|LilleBaby||Baby Tula||Baby Bjorn||Infantino|
|Best Overall||Most Comfortable||Most Popular||Best Value|
|Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
When it comes to finding the best baby carrier, you really need to consider your baby’s safety and comfort as well as YOUR comfort. A lot of baby carriers on the market are great at keeping baby safe, but put a lot of stress on whoever is wearing the baby carrier. If mommy or daddy has a bad back, the baby carrier isn’t going to do much good!
Luckily, many companies have developed baby carriers with the wearer in mind. My first baby carrier was a hand me down from my sister. I won’t say which brand (not on this list!), but I had a hard time wearing it with my son for more than 15-20 minutes. I noticed my posture began to suffer and I had back and neck pain even when I wasn’t wearing it. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to try out most new baby carriers that have come out in recent years. Based on my experience, I’ve listen my five favorite baby carriers and what makes them worth your consideration.
This is my favorite baby carrier and the one I use with my daughter currently. The wide padded straps and adjustable waist belt took a little while to get the hang of, but once you get the setting you like it’s easy to get in and out of. The All Seasons version has multiple carrying positions and can hold infants and toddlers alike (my husband can try that when our daughter gets older!). The downside is that it is a bit expensive, but we use it all the time.
Check this video out to see why I think Lillebaby is the best baby carrier is on the market:
The Baby Tula Ergonomic Carrier was also a great carrier, but the fact that you need to buy an insert for infants was kept it from maybe taking the top spot. It is also a bit expensive, but no more so that the LILLEBaby. What I love about this carrier is how comfortable it is to wear. It is a tiny bit tough to get in and out of, but when you’re wearing it you hardly notice you’re holding any weight. The padded waist strap is great for your back and the weight is held evenly so your shoulders don’t wear out. I have some girlfriends who have this carrier and “LOVE” it (they told me to use all caps).
It wouldn’t be a complete list if we didn’t include the Baby Bjorn. Probably the most popular carrier on the market, the Baby Bjorn is known for being lightweight and affordable while keeping baby very secure. Unlike some of the other carrier I tried, there aren’t a lot of extra pockets (you’d be surprised how convenient a pocket for your phone is on your carrier). I will say it is very easy to get in and out of, which is great when you are on the go. The straps are also a little harder on your shoulders if your baby is a little bit older. Still, for the money, it’s definitely one of the most popular for a reason.
This is the least expensive carrier we looked at, and it has a surprising amount of features you wouldn’t expect like front or back carrying options, a “Wonder Cover” bib, and the ability to change the width of the seat to ensure baby’s comfort. The Infantino is washable (which you’ll need) and lightweight. The downside to this carrier, as you might expect for a “value” option, is that the padding wears down quickly and as your baby gets heavier, you’ll feel it quickly. Still, this product is great for infants and young babies.
Boba 4G Carrier Review
I had a hard time with the Boba 4G because it checked a lot of boxes that I looked for in a carrier, but I felt myself wanting to like it more than I actually did. I asked my husband to try it out and he had a similar opinion, that it was good but he liked our other carrier better. What I did like about it was that it was easily adjustable, easy to get in and out of, had plenty of pocket space, and the shoulder and waist straps were well-padded and comfortable to wear. With that said, it did feel a little heavy when my baby was in it and it kind of “swallowed” my baby up when she was in it. I had to adjust her more than I would have liked. I think this is probably best suited for men as baby gets a bit bigger.
Baby K’tan Carrier
Full disclosure: I don’t love the wrap-style baby carriers, but some women swear by them and love this carrier. I did enjoy the Baby K’tan, but prefer the strap-style to the wrap. Some positives are that it is easy adjustable, easy to get in and out of, and easy to wash. It’s best for infants, but can be used for awhile as baby grows. There are multiple carrying positions, which I had a little trouble with but I know a lot of women who say once you get used to it, it’s easy to switch between positions. I also love the price, which comes in much cheaper than some of the carriers I like best.