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Best Baby Carrier

Baby wearing is a centuries-old tradition, and thanks to today’s carriers, it’s a common practice that for some is more comfortable and convenient than pushing a stroller. If you’re ready to give baby wearing a try, but not quite sure which carrier to choose, the following lists can help you narrow your list. Whether you’re looking for a soft carrier, a wrap, or a sling, we’ve reviewed some of the best-selling carriers on the market to help you choose the best one for you and your baby.

Baby K'tan Baby Carrier

The Baby K’tan is a leading contender on both our Best Baby Wrap and Best Baby Sling lists. It’s a great option for moms who don’t want to fuss with complicated wrapping, strapping, or buckling. Made of soft 100% cotton, the Baby K’tan functions as both a wrap and a sling and can be worn in six different positions according to size, making it a versatile choice for parents of babies from 8-35 lbs. The Baby K’tan is available in size XS through XL, which guarantees a good fit for moms of all sizes. Moms say this wrap is comfortable to wear for hours at a time and love the fact the Baby K’tan can be personalized with a name or monogram in a variety of colors and fonts.

Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Baby Sling

The versatile Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier is a favorite among moms because it’s so easy to adjust, making it comfortable for multiple wearers. Babies can be positioned in a reclining cradled position, and toddlers can be carried on the hip; many moms report their infants love to snooze in this sling. The Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier gets rave reviews for being cooler than most traditional carriers because of modern, designer-looking fabrics.

Maya Wrap Lightly Padded Baby Ring Sling

The Maya Wrap is a sling-style carrier which made both our Best Baby Wrap and Best Baby Sling lists. Moms love it because it’s not only comfortable, but also because the hand-loomed fabric gives this wrap a designer look. The Maya Wrap is easy to wear and can be adjusted by tightening the straps through the large rings, which some moms prefer to more complicated wrapping techniques. In addition to this slings soft-feel, the built-in pocket will hold keys and other essentials while you’re out for the day with baby.

The Peanut Shell Adjustable Sling

Online reviewers say this soft, adjustable sling is super comfortable along with its strong and durable construction. Made of cotton sateen and spandex, this sling is designed to keep mom and baby cool in warm weather while machine washable for added convenience. While some reviewers say it’s difficult to get baby in and out of this sling, most moms love how it provides a secure, “hands-free” hold allowing them the freedom to multitask. This sling is also a great option for breastfeeding moms since they’re able to position their babies for optimum “on the go” feedings.

Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling

Setting the Balboa Baby Adjustable Sling apart on this list is its development by Dr. William Sears; pediatrician, author, and attachment parenting proponent. Moms like this sling because it’s designed to make getting baby in and out of this carrier easy. This baby sling is adjustable and will “grow” with your little one into their toddler years and thanks to the elasticized trim, baby can rest comfortably closely against you. As an added bonus, this sling is available in a variety of fun patterns and contains an exterior pocket for holding keys, pacifiers, or other small necessities.

Baby Hawk Mei Tai Baby Carrier

The Babyhawk was developed by a mom who knew wearing her baby would not only promote bonding, but also free up both hands for daily tasks. Made of 100 percent cotton, this machine-washable carrier is soft, durable, and most moms report it’s easy to use. Lightly padded straps make it extremely comfortable to wear for even extended periods of time.

The Babyhawk is also versatile and babies can be carried forward facing, piggy-back style, as well as on the hip according to preference. The Babyhawk is designed to comfortably carry babies from 8 to 40 pounds, meaning it can be used well into the toddler years. As an added bonus you can custom-design this carrier with a variety of fabric options to let you stand out in a crowd.

Moby Wrap Baby Carrier

Made of 100 percent cotton, this soft, machine washable carrier is loved by moms who want to keep their little ones close. The long, wide fabric can be tied in a variety of ways, making the Moby wrap more versatile than traditional carriers. This wrap also allows baby to face inward, outward, or to be carried on your back.

Though designed for babies from 8-35 pounds, most moms say this carrier is ideal for newborns who like to be swaddled. Wrapping and tying this carrier can seem complicated at first, and you may need some assistance in the beginning, but moms say they love the comfort and closeness that the Moby Wrap provides once they get the hang of it.

Happy Wrap Organic Bamboo Baby Carrier

Like the Moby Wrap and Boba Wrap, the Happy Wrap is a long strip of fabric which can be tied for hands-free baby wearing and also breastfeed your newborn while on the go. But the one thing that sets this wrap carrier apart from the rest is it’s made from organic viscose bamboo. Reviewers online give this machine-washable wrap positive reviews for being one of the softest on the market with some users even saying it has a cashmere-like feel.

Similar to the Boba Wrap, this carrier is super stretchy, lightweight, and breathable. It’s a great choice for moms living in warmer climates since bamboo is considerably more absorbent than cotton and also has moisture-wicking properties. Plus, because bamboo is a renewable resource, this carrier scores extra points for being eco-friendly. This wrap is more affordable than our other picks, but also has a lower weight limit, only supporting infants up to 25 pounds.

Baby K'tan Baby Carrier

The Baby K’tan is a leading contender on both our Best Baby Wrap and Best Baby Sling lists. It’s a great option for moms who don’t want to fuss with complicated wrapping, strapping, or buckling. Made of soft 100% cotton, the Baby K’tan functions as both a wrap and a sling and can be worn in six different positions according to size, making it a versatile choice for parents of babies from 8-35 lbs. The Baby K’tan is available in size XS through XL, which guarantees a good fit for moms of all sizes. Moms say this wrap is comfortable to wear for hours at a time and love the fact the Baby K’tan can be personalized with a name or monogram in a variety of colors and fonts.

Boba Baby Wrap

Similar to the Moby Wrap, the Boba Wrap is essentially a long section of fabric that can be tied in a variety of holds depending on preference and your little one’s size although it may take a few tries before mastering the different holds. That said, the Boba Wrap gets rave reviews from baby-wearing moms, many of whom say this wrap is stretchier and more comfortable than the Moby.

The soft, breathable fabric is made of a soft French terry with 5 percent spandex for stretch while being easy to launder; like the other wraps on this list, the Boba Wrap is machine washable. This wrap carrier also scores points with breastfeeding moms, who report it’s easier to nurse their infants while wearing this wrap. The Boba Wrap is designed for newborns and infants up to 18 months of age and is also one of the most affordable options on this list.

Ergo Baby Carrier

The award-winning Ergobaby Carrier is a favorite for both moms and dads alike. Made of sturdy cotton canvas, this carrier is designed so that you can wear baby on your back, your hip, or against your chest. As its name suggests, this carrier is designed for maximum comfort. Online reviewers say the padded shoulder straps are easy on the back and that their babies seem very comfortable riding in this carrier.

Newborns 7-12 lbs. get extra support when the infant insert (sold separately) is used, and with a maximum weight limit of 33 pounds, this carrier can be used through infancy and the toddler years. There are also a couple of added features setting this carrier apart from the rest, like a zippered pouch and storage pocket that will hold keys or other essentials when you are out for the day with baby.

Baby Hawk Mei Tai Baby Carrier

The Babyhawk was developed by a mom who knew wearing her baby would not only promote bonding, but also free up both hands for daily tasks. Made of 100 percent cotton, this machine-washable carrier is soft, durable, and most moms report it’s easy to use. Lightly padded straps make it extremely comfortable to wear for even extended periods of time.

The Babyhawk is also versatile and babies can be carried forward facing, piggy-back style, as well as on the hip according to preference. The Babyhawk is designed to comfortably carry babies from 8 to 40 pounds, meaning it can be used well into the toddler years. As an added bonus you can custom-design this carrier with a variety of fabric options to let you stand out in a crowd.

Happy Wrap Organic Bamboo Baby Carrier

Like the Moby Wrap and Boba Wrap, the Happy Wrap is a long strip of fabric which can be tied for hands-free baby wearing and also breastfeed your newborn while on the go. But the one thing that sets this wrap carrier apart from the rest is it’s made from organic viscose bamboo. Reviewers online give this machine-washable wrap positive reviews for being one of the softest on the market with some users even saying it has a cashmere-like feel.

Similar to the Boba Wrap, this carrier is super stretchy, lightweight, and breathable. It’s a great choice for moms living in warmer climates since bamboo is considerably more absorbent than cotton and also has moisture-wicking properties. Plus, because bamboo is a renewable resource, this carrier scores extra points for being eco-friendly. This wrap is more affordable than our other picks, but also has a lower weight limit, only supporting infants up to 25 pounds.

Babybjorn Miracle Baby Carrier

The Miracle is the newest model in the BABYBJORN line of carriers, but it has already received both awards and high ratings from parents. Designed to carry babies from just a few days old to 15 months, the Baby Carrier Miracle allows baby to face inward or outward depending on age and development. It also offers head support for newborns. Moms say it’s easy to position their babies in this lightweight carrier, which attaches easily to the busy with no wrapping or tying necessary. Since it’s gender neutral, even Dad can get in on the baby wearing business.

Baby K'tan Baby Carrier

The Baby K’tan is a leading contender on both our Best Baby Wrap and Best Baby Sling lists. It’s a great option for moms who don’t want to fuss with complicated wrapping, strapping, or buckling. Made of soft 100% cotton, the Baby K’tan functions as both a wrap and a sling and can be worn in six different positions according to size, making it a versatile choice for parents of babies from 8-35 lbs. The Baby K’tan is available in size XS through XL, which guarantees a good fit for moms of all sizes. Moms say this wrap is comfortable to wear for hours at a time and love the fact the Baby K’tan can be personalized with a name or monogram in a variety of colors and fonts.

Jamie C.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby and more bottles, bath soaps and bouncy seats than you might know what to do with. As a seasoned mom and a savvy shopper, I'm here to help you navigate the world of children's products with well-researched recommendations and mom-tested reviews.
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