Baby carrying is a fantastic way to bond with baby while also giving mom or dad the freedom to get done what needs to get done, or simply giving ones arms a much needed rest. We have broken down baby carriers into a few distinct categories, and given the run down on the top pick within each category. Check out our picks below for the best baby carriers of 2018.
The Best Multi-Position Baby Carrier – Big Babies Welcome
Multi-position carriers are without a doubt the most versatile carrier and most come with a few bells & whistles. There is a carrier out there to fit any budget, but in this category, you are better off spending a few extra bucks for a nicely constructed carrier. After all, you should plan on getting a lot of use out of your carrier.
Our top pick for best baby carrier is the Six-Position Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby because of its sturdy construction and its ease of use. Newborns and babies up to a 45 pounds fit in this carrier. With six different carrying positions, you are bound to find something that works for you and your little one. The LILLEbaby carrier is machine washable and made of 100% cotton and breathable mesh so you do not have to worry about getting overheated while carrying your baby during the summer months. The adjustable hood is perfect for when baby falls asleep, which will most likely happen in this super comfortable carrier.
The LILLEbaby does have a pocket, but users have complained that it is inaccessible in certain positions and too small to hold anything of use.
A Less Intense Runner-up
The Infantino Flip is machine washable, carries infants 8-32 lbs, and can be used in four different positions. Included is a wonder cover 2-in 1 bib to help keep your carrier and your clothes drool and spit up free. If you plan to use The Infantino Flip in warm weather, the material is light weight and breathable. It is easy to put on and take off and is well made for the price point.
Some have complained that it is uncomfortable to wear if your baby is heavier or it is worn for an extended period of time. The straps lack the necessary padding for long term wear. Perfect for those trips to the grocery store or around the neighborhood.
The Best Baby Wrap Carrier – Wrap That Baby Up
Baby wraps are perfect if you are looking for a more relaxed baby wearing experience. With a baby wrap, the fabric snugs to your curves in a much more natural fashion, providing more comfort for you and your baby.
The best baby wrap is also affordable – The Baby Wrap Carrier by KeaBabies. Made with a sturdy material so it provides good support for your back. The Baby Wrap works with babies 0-36 months or up to 35 lbs. KeaBabies has made this wrap slightly longer than competitors, allowing it to fit small size or plus size.
If you live in a warmer climate, the material of this wrap is thick and may be too hot if you plan on using it outside for extended periods of time. This makes for a perfect gift for an expecting mom!
Our Pick For the Best Baby Sling Carrier
The sling is a thing! Baby slings are a great alternative to baby wraps if one finds the wraps too hard to put on. The Hip Baby Wrap Ring Sling Baby Carrier is perfect for a mom looking for an easy way to literally sling a baby on their back. With the ring sling, your baby can be worn in front or as they get bigger – on your back! The Hip Baby fits babies 8-35 lbs and is made of 100% hand loomed cotton. It comes in a plethora of beautiful patterns and colors.
A con for this sling is that the fabric tends to be a little stiff, but drying it on hot until it’s mostly dry and then pulling the fabric back and forth through the rings helps prevent stiffness.
The Best Baby Backpack Hiking Carrier – Hit The Trails
Baby backpack carriers are perfect for parents who like to go on adventures. They allow parents to see their feet and have a nice solid frame to help support the child on your back. We have picked phil&teds Escape Baby Carrier as the best baby backpack carrier of 2018. This carrier is suitable for babies who can sit independently.
Includes a dual-core waist belt and advanced lumbar support which distributes weight evenly, making it ideal for use over a long period. The Escape Carrier has a hood and rain shield, day pack, change mat, mirror, and foot stir ups.
One thing that this baby carrier could improve upon is some kind of headrest, because the carrier is so comfortable, it is common for your sweet one to pass out before the hike is over.
We hope that you are now feeling a little more confident in your baby wearing capabilities. And remember – baby wearing is a learning process for you and baby, so if baby is wriggling around or upset, give him or her a break and try again later.
Still not feeling like carrying? Hey, we get it, that baby is heavy. Check out our stroller reviews if you’re more into that whole wheel technology thing!