The 10 Best Baby Carriers Of 2019
Looking for the best baby carriers of 2019? You've come to the right place.
When it comes to baby essentials first-time parents include on their baby registries, you’ll often find items like a car seat, a safe crib, swing, playpen, bouncer, clothes and blankets. Smaller items like pacifiers, bottles, baby wash and lotions, bibs, and more will find their way on wish lists as well. However, one item that's often missing is one that plenty of parents use every single day: a baby carrier.
As a new mom, I seriously underestimated the power of baby carriers. I didn’t want to bother with learning how to use a baby carrier and properly adjust the various straps and buckles, so my first carrier sat in the closet unused. As it turns out, this was a shame, considering my son was what I lovingly referred to as a "velcro baby." He constantly had to be held, or he was miserable. Alas, we survived — and I got pretty good at doing things one-handed.
When my second child arrived, I realized having two free hands was essential when running around a busy toddler on top of caring for an infant, so I gave another type of baby carrier a try — and it was a lifesaver. I wore my daughter everywhere. She was snug as a bug in her baby carrier, I could still tend to her brother and other household chores, and it made me regret not giving baby-wearing a chance with my first child. The rest is history. My third little one spent most of her first year strapped to me in her baby carrier, and I plan to do the same with her baby sister, who will arrive in a few short months.
It can be overwhelming for first-time parents to shop around for a baby carrier (I know it was for me), because there are so many options, depending on your needs and preferences. There are wraps, slings, structured carriers, and pretty much everything in between — and the price range can vary widely. It might seem impossible to know where to begin. The good news is, this been-there-done-that mama has already done the hard part for you. I’ve compiled a list of the best baby carriers for 2019, so you can compare all of the top-rated brands and models in one convenient location. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference as you tackle that baby registry.
1. LÍLLÉbaby Ring Sling
For young infants, slings can be an ideal baby carrier choice. The LÍLLÉbaby Ring Sling is lightweight and breathable so your baby can nap safely curled up to you (and you won’t sweat to death). Using a fabric-padded metal ring, parents can adjust the wrap to fit comfortably. This carrier is designed for babies weighing from 7 to 35 pounds, comes in eight different patterns, and is only $97 on Amazon.
One five-star reviewer raved about the LÍLLÉbaby Ring Sling: "I love this Ring Sling! I get so many compliments when I wear it! I am a plus size girl (20/22) with a bigger chest and this is comfy and fits me well with some 'tail' to spare. I LOVE the quality! The linen softens up with wear and it's amazing! I currently use this for my big boy , 9 months old and 25 lbs. The color is beautiful! Once you have it threaded, it's easy to quickly throw it over your shoulder and pop baby in. I loved my cotton ring sling and was hesitant to buy linen, but my oh my linen is so much cooler in the hot California summers. Love the pocket!"
2. Baby Tula Free-to-Grow
As its name suggests, the Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier grows with your baby, and accommodates a child from 7 pounds to 45 pounds. It can even be used as a newborn carrier with no additional insert. This carrier comes in 12 different colors and offers three carrying positions: newborn, front inward carry and back carry. You’ll love its dual-adjustment padded straps, which offer neck and shoulder comfort, along with easy adjustments, and comfortable wide padded waistband. The price varies from $120 to $160, depending on the color you choose. Its 4.5-star rating makes the Tula Free-to-Grow carrier worth the investment.
3. Babybjorn Baby Carrier One
The Babybjorn Baby Carrier One offers four different carrying options — newborn, front-facing in, front-facing out, and back carry. It’s designed for babies 8 pounds to toddlers up to 33 pounds, and is acknowledged as a hip-healthy carrier by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. This carrier comes in 14 colors on Amazon and runs from $140 to $180, depending the color you choose.
As one satisfied customer wrote, "This thing is legit. We spent 21 days in Europe. 5 countries, 12 hotels, many many train rides, and general trudging all over with our 4 month old. This thing is by far the most versatile and comfortable carrier I have encountered. We would see other tourists with carriers try to get their baby out of other carriers and struggle. We on the other hand where two easy to use clips away from getting the little guy out. I went on hikes in the mountains and the pushed my way through crowds in the London Tube. This may not be as cute as <insert cute name here> carrier made of rainbows and organic fairy dust, but it comfortable, easy to clean, not hot, and can be worn without destroying one’s spine after 30 minutes."
4. Baby K’tan ORIGINAL
The Baby K’tan Original is a unique wrap in that it slips on like a t-shirt and requires no actual wrapping. Parents can easily switch between its five carry positions. This carrier works for preemies, newborns, infants, and toddlers up to 35 pounds. The only thing that’s a bit tricky is that the Baby K’tan Original comes in different sizes — from XXS to XL — so make sure to use the sizing chart to ensure the best fit. This carrier is also acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a "hip-healthy" product when used as directed. At $49.95 on Amazon, this carrier is affordable and available in five different colors.
One reviewer wrote, "I have others baby carrier and the K'tan is my favorite and so much easier to use. I was able to put my son in it and use it within just a couple minutes of opening the box without assistance from anyone else! It is light and compact and it's versatile. Ready-To-Wear: No wrapping - No hardware. It is comfortable and ergonomic, I have back issues and it doesn't cause me pain to carry my baby in it: this is perfect for anyone who has back pain because it evenly distributes the weight so your back won’t hurt."
5. LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow
This carrier is ideal for summertime, or if you live in a place where it’s warm year-round. The LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow allows for plenty of ventilation and temperature control for both babies and parents. You’ll love its versatility, as it offers six carrying positions: front inward (fetal, infant, or toddler settings), front outward, hip, or backpack. The LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow accommodates little ones between 7 and 45 pounds, comes in 18 different colors on Amazon, and ranges in price from $120 to $150. Other specs include: an adjustable hood, headrest, and a zippered pocket.
6. Ergobaby Omni 360
Ergobaby is yet another trusted and well-rated brand of baby carrier — and the Ergobaby Omni 360 is its newest model. This particular design is for children between 7 and 45 pounds. With this versatile carrier, parents can face their baby in or out while they carry little ones in the front, wear them on the hip, or wear them on the back. Not only can parents look forward to plenty of lumbar support — along with the option of crossing the straps in the back — but this carrier is another one that's rated "hip-healthy" by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. The Omni is available in 14 different colors on Amazon, ranging in price from $143 to $179. The icing on the cake: It earned the Bump Best of Baby award for best baby carrier.
7. Moby Wrap Classic
The Moby Wrap Classic is a one-size-fits-all wrap and another parent favorite. Granted, at first it's intimidating to turn a really long piece of fabric into a baby wrap, but with the help of a handy tutorial — and lots of practice — you’ll be wrapping up your baby like a pro in no time. Its soft, breathable, and durable material is machine-washable, too. The Moby Wrap Classic comes in six colors on Amazon and ranges in price from $30 to $45. Check out this tutorial to see it in action!
8. Ergobaby 360 All Carry Positions
The Ergobaby 360 allows parents to carry their babies front facing in, front facing out, on the hip, and on the back — and they can do so in a hip-healthy, ergonomic way in all four positions. For the record, it was named BabyCenter’s 2018 Moms' Picks Winner for the best baby carrier. On Amazon, the Ergobaby 360 is available in 16 colors from $128 to $160, depending on the color.
I can personally vouch for this carrier, too. I used it every day for more than a year with my third child, and I liked it so much, I bought another one for our fourth child. I loved that it could easily adjust from fitting my petite frame to fitting my broad-shouldered husband. One note: This carrier is designed for little ones weighing between 12 and 33 pounds, so you'll need to grab a newborn insert (sold separately) that accommodates infants weighing between 7 and 12 pounds.
Like most carriers, the Gemini Performance Baby Carrier by Beco grows with your baby. It can accommodate children from 7 to 35 pounds, and you can wear your baby front facing in, front facing out, on the hip, and on the back. A 4.3-star rating on Amazon isn’t too shabby, either. Its price ranges from $140 to $150 on Amazon, depending on which of the 17 colors you select. Bonus: A lifetime guarantee ensures you can return the carrier at any time for a full refund, but I have a feeling that won’t be necessary.
As one reviewer wrote, "Love Beco! Not only does it fit my 8lb infant WITHOUT having to purchase an extra insert for the carrier, it also fits my older 18 month old comfortably. Has the appropriate support for my back. I suffer from back problems a lot but this doesn't cause me pain at all. Only down side to this carrier is it isn't really breathable and can get a bit hot at times. All and all I love this carrier. Allows me to get things done while keeping my infant close to me."
10. BABYBJORN Baby Carrier We
Babybjorn is yet another trusted baby carrier brand, and it offers a number of models to suit any family’s needs. The Babybjorn Baby Carrier We is designed to grow with your baby from newborn to 3 years (or 8 to 33 pounds) — and no newborn insert is needed. With the Babybjorn We model, caregivers can front carry and back carry. Just keep in mind that you can’t wear your baby in the front while facing outward. You can snag this baby carrier for $75 for the black cotton version or for $160 for the mesh version.
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