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Have you ever wondered what those “backpacks for babies” are? Those are baby carriers, and mommies use them for baby wearing. It’s not that easy to carry an infant or toddler; a baby carrier makes life easier and gives you a free hand to do errands during the day.
It’s important to consider comfortable baby wearing options for parents and their babies. But why do it at all? Here are some good reasons:
- Previously mentioned, baby wearing wraps are useful for giving mothers free hands to do the work during the day while also being able to be present for their little one.
- Baby carriers are helpful to establish a closeness between mother and son or daughter.
Your baby is happier when he is near you. This is especially more predominant when babies are younger, as they are used to the beating of the mother’s heart from being in utero.
- You want to soothe your baby. Research has indicated that babies who are carried in some form, be it with a baby carrier or not with any baby wearing device at all, are happier babies, crying less in the evening. Furthermore, in The Continuum Concept, it was determined that babies who were held never cried.
- Unless your baby is sleeping against your chest, she is looking around at the world, exploring her surroundings and soaking in everything she sees. This helps stimulate mental development, while feeling safe and trusted, which makes her feel emotionally sound.
You’ll find that baby wearing makes your life easier as a parent, but finding the right baby carrier for you might be a challenge. That’s why we parents are here to help ease the burden in your baby wearing slings, baby carriers, or baby wearing wraps search. We’ll take the guesswork out of the search by giving you what we’ve experienced, and provide actionable information to make educated decisions about baby wearing products.
We’ll post recall information as well when we find it, and any other useful information. Expect to read about baby wearing instructions and more. Stay tuned for the ride.
List of 4 Best Baby Carriers Reviews
1. BABYBJÖRN New Baby Carrier One Air 2019 Edition
The BABYBJÖRN New Baby Carrier is a baby carrier that was designed with you in mind. It has back and shoulder support for you and secure head and neck support for your baby. The airy mesh material keeps your baby comfortable. The wide shoulder straps allow for baby’s weight to be distributed evenly. The baby carrier positions your baby’s body in the correct position to accommodate your baby’s growth. Its compact structure is great for storing.
The BABYBJÖRN New Baby Carrier is definitely comfortable to wear because the carrier takes the weight off your lower back and distributes it evenly throughout the body. It is adjustable which is great for parents of different heights. Babies can be maneuvered in and out of the carrier with ease.
The problem with this product was that it is slightly bulky that can be annoying in warm weather. It also is lacking hip support, which would be an added bonus. Overall, this baby carrier could use some improvements but still has some decent features offered.
2. Ergobaby Organic Baby Carrier
The Ergo Organic Baby Carrier is made out of organic cotton certified by the Control Union Certifications. It has a hood made out of organic cotton. The waist belt and shoulder straps are made out of neoprene and high-density foam and can be adjusted. It can support up to 90 pounds and be adjusted for people from 5 to 6 and a half feet tall.
The best feature I have found in the Ergo Organic Baby Carrier is its waist strap. This positions your baby’s weight on your hips, instead of your back and shoulders. It supports your baby’s weight changes with minimal adjustment. The hood is also a great support for your baby’s head and cushions it nicely when your baby is asleep. There is also a pocket that is great for keeping your small items. Its organic material allows the baby carrier to look new without getting dust and lint attached to it. The DVD instructional video explained the three different carrying positions.
A downside I found was with the chest clip. It was hard to reach from behind, but wasn’t hard once I got used to it. I would also recommend sucking pads for the carrier’s straps.
3. Ergobaby Carrier with Lumbar Support and Storage Pocket
With the ERGO Baby carrier, the baby can be worn on the front, back, or hip. It can be used with babies who are newborns (up to 8 lb with infant insert) until they are 4 years old (up to 40 lbs). It’s features a comfortable ergonomic design that supports a correct sitting position for the baby’s hip, pelvis, and growth of the spine. It’s comfortable for parents too – it balances your baby’s weight on your hips and shoulders, so you can wear the baby even on a long hike. It’s a compact design for all parents, including those on the go.
The ERGObaby carrier is made of a blend of 35% cotton and 65% polyester which is lightweight and a breathable fabric with comfort in mind. The carrier sports a vent for breathability and this makes the wearing experience comfortable for parent and baby. This particular ERGObaby carrier has a 5″ longer waist belt (more than our standard and organic carriers for bigger parents) and the shoulder strsp extend 4 inches longer as well. It also has a sleeping hood that is detachable and that you can stow away in a pocket. This carrier does not include a zippered pocket but has a matching front pouch to store necessities such as keys, a cell phone, or a diaper and wipes — making the experience hands free for the parent or baby wearer. It’s ideal for parents from 5′ to 6.5′.
This is one of the most comfortable baby carriers I’ve tried. It has comfortable straps but a little difficult to use. It takes some getting used to maneuvering your baby in and out of the carrier. The waist strap is a huge plus. It is a little on the expensive side but you are paying for the strapped in security of your baby along with your comfort.
Other parents I spoke with viewed the Ergo Baby Carrier also in high regard. They liked how the carrier positioned most of the baby’s weight onto your hips, not stressing out your spine. They liked how it has the versatility for outdoor activities. The cotton and polyester blend provide for a breathable wear. They remarked that their favorite feature was the waist strap. This provides the proper balance of baby’s weight onto your body without feeling that you are about to topple over. Parents were able to wear the Ergo Baby Carrier longer than others because of this feature. They liked that the carrier has pockets for your things and also for the baby’s necessities (burp cloths especially!)
The biggest con that this baby carrier got was that it was a little difficult to maneuver your baby in and out. The price wasn’t a favorite feature either. It does run a little on the expensive side but generally people have said it was worth the splurge.
4. Evenflo Infant Soft Carrier
The Evenflo Infant Soft Carrier is a favorite front-facing and back-facing carrier among parents and has a good sturdy design. It has dual side entry buckles which are easy for those with one hand to get the baby in and out. It also features auto fit back straps which automatically adjust to the parent’s back and thus makes it a comfortable and easy way to carry your baby.
The button close side vent is made of mesh, so the baby is cool and comfortable. Parents can also change the baby’s position with a flip down head rest. The seat itself is padded, there’s a backrest, there’s head support, and obviously leg openings as well, which makes support for the baby a priority but also makes it comfortable for the baby as well. Shoulder straps are padded for adult comfort as well. And the product is easy to clean.
The Evenflo Infant Soft Carrier is applicable for babies 7-26lbs. It works initially as an inward-facing baby carrier (facing you) but when the baby is old enough, he can explore the world!
This is one of those baby carriers which has full function, lots of great features, and is not too expensive like others. It’s easy to get the baby in the carrier with its design, according to some, but others felt that they needed the assistance of their spouse. But some people have found it uncomfortable to wear, especially for long periods of time. The material is nylon, so this also rubs on your arms, which can’t be too good and can cause chafing. One parent preferred Vaseline to buying a new more expensive baby carrier, but that’s not your best option.
Another parent we talked to, who is a bit on the smaller side, said that the front flap rubs against the baby’s chin. Another person who has a larger chest also found discomfort, despite not being particularly short. Taller people and other petite people have less problems and no back or shoulder discomfort, so your mileage may vary. Distributing the weight across the body makes it a practical choice as well.
Most babies LOVE this baby carrier, unless they’re not used to it. But in due time, they usually fall in love with it.
Here is how to the Evenflo Infant Soft Carrier on (be sure to read the instruction manual that came with the product as well):
- Always put your carrier on before placing the baby in the carrier. This is a typical rule for most baby carriers.
- With the carrier in front of you, slip the carrier over your head. Buckle the parent straps on both sides.
- The carrier should be comfortable and snug. Pull on adjustment straps to remove any slack.
- Place the baby in carrier facing out. Do this by sitting down. With unbuckled carrier on your lap, place baby onto carrier facing away from you with legs straddling carrier. Support baby’s chest while bring the carrier up towards baby’s chest.
- Fasten both side-entry buckles.
- Fold head support down, then fasten the head support buckle to the shoulder strap. Repeat on other side. Make sure baby is comfortable with legs fully through the leg openings sand baby’s arms rest just above the side entry buckle.