The Best Baby Carriers For YOU

In honor of International Babywearing Week, let’s talk baby carriers.

Baby-carrier shopping can feel overwhelming, what with the sheer amount of options (Soft-structure? Slings? Wraps? Mei tais?), as well as a slew of brands you’ve most likely never heard of. But after doing babywearing testing for Babble.com — which included interviewing experts and test-driving carriers on a variety of parents —  I’ve come to realize that there’s no “perfect” baby carrier. Finding the right baby carrier largely depends on your build, your baby’s size, and what you’ll be using it for. But more than anything, it can really come down to a personal preference.

Yet some baby carriers are just better than others — with better longevity and options.

So here are the best baby carriers for every lifestyle and preference:

  • Best for Beginner Baby-Wearers: Beco Gemini

    Best for Beginner Baby-Wearers: Beco Gemini

    The Beco Gemini is a lightweight, trim, comfortable all-in-one carrier that’s easy for beginners to learn. Everyone seems to love this carrier — including baby-wearing experts — especially because it’s one of the few carriers with an outward-facing option.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for Active Families: Boba Carrier 3G

    Best for Active Families: Boba Carrier 3G

    The Boba is perfect for long-term baby wearing, especially because of its ergonomic feet stirrups for bigger babies and toddlers. It’s one of the best carriers for parents looking to get a lot of use and longevity out of their baby carrier, and, more specifically, for parents with longer torsos and small-to-average busts.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  •  Best for Options: ERGObaby

    Best for Options: ERGObaby

    Best for Options: ERGObaby options include sporty carriers, organic carriers, plenty of add-ons — like clip-on backpacks and weather covers — and covetable designer collaborations. More specifically, the ERGO is best for those with short-to-average torso lengths and a medium-to-heavy build, but it’s recently become one of the most popular, recognizable baby carriers for all parents.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for Multiple Caregivers: Beco Butterfly II

    Best for Multiple Caregivers: Beco Butterfly II

    If you don’t have a baby-wearing expert to help you find the right carrier for your body and lifestyle, the Beco Butterfly fits just about any body frame — from petite to plus-size — and it’s easy to transfer from person to person, and from front to back.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for On-The-Go Parents: Boba Air

    Best for On-The-Go Parents: Boba Air

    Although it’s not the most supportive baby carrier on the market, its 100% Nylon frame is the easiest to fold up and stuff into a bag. Plus it weighs less than a pound.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for Fancy Mamas: Sakura Bloom

    Best for Fancy Mamas: Sakura Bloom

    If you have a fancy occasion — a wedding, a charity event, etc. — the silk ring slings from Sakura Bloom will only add to your ensemble.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for Pregnant Women: Wrapsody

    Best for Pregnant Women: Wrapsody

    Wrap-style carriers are repeatedly cited as a “must have” for newborns and small infants because they snuggle babies close in a T-shirt-like pouch. And because wraps don’t have the finicky fit of soft-structure carriers, they’re also easy to buy ahead of time — so you’ll have a baby carrier from the get-go. Although I slightly prefer the Wrapsody (it doesn’t stretch out as much as other wraps), the Moby Wrap is also hugely popular.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for Preemies: Boba Baby Wrap

    Best for Preemies: Boba Baby Wrap

    What used to be known as the “Sleepy Wrap” is now rebranded under the respected Boba name. But what hasn’t changed is the smart design. The Boba wraps tightly to your body and then stretches to the size of your baby, giving it a nice tight hold for the smallest preemies.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

  • Best for Techy Gadget Lovers: Stokke MyCarrier

    Best for Techy Gadget Lovers: Stokke MyCarrier

    If you love the latest and greatest gear — with buckles and clips and fasteners — then you have to see the innovative baby carrier from Stokke.

    See the full review — including pros and cons — at Babble.com .

Confused about the different types of carriers? Unsure about the various babywearing controversies? See my Baby Carrier Guide on Babble.com.

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