Ok so it’s been well documented that baby wearing is really beneficial for both baby and parents (this article sums it up really well) but choosing the best carrier can be a bit overwhelming – you need to know it will hold your little one securely in a healthy position, be comfortable for you, not too hot to wear and easy to get on and off.
So which ones live up to those expectations? Here’s the top baby carriers that have been highly rated and reviewed by thousands of parents who have used them. While these are all great for newborns, they’re also all designed to use up to around 35 lbs.
The best baby wraps reviewed
Wraps are a good option for newborns and younger babies – they’re nice and soft and allow a close snuggle. While all of the wraps listed here are designed for use up to 35 lbs, most parents do find that the stretchy wraps don’t provide the amount of support they’re comfortable with long before this.
With the Baby K’tan, you get all the benefits of a wrap style carrier, without having to figure out actually wrapping it – it comes ready to wear. It offers six different positions to accommodate your little one with the best carrying position based on their age/stage of development.
Because of the fixed nature of the Baby K’tan, you do buy it based on the wearers size, so if more than one person will be wearing bub, you’ll more than likely need to buy a wrap to suit each wearers size.
This is another easy to put on wrap, that also provides really good support with the structured seat. It’s really comfortable to wear with the padded shoulder straps and good back support for the wearer.
The Moby wrap is super versatile – it’s essentially a super long piece of fabric which means it can be tied in a number of different ways. While the amount of fabric makes it versatile, some parents feel like there is too much fabric and that it’s difficult to tie.
They do come with instructions, and there’s a heap of videos on Youtube demonstrating different ways to tie it – once you’ve done it a couple of times it is quite easy.
4. Boba Wrap
This one is very similar to the Moby wrap, but is shorter and narrower which means less fabric to deal with wrapping. It is alot stretchier than the Moby as well which allows you to tie it really tight for a nice secure feel.
The best soft structured carriers reviewed
Soft structured carriers provide alot more support for the baby’s weight – both of the ones recommended here can be used for newborns, but their real benefit is in the support they provide once your baby starts to get heavier. If you’re looking for a carrier that will really take you from a newborn through to a toddler comfortably, a soft structured carrier is the way to go.
The Boba 4G is the best all round carrier for newborns through to toddlers. It comes with an integrated insert for newborns (no separate purchase necessary!), and unlike alot of the soft structured carriers, it is comfortable for both parent and newborn baby. If you’re going to be a breast feeding mama, you’ll be happy to hear that alot of mom’s find it easy to nurse with their little one in the Boba too.
The Beco Gemini is an awesome baby carrier – the only reason why it isn’t number 1 on this list is that it isn’t as suitable for newborns as the Boba carrier. Yes you can use it for a newborn, but alot of parents who have it feel that it’s not the best option for a newborn as it’s quite big and difficult to get a comfortable position for them.
Once your little one reaches around 3 months, this is our pick of the best carrier to take them through to toddler years. It has 4 carry positions, back, hip, front facing in and also front facing out which is a big plus for lots of parents (many of the other soft structured carriers don’t have this option).