So, you’ve made the decision to switch to baby-carrying? Then you have probably realized that there are so many different brands, with many models, and tons of features! Trying to make a choice that will fit your interests, baby and lifestyle can be difficult, especially for new moms. To find the best baby carriers, we took 10 popular models and broke down some of the most important qualities you value in their carrier. From safety, comfortability, ease of use, special features, and even style, we did the research, so you don’t have to!
The Tula Standard Baby Carrier is an easy and simple to use carrier for your little one. These carriers can be used comfortably with a child starting at 15 pounds. With the infant insert, this can be used at 7 pounds. This carrier is also designed for your baby to face towards your body.
The Tula Standard is a carrier that is able to be worn by mothers of all shapes and sizes. With adjustable straps, it can be adjusted to fit anyone who chooses to use it. Also, the padding in the thick straps, as well as the waistband provide added comfort and support for moms on the go. This is a very durable carrier as well. Consumers report being able to use this from infancy through toddlerhood without experiencing breakage. One benefit of choosing this model from Tula, is that it is the most affordable model from Tula. Moms on a budget who are interested in this brand, this may be the model for you.
Something to keep in mind if looking at the Tula Standard Baby Carrier is that the seat is longer than many, and requires a longer infant insert than many on the market. Also, while there is a convenient pocket to keep items in, it is very small and some feel it is too small to keep more than a pair of keys or some receipts in. While this may not be that large of an inconvenience for many, keep in mind that the supportive pad for the back is located where it may provide difficulty to reach in jean pockets.
If you are looking for a simple and easy to use baby carrier model from a trusted brand, which provides great support, with a seating position toward your body, this may be the carrier for you!
Price: (Varies with design and sale prices)
The Tula Explore is the first carrier from Tula to offer a carrying option facing away from the parent. All of the earlier designs from Tula were only made for baby to face their parent. This design is new and unique to Tula.
One outstanding feature about this carrier is that it has earned a place on the Hip Dysplasia Institute’s list of hip healthy carriers. This is because the seat is made to create a wide seated position, so the baby is in a natural “frog” seating position, rather than hanging. This is the healthiest position for the baby’s spine and hip health.
While the standard Tula carrier requires an infant insert to begin using for newborns, the Explore model can be used right away, with no insert. Keep in mind that there are certain positions recommended for certain ages, and a guide for this is provided on Tula’s website. There is also padding in many convenient places on this carrier, such as the leg holes for the child so there is no pinching. There is also padding on the shoulders so there is less strain from extended wear. This carrier would be a good choice for breastfeeding mothers as well because it comes with a privacy hood.
This carrier does offer a pocket for personal items, however, there have been comments saying it is very small and does not fit much in it. Also, there is a neck pillow included with this model, but it does require quite a bit of fuss and readjustment with each use. This is a pricey carrier as well, so this may not be the best option for mothers on a budget.
If you’re looking for a carrier on the Hip Dysplasia Institute’s recommended list, padding in necessary places, and a privacy hood, this may be the carrier for you!
Price: $179.00 roughly
The LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow is a baby carrier made from mesh, which is a feature that sets this model apart from other carriers. This model features adjustable straps to fit any mother who is wearing it. Also, this carrier can be worn in six different ways.
The LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow is a great option for mothers in warmer climates. Since it features a mesh material this will control air flow, and keep both you and the little one from getting too toasty while out and about. Another convenient feature the LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow has is the large storage pocket on the front, which is always useful for things your baby may need, or for your everyday essentials such as keys or phone. This carrier offers a variety of ways for you to carry your baby as well. There are six different positions the carrier is appropriate for, and there is a guide in the product info on the website describing which positions are the most beneficial for different ages. Not only is this carrier comfortable, but it is available in a variety of stylish patterns and designs.
There is also a hood available for privacy for any mothers who may be breastfeeding with this carrier, as well as sun protection. Safety for hips and spine of the baby are not a concern with this carrier. The seat of the carrier places the little one’s hips in a natural “frog” position, which is the most desirable position for developing spine and hips of an infant. This seat can also be adjusted as the child grows out of infancy to a narrower position.
The main complaint about this carrier is that it is a tad bit pricey. This may not be the right option for mothers who are on a tight budget.
If you’re looking for a carrier with air flow from mesh, A large pocket for storage, as well as adjustable straps for yourself, then this may be the carrier for you!
Price: (Varies with design)
The LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons features a pocket which can be unzipped for either warm or cool weather. While the mesh design of the Complete Airflow model is suitable mostly for warm weather, the All Seasons model is versatile for any climate as the name suggests.
This carrier is very beneficial for anyone who does not want to adjust themselves to the climate by having to remove layers because their carrier is too warm. This is a very common issue, and while the Airflow model tackles this issue head-on by installing the mesh, this may create complications in a very cool climate. The All Seasons handles this beautifully by allowing a simple pocket in the front to simply zip, or unzip to adjust the coverage to the weather. This model may be an option for you if you live in a climate with very unpredictable, or extreme weather due to the ease the carrier creates for adjustment.
The band across the bottom of the carrier also maximizes comfort by adding lumbar support for any mother who chooses to wear it. This model is not only comfortable for the mothers, it also provides comfort to the little ones with the added neck rest. Variety is not an issue with the All Seasons model either because it features six carrying positions, which just like with the Airflow model, LÍLLÉbaby has provided a guide on their website for positions based on age. With this carrier you are not trading quality for style either, because LÍLLÉbaby offers over 10 different colors and designs for you to choose from.
One complaint consumers did mention was the lack of privacy for breastfeeding while using this carrier. The design of the sides are a bit wide and open to breastfeed comfortably. If you are a breastfeeding mother, a design with more coverage on the sides, as well as an option with a hood may be a better option for you if this is a concern. Also, taller, thinner women have mentioned that the straps were slightly uncomfortable when lengthened to fit their height, as they lined up uncomfortably on their body.
If you’re looking for a carrier that works in all climates, has a comfortable neck rest for your little one, and has no shortage of options for designs, this may be the carrier for you!
Price: (Varies with design)
The Boba 4G Classic is a simple, safe, and minimalistic design. This is one of the less expensive baby carriers on our list. Boba is a family-owned company who has worked hard to create a carrier that will be safe and efficient for you and your little one.
One benefit of choosing the Boba 4G Classic is the design and comfortability it allows for breastfeeding. This carrier has a strap with a buckle which allows maximum coverage and privacy for breastfeeding mothers. Also, this carrier has a hood attached with even more privacy and coverage. Not only does this feature benefit breastfeeding mothers, but this can be used as a sun hood.
The straps on this product can be adjusted while holding the baby, which can be very convenient if you do not want to remove the carrier every time it needs to be adjusted, like some models require. This carrier is very simply designed and easy to use. For a mother on a budget who is looking for a stylish carrier, this may be an option to consider.
One complaint that was mentioned by consumers was a possibility of hair getting stuck in the straps. If you have shoulder length hair, you may need to wear it up while using this carrier, otherwise it lines up in a space where it may get caught in the buckles. Some mothers did not like the lack of neck support this carrier had compared to some other options with neck rests as well.
If you’re looking for a simple, more budget-friendly, carrier with coverage for breastfeeding mothers, this may be the carrier for you!
Price: (Varies with color)
The Maya Wrap Comfort Sling is a comfortable sling with a stylish ring. This is a simple way to carry your baby, without buckles, straps, or ties you may find with a traditional carrier. The ring is what is used to tighten for a more secure hold.
The Maya sling is comfortable to use as it has padding in the shoulder where the sling hangs. This is very useful for a parent who is on the go for a large period of time. The padding helps relieve some of that pressure. This sling is also a comfortable position for the baby, as they can nap in a position curled up close to you. This sling is also much more affordable than other products that are very similar, so if you are looking for this type of product on a budget, this may be an option to keep in mind.
Some issues consumers found with the sling is the material. This sling may not be suitable for babies with sensitive skin, as the material is not as soft as others which are comparable. Also, there is a lot of extra fabric that may hang from the sling depending on how tight you have it, so that may be inconvenient for some mothers.
If you are looking for a simple sling carrier, that is budget-friendly and comfortable for both you and your baby, this may be the choice for you!
The ErgoBaby Original Carrier features a pocket for personal items. There is also the ability to carry your baby in three different ways facing towards your body. This is a pretty simple, safe, and stylish design for your baby carrying needs.
One feature that is offered by this carrier is a pocket large enough to carry everyday essentials. The pocket is located on the front, so it can store more than a side pocket which is offered by many carriers may be able to. Also, the hood for privacy is convenient for added coverage, privacy, or sun protection. The ErgoBaby Original provides comfortability with the padded straps and lumbar support to the back as well. This carrier only supports children from 12-45 pounds, so an infant insert is required to be bought separately if needed. This model is the most budget-friendly in the ErgoBaby line as well, so if this is a brand you are interested in and you are on a budget, this may be a good fit for you.
Some factors to keep in mind with this model is that this carrier can tend to get a little bit warm. If it is a warmer season, you may need to wear less layers, or if you live in a climate that tends to be hot the majority of the time, this may not be the carrier for you.
If you are looking for a comfortable and safe carrier, with ample storage space, and privacy options, this may be the carrier for you!
Price: (Varies with design)
The ErgoBaby 360 offers a new, breathable, mesh material. This carrier also allows you to carry your baby in a variety of ways. As with many carriers, the infant insert must be purchased separately because the weight recommendation on the ErgoBaby 360 is 12-45 pounds.
The main differences between the ErgoBaby original and the ErgoBaby 360 are the materials they are made with, and the amount of carrying positions offered. The Original model offers three positions, all facing towards the holder, while the 360 offers a front-facing position. If you would like a carrier from this brand which allows a front facing option, with a more breathable fabric, this may be one to look into.
The Ergobaby 360 has the same padding and lumbar support provided by the Original model. This model did not forget to add the privacy hood for mothers who may want added coverage for privacy or sun protection either. The carrier can be adjusted to fit both you and your partner comfortably as well.
Keep in mind while using this carrier that there may be difficulty with the buckles at times. Some have mentioned that the buckles may be hard to adjust on your own, without the help of somebody else. Also, there is no pocket on this model like there is on the Original, so trying to carry personal items may be tricky.
If you are looking for a carrier from the ErgoBaby line with breathable mesh, a variety of positions including front-facing, and padding and lumbar support, then this may be the carrier for you!
Price: (Varies with design)
The Baby K’Tan Original wrap is a simple, easy to use wrap that can be put on just like a t-shirt. It does not need to be tied, clipped, or buckled like other carriers. This wrap is one of the cheapest options available for the quality. This does not mean it skimps on safety though!
There are a variety of ways your baby can be positioned in this carrier including front-facing options. This wrap is also hip healthy and is recommended by the Hip Dysplasia Institute. There is no extra fabric that has to be meddled with while using this wrap, the entire product clings to your body. Compared to other wraps or slings, this design may be easier to use than other products which are similar since it can just be slid on. There are also multiple colors in the wrap to choose from.
One factor that should be kept in mind about the K’Tan wrap is that it may not be as comfortable as other wraps since it does slide on, and is not adjustable like other options. Since it has a criss-cross design, it limits the amount of people it may fit, and may feel uncomfortable for some mothers. Also since the design creates many layers, this is also a carrier that may be warm to wear, especially in warmer seasons.
If you are looking for a simple, easy to use,budget-friendly, wrap with many carrying options, this may be the one for you!
Baby Björn One is a soft structured carrier. It can be used with infants 8-33 pounds, and it can be adjusted to fit children and parents of all sizes. This is a relatively simple carrier to use.
The Baby Björn One offers three different positions to carry your baby in. This model can also be adjusted after putting on with your baby, which most mothers would consider a convenience. It can sometimes be a hassle to not be able to adjust a carrier after putting it on, which is an option some models do not offer. This model also offers an option of securing your baby after you have put on the carrier, which is a plus to some.
Some things to remember are that this carrier is a bit on the expensive side compared to the other carriers on the list. This may not be the best option for our moms on a budget. Also, when it comes to washing, this can be a bit of a hassle because it takes a long time to dry as the material is very thick.
If you are looking for a soft-structured, sturdy, carrier that is easy to use and budget is not an issue, then this might be the carrier for you!
Whether you choose to go with a wrap like the K’tan or your standard baby carrier like the Tula you can guarantee it will be a life saver. There have been countless times when the dishes or the laundry needed to be done and my daughter just wasn’t having any of the swings or DockaTots. The only way to keep her from crying was to hold her. With the invention of baby carriers, it gives us parents the opportunity to hold out little ones close while also being able to accomplish everyday chores.
Happy hunting and I hope we have helped you narrow down your baby carrier search!