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Last month I was choosing a new carrier for Younger. The one that we had, of a recognizable and not cheap brand, started to feel very uncomfortable when our son got bigger because the carrier doesn’t have a waist belt! I don’t know how I could buy a carrier without a waist belt. I knew it’s important but I had quite many features in my head which best baby carriers should have that I’ve forgotten to check whether the chosen carrier has also this one feature. Maybe I couldn’t think completely logical because of the flood of hormones in the postpartum period.


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So because I know already how big mistakes we can make and because I’ve researched the subject lately again to buy a better carrier, I publish a guide on what to take into account to choose the best baby carrier (or toddler carrier) for your needs.

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Are you looking for a kid carrier? As a minimalist and a woman conscious about my family finances, I suggest you do a good research and buy one carrier that suits your needs instead of making bad purchases.

Best baby carriers 2018 reviewed by a mom

Amazon bestselling soft kids carriers

I’ve reviewed four top baby and toddlers carriers on Amazon. To see the whole list, click here.

1 | Infantino Flip Carrier | pros and cons

+ back carry option

+ waist belt

+ machine washable

+ many adjustable parts, the carrier doesn’t need inserts even for the smallest babies

+ easy and fast to use

+ for newborns: head support

+ from reviews: breathing material, good even for Florida heats

newborns and little babies: bibs

? baby facing out position – I’m not sure whether it’s comfortable for the parent. I never carry my kids in this position.

? grows with baby

– only up to 32lbs

– the narrow seat can be bad for babies hips (I’d surely use only the wide seats)

my rating: 8/10

Check more reviews or buy on Amazon.

2 | Babybjorn Baby Carrier | pros and cons

Designed with newborns in mind. It grows with the baby through their first year.

+ created with care for baby’s head, neck, spine, and hips health

+ safe materials with international safety standard for textiles

+ easy and fast to use

? no infant insert needed

? baby facing out position – I’m not sure whether it’s comfortable for the parent. I never carry my kids in this position.

– only up to 25lbs

– no waist belt

– only a few adjustments

– the producer doesn’t write much about parent’s comfort and I look for it while choosing best baby carriers

my rating: 4/10

Check more reviews or buy on Amazon.

3 | Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier | pros and cons

+ waist belt

+ adjustable from baby to toddler and for multiple wearers

+ designed with parent’s comfort in mind (even thinking about moms after C-section!)

+ breathable material, meeting safety standards

+ hood for sun and wind protection, with UV protection 50+

+ machine washable

+ back carry option

+ wear on the hip position option

+ easy to clean and quick-dry

? forward facing position option – I’m not sure whether it’s comfortable for the parent. I never carry my kids in this position.

? newborn insert sold separately

– only up to 33lbs

– polyester

my rating: 8/10

Check more reviews or buy on Amazon.

4 | Infantino Cuddle Up Hoodie Carrier | pros and cons

+ waist belt

+ up to 40lbs

+ back carry option

+ removable hood

+ adjustable for multiple wearers

+ machine washable

? only face in kid position

my rating: 9.5/10

Check more reviews or buy on Amazon.

My picks: the MiaMily and the traditional woven wrap

best baby carriers 2018 reviewed - MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D Baby Carrier pros and cons

MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D Baby Carrier | pros and cons

From newborn (with an insert, sold separately) up to 44lbs (4 years).

+ approved by International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a hip healthy product

+ designed with parent’s comfort in mind

+ back carry option

+ wearing on side option

+ single shoulder wearing option (with a strap sold separately)

+ storage pocket under hip sit

+ crossable shoulder straps

+ hip sit only option

+ up to 44lbs

+ free head cover, 2 teething pads, and foldable tote bag

+ machine washable

? forward facing position option – I’m not sure whether it’s comfortable for the parent. I never carry my kids in this position.

? too many parts and options – complicated

my rating: 8/10

See more photos and buy from MiaMily.

Check more reviews or buy on Amazon.

Woven Wrap Carrier | pros and cons

+ 100% cotton

+ multiple positions

+ adjustable for multiple wearers like no other carrier

+ distributes baby’s weight perfectly for parent’s comfort

+ when you don’t carry or when the kid grows it can be used as a cover, blanket or whatever you need 🙂

+ machine washable

+ simple

up to 35lbs

– time-consuming to put on

my rating: 7/10

Check more reviews or buy on Amazon.

The option for ecologically and financially conscious

Do you need a baby carrier? Borrow it in your neighborhood!

Do you have a carrier that you don’t use? Lend it and make some money!

(the platform works only in the US and UK)

Which features should you check when you compare best baby carriers?

1 | kid’s legs position

2 | supportive waist belt which distributes the weight of the kid for your comfort

3 | back carry option (if you want to carry a kid older than let’s say one year)

4 | breathable material

5 | make sure if the offer has photos of every position, showing the kid and the carrier in different positions, as well as the carrier’s construction; if you want to carry older kids look for photos of kids in this carrier, older than newborns

6 | in terms of appearance, think of a universal color or pattern that will suit most of your (and your partner’s) clothes

I hope this little guide and my almost four years of experience as a mom will help you make a better choice and find the best carrier for you and your little boy or girl.

I’ve rewritten and refreshed this article, dividing it into two separate guides. If you’d prefer the new version, click:

How to Choose the Best Baby Carrier for Your Needs

Best Baby Carriers 2018 Reviewed by the Active Mom of Two Boys


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