Best Baby Carriers
The right baby carrier keeps your baby close, even when you don’t have any spare hands to carry them. This can promote parent and baby bonding, gently helps your baby transition from womb to world, and more easily lets you cross off tasks from your to-do list.
The Manduca Baby Carriers draw upon an orthopedically sound design to support babies. They're also lightweight and wearer-friendly, so parents and carers can remain just as comfortable as the bubs being carried around.
Made to softly yet securely support your baby using organic cotton, Hug-a-Bub won the 2019 Awards for Best Baby Carriers.
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The $229.95 BabyBjorn One baby carrier is suitable for babies 0-3 years, or who weigh 3.5-15 kg.
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Latest review: I purchased this for my friend and she absolutely loves it. The material is lovely and is very comfortable on. Cannot wait to get myself one for my new
Price (RRP) $79.00
Beco’s Gemini Baby Carrier is versatile in function as well as appearance, as it’s available in 10 appealing designs. For example, the ‘Stella’ features a circular geometric print, set against a deep blue background.
Latest review: Sleeping on the go is made easy with the Connect Plus Carrier, with different layers for extra warmth or to keep bub cooler as the day heats up. The carrier layers are easily removed and stored away
Price (RRP) $219.00
Latest review: I find the Baba Sling quite difficult to position bub in comfortably. Perhaps it’s the amount of fabric. I feel like she gets swamped in it when laying down. I don’t find it is supportive when she’s i
Latest review: I love my Baby K'tan Breeze. It is such a lovely light weight easy to use design. I have a bigger baby boy and the wrap tucks him in very securely so i know his safe while still having my hands free.
Latest review: After using a few brands I am happy I found Tula. Most comfortable baby carrier I have tried and excellent quality! Also the only one my baby didn't scream in! I'll be using it again for baby #2.
Latest review: Highly recommend a wrap. I have both a Hug a Bub and a Moby. The Moby is a nice soft material, wide enough and long enough to cover my baby. I prefer the hug a bub as there is a pocket in the front
Latest review: Once you get the hang of putting it on easy to use. Love the variety of carries. Makes quick shop visits easy and my baby loved taking walks in it. Perfect for travelling too-we didn’t even take a p
Latest review: I bought this ring sling for my recent holiday. I have an 8.6 kg 9 month old & used it near every day at a water park so I could watch my toddler & keep my baby close! The rings never slipped, the
Latest review: The CABOO baby carrier and is quite comfy, but is better than a normal baby wrap carrier like Moby or Hug a Bub because you don't have to mess around with a 6 metre length of fabric. It is already
Latest review: This sling looks great on the packaging but I've tried using it several times with two bubs (since we spent so much money on it!) and it's a total no go! It's awkward to wear, doesn't support your
Latest review: The pre-sales support was excellent but sadly nonexistent since starting to use the carrier. The biggest problem we've had is the fit of the carrier. It is so uncomfortable on my narrow frame. My
Latest review: Really disappointed that it can't be used as my baby (6kgs) doesn't fit. Would not recommend buying at all. It is also difficult to put on and the instructions do not help. The clips and velcro are
Latest review: I love the Pognae No. 5 that much that I am actually doing a review on it. I don’t usually waste my time like this but I felt compelled to do so because it is such a great piece of clothing e
Latest review: Highly recommend this sling. I bought a Hug-a-bub wrap carrier which my husband used for our newborn but I couldn't use due to having unexpectedly had a c-section and finding the wrap carrier did up
Types of Baby Carriers
These involve wrapping a large piece of fabric tightly around your body and baby’s body. You may need to practise a few times to get the hang of it, especially if you’re new to baby wrapping. The sturdiest baby wraps are made from cotton, linen, wool or hemp, and are called woven wraps. You can even wear your baby on your back using a woven wrap.
A wring sling is like a version of a woven wrap that has rings below the shoulder. After threading the fabric through the rings and putting the sling on yourself, you can wrap your baby from bottom to top (shoulders). With a ring sling, you can front carry, back carry or hip carry. Adjust the looseness or tightness by pulling on the fabric or pushing it back through rings.
Soft structured carriers (or SSCs)
These come with padded shoulder straps and a buckled, padded waistband. They are supportive and don’t require much practise to use (other than figuring out which positions your baby likes to rest in best). SSCs may have options for front-carry facing in, front-carry facing out, back carry and hip carry.
Less common baby carriers include mei tai carriers, and frame/backpack carriers (mainly for hiking with toddlers).
Baby Carrier Quick Tips
- Make sure the carrier you choose is age appropriate for your baby. For example, some carriers aren’t suitable for newborns or babies that can’t hold their heads up.
- Look for a carrier that evenly distributes weight and mainly puts it on your hips (especially in a structured soft carrier).
- Choose a carrier that will be comfortable to wear year-round. Some SSCs come with newborn inserts, but these can often get hot and heavy in summer.
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