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Baby Carriers

Whether you’re snuggling with a sleepy newborn or trying to stay hands-free while you shop with your tot, baby carriers help you keep your child close while you’re on the go. 

Types of Baby Carriers

Wraps and slings, backpacks, mei tais, and soft structured models—baby carriers come in various fabrics, can be worn in numerous ways, and suit a variety of activity levels. You can further customize any carrier with a range of accessories.

Pros: Allow for a wide variety of holding options, including various front, hip, and back carriers. Designed for use with a range of ages (newborns to toddlers); protects a child from sun, wind, and touchy strangers. Convenient for breastfeeding, wraps are washable, easily adjusted, and usually more affordable than other carrier styles. Wraps are also ideal for those following an attachment-parenting philosophy, as they keep a child close to the body.

Cons: Because of the variety of styles and carry options, wraps can have a steeper learning curve Wraps and slings, backpacks, mei tais, and soft structured models—baby carriers come in various fabrics, can be worn in numerous ways, and suit a variety of activity levels. You can further customize any carrier with a range of accessories.

Wraps

A wrap carriers is a long piece of material (often cotton, but can be linen, silk, bamboo, or breathable mesh) worn twisted around the body. 

Pros: Allow for a wide variety of holding options, including various front, hip, and back carriers. Designed for use with a range of ages (newborns to toddlers); protects a child from sun, wind, and touchy strangers. Convenient for breastfeeding, wraps are washable, easily adjusted, and usually more affordable than other carrier styles. Wraps are also ideal for those following an attachment-parenting philosophy, as they keep a child close to the body.

Cons: Because of the variety of styles and carry options, wraps can have a steeper learning curve than other carriers (although most wraps come with printed directions and a DVD/online video for added instruction). Some parents find the wrapped fabric keeps them too warm while wearing Baby.
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Boba
$48.00 at Diapers.com

Boba Wrap - Purple The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft... material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike! Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Orange The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike! Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Navy Blue The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike! Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Gray The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day. Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbs Recommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs ? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Dark Green The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Brown The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Black The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex WrapThe Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age:Newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds):Newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Span Read More

Moby Wrap
$47.95 at Diapers.com

Moby Original Wrap - Black The original Moby Wrap is the de-facto wrap around style baby carrier. Its simple yet versatile design ...makes it suitable for any wearer. The benefits of babywearing are many, and with the slightly, but not too stretchy, 100% cotton fabric, theres no better place for your baby to be. Soft, comfortable and affordable, the 100% cotton Moby Wrap keeps your baby close and secure. Machine washable. Weight Limit: Up to 35 lbs. ? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Cotton Moby Original Wrap - MossThe original Moby Wrap is the de-facto wrap around style baby carrier. Its simple yet versatile design makes it suitable for any wearer. The benefits of babywearing are many, and with the slightly, but not too stretchy, 100% cotton fabric, theres no better place for your baby to be.Soft, comfortable and affordable, the 100% cotton Moby Wrap keeps your baby close and secure. Machine washable.Weight Limit: Up to 35 lbs.? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Cotton Moby Original Wrap - NavyThe original Moby Wrap is the de-facto wrap around style baby carrier. Its simple yet versatile design makes it suitable for any wearer. The benefits of babywearing are many, and with the slightly, but not too stretchy, 100% cotton fabric, theres no better place for your baby to be.Soft, comfortable and affordable, the 100% cotton Moby Wrap keeps your baby close and secure. Machine washable.Weight Limit: Up to 35 lbs.? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Cotton Moby Original Wrap - ChocolateThe original Moby Wrap is the de-facto wrap around style baby carrier. Its simple yet versatile design makes it suitable for any wearer. The benefits of babywearing are many, and with the slightly, but not too stretchy, 100% cotton fabric, theres no better place for your baby to be.Soft, comfortable and affordable, the 100% cotton Moby Wrap keeps your baby close and secure. Machine washable.Weight Limit: Up to 35 lbs.? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Cotton Moby Original Wrap - IndigoThe award-winning original Moby Wrap is the most recognized wrap-style baby carrier on the market. Its simple yet versatile design makes it suitable for any wearer. The benefits of babywearing are many, and with the slightly, but not too stretchy, 100% cotton fabric, theres no better place for your baby to beSoft, comfortable and affordable, the 100% cotton Moby Wrap keeps your baby close and secure. Machine washable.Weight Limit: Up to 35 lbs.? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Cotton Moby Original Wrap - LavenderA parent-favorite! This is the classic Moby Wrap, offering the award-winning comfort and security that Moby brand is known for. Designed to carry babies 8-35 lbs, the Moby Wrap is a parent-favorite for its comfort, style and adaptability. Made from an ultra soft 100% natural cotton fabric, the Wrap encourages a safe and secure place for baby to bond with their family.Manufacturer Recommendewd WeightLimits: From 8 to 35 poundsProduct Dimensions:4.8 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Cotton Read More

Boba
$48.00 at Diapers.com

Boba Wrap - Purple The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft... material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike! Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Orange The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike! Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Navy Blue The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike! Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Gray The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Dark Green The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Brown The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex Boba Wrap - Black The Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day. Recommended Age: newborn up to 45 lbs Recommended Weight (in pounds): newborn up to 45 lbs ? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Spandex WrapThe Boba Wrap baby carrier is the ideal solution for babies from birth, including preemies. The incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced babywearers alike. Simply tie the wrap snug against your body and it will fit perfectly every time - no need to readjust or retie during the day.Recommended Age:Newborn up to 45 lbsRecommended Weight (in pounds):Newborn up to 45 lbs? Imported- China ? 95%Cotton / 5%Span Read More

Moby Wrap
$62.95 at Diapers.com

Moby Organic Wrap - Eggplant 100% Organic Cotton The same great wrap in soft certified Organic fabrics. Organic Moby Wrap is made ...from 100% organic cotton, EKO-certified by Skal Intl. Weight Limit: Up to 35 lbs. ? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Organic Cotton Moby Organic Wrap - OatmealDesigned to carry babies 8-35 lbs, the Moby Wrap is a parent-favorite for its comfort, style and adaptability. Made from an ultra soft 100% natural cotton fabric, the Wrap encourages a safe and secure place for baby to bond with their family.The Moby Wrap Organics collection is made with 100% OE certified organic cotton. These Wraps have the same versatile and soft features Moby is known for, with the additional benefits of being made from organically grown cotton. A great choice for earth-conscious families.Manufacturer Recommended Weight Limits: From 8 to 35 poundsProduct Dimensions: 4.8 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Organic Cotton Moby Organic Wrap - SnowpeaDesigned to carry babies 8-35 lbs, the Moby Wrap is a parent-favorite for its comfort, style and adaptability. Made from an ultra soft 100% natural cotton fabric, the Wrap encourages a safe and secure place for baby to bond with their family.The Moby Wrap Organics collection is made with 100% OE certified organic cotton. These Wraps have the same versatile and soft features Moby is known for, with the additional benefits of being made from organically grown cotton. A great choice for earth-conscious families.Manufacturer Recommended Weight Limits: From 8 to 35 poundsProduct Dimensions: 4.8 x 4.5 x 8.5 inchesnatural cotton fabric, the Wrap encourages a safe and secure place for baby to bond with their family.? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Organic Cotton Moby Organic Wrap - GarnetDesigned to carry babies 8-35 lbs, the Moby Wrap is a parent-favorite for its comfort, style and adaptability. Made from an ultra soft 100% natural cotton fabric, the Wrap encourages a safe and secure place for baby to bond with their family.The Moby Wrap Organics collection is made with 100% OE certified organic cotton. These Wraps have the same versatile and soft features Moby is known for, with the additional benefits of being made from organically grown cotton. A great choice for earth-conscious families.Manufacturer Recommended Weight Limits: From 8 to 35 poundsProduct Dimensions: 4.8 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches? Imported- Thailand ? 100% Organic Cotton Sustainable Materials: 100% organic cotton Organic cotton: A fiber produced without the usage of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides to encourage biodiversity and reduce chemical contamination. Read More

Slings

These swaths of material are worn over one shoulder to form a pouch to hold your baby. Slings can be either a circular piece of cloth with a fixed pouch or a rectangular length of fabric threaded through two rings and whose pouch size can be adjusted. 

Pros: A variety of carry positions, including front (facing in and out), hip, and back. Slings are simple to put on and remove; allow for discreet breastfeeding and easy to store in a diaper bag. Slings are available in a wide variety of materials, colors, and patterns, letting you express your style. 

Cons: Wearing a baby in a sling can become physically taxing if done for extended periods and as Baby gets older and larger. Circular pouch slings are sized, so it can be tricky to order one without trying it on. Ring slings’ design means that there will always be a drape of its extra material hanging in front of you—a potential annoyance for some.
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Balboa Baby
$59.99 at Target

Carry your baby and keep your hands free at the same time with the Lola-patterned Balboa baby adjustable sling. It also offers gre...at comfort when youre breastfeeding. Hold your baby in 4 different positions, forward or rear facing. The deep pocket design and elastic trim provide a snug and secure hold while the contoured strap evenly distributes weight. Plus, its padded to offer optimum comfort. This baby sling is made of soft cotton thats gentle against your babys skin. Keep cell phone, wipes and other essentials in the outside pocket. 1 size fits all. Includes an instruction booklet. Recommended for newborns and older babies. : Multiple Position Options, Adjustable, Front-storage Pocket, Padded Rails, 4 Carrying Positions, Front or Rear-facingIncludes: Instruction BookletSafety and Security Features: Safety stopperCare and Cleaning: Machine WashManufacturer's Suggested Age: Newborn and UpMinimum Age: NewbornMinimum Weight Supported: 8.0 Lb.Maximum Weight Capacity: 25.0 Lb.Material: CottonAwards: 2009 iParenting Media AwardDimensions: 3.0 " W x 12.0 " D x 26.0 " L Weight: 0.7 Lb.see specificationssee shipping and returnsguest rating overall4 of 5 stars Comfort3 of 5 stars Quality5 of 5 stars Easy to Use3.5 of 5 stars see guest reviews Read More

The Peanut Shell
$49.99 at Target

The Peanut Shell adjustable sling is a fashionable, durable and comfortable baby slingand one size really does fit all. Featuring ...a no-slip safety strap, a perfectly sized pouch and padded rails, this sling is safe for both you and your baby. Made from cotton with just a touch of Spandex, it gives like a pair of stretch jeans. The Bali pattern offers an eye-catching design in shades of turquoise and cream. : 4 Carrying Positions, Front-storage Pocket, Adjustable, Padded RailsIncludes: Instruction BookletSafety and Security Features: Non-slip safety strapCertifications: Meets CPSC StandardsCare and Cleaning: Machine WashManufacturer's Suggested Age: Newborn and UpMinimum Age: NewbornMinimum Weight Supported: 8.0 Lb.Maximum Weight Capacity: 26.0 Lb.Material: Cotton, SpandexAwards: 2012 Mom's Best Award Mom's BestDimensions: 11.0 " W x 2.5 " D x 25.0 " L Weight: 0.75 Lb.see specificationssee shipping and returnsreview this item Read More

The Peanut Shell
$52.49 $54.99 at Diapers.com

The Peanut Shell Adjustable Sling - WhisperWe get it; parenting takes some adjusting. Now you have a fashionable, durable and comf...ortable baby sling in just one size. What could be easier? Our sling is truly one size fits all and features a no-slip safety strap, perfectly sized pouch and padded rails that make our sling the safest for you and your baby. We use a cotton stretch, single layer sling design that gives like a pair of stretch jeans featuring 97% cotton and 3% spandex. Recommended for use with babies between 8 and 26 pounds? Imported ? Cotton 97%/Spandex 3% The Peanut Shell Adjustable Sling - Black We get it; parenting takes some adjusting. Now you have a fashionable, durable and comfortable baby sling in just one size. What could be easier? Our sling is truly one size fits all and features a no-slip safety strap, perfectly sized pouch and padded rails that make our sling the safest for you and your baby. We use a cotton stretch, single layer sling design that gives like a pair of stretch jeans featuring 97% cotton and 3% spandex. Recommended for use with babies between 8 and 26 pounds ? Imported ? Cotton 97%/Spandex 3% Read More

Balboa Baby
$59.99 at Diapers.com

Balboa Baby Dr. Sears Adjustable Sling Signature BrownThe Adjustable Sling by Balboa Baby? is so soft and comfortable that slingin...g your baby will feel totally natural for both of you. Designed to grow as your baby does, the Balboa Sling offers parents hands free motion and promotes bonding. The unique contoured padded strap features a sleek design, yet evenly distributes your babys weight. The covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you, while the deep pocket design keeps baby snug and secure, allowing you to move freely without worry.One size adjustable sling, designed to grow with your baby, with multiple carry positions: carry style, cuddle style, cradle style, front carrier style, hip carrier style (refer to product instructions)Covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you; Heavy duty nylon rings, convenient pocket and tailored padded strapConvenient for breast feeding; Machine washableDeveloped, tested and recommended by Dr. Sears and familyRecommended Age/Weight/Height: from 8 to 35 lbsProduct Dimensions:12 x 60 x 3 inchesWeight: 1 pound ? Imported- China ? 98% Cotton/2% Spandex Dr. Sears Adjustable Sling, Lola The Adjustable Sling by Balboa Baby? is so soft and comfortable that slinging your baby will feel totally natural for both of you. Designed to grow as your baby does, the Balboa Sling offers parents hands free motion and promotes bonding. The unique contoured padded strap features a sleek design, yet evenly distributes your babys weight. The covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you, while the deep pocket design keeps baby snug and secure, allowing you to move freely without worry. One size adjustable sling, designed to grow with your baby, with multiple carry positions: carry style, cuddle style, cradle style, front carrier style, hip carrier style (refer to product instructions) Covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you; Heavy duty nylon rings, convenient pocket and tailored padded strap Convenient for breast feeding; Machine washable Developed, tested and recommended by Dr. Sears and family Recommended Age/Weight/Height: from 8 to 35 lbs ? Imported- China ? 98% Cotton/2% Spandex Balboa Baby Dr. Sears Adjustable Sling - SwirlThe Adjustable Sling by Balboa Baby? is so soft and comfortable that slinging your baby will feel totally natural for both of you. Designed to grow as your baby does, the Balboa Sling offers parents hands free motion and promotes bonding. The unique contoured padded strap features a sleek design, yet evenly distributes your babys weight. The covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you, while the deep pocket design keeps baby snug and secure, allowing you to move freely without worry.One size adjustable sling, designed to grow with your baby, with multiple carry positions: carry style, cuddle style, cradle style, front carrier style, hip carrier style (refer to product instructions)Covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you; Heavy duty nylon rings, convenient pocket and tailored padded strapConvenient for breast feeding; Machine washableDeveloped, tested and recommended by Dr. Sears and familyRecommended Age/Weight/Height: from 8 to 35 lbsProduct Dimensions:5 x 5 x 11.75 inchesWeight: 1 pound ? Imported- China ? 98% Cotton/2% Spandex Dr. Sears Adjustable Sling - Black with Red Poppy TrimThe Adjustable Sling by Balboa Baby? is so soft and comfortable that slinging your baby will feel totally natural for both of you. Designed to grow as your baby does, the Balboa Sling offers parents hands free motion and promotes bonding. The unique contoured padded strap features a sleek design, yet evenly distributes your babys weight. The covered elastic trim ensures your baby is safe and positioned close to you, while the deep pocket design keeps baby snug and secure, allowing you to move freely without worry.One si Read More

Mei Tai Carriers

Sometimes called Asian-style baby carriers, mei tais are a rectangular pieces of material worn on the front, back, or hip. Four straps secure them (usually one over each shoulder and two at the waist).

Pros: Made in a wide array of colors and patterns; can be used with infants and toddlers. They evenly distribute the weight of the child and can be adjusted from a high-back, looky-loo carrying position to a lower, nap-friendly carrying position.

Cons: May be tricky for those looking for a quick on/off carrier. Straps usually not padded and can dig into shoulders and hips. Depending on the design, some mei tai carriers may not provide enough support for newborns.

Soft-Structured Carriers (SSCs)

Able to be worn on the front, back, or hip, soft-structured carriers feature a rectangular piece of material secured to the wearer’s body with clasps and buckles. Some models keep the child in a seated position; others, in a vertical one. Although suitable for newborns through toddlers, some SSCs require a separate infant insert.

Pros: Soft-structured carriers provide a more streamlined look than other options. The carriers’ buckles and clasps offer a customizable fit for parent and child, and the padded shoulder straps—and in some cases, padded waist belts—increase comfort, disperse the child’s weight, and provide lumbar support for the parent. Often quick and easy to put on and place baby in. Also offered in more dad-friendly styles than other carriers.

Cons: Does not allow child to be worn directly on parent’s chest, which may disappoint those looking for that close contact. The design leaves a child’s legs unprotected, potentially exposing them to sun and wind. Soft-structured carriers can be bulkier than other options, making them harder to stash into a diaper bag or stroller basket. Some parents may also find the buckles and clasps burdensome or uncomfortable. 

Backpack Carriers

Suited for more active, lengthy outings (such as hikes or a day out), backpack carriers can be smaller models built into a traditional school backpack or larger options constructed on backpacking frames. Babies carried must be able to keep their head upright unassisted, making these carriers most suitable for kids 6 months and older.

Pros: Available in a wide variety of designs, sizes, and comfort levels, including lightweight models for short journeys to more substantial styles for longer trips. Many backpack carriers have additional storage pouches for diapers, snacks, and your own essentials.

Cons: Backpack carriers can be used in only one way. Models vary and may lack the adjustment options or sufficient padding you’d desire. Storage can be problematic because of the carrier’s bulky shape. Backpack carriers position the child high on your back, so hanging lights, door frames, and tree branches are potential hazards.

Carrier Accessories

Varying greatly by brand, carrier accessories include infant inserts, sun hoods/sleeping hoods, cover enhancements, weather covers, strap extensions, seat extenders, and bibs/drool clothes.

Infant insert: Certain carriers, such as mei tai or soft-structured ones, are not suitable for infants as-is, often because the children’s small size makes them sit too low in them. Although many models now include an infant insert or have been redesigned to not need one, some still require purchasing a separate accessory.

Sun hoods and sleeping hoods: These are optional accessories for mei tai carriers, soft structured carriers, and backpack carriers; they protect your baby from the elements and provide a shaded place for her to snooze.

Cover enhancements: Some carriers can be updated with additional swatches of material that you purchase and attach to them.

Weather covers: Waterproof weather covers fit over your carrier, providing warmth and protection from rain and snow.

Strap extensions: Strap extensions create extra sizing flexibility for shoulder and waist straps. 

Seat extenders: Seat extenders (available for some carriers) offer additional comfort and support for larger babies.

Bibs/drool cloths: Children often bite, suck, and drool over the front of their carriers. Easy-to-clean bibs or drool clothes cover this portion of the carrier, protecting it from marks and stains.
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BabyBjorn
$31.46 $44.95 at Drugstore.com

Cover for BabyBjorn® Baby Carrier. (Carrier not included) Keeps your baby warm, dry and comfortable. Easy to attach over the BabyB...jorn® Baby Carrier. Wind-and waterproof. Made of breathable material. You can take out the baby as well as take off the Baby Carrier before removing the cover. babybjorn.com Read More

ERGObaby
$25.00 at Diapers.com

Ergobaby Original Infant Insert - Galaxy Grey The ERGObaby Infant Insert is an innovative new design with cushions at the back and... bottom to support the natural curvature of a babys developing spine. The Infant Insert encourages a healthy hip/leg position by eliminating weight bearing on the developing sacrum. Features: For use with newborns up to 4 - 5 months (with ERGObaby carrier) 100% Cotton fabric 100% Cotton filling Finished product is pre-washed Machine wash cold water, mild detergent, no bleach. Dry in low heat ? Imported- Imported ? 100% Cotton Ergobaby Original Infant Insert - NaturalThe ERGObaby Infant Insert is an innovative new design with cushions at the back and bottom to support the natural curvature of a babys developing spine. The Infant Insert encourages a healthy hip/leg position by eliminating weight bearing on the developing sacrum.For use with newborns up to 4 - 5 months (with ERGObaby carrier)100% Cotton fabric100% Cotton fillingFinished product is pre-washedMachine wash cold water, mild detergent, no bleach. Dry in low heat? Imported- Imported ? 100% Cotton Read More

ERGObaby
$25.00 at Diapers.com

Ergobaby Original Infant Insert - Galaxy GreyThe ERGObaby Infant Insert is an innovative new design with cushions at the back and ...bottom to support the natural curvature of a babys developing spine. The Infant Insert encourages a healthy hip/leg position by eliminating weight bearing on the developing sacrum.Features:For use with newborns up to 4 - 5 months (with ERGObaby carrier)100% Cotton fabric100% Cotton fillingFinished product is pre-washedMachine wash cold water, mild detergent, no bleach. Dry in low heat? Imported- Imported ? 100% Cotton Ergobaby Original Infant Insert - Natural The ERGObaby Infant Insert is an innovative new design with cushions at the back and bottom to support the natural curvature of a babys developing spine. The Infant Insert encourages a healthy hip/leg position by eliminating weight bearing on the developing sacrum. For use with newborns up to 4 - 5 months (with ERGObaby carrier) 100% Cotton fabric 100% Cotton filling Finished product is pre-washed Machine wash cold water, mild detergent, no bleach. Dry in low heat ? Imported- Imported ? 100% Cotton Read More

ERGObaby
$50.00 at Diapers.com

Nylon, rip-stop shell protects against windy and wet weather. Can attach to carrier before putting it on, or when carrier is alrea...dy being used. Side flaps attach easily to ERGObaby carrier?s shoulder straps. Comes stored in a Water-resistant Front Pouch for easy access. ? Imported- China ? 100% Nylon Read More

Purchase Considerations

There’s a baby carrier suited to every taste and parenting style. But before selecting a model because it looks cute or was recommended by your cousin, bear in mind a few things. How would you like to carry the baby? During which activities will you wear the carrier, and how would you prefer to attach the carrier to your body? Will you be wearing the child for long stretches of time, and are your kid’s age and weight—or even your own physical limitations—potential factors? And, finally, will there be more than one caregiver using the carrier?

Carrying positions

Common carrying positions include front facing-in, front facing-out, cradle, hip, kangaroo-hold, hug-hold, high-back, and low-back. Some baby carriers offer only one or two options; others provide a half-dozen. More is not always better, but having various carry options can allow you to do a wider array of activities and help find that magic position to calm a fussy baby.

Activity types

Most carriers are comfortable for wearing around the house, but not all are suited to all home activities. You wouldn’t want to wear a front-facing carrier while cooking, and a backpack carrier isn’t the best way to transport a baby on the subway. Also consider if you’re planning to breastfeed while wearing the carrier. Some styles make this very convenient; others, nearly impossible.

Attachment style

When it comes to attaching the carrier to you, consider the ease, look, and comfort of the various options. Think about the locations where you’ll be putting the carrier on, how fast you need the on/off process to be, and any distracting elements that may take your attention away from attaching the carrier.

Length of wearing

Parents planning on wearing their baby for long periods should make sure to find a carrier that is padded, comfortable, and easily adjustable.

Age and weight limits

Many baby carriers suit a range of ages and loads, but some require additional accessories for infants, and others are better at distributing a child’s weight, making them more comfortable for those carrying older, heftier kids.

Physical issues

Some baby carriers are harder on certain body parts, such as sore shoulders or a weak back. Be sure to select a carrier that does not strain your injured areas and that provides adequate support and padding.

Multiple caregivers

If several people will be using the carrier, ensure that it is adequately adjustable and gender-neutral to allow all to wear it comfortably. Wraps, mei tai carriers, and ring slings are simple to tailor to multiple wearers, but the straps on some soft-structured carriers and backpack carriers require more time and effort. One-piece circular slings are available in a particular size and are trickier for caregivers to share.
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