These days, everywhere you look you see children — both the newest and smallest, and some well into the toddler years —strapped to the torsos of moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, and caregivers alike. Baby-wearing is more popular than ever before, as modern lifestyles require parents and kids to be going and going. Parents need the portability of carriers in order to move about quickly and efficiently, and it’s a helpful (often) hands-free solution as we juggle cell phones, grocery carts, laptops, and older children as we move about our days.
As babywearing grows in popularity, the carrier market is following with new brands, styles, and options hitting shelves every day. To a new parent, it can seem overwhelming to choose just one or two, particularly since most will set you back around an average of $100. I’m here to help eliminate some of the guesswork and show you some of the best options available today. I tested the carriers myself, polled moms in person and through social media, and researched brands and reviews to make sure I found the cream of the crop. See below for my favorite baby carriers of 2013!
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Check out my favorite soft-structured baby carriers:
Traveling with baby? Here are my favorite lightweight, travel-friendly carriers:
Looking for something simple? Try one of these wrap carriers and slings:
Get rugged with these hiking backpack carriers:
On a budget? Check out these affordable carriers – all under $200!
What did we miss? What are YOUR favorites? Tell me what you’d like to see on next year’s list in the comments!