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!
BEST FOR TODDLERS | Boba Classic or Organic Baby Carrier
If you used a wrap or sling during the itty-bitty baby phase and now need something to handle older babies and toddlers, the Boba is our top pick. While it’s very similar to the ERGO Baby (same soft-carrier design with sun hood and back-carrying capabilities), there are several advantages for toddlers: First of all, the detachable foot straps are unique to the Boba, helping to keep baby’s legs at a healthy 90-degree angle, which our tester liked. Plus, it’s slightly more compact and easier to transport, and can accommodate toddlers up to 45 pounds on your front or back. To top it off, the Boba (both the classic and organic, which we couldn’t find any significant differences between), is one of the most stylish carriers on the market with a variety of pretty fabrics. Just keep in mind that this carrier isn’t intended for babies under 15 pounds.
Get it from Amazon, $100 – $118 for organic