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Baby carriers: Which one is right for you?

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

The baby carrier showdown

As expecting parents, one of the first items you will likely look at or register for is a baby carrier. A mother carries her baby close for over nine months so it’s only natural that she and her baby will want to remain close after birth -- and well into the toddler years. But which baby carrier is right for you? Here are some parent favorites to help you decide which one is best for your baby, your needs, your style and your budget.

Britax Baby Carrier

Minimum weight: 8 pounds
Maximum weight: 32 pounds
Carry positions: 2
Price: $130

The Britax Baby Carrier is designed to provide the highest level of long-wearing comfort for both baby and parent with unique features like the CarryLong system. The built-in CarryLong system helps to distribute baby's weight across parents' hips, back and shoulders -- and not the back. The removable newborn insert and cotton bib come standard with this comfy carrier, but you can further extend the comfort level for your child with the addition of the Seat Extender Insert accessory (sold separately). The Seat Extender Insert is for use in the inward-facing position only and creates a wider seating area for children over 14 pounds.

Features

  • Front carry position facing inward
  • Front carry position facing outward
  • CarryLong system distributes weight for extended wear comfort
  • Removable infant insert (included)
  • 100 percent cotton bib (included)
  • Wider seating position with the Seat Extender Insert accessory (not included)
  • Slip on and off design for parent ease
  • Secure harness and pouch design for child safety
  • Machine washable

Stokke MyCarrier

Minimum weight: 8 pounds
Maximum weight: 33 pounds
Carry positions: 3
Price: $250

The Stokke MyCarrier Baby Carrier has the "Happy Hips" technology to ergonomically position baby while in the inward-facing carry. The MyCarrier allows baby to move with you while being held closer and higher -- just like all other Stokke gear. Three interchangeable pieces make up the Stokke MyCarrier -– the parent harness, front carry attachment and back carry attachment.

Features

  • Front carry position facing inward
  • Front carry position facing out
  • Back carry position
  • Removable aluminum lumbar/back support
  • Ergonomic seating position (inward-facing front carry and back carry)
  • Pockets for small essentials
  • Double-locking carabiners
  • Organic breathable cotton
  • Machine washable

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ERGO Baby Carrier Original

Minimum weight: 7 – 12 pounds with the Heart2Heart infant insert
Maximum weight: 40 pounds
Carry positions: 3
Price: $115 - $120

The Original Ergo Baby Carrier positions baby in an ergonomic position -- distributing baby's weight between his or her hips and thighs. In addition to being comfortable for baby, parents find the Ergo to be easy on their backs due to the wide, padded waist strap, which distributes baby's weight to the parents' hips and shoulders -- instead of the back.

Features

  • Front carry position facing inward
  • Back carry position
  • Hip carry position
  • Padded waist and shoulder straps
  • Storable and adjustable sleeping hood
  • Ergonomic seating position for baby
  • Zippered accessory pocket
  • Brushed cotton material
  • Machine washable

Baby Hawk Mei Tei Carrier

Minimum weight: Birth
Maximum weight: 40 pounds
Carry positions: 3
Price: $89 - $99

The Baby Hawk Mei Tei carrier has a soft semi-structured body and long ties that wrap around mom or dad's shoulders, back and waist. The built-in, non-adjustable, padded head support is strong enough to cradle a sleeping baby's head but can also be folded down -- once baby has strong neck control -- to give baby a better view of the world around her.

Features

  • Front carry position facing inward
  • Back carry position
  • Hip carry position
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Non-adjustable straps that tie in place
  • Reversible
  • Customizable
  • Machine washable





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BabyBjorn Miracle Baby Carrier

Minimum weight: 8 pounds
Maximum weight: 26 pounds
Carry positions: 2
Price: $185

The BabyBjorn carrier was one of the first of its kind, and to this day, continues to be a parent favorite. The newest model, the Miracle Carrier, has an ergonomic waist belt complete with an adjustable lumbar support -- making it easier and more comfortable for parents. The innovative lumbar support can be adjusted while the carrier is in use to change baby's weight distribution from shoulder to hips or vice versa.

Features

  • Front carry position facing inward
  • Front carry position facing outward
  • Machine washable
  • For use from birth with no infant insert required
  • Precise height adjustment guide built-in for baby's safety and perfect fit
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified fabric, free of chemicals and allergens
  • Adjustable lumbar support

Boba Carrier 3G

Minimum weight: 7 pounds
Maximum weight: 45 pounds
Carry positions: 2
Price: $120 - $125

The Boba 3G Carrier easily converts to an infant carrier without the use of an additional insert. The longer body of the Boba 3G provides head support for infants, as well as additional back support and comfort for older babies and toddlers. The removable child foot straps give children a safe and comfortable place to rest their dangling feet while keeping everything aligned and supported.

Features

  • Front carry position facing inward
  • Back carry position
  • Additional adjustments for easy fit and breastfeeding
  • Adjustable and removable sleeping hood
  • Removable child foot straps
  • Zipper pouch
  • Multiple storage pockets
  • Shoulder strap holders for purse or diaper bag
  • 100 percent cotton
  • Machine washable

Moby Wrap

Minimum weight: Birth
Maximum weight: 35 pounds
Carry positions: 5 plus
Price: $45

The Moby Wrap may look slightly intimidating, but just know that parents often compare it to wearing a shirt -- it's comfortable and an easy way to keep your child close. The simple design wraps over both shoulders and ties around the waist, eliminating the need for buckles and straps. With multiple carrying positions, your baby can be placed in the newborn hug hold, hug hold, hip hold and kangaroo wrap and hold. All instructions and safety checks can be found on the Moby Wrap.

Features

  • 100 percent cotton
  • Versatile and customizable with up to five different carry positions
  • Can be used while breastfeeding
  • Uses your whole body to carry the baby's weight
  • Mimics the womb for newborns
  • Easy to adjust, single piece of stretch cotton

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