Babies like being held… and held… and held. It is a simple fact that no matter how great your swing or bouncy is, how much your baby loves their crib, or how many hands you have helping out that sometimes your baby is going to wear your arms out wanting to be held by you and you only. This is where having one of our best baby carriers will save you.
A carrier will allow you to have two free hands while keeping your baby safe and cuddly right against you. There are a couple of different kinds of carriers, so you will have to decide the best fit for you. Keep in mind, while you often think of very small babies being in carriers there are some options that allow you to carry into toddlerhood!
Do You Need a Carrier?
We highly recommend every new mom at least tries out a carrier. It is one of the items we hear moms rave about time and time again. It really comes down to the fact that babies like to be close to you, but sometimes you will need a free hand!
What to Look for in a Baby Carrier
- Comfort: You want to choose a carrier that is comfortable for both the parent and the child. This means considering proper fit, materials, and padding.
- Function: You also want your carrier to be functional for the parent. Added pockets, straps, and supports are a great bonus.
- Ease of Use: Trust me, you won’t use your carrier if it is a pain to get on and off. You will want to consider how you get the carrier on and the baby strapped in as well as how to take the carrier off.
- Durability: This applies to wear and tear along with the fact that you want a carrier that provides at least a year of use as your little one grows.
8 of the Best Baby Carriers that will Save your Back (and arms and legs)
Below, we will go over our favorite baby carriers in each category; wraps, slings, and the traditional carrier.
Baby Carrier with the Best Versatility: A Wrap
Wraps do it all. They can be configured in seemingly endless ways, which means they easily grow with your baby and can be worn differently depending on your own comfort as well. It can be a little confusing figuring out how to configure them at first, but once you get it down your little one will feel so securely tucked in their and it will seriously save your back and arms.
Solly Baby Wraps are the perfect cozy carriers, especially during those long newborn days. They can carry up to 25 lbs and are specialized for your baby’s first nine months. The stretchy material will conform to whoever is wearing it. No worries about it getting sweaty or dirty, just toss it in the wash to clean.
Here is what Lo had to say about this must-have carrier, “I started using the Solly wrap with my first baby girl 4 years ago – once I did, I was hooked. My two babies have spent hundreds of hours with me like this – and we can’t wait for number 3 to do the same. The buttery soft fabric, the simple designs and colors, the consistent price point; all of it makes Solly such an easy product to stand behind and recommend.
When Solly added their Dolly wrap for littles, it was the sweetest addition to their product line. I can hardly believe that baby girl that used to sleep in MY first Solly wrap is now holding her baby dolly in her own Dolly wrap – what a gift to have a company hand my family so many good memories.”
The Moby is another wrap that makes carrying your little one around a breeze. Not only is it one of our favorites, but it is a very affordable option! Two great perks are that it fits comfortably on all body types and adjusts easily.
The Ultimate Baby Carrier for Bonding: Slings
We will kick things off with slings. These are absolutely perfect for newborns and allow for bonding all day long. I was obsessed with my sling with my newborn. It truly was the best baby carrier as you could feel their warmth pressed up against your skin, and you have two arms free! They are basically a wide piece of fabric that wrap across one shoulder and your torso, and your little nugget can be popped right in. They are lightweight and easy to get on.
This is a sling that will allow bonding between you and your babe all the way from their newborn stage through toddlerhood with a weight limit of 35 lbs. Just like the WildBird, the Sakura Bloom ring sling comes in 2 different lengths making it a great choice for moms of all sizes.
I love that the have video instructions to help you learn to use the sling properly and insure you are putting your baby in the right position for proper hip health!
Best Baby Carrier for On the Go: The Traditional Baby Carrier
You probably don’t need much of an explanation on this one. The traditional carrier is worn like a front-facing backpack with straps over your shoulders and the cloth carrier in the front. My husband was always nervous using a sling or wrap so we also had a traditional carrier. Here are some of the best baby carriers for the “traditional” category!
Inward, outward, on your hip, or on your back this carrier can be positioned however you see fit. The biggest bonus of all; you can actually breastfeed with your baby in the carrier. There’s also the option for a privacy hood which is UPF 50.
The shoulder straps are really cushiony and there is plenty of lumbar support. The front panel is mesh making it breathable for your little one. No doubt you will get plenty of use out of your Ergo because your kiddo can be carried until they’re 3 years old or 45 lbs!
Similar to the Ergo Baby 360, this carrier offers many different positions so you can figure out what works best for you and your baby! Our Rookie Mom Squad mama, Lo, swears by this carrier. She has done a ton of traveling with it and not only does it keep her babies comfy & happy but it has lasted through the wear and tear.
The Tula will become your new best friend with its bright pattern options and ability to get on quickly and easily. It can be worn on your back or front and you can carry your baby in it up to 45 lbs. The bottom band that wraps around your tummy is really wide offering way more support than most by distributing your baby’s weight more evenly and making this one of the comfiest traditional carriers.
Another thing that makes this one of the best baby carriers; it can be thrown in the wash on a gentle cycle to clean!
If you are an on-the-go mama, this is the carrier for you! It will make it easy to conquer everything from playdates to soccer practice, even on the busiest of days. It is one of the most comfortable carriers and you won’t have any problem wearing it all day long. The straps are thick and the waistband supportive.
There are six pockets, so you can easily carry your phone and keys or other small necessities. Another bonus; you can back and front carry with this one! It’s cute, functional, ergonomic, and easy to use. What’s not to love!
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