The Best Baby Carriers, According to Parents
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This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the best baby carriers, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.
Osprey Packs Poco AG Plus Child Carrier ($217)
“We absolutely love this pack. We’ve been using it since my baby was around four months old. She hates being swaddled or carried against your body so wraps and Ergos aren’t really an option. Oh, how she loves being in this pack though! We use it for walks, day hikes, and even around the house when we need to get stuff done but she wants to be carried. It has a bunch of pockets that remove the need to carry a diaper bag while using it, folds down to a reasonable size, is super lightweight, and has a ton of adjustment settings. The pack is also adjustable to grow with your baby. We’ll definitely be using this for years to come.”
Innoo Tech Baby Sling Carrier ($26)
“This is my very first experience with babywearing and with a wrap. I also have an Ergobaby, but I prefer using this carrier. My one-month-old instantly falls asleep in it, and it feels very secure. I like using it for running errands, such as shopping or walking my dog, and it also works great for hiking. It’s convenient and anyone can use it.”
Evenflo Breathable Soft Carrier ($18)
“A great carrier for the price. My newborn son wants to be held or carried at all times, and this carrier allows my wife and me to carry him while still being able to use our hands for tasks. My son regularly falls asleep in this when I am washing dishes, vacuuming, or whatever. I can also bend over to pick things up without worrying about him falling out of it. I like this because of its simple, minimalist design that allows me to throw it in the bottom of the stroller for whenever we decide to go somewhere that is stroller-inconvenient.”
Deuter Kid Comfort 3 ($210)
“I just got back from a 10.7-mile hike. First time out since I was 15 weeks pregnant and my daughter is now six months old. This pack was awesome. We did 5.35 miles up the mountain on the Appalachian Trail. Of course, I could feel the weight going up the mountain, but the weight was distributed wonderfully. I have no soreness in my hips, back, neck, or shoulders. There’s a lot more room than originally thought for diapers, wipes, food, sweater, and water. The kickstand is such a plus! It’s easy to load and unload her. I cannot emphasize enough how comfortable this pack is. I had no expectations to be able to go that far with the added weight.”
Boba 4G Carrier ($109)
“I don’t know how to put into words how much I love this carrier. I have worn my daughter for at least five hours a day in the 4G since her birth and she is currently five months old. It is super comfortable, enough so that I can go on long walks and hikes with it. We’ve done everything in the 4G. It’s very easy to get on and off, easy to put my baby into and take out. My daughter is comfortable in it, as she never cries to get out of it. It fits both myself and my husband. This is my favorite baby product ever and I can honestly say it’s the one thing I couldn’t live without.”