Here are what we found to be the best carriers, wraps, and slings available online now. Some are very comfortable, some are very secure, and some are very convenient. Figure out what your priorities are before choosing.
Classic 4GS - Dusk
|Weight capacity||7 to 45 lbs.|
|Extras||Machine washable, free extenders for waist and chest, iPhone pocket, hood pocket, purse strap holder|
|Weight capacity||7 to 45 lbs.|
|Extras||Storage pouch, machine washable, UPF50+ tuck away hood, padded lumbar support|
|Weight capacity||8 to 35 lbs. (more sizes available)|
|Extras||Double loop design|
|Weight capacity||8 to 35 lbs.|
|Extras||Fair trade, handwoven, eco-friendly, non-toxic|
|Weight capacity||7 to 35 lbs.|
|Material||Mesh, moisture-wicking fabric|
|Weight capacity||7 to 35 lbs.|
|Extras||Padded leg holes, shoulder straps with safety catch, pocket on waist belt, breastfeeding release buckle|
|Weight capacity||15 to 45 lbs.|
|Extras||Machine washable, removable hood, adjustable design|
|Weight capacity||8 to 33 lbs.|
|Extras||Machine washable, instructional guide included|
|Material||Mesh, cotton, polyester|
|Weight capacity||7 to 45 lbs.|
|Extras||Storage pocket, removable sleeping hood, extendable torso, adjustable side panels, machine washable|
|Weight capacity||8 to 36 lbs.|
|Extras||Detachable hood, machine washable|
Hip Baby Wrap
Beco Baby Carrier
4GS Classic Baby Carrier
360 All Carry Positions Baby Carrier
Original Baby Wrap Carrier
Ring Sling Baby Carrier
Baby Wrap Carrier
Gemini Baby Carrier
Ergonomic Baby Carrier
Wrap Baby Carrier
Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier
Sash Mei Tai Carrier
Easy to Wear and Adjust and Includes Foot Stirrups for Extra Leg Support
The Most Ergonomic for You and Your Baby
Loops Over You and Takes Just a Few Seconds to Wear
Perfect for Short Trips and Indoor Activities
A Stretchy Wrap that Provides a Lot of Support and Comfort
Best for Hot, Sweaty Summers: Mesh Carrier, No Infant Inserts Necessary
Offers Two Ergonomic Carrying Positions and A Bunch of Stylish Designs
Keep Your Baby Close and Snug
Easy to Control Airflow and to Slip In and Out Of
A Seat for Your Baby and Wide Straps that Will Conform to Any Body Type
|Material||Cotton||Cotton||Cotton||Cotton||Spandex, cotton||Mesh, moisture-wicking fabric||Cotton||Cotton||Mesh, cotton, polyester||Cotton, polyester|
|Weight capacity||7 to 45 lbs.||7 to 45 lbs.||8 to 35 lbs. (more sizes available)||8 to 35 lbs.||7 to 35 lbs.||7 to 35 lbs.||15 to 45 lbs.||8 to 33 lbs.||7 to 45 lbs.||8 to 36 lbs.|
|Extras||Machine washable, free extenders for waist and chest, iPhone pocket, hood pocket, purse strap holder||Storage pouch, machine washable, UPF50+ tuck away hood, padded lumbar support||Double loop design||Fair trade, handwoven, eco-friendly, non-toxic||Machine washable||Padded leg holes, shoulder straps with safety catch, pocket on waist belt, breastfeeding release buckle||Machine washable, removable hood, adjustable design||Machine washable, instructional guide included||Storage pocket, removable sleeping hood, extendable torso, adjustable side panels, machine washable||Detachable hood, machine washable|
Introducing Our Expert
Betty is a wife and mother of two who spends her time chasing after her toddler and digging herself out of piles of diapers and laundry. She is a blogger at Mombrite, where she writes about her hilarious mishaps and glorious victories as a mom.
If the carrier comes with a belt, it’ll shift some of the baby’s weight away from your shoulders and onto your hips so you don’t end up sore. This is great for when you’re going to be carrying your baby for a long time or if you have stiff shoulders or back pain. The only drawback, really, is that carriers are big and difficult to stuff into bags.
In general, baby carriers are wonderful for any occasion. It's quick and easy to position babies in the carrier and buckle up—plus, they provide great back support to help with the weight of your baby in the front.
Carriers are also easy to breastfeed in when you are on the go—you just need to drop your baby lower in the carrier and throw up a nursing cover (or go with the two-shirt method) and you can walk around and breastfeed hands-free!
Wraps and slings are made of cloth. You can just fold them up and stick them in your diaper bag. That way, you can switch back and forth between them and your stroller when you’re on long walks. But make sure you know how to put these on correctly because your baby could fall.
Wraps are long pieces of cloth that you ravel around yourself and your baby—you essentially tie your baby to you. They’re secure, but they can also be a pain to put on outside, as they’re long and can drag on the ground.
Slings are quick to put on (though it does take more practice initially to learn how to get the ring in the right position), so it’s perfect for quick grocery runs or errands. However, you need more practice and experience to get the sling to be as secure as a carrier, so if the baby is active, you might have trouble keeping the sling tight.
If you don’t think you’ll be going out much early on, you can go for a carrier targeted at infants 3 months or older—which is after the baby’s neck is strong enough to support his or her head.
Also, pay attention to the weight limits on the carriers or slings so that you can carry your baby or toddler safely! You don't want the carrier to break down on you.
If you are able to afford it, it’s best to buy slings or carriers targeted at specific age groups. You do need to be careful carrying newborns and make sure that the carrier is specifically for young babies who need neck support. As for older babies and toddlers, use a carrier where you can lengthen the straps to fit your growing child’s body.
The knees should be at hip level or higher, which takes the pressure off the hips. A lot of popular carriers in stores these days just support the crotch and the legs are left to hang down and dangle in the air. The unsupported thighs cause pressure on the hip joints and may contribute to hip dysplasia.
With a carrier, you can hold your baby five different ways, which we'll go over in this next section.
You can hold your baby sideways, like in a cradle. This is helpful when you’re breastfeeding or soothing a fussy baby. You can also hold him or her facing you. This way, you can follow all his or her facial expressions and know immediately when he or she’s tired or upset. It also keeps newborns from getting overstimulated.
Another way you can hold the baby is by holding him or her on your hip, which takes a good deal of strain off your back. This is great for toddlers, who are heavier. He or she also has the option of looking at you or the world around him when you hold them this way. Having your child in the front position is generally the way to go.
Once the baby is around 2 to 3 months, he or she will start turning their head to see the world around them. I would recommend still keeping the baby in the front position facing you and turning your body to where your baby is looking.
When the baby is faced inward, its spine has a natural C curve that is supported by the carrier. However, when the baby is faced outwards, it’s spine is pushed into an unnatural, arched position. With little muscles to support their spine and with no help from the carrier, the baby now feels the impact of every step the mom or dad takes.
Just recognize—and this applies to facing babies outwards, too—you cannot see your baby’s face and the baby can be overstimulated easily. He or she will have trouble communicating to you that he or she is tired and wants a break from seeing everything, and he or she has no option to shield his or her face from all the stimulation.
One last position you could hold your baby in is facing outwards so he or she can see the world. This, however, is not recommended for a few reasons, which Betty explains below.
It's tempting for parents to turn the baby outwards so they can see the world. However, this position is never recommended for a few reasons, including the two above, plus:
The baby’s legs are supposed to be in a “frog” position with the legs pulled up to at least hip level or higher. With the legs dangling and unsupported, the baby is now prone to hip dysplasia.
Also, don't forget to find something machine washable, since no doubt your carrier will get dirty from your child spitting up or from being outside in general!
When thinking about fabrics for carriers, you want to make sure that the fabric is the best for the baby’s skin since he or she will be in touch with the wrap for an extended period of time.
Go with a 100% certified organic fabric that is made of cotton or other types of all-natural material, and it must be free from toxic chemical dyes, especially if your baby has sensitive skin.
The soft structured carriers are the easiest to put on and take off since once you adjust the straps to the right lengths, you just have to click the buckles together and you are good to go.
Ring sling rings need to be nice and high on your shoulder so you can properly tighten the sling around your baby. Woven straps can also be hard when you're on the go and your children are active and thrash about. Both can take a few tries, so it can be difficult to adjust.
I would highly recommend taking a babywearing class when you are still pregnant to get familiar with the different types out there. Often, the instructors bring different carriers, types and brands, to class for you to try out.
There are also tons of babywearing support groups out there that meet frequently so that you can ask the more experienced baby wearers for help. Some groups even have a library of carriers you can borrow so that you can try them out.
When kids start growing up, they'll inevitably experience days where they feel bored and want to experience something new. Why not allow them to find creative outlets for their nervous energy? Check out these tools that can keep your kids busy and satisfied!
It can be great wearing a carrier. You can bond with your child and still get a lot of chores done. But it can also lead to sore shoulders, so remember to choose a carrier that’s going to provide enough support for you and your baby.
While you carry your baby around, they can get fidgety or even start crying! To calm them down, packing a few snacks or some formula can help. Dr. S. Amna Husain recommends this convenient snack dispenser for these cases!
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