Babble Best Picks:
There comes a time in every parent's life when they're introduced to something so genius, so life-changing, that they simply can't imagine how they mustered through life without it. And that something is a baby carrier. Whether it's for closer baby bonding, hands-free convenience or an attachment parenting lifestyle, a baby carrier can be an essential baby product for the sleepless newborn days all the way through the heavy toddler years. You just have to find the right one for you.
To make your search easier, Babble tested dozens of baby carriers in every style imaginable - soft-structure, slings, wraps, backpacks - to find the best for your particular lifestyle. Don't see your favorite? Feel free to nominate it!
MOST COMFORTABLE | BabyBjorn Organic Comfort Carrier
The BabyBjorn Comfort Carrier was a hands-down favorite for both the infant and the toddler testers. It could also be named “Best Daddy Carrier” for its gender-neutral look, as well as “Least Likely to Make Your Back Ache After a Day’s Worth of Baby Wearing.” Ergonomically designed to distribute weight evenly over your hips and shoulders, this is the ultimate carrier for long-term baby wearers. While you can only face your baby in two positions (inwards or outwards, as opposed to back- and hip-carrying), it blew the competition away as far as comfort and lack of body aches. Just keep in mind that this BabyBjorn isn’t recommended for infants under 13 pounds – so it won’t be useful during the colicky newborn phase – and its bulky frame isn’t ideal for diaper bags and stroller baskets. However, without a doubt, this is the very best for parents who frequently wear their baby for hours on end.
Get it from Amazon, $152.93