tug on the adjustable back puts it into the tight position for you. The wide fabric also sits comfortably over your shoulders.
Breastfeeding is a cinch in nearly any position with the K'tan Original. You can breastfeed your baby while the carrier is in the hip, hug, or kangaroo positions. The wrap also makes a great nursing cover for times when you prefer to hold your baby in your arms.
We love that the International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges the Baby K'tan Baby Carrier as a "hip-healthy" product when used as directed. It also meets CPSC safety standards and has a patented double loop design.
There is a word of warning, though – pay careful attention to sizing before you order. Some users report it being too snug and some think it is too big. Women should factor in the size of their breasts – and keep in mind that you may need a separate K’tan carrier for each adult in the family; they’re sold according to your size – not your baby’s.
This wrap-style baby sling is best for using with small, light babies and creates a custom fit every time – no matter who’s wearing it.
The comfortable and stretchy fabric can run a little too warm for some; it’s not necessarily the best in the heat of summer.
Baby wrap for front and hip carrying
Max weight of 35 pounds, from birth to 18 months
The abundance and width of fabric provides security and support, and a nice snug hold.
95% Cotton/5% Spandex
$40. Not bad, right?
Once you get the hang of tying this wrap, you’re going to find it’s one of the best possible for little babes. You can wrap this into just about any position you like – and you get the somewhat unexpected bonus of reducing the amount of contact strangers have with your baby (they can’t get in there without invading your space too). But, you do need to watch out for this baby sling becoming too hot for both of you.
This is great for babies that love being close to their people, and it’s totally possible to manage it on your own (though you will need some practice). Because it’s totally free of belts and buckles, anyone can use it at any time and users love getting things done while baby is securely snugged inside. Need an extra bonus? How about the carrying sack and the machine washability of this wrap. You just can’t use it comfortably with big kids. Sorry.
You’re unlikely to find more lumbar support in another baby carrier and it’s super comfortable. The 3D mesh ensures baby doesn’t get too hot and you’ve got a choice of 6 carrying positions.
Besides being on the pricier side, it’s a little bulky.
Six ergonomic carrying positions including front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front- toddler, hip, and back carrying.
From 7 lbs all the way up to 45 pounds.
All parts meet or exceed international safety standards, including US and European standards ASTM F2236 and EN 13209.
Mesh. Machine washable
This costs $140, which is expensive, but it’s definitely worth it.
Not every baby carrier can handle kids up to 45 pounds – and even fewer can handle it comfortably. This carrier gives you a choice of six positions that work for you and baby – and each one provides all the lumbar support you could ever want. Everything is perfectly padded, but you don’t need to worry about you or your little one becoming too hot with a temperature control panel that can be unzipped for mesh breathability.
This child carrier works on many different body frames and is easily adjustable. Plus, nursing moms find it comfortable enough for feeds. There are also integrated pockets, a hood, and a head support panel for those early days. But really, it’s all because sometimes you need to carry a heavier child around without breaking your back.
This super safe and secure Ergo baby carrier features a deep seat design that allows for natural hip development. It’s also adjustable in many ways to make it comfortable for many bodies.
It’s a little difficult to secure on your own; you may want someone to help you. The Velcro adjustments, while very safe, are very loud.
4 different positions – front facing, front back facing, back and hip carrying
Max weight of 33 pounds
Safety tested and certified design (JPMA Certified, ASTM F2236)
$159. That's rather on the pricey side, but it's totally worth it.
If you can afford this, you really want to give it a try. It’s exceptionally comfortable and it’s easy to make adjustments so many different care givers can use it to carry baby around. Better still, it’s designed for natural hip development, so you can feel great about putting your baby in it. No matter how your little darling sits, the spine curves in the natural (and desirable) C position.
We really appreciate the sleep hood that allows you to block the sun or to gain a little extra privacy while feeding. This Ergo baby carrier features sturdy construction, is machine washable, and doesn’t ever make you or baby too hot. Ergobaby also has a super handy blog with loads of information which just makes us smile.
A few things we’re a little less than happy about are the lack of pockets to hold pacifiers and the like, that you need to pay extra for the infant insert, and that an extra set of hands makes all the difference to getting this on. But, those are completely overshadowed by the safety and comfort offered in this Ergo baby carrier.
Baby carriers cuddle your baby against your body, leaving you hands free. With a baby carrier, you can navigate easier through crowded places where you would normally be pushing a clunky stroller. Baby Center explains that wearing your baby can actually soothe them and promote bonding between baby and parent. In fact, baby carriers have become so popular; there are now many different kinds.
A structured carrier, also known as a front carrier, typically has two shoulder straps and a fabric seat. The carrier rests on the front of your body with your baby facing inwards towards you. As your baby gets older, they can face outwards. Structured carriers provide a lot of support so you can comfortably hold your baby up to 33lbs. These baby carriers can range anywhere from $30-$180.
A sling is a piece of fabric that can be worn across your body and over one shoulder. Slings are great for those who want something simple and stylish. Slings are also great for discreetly breastfeeding. A sling can cost anywhere from $25-$200. Like a sling, a wrap is also made of a wide piece of fabric. However, a wrap can be made into many types of configurations.
A baby carrier is extremely useful for both you as a parent, and for your baby. Lets start with you, the exhausted and busy parent. Whether or not you’re travelling across the country or to the grocery store, you no longer have to shove your clunky stroller through crowds of people. You can let your baby cuddle close as you navigate the world. Finally, you can take the stairs again. As a bonus, since the baby carrier is worn on the front of your body, you can discreetly breastfeed in public, too. The baby carrier is also useful at home. Baby wraps, which have been used for ages across cultures, are one way to keep that snuggle going while freeing up your hands to tackle dinner prep, cleaning, typing and everything else. Fussy baby? Simply put them in the carrier while you get the dishes done. Now, that’s impressive.
Aside from being a lifesaver out in public, the baby carrier is actually really good for your baby. Baby carriers imitate the womb with their shape and warmth. Therefore, babies love them. In fact, they increase the closeness between you and your baby. They become instantly soothed. The baby carrier allows your little one to sit comfortably facing you, which encourages visual connection. They can actually be a part of your life rather than watching from the sidelines.
Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier is a super safe and secure baby carrier that features a deep seat design that allows for natural hip development. It’s also adjustable in many ways to make it comfortable for all body types. This carrier is exceptionally comfortable for you and your baby. No matter how your little one sits, the spine curves in the natural C position.
This carrier also has a sleep hood that can block the sun or give you a little extra privacy while breastfeeding. This Ergo baby carrier features sturdy construction, is machine washable, and doesn’t ever make you or baby too hot. This cotton carrier can be transformed into four different positions – front facing, front back facing, back and hip carrying. It has a maximum weight of 33 pounds, which means it will hold your little one until 2-3 years old. There are 18 different colors available; you’ll definitely find something that suits you. The $159 cost is on the pricey side, but it's totally worth it.
A baby wrap, or sling, is basically a simplified version of a baby carrier. It’s a wide piece of fabric that holds your little one close to you wherever you go. The fabric measures between 3-7 yards long and 2-3 feet wide. Depending on the length you choose, there are different carrying capabilities you can create. With a baby wrap, your baby can sit comfortably on your front, back, or hip. There are two types of wraps you can find: stretchy and woven. Woven wraps are often made from materials like cotton, linen, and hemp while stretchy wraps are made from jersey, spandex, and lycra. We recommend getting a stretchy wrap though, as it makes it easier to get your baby in and out. To use a baby wrap, you tie and knot the fabric around yourself to create a pouch for your baby to lay or sit in. Unlike structured baby carriers, a wrap has no straps, clasps, or buckles.
The Boba Baby Wrap is a wrap-style baby sling that is best for small, light babies and creates a custom fit every time –no matter who’s wearing it. Once you get the hang of tying this wrap, you’re going to find it’s one of the best possible carriers for little babies. You can wrap this into just about any position you like or any position that the baby feels most supported. It’s designed to be placed on either your front or hip. The best part is, this wrap is machine washable so you don’t have to worry about how dirty things get. The Boba is made with 95% cotton and 5% spandex giving it the perfect amount of needed stretch to get your baby in and out with ease. This wrap comes in three neutral colors: black, brown, and grey and costs $40.
The Tula is a best-selling brand of baby carriers, slings, and wraps. When someone says Tula, they are most likely referring to the baby carrier though. The award-winning Tula baby carrier is soft and ergonomic. And, it’s handmade with 100% cotton canvas that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. There are two sizes of the baby carrier available: standard and toddler. The toddler baby carrier holds up to 60 lbs.! Now, that’s impressive. The Tula has an M position seat, which can be worn on your front or back. It includes a removable hood and front pocket for storing, too. Where is the Tula made? This product is handmade in Poland.
A Manduca is a type of moth, but it’s also a popular baby carrier. This structured baby carrier was designed in Germany and made with 100% organic cotton. What sets this carrier apart is that it holds newborns up to four years old. Not to be confused with a sling or wrap, this baby carrier has a seat that promotes proper sitting posture. It features upholstered buckles, zippers, and straps that comfortably seat your baby on your front, back, or hip. This carrier also comes with an adjustable head and neck rest so your baby can sit comfortably in an M position. The Manduca comes in a variety of colors including black, tan, brown, red, blue, orange, and green.
According to Child Safety Experts, babies can be carried as a newborn but keep in mind babies need to be 4-5 months before neck muscles are strong enough to keep their head up. Once your baby is six months old, they can face outwards. Now, this only applies to structured baby carriers. If you are planning on using a sling or a wrap, you can put your baby in it as a newborn. Slings are best for newborns under 20lbs.
A soft, structured baby carrier gives you a low and relatively loose back carry. Therefore, your baby needs to be able to hold himself somewhat stable, and not at risk of asphyxiating if he slumps. Carrying your baby on your back should only be used when your baby has strong and consistent head and neck control. It’s also important that their hips and legs open naturally into a spread position.
The answer to this question depends on the brand and model of the baby carrier you choose. Each carrier has a different maximum weight it can hold. However, most carry between 7-40lbs. This means most baby carriers can support a child 3-4 years old. But parents typically stop carrying their little ones around two years old because they learn to walk.
Baby wearing is essentially wearing or carrying your baby in a sling or carrier. This practice has been used for centuries around the world. Baby wearing, an essential in cultures where the mother must return to manual labor almost immediately after the birth of her baby, is becoming more and more popular in the western world. Today, baby wearing has gained popularity because of the released benefits in attachment parenting. Baby wearing is practical, timesaving, affordable, safe and the perfect way to bond with your baby.