BEST BABY CARRIER - Best Overall: líllébaby Complete
The name really does say it all. The líllébaby Complete offers the most carrying positions of any baby carrier on the market - without the need to buy additional accessories, extenders or infant inserts! Suitable for newborns up to 4 year olds (45 lbs), the líllébaby Complete allows six different carry options - fetal, face-in, face-on, toddler face in, hip or back. We love the unique patent pending seat design that allows you to adjusts to baby’s size and provides ergonomic spread-leg support in every carry position. There are also thoughtful features like a removable lumbar support, a padded chest strap clasp, and optional accessories like teething pads, stirrup straps and cell phone pocket. Choose from the líllébaby Original, Designer, Organic, AirFlow or All-Season version to get all these features without breaking the bank. BUY: Amazon
BEST BABY CARRIER STYLE: Beco Gemini and Soleil
If you cringe at the thought of wearing a baby carrier in a boring solid, then you'll love our top carrier pick for style. The Beco Baby Gemini and Soleil carriers come in an array of gorgeous modern prints and patterns - many of which we gave you a sneak peak of at the recent ABC Kids Expo. Lucky for you, these Beco carriers are more than just a pretty face. Both of these carriers can be used from infancy, offer a front, back and hip carry option, and have the ability to cross the shoulder straps which can make baby wearing more comfortable for many. Choose the Gemini for babies 7-35 lbs. and for the additional face-out position or go with the Soleil for a higher weight limit (up to 45 lbs.), Dual Adjust Shoulder Strap System to make breastfeeding a breeze, and the snap-on zippered clutch. Gemini or Soleil, you'll be sure to be carrying baby in style. BUY:Amazon
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BABY CARRIER: BityBean
We've all been there - your new little walker desperately wants to do it himself, but you just know he's not going to last for your whole walk to school. BityBean to the rescue! This lightweight, compact baby carrier weighs just 8 ounces (!) and folds up to the size of a child's water bottle, making it super easy to throw into your purse or under the stroller as a carry option. The BityBean offers both a front and a back carry option for children from 3 months up to 40 lbs, and is made out of a lightweight nylon/polyester blend that is machine washable and comes in four fun colors. BUY: Amazon
BEST BABY CARRIER UPDATE : Ergobaby Four-Position 360 Carrier
Ergobaby has long been the standard for providing an ergonomic carry position for babies, but with their latest model, the Ergobaby 360, Ergo has created their best baby carrier yet. The new Ergo offers a fourth, forward-facing position parents had been asking for while still keeping baby's knees, hips and spine in a safe, comfortable position. The 360 has a new structured bucket seat, button adjustments to adjust the seat width, an extendable back panel, and an extra wide Velcro waistband. You'll still enjoy the same padded shoulder straps, included sleeping hood and machine washability you've come to expect from Ergobaby. BUY: Amazon or Nordstrom
BEST AFFORDABLE BABY CARRIER: Infantino Fusion Flexible Position Baby Carrier
A lot of inexpensive carriers leave us wanting more function or comfort, but the Infantino Fusion Flexible Position Carrier offers the perfect balance of features and affordability. Suitable for babies 8-32 lbs., the Fusion allows four carry positions - facing-in narrow or wide seat, facing out, or backpack. The adjustable seat width helps you get the best fit for your baby, and the padded shoulder straps and lumbar belt ensure a comfortable carry for you. We love that this carrier isn't as bulky as some others which keeps you and baby cooler and makes it easier to stash in your diaper bag. The Fusion only comes in this one color, but as we recently reported, grey is one of the hot new trends in baby gear and we love that it is both gender neutral and hides dirt well. Best of all? The Infantino Fusion will cost you under $40! BUY: Amazon or Kohl's
BEST TODDLER CARRIER - Tula Toddler Carrier
True, some other infant carriers have weight limits that allow you to carry your child past 30 lbs., but the Tula Toddler Carrier is designed for carrying toddlers. This carrier has a higher back and wider seat than many other carriers providing the support for a larger, heavier child. With a weight limit up to 50 lbs, we could still comfortably carry our 4 year old around the farmer's market in it! The Tula carrier allows for front or back carrier positions and keeps your child in an ergonomic, comfortable and hip-safe M-position. We also love that the Tula carrier has a convenient Velcro pocket on the padded hip belt, an included hood and extra long straps to allow the carrier to be adjusted to fit a variety of body shapes.BUY: Amazon
BEST BELLS & WHISTLES BACKPACK CARRIER: Kelty Pathfinder 3.0
Backpacking can be challenging enough on its own, but with a baby on your back? If you're buying a backpack because you actually want to head out into the Great Outdoors with your little one, it's worth splurging on the bells-n-whistles Kelty Pathfinder 3.0. Kelty was the first company to introduce backpack-style kid carriers to the market and with their experience in making serious backcountry backpacks, you can be sure that this carrier is designed for comfort.
Pathfinder 3.0 has tons of adjustability - from waist belts and shoulder belts to the suspension system that means you can dial in the perfect fit for whoever is wearing the pack, regardless of shape or size. Parents will also love the lightweight frame, included changing pad and water bottle pocket, hydration-ready pouch, and zip-off daypack. Your little rider will enjoy the included sunhood, padded, adjustable seat height and toy loops. We also are fans of this backpack because of its auto-deploy kickstand (perfect for those snack breaks), under-seat storage and removable, washable drool-pad because as exciting as nature can be. BUY:Amazon or Zappos
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACK CARRIER: Kelty Mijo
Walks around the block. Trips to the farmer's market. Trying to make dinner without a little one crawling up your leg. There are lots of great times to use a backpack carrier. But these are times you don't need a heavy-duty backpack that could let you scale a mountain and pack enough food to survive for three days. You need something compact, lightweight and simple. You need the Kelty Mijo. Soft-sided back carriers can be a great option, but for kids who like a higher perch to really look around, the Kelty Mijo provides an adjustable height seat, 5-pt harness, and a 30 lbs weight limit all in a lightweight 3 lbs. 9 oz frame. No bells and whistles here, but the Mijo does still come with a small storage pocket and an auto-deploy kickstand. Everything you need, nothing you don't. BUY: Amazon
BEST LUXURY BABY WRAP: Poe Woven
Love buying local? Then meet Poe Woven. We adore these gorgeous American-made woven wraps by Poe Wovens. The dense-weave wraps are easy to tie, comfortable to wear, soft for baby, and come in an array of simple, timeless patterns. The prints are inspired by everything from the rolling hills of Vermont to the city lights of Paris to the fields of Provence, creating wraps that compliment, not compete with your wardrobe. Poe Woven uses a variety of yarns for their wraps including cotton, linen, hemp, merino wool, and alpaca hair, and sources everything from the material to the labor in the USA. Whichever wrap you choose, your Poe Woven will be comfortable and beautiful way to carry baby. BUY: Poe Woven
BEST AFFORDABLE BABY WRAP: Boba Wrap
Wraps are one of our favorites ways for keeping baby close, and the Boba Wrap makes babywearing cute and affordable. The Boba wrap is designed for use with infants up to 35 lbs and comes in a handful of simple solids and patterns. We love the super soft material, variety of holds, and the ability to customize the fit without adjusting a bunch of buckles and straps. Perfect for moms and dads alike, the Boba Wrap costs $37-$45 depending on the style. BUY: Amazon or Target
BEST LUXURY SLING: Sakura Bloom
We'll admit - these luxury slings are not for everyone, but if you thrive on turning heads, you'll love the gorgeous fabrics and vibrant colors of the Sakura Bloom ring slings. We dare you to try to pick a favorite. From beautiful linen chambrays to stunning shimmery silks, these slings are not meant to blend in. More than just a fashion statement, these sling also hold your baby securely, are easy to use, and leave you draped in beautiful, eye-catching fabric. BUY: Sakura Bloom or Amazon
New carriers are launching all the time, but these are two new ones that have especially caught our eye.
Bjorn Baby We - Bjorn is one of the elders of the baby carrier market and their latest release shows how they are continuing to create carriers that meet the needs of modern parents. The new Bjorn Baby We baby carrier has three carry position, is easy to adjust to find your perfect fit, and our favorite feature, allows you to move your child from a front carry position to a back carry position without removing baby or taking the carrier off. Brilliant. Check out our video review of the Bjorn We here. BUY: Amazon
Tula Wovens - We were already big fans of of Tula's toddler carriers when we got our hands on their brand-new woven wraps. These 100% cotton wraps are soft, medium weight and come in a collection of fun beachy, tribal prints. A gorgeous new way to carry your baby on your front, hip or back. BUY: Tula
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