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The 2018 Guide for Buying Baby Carriers and Slings

 

When it comes to baby carriers, there is no shortage of choices, and it can be a little overwhelming to determine which type is best for you. 

First, consider how you might use the carrier. Some moms like slings and wraps for carrying their babies around their houses, but a mei tai or backpack are probably better options if you plan to tote your baby on long walks. Another consideration is if you’ll be sharing the carrier with your partner, as a sling isn’t adjustable. And then there’s the comfort factor: an uncomfortable baby carrier is not going to work for anyone. There are other things to think about when buying a baby carrier, including ease of use, preferred baby positioning, infant/toddler capacity, and whether you want something you can use for breastfeeding.

Given the high price of baby carriers, it is definitely worth visiting a baby store in your area where you can try on different types of carriers and see what feels best for you. Here are some top-rated baby slings, wraps, mei tais, and backpacks.

Categories

1. Slings
2. Wraps
3. Mei Tais
4. Hard and Soft Backpacks

1. Slings

Nesting Days Newborn Carrier

Nesting Days Newborn Carrier

$89

  • Carry babies up to 18 pounds
  • Lightweight, stretchy, washable material with reinforced seams
  • Designed by a postpartum doula
  • Available in multiple sizes and colors/designs

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Adjustable Sling by Balboa Baby and Dr. Sears

Adjustable Sling by Balboa Baby and Dr. Sears

$60   

  • Contoured padded strap distributes baby’s weight
  • One size adjustable sling grows as your baby grows, up to 25 pounds
  • Covered elastic bottom and deep sling pocket keeps baby secure
  • Multiple options for positioning baby

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Moby Ring Sling Baby Carrier

Moby Ring Sling Baby Carrier

$45

  • Adjusts to carry infants, babies, and toddlers up to 45 pounds
  • Front and hip carrying options
  • Lightweight rings and soft, breathable, woven fabric
  • One size fits all

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LILLEBaby Eternal Love Ring Sling

LILLEBaby Eternal Love Ring Sling

$97

  • Made from premium lightweight linen
  • Engraved zinc alloy rings with optional padding
  • Removable zippered storage pouch
  • Carry babies between seven and 33 pounds

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Baby K’Tan Original

Baby K’Tan Original

$50

  • 100% cotton machine washable wrap slips on like a T-shirt, no wrapping required
  • Distributes weight between back and shoulders
  • Five wearing positions
  • Available in six sizes to fit parents; for use with babies up to 35 pounds

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2. Wraps

Qaqadu Sling Baby Wrap

Qaqadu Sling Baby Wrap

$30

  • Machine washable, stretchy, soft material made of 95% cotton, 5% spandex
  • Gender neutral color
  • Satisfaction guaranteed
  • Includes carrying case and two rings to secure sling

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Boba Organic Baby Wrap

Boba Organic Baby Wrap

$51

  • 95% organic cotton, 5% spandex
  • Conventional, non organic wraps also available, in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Carry babies up to 35 pounds
  • 24 inches long

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Solly Baby Wrap

Solly Baby Wrap

$65

  • 100% Lenzing Modal fibers, a lightweight, eco-friendly material
  • Available in standard and long sizes, and a variety of colors and patterns
  • For babies up to 25 pounds (one position only)
  • Includes hidden pocket for pacifier storage

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Hip Baby Wrap Woven Wrap Baby Carrier

Hip Baby Wrap Woven Wrap Baby Carrier

$40 

  • Fair trade material individually handwoven with eco friendly non toxic dyes
  • Position baby on front, hip, or back
  • Carry babies between eight and 35 pounds
  • Wrap is 28 inches in length

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XOXO Buckle Wrap Baby Carrier, Repreve Collection

XOXO Buckle Wrap Baby Carrier, Repreve Collection

$120

  • Cotton-blend Repreve Collection wrap is made from 15 recycled water bottles
  • Soft, strong, and stretchy
  • One size for all body types, use buckle to easily secure
  • Wear baby four ways, up to 35 pounds

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3. Mei Tais

Mei Tai Catbird Baby Carrier

Mei Tai Catbird Baby Carrier

$75

  • Five carrying positions
  • Long, lightly padded (with cotton batting) shoulder straps
  • Two layers of fabric plus design panel for full support
  • Fully adjustable to grow with your baby

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Infantino Sash Mei Tai

Infantino Sash Mei Tai

$35

  • Three position ergonomic wrap-and-tie baby carrier
  • Detachable hood for sun protection and naptime
  • Carry children between eight and 36 pounds
  • Versatile use carrier is one size fits all

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BabyHawk by Moby

BabyHawk by Moby

$75

  • Carry babies between eight and 40 pounds
  • 100% cotton fabric panel with two long shoulder straps and two shorter waist straps
  • One size fits all
  • Reversible and machine washable

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CuddleBug 3-in-1 Mei Tai Carrier

CuddleBug 3-in-1 Mei Tai Carrier

$20

  • Lifetime replacement guarantee
  • Lightly padded straps and 100% cotton material
  • Sun and sleep hood
  • Fully adjustable, one size fits all

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Palm and Pond Mei Tai Carrier

Palm and Pond Mei Tai Carrier

$28

  • Soft cotton
  • Reversible
  • For babies up to 33 pounds
  • Ships from the UK in seven to 10 days for $10

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4. Hard and Soft Backpack Carriers

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier

$80 

  • Carry babies from eight to 25 pounds, no infant insert required
  • Adjustable straps for secure, comfortable fit; can be easily secured without help
  • Excellent support for baby’s head and neck
  • Fold down neck rest to carry older babies facing outwards

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Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

$139

  • Soft sided ergonomically structured carrier made of nylon and mesh
  • Carry infants (with booster, sold separately), babies, and toddlers (up to 45 pounds) three ways: back, front, and side
  • Special feature: attaches to adult-sized chair to become a secure toddler seat
  • Tuckaway sun and rain hood

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Ergobaby OMNI 360 Baby Carrier All-in-One

Ergobaby OMNI 360 Baby Carrier All-in-One

$180

  • Carry baby (from seven pounds) to toddler (up to 33 pounds)
  • Four positions: facing in and out (at six months), back, side
  • No separate infant insert necessary
  • Superior lumbar support with padded waist and shoulder straps

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Luvdbaby Premium Backpack Carrier

Luvdbaby Premium Backpack Carrier

$170

  • Designed by a parent who loves to hike
  • Parent comfort features: Adjustable height, heavily padded shoulder straps, load bearing belt
  • Child comfort features: Padded interior, stirrups, removable sun canopy
  • Generous storage options including insulated baby bottle pocket

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Clevr Baby Back Pack Cross Country Carrier

Clevr Baby Back Pack Cross Country Carrier

$110

  • Weighs just five pounds thanks to lightweight aluminum frame
  • Retractable sun and rain canopy for baby
  • Padded shoulder straps and hip belt with energy absorbing lumbar padding
  • Two water bottle pockets plus extra large storage pocket for diapers, etc.

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