What did we ever do before baby carriers? JK. They've been around since the dawn of time — and they've only gotten fancier. Babywearing is often a parent's go-to when little ones are fussy (or sleepy or on the move or want to face forward or… anything, really). Also, babywearing makes traveling and shopping way easier because you don't have to drag along a stroller. Modern baby carriers are pretty varied in form and fashion, but they all serve the same purpose — they get the child up close to a parent, who can then go about their life because they don't have to actually hold their baby with their arms.
There are a few considerations to take into account before selecting a carrier. Does it provide a wide seat and give much-needed support for Baby's hips (no crotch danglers, please)? Does it distribute Baby's weight so it's not all falling on the parent's shoulders or back? Does it provide back support for parent and baby alike so the latter avoids a curved spine and a tilted-down head, which can be dangerous? The answer to all of these questions should be a resounding yes before you commit to a carrier purchase.
Luckily, we've done the hard research for you and rounded up some of the most popular brands and types of baby carriers out there that conform to these important safety considerations. The 15 picks ahead are all quality, ergonomic (and pretty darn cute) choices for parents who could use a helping hand in the baby-holding department.