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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 lets you cross tasks off your to-do list more easily.

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Types of Baby Carriers:

Wraps

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.

Wring slings

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.

You can scroll down to read reviews of popular and best-rated baby carriers today.

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Karicare+ Formula 3

Karicare+ Formula 3

4.7 from 35 reviews
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Manduca

Manduca · includes 5 listings

4.8 from 115 reviews

Latest review: This carrier is so easy to use, lightweight so baby doesn't sweat from body heat, and is designed with simplicity, but effectiveness in mind. Overall, one of my favourite

Hug-a-Bub
  • Award Winner 2019

Hug-a-Bub · includes 5 listings

4.5 from 239 reviews

Made to softly yet securely support your baby using organic cotton, Hug-a-Bub won the 2019 Awards for Best Baby Carriers.

Ergobaby Original

Ergobaby Original · includes 4 listings

4.4 from 174 reviews

Latest review: I always have a preference for prams but on the occasions when we could in use a carrier this was perfect. Fits easily on the hip bone and very comfortable on the shoulders and back. Mainly used it

BabyBjorn One

BabyBjorn One

4.5 from 96 reviews

The $229.95 BabyBjorn One baby carrier is suitable for babies 0-3 years, or who weigh 3.5-15 kg.

Ergobaby Performance

Ergobaby Performance · includes 2 listings

4.7 from 49 reviews

Latest review: My ERGO was fabulous from 6 months to about 2yrs old for both my kiddies. Great pockets for phone and keys. I bought the Limited Edition Christie Turlington one from Amazon, and an attachable

Boba Wrap

Boba Wrap

4.7 from 33 reviews

The Boba Wrap, $74.90, is suitable for babies 3.63kg to 15.87 kg and is made from French Terry cotton and Spandex.

Ergobaby Four Position 360

Ergobaby Four Position 360

4.0 from 88 reviews

Latest review: Have used this for both babies now from week 1 till age 4! Love the front fwd/ hugging facing, and back carrying function! Have brought babies for hikes esp with back pack carrying no dramas.

Beco Gemini

Beco Gemini

4.6 from 22 reviews

Latest review: I’ve had my Beco for 5 years now and it’s just amazing! Comfortable, soft and so handy having the 4 different positions! I wore my 14kg 16 month old just last week for a huge walk for about 2 hours a

Ergobaby All Position Omni 360 Carrier
  • Award Winner 2020

Ergobaby All Position Omni 360 Carrier

4.3 from 24 reviews

The $299 Ergobaby All Position Omni 360 Carrier is the 2020 Award Winner in the Baby Carriers category.

Baba Slings Standard

Baba Slings Standard

4.0 from 25 reviews

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

Baby K’tan Baby

Baby K’tan Baby

4.6 from 15 reviews

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.

Moby Wrap

Moby Wrap

4.9 from 12 reviews

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

Tula Ergonomic

Tula Ergonomic

4.6 from 14 reviews

Latest review: Love this carrier. Have used for 2 children over 3.5 years and it’s well worn but still in excellent condition. Great value for money. Bub is always comfortable when using this carrier and it helps s

Ergobaby Adapt Carrier

Ergobaby Adapt Carrier

4.9 from 11 reviews

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

Breeze Baby Sling

Breeze Baby Sling

4.1 from 16 reviews

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

The Caboo Baby Carrier

The Caboo Baby Carrier

4.6 from 10 reviews

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

Minimonkey Baby Sling

Minimonkey Baby Sling

3.2 from 31 reviews

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

Pognae Orga Plus

Pognae Orga Plus

4.5 from 10 reviews

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

Ryco 4 in 1

Ryco 4 in 1

1.7 from 16 reviews

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

Pognae No.5 Hipseat

Pognae No.5 Hipseat

5.0 from 9 reviews

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

Karicare+ Formula 3

Karicare+ Formula 3

4.7 from 35 reviews
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