Best Baby Carriers 2018 – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews [Ultimate List]

In today’s world where everything happens so fast, an element of peace and security is much needed, especially in the case of a newborn baby. This feeling of safety can only be created by the parent and that is why these best baby carriers have gained popularity.

Carrying is one of the greatest gifts that a parent can give to a baby during the first few months and years of its life. Isn’t it?

It is no secret that these products are beneficial in terms of health; moreover, they have positive psychological impacts.

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Carrying a baby in an ergonomic carrier supports the proper anatomical development of its joints. According to specialists, the closeness between the child and the parent caused by the carrying is influencing the mental balance of the child and also its further emotional development.

Best Baby Carriers 2018

This article can help you to choose the perfect baby and toddler carrier. We have selected and tried to describe the best baby and toddler carriers on the market and structured these descriptions in the same way, so the comparison will be easier and clearer for you.

Firstly, there will be a general description of the product, then the basic features of the product such as: product weight, product dimensions, minimum weight of the baby and the maximum weight of the baby suitable for these carriers.

LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons
Product

LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons

Lillebaby complete all seasons
Pros
  • Ultra light
  • Six positions
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Higher price
  • Harder to fit
Ergobaby 360° All Carry Positions
Product

Ergobaby 360° All Carry Positions

Ergobaby 360
Pros
  • Anatomical seat
  • 100% Cotton
  • Washable
Cons
  • Smaller space
  • No pockets
Infantino Flip Advanced
Product

Infantino Flip Advanced

Infantino Flip Advanced
Pros
  • Price
  • Washable
  • 4 positions
Cons
  • Not for toddlers
  • Lower quality parts
Baby Tula Ergonomic
Product

Baby Tula Ergonomic

Baby Tula Ergonomic
Pros
  • Practical pocket
  • 100% Cotton
Cons
  • Not so comfy
  • Only 1 position
Ergobaby Original
Product

Ergobaby Original

Ergobaby Original
Pros
  • Shoulder straps
  • Baby in M-position
  • Large pocket
Cons
  • Without infant insert
  • Hard to clip
Boba Baby Carrier
Product

Boba Baby Carrier

Boba Baby Carrier
Pros
  • 100% Cotton
  • Detachable hood
Cons
  • Bad shoulder straps
  • Only 1 position
BABYBJORN Miracle
Product

BABYBJORN Miracle

Babybjorn Miracle
Pros
  • Design
  • Low weight
  • Soft material
Cons
  • Assembling
  • 40% Polyester
LILLEbaby Complete Airflow
Product

LILLEbaby Complete Airflow

LILLEbaby complete airflow
Pros
  • 6 positions
  • Most comfortable
  • Head support
Cons
  • Long construction
  • A bit complicated
Baby K'tan Original
Product

Baby K'tan Original

Baby K
Pros
  • Low price
  • 100% Cotton
  • Low weight
Cons
  • Not stable
  • Difficult to put on

At the very end of this article you will find the Buyer’s guide with tips and advice on how to choose an appropriate carrier for you and your baby.

1. LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons – My personal choice

LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons ReviewThe name of the carrier presents itself perfectly. Firstly, it can be used since the baby is born and there is no need of infant insert. It is recommended to use the first two positions at the very beginning of the baby’s life.

The first position is called fetal as the baby is almost fully inside in the carrier. In the second position, the infant position, the baby‘s legs are outside of the carrier. Then there is the inside position for toddlers, outside, hip and back position for older babies and toddlers.

As there is a big variety of positions the carrier is suitable also for older children, which gives it a unique place on the market with carriers. It is without the doubt my personal choice and probably the best baby carrier on the market.

Features

Product weight: 2.5 pounds
Product dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 7.1 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 7 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 45 pounds

Pros
  • Suitable for newborns without the infant insert
  • Six positions
  • Air panel controls baby’s temperature.
  • Sleeping Hood
  • Comfortable construction and materials
  • Long naps are possible
  • Ultra-light
Cons
  • High price
  • The waist strap is too long
  • It might be hard to put the baby in and out

2. Ergobaby 360° All Carry Positions – Award-Winning Ergonomic Baby Carrier

Ergobaby 360 ReviewErgobaby 360 Four Position is a baby carrier which offers four comfortable, secure and ergonomic positions. With a structured anatomical seat, the child will always be in the ergonomic, abduction flex position of sitting, while its back is in the optimal, so-called, “C” position.

The positions are changed in consideration of the age and weight of the baby.

The first one, Position towards the parent is suitable for newborns, however, only with the infant insert (which is sold separately). Since the 4th month the infant insert is not necessary, but just in case the baby can sit in the abduction flex position in the carrier.

The second and third positions are suggested to be used for five or six-month-old babies. In the position number two, the baby is facing the surroundings. Position number three is recommended during the stay at home, as it is the hardest position for the parent also called the on-the-hip position.

The fourth position on the back of the parent is destined for toddlers.

Features

Product weight: 2.2 pounds
Product dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 7.1 inches
Minimum weight of the baby: 7 pounds
Maximum weight of the baby: 45 pounds

Pros
  • Structured anatomical seat
  • Extra comfortable hip belt which provides additional support for the lower back of the parent
  • Adjustable rear panel provides extra support for the head, neck, and back of the baby
  • A sleeping hood protects the baby’s head from the sun and also provides privacy during breastfeeding
  • Made of 100% cotton
  • Possibility of washing in the washing machine
Cons
  • It might be hard to put in and buckle up the baby in the frontal position without a help of someone else
  • Small space for infant insert

3. Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier – Best Seller

Infantino Flip ReviewInfantino Flip Advanced is an ergonomic carrier which can be used for newborns as well as for older toddlers. In this carrier, a baby can be carried in 4 different positions.

There are three positions: when the baby is facing in; with head support up, head support down and facing-in with a wide seat. During the fourth position, the baby is facing out.

The shoulder straps of the carrier are extra-padded. It can also fit bigger moms and dads do not have issues either. The straps are longer and can be stretched wider.

Features

Product weight: 1.3 pounds
Product dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 4.3 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 8 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 32 pounds

Pros
  • Extra head support
  • Cotton bumper
  • Wide shoulder straps
  • Washing machine washable
  • Four positions
  • One of the cheapest on the market
Cons
  • Uncomfortable for toddlers
  • Limited moving ability of the baby especially in the area of legs due to the design of the product
  • The quality of some parts such as clips is lower

4. Baby Tula Ergonomic – Urbanista Carrier

Baby Tula Ergonomic ReviewThe main panel of this ergonomic carrier is designed to provide the right support for the spine and it features the ergo position during which the baby’s knees are elevated. The carrier can be worn both ways, on the front and also on the parent’s back.

The baby carrier is intended to carry babies from 15 to 45 pounds. The hood supports the baby’s head when it is sleeping. It functions as a sun and wind protection as well as a comfortable and discreet breastfeeding aid.

With an infant insert, it is also suitable for newborns with starting weight of 7 to 11 pounds. For older children, there is a bigger version of the carrier which is called Tula Toddler with the weight range from 25 to 50 pounds, in other words, for about 18-month-old toddlers.

Features

Product weight: 1.6 pounds
Product dimensions: 10.4 x 8.5 x 4.8 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 15 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 45 pounds

Pros
  • Practical pocket on the hip belt
  • Additional padding on the shoulder straps for extra comfort
  • Easy to use
  • 100% cotton with the Öko-Tex Standard 100 certificate
  • Possible washing in the washing machine
  • Manufactured and designed in its own factory
Cons
  • Shoulder straps are not designed for bigger babies
  • It is hard to buckle the chest and back clip

5. Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier – Extra large storage pockets

Ergobaby Multi Position ReviewThis simple baby carrier offers multiple positions in which the baby can be carried. It is very comfortable and easy to be used. The child is in an ergonomic position which provides safety for him or her. All the straps are perfectly stretchable.

The hip belt is nicely attached to the body of the parent and does not move from the demanded area so the baby’s and the parent’s comfort and security are provided.

Features

Product weight: 1.9 pounds
Product dimensions: 10.6 x 6.9 x 7 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 7 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 45 pounds

Pros
  • The soft shoulder straps are well tightened
  • The baby is “locked” in the carrier and automatically lifting its legs into the M-position
  • Wide and soft part where the child is settled
  • Hip Dysplasia Institute certificate
Cons
  • The velcro fastener on the hip belt does not have to suit everyone and is relatively short, only 4 ft
  • Expensive
  • Infant insert is not included
  • Child cannot sleep in the carrier in all positions and some are suitable only for a few minute naps

6. Boba Baby Carrier 4G

Boba Baby Carrier ReviewBoba is a soft ergonomic carrier suitable from birth up to 45 pounds. It has a slightly higher “back” so it makes the center of the baby’s gravity as close as possible to the parent’s body. The specialty of this carrier is the fact that the leg straps are attached to the belt strap, which allows stabilizing the baby or toddler legs.

Moreover, this helps to achieve the correct flex-abduction position of the baby’s hip joints.

Features

Product weight: 14.4 ounces
Product dimensions: 58 x 13 x 15 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 15 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 45 pounds

Pros
  • Made of 100% certified organic cotton (GOTS)
  • Detachable hood
  • Removable support belt which stabilizes the legs during the baby’s nap
  • Has a special pillow for the newborns
  • Washable in the washing machine
  • Practical strap for the handbag on the shoulder
  • Extra belt pockets
Cons
  • Paddings of straps might not be long enough for taller parents, especially around the waist
  • Shoulder straps are too long, smaller mothers might have issues tightening a child securely

7. BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Miracle – Premium quality and smart design

Babybjorn Baby Carrier ReviewBaby Carrier Miracle is a very comfortable carrier in which parents can carry their baby from its birth until the 15th month. The carrier has been developed in cooperation with pediatricians. It is anatomically adjustable for the needs of a growing baby.

This product is part of the BabyBjorn ecological edition and meets the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard – internationally recognized standard for organic textile production).

The baby carrier includes an adjustable belt and wide shoulder straps which provide comfortable back support plus it is easy to carry the baby for a longer time.

Features

Product weight: 1.8 pounds
Product dimensions: 11 x 3 x 15 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 8 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 26 pounds

Pros
  • Soft material
  • Extra belt
  • Unique design
  • Low weight
Cons
  • In the material mix, 40 % is represented by polyester
  • Smaller mothers might have issues with the length of the straps due to which the baby might not be tighten up properly
  • Problems with assembling

8. LILLEbaby Complete Airflow – Cheaper 6in1 LILLEbaby version

LILLEbaby Complete Airflow ReviewAnother Lillebaby carrier is offering similar features as the one which we have already presented. It can offer six positions as well. Moreover, parents can also start with this carrier with no additional equipment, as the infant insert is not needed here for newborns.

In comparing with the SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby, we still can recommend this cheaper variant, as the quality of the product is very high.

In addition, this carrier also won the prize for the most comfortable carrier.

Features

Product weight: 2.5 pounds
Product dimensions: 14 x 4 x 11 inches
Minimum weight of baby: 7 pounds
Maximum weight of baby: 45 pounds

Pros
  • It is suitable for newborns without infant insert
  • 3D Mesh construction guarantees temperature control for parent and baby
  • Won the most comfortable baby carrier prize
  • Six positions
  • Adjustable back panel supports neck and head of baby
  • Two ways of set up for the shoulder straps, to shape letter X or H
  • High maximum weight limit of baby
Cons
  • Back strap is not stable, it tends to fall down
  • Complicated buckling
  • Head support might make some babies feel uncomfortable as it is placed too high and babies cannot see properly
  • Construction is too long

9. Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier – Budget version

Baby Kran original ReviewBaby K’tan is a scarf carrier made of stretch fabric. It has two parts: the main part where the baby is placed and the belt. K’tan can be used in two ways: the baby can be carried on the belly of the parent and also on her or his back.

The carrier is designated for newborns as well. The L size is suitable also for little babies since they are placed higher where the comfort and safety are secured. All mothers will love the possibility of washing in a washing machine and drying in a dryer.

Features

Product weight: 1.8 pounds
Product dimensions: 8 x 3.5 x 8.6 inches
Minimum weight of the baby: 8 pounds
Maximum weight of the baby: 35 pounds

Pros
  • Made of 100% cotton, soft material
  • Baby head support
  • No buttons, buckles, and straps
  • Additional belt for safety and support
  • Comfortable placement on both arms
  • Low weight of carrier
Cons
  • It is not stable
  • Cannot be used for a long time as it is not suitable for bigger babies and older toddlers
  • Difficult to set up and put on

Baby Carriers – Comparison Table

Product name Product weight Min. weight of baby Max. weight of baby Material Outward-facing option
LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons 2.5 pounds 7 pounds 45 pounds Soft fabrics Yes
Ergobaby 360° All Carry Positions 2.2 pounds 7 pounds 45 pounds 100% Cotton Yes
Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier 1.3 pounds 8 pounds 32 pounds Cotton/Polyester Yes
Baby Tula Ergonomic 1.6 pounds 15 pounds 45 pounds 100% Cotton No
Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier 1.9 pounds 7 pounds 45 pounds 100% Cotton Yes
Boba Baby Carrier 4G 14.4 ounces 15 pounds 45 pounds 100% Cotton No
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Miracle 1.8 pounds 8 pounds 26 pounds 40% Polyester Yes
LILLEbaby Complete Airflow 2.5 pounds 7 pounds 45 pounds 100% Cotton Yes
Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier 1.8 pounds 8 pounds 35 pounds 100% Cotton No

Best Baby Carriers 2018 – Buyer’s guide

There are two main indicators according to which you can choose the best baby or toddler carrier. The first one is the age of the baby and the second is the size of the parent. There are also other influential reasons such as material or place where the carrier will be used. The descriptions above went deeply into detail about each individual carrier so you have all the information about a particular product. Similar to our baby bottles and baby monitor guides, in this part, we will focus more on the summarization of the aspects and will help you to choose the best baby carrier.

Newborn or Baby?

Some carriers are also appropriate for newborns, as they might have an integrated infant insert or in some cases, it can be purchased with the carrier. Other carriers are determined to be used from a certain age or weight. In the case of scarf carriers, it usually depends on the size of the baby as well, however, also these might be used for newborns but some pediatricians assume that it is better to use them since the 3rd month when the head of a baby is more stabilized.

It is also good to keep in mind whether there is only one child who will use the carrier or it will be shared or repeatedly used for the carrying of the next baby. If the carrier will be used for more children it is good to buy one which can be used from the birth with an infant insert.

Since it can save funds, plus the parent will already be used to the carrier when the next baby is born. However, it can be recommended to buy a bigger size of the product as also smaller babies can fit into bigger models comfortably if the setting of straps is correct. The majority of the products feature moving straps which are customizable and add variability to the carrier.

Carrier proportion

The second important aspect of choosing a carrier is to think about the body proportions of the potential carriers. Very skinny and tiny parents may have problems with the waist belt, as usually, they carry babies on their hips. They may also have an issue with the tightening of shoulder straps, so the baby might not be tightened properly. For them, it is recommended to buy carriers with shoulder straps which can be tightened into the shape of the letter X on their back. It will be more comfortable for them and the safety of the baby will be secured, too. On the other hand, taller moms and fathers may have some issues with the padding of shoulder straps.

For these cases, the carries should have all belts and straps a little bit longer as it will provide higher comfort for the parent and also for the baby, who will not be “stuck” on their parent’s chest or back.

Baby Carriers Material

It is always better to go for the organic materials instead of synthetics. We recommend cotton as a quality material, which is nice, soft and it does not pose any danger to the skin of the baby. These cotton models come in different colors, so you will be able to choose your favorite color of the carrier. The last factor is the place and distance to which the baby will be carried. For home or shorter distances, scarf carriers are a more than a suitable option. However, if you travel a lot, like long-distance walks or are a nature enthusiast an ergonomic carrier is the right choice for you and your baby.

Emma Martens

Full-time housewife. I have graduated from the University of Management in Brussel. I raise with my husband two beautiful kids. In my spare time, I like to read books and write reviews on 9best. Read more...

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