Hey #tiredmamas. We know all about that fussy baby stage that seems to have no end in sight. And just when you think you’ve got the answer, it doesn’t work the next time, leaving you baffled, confused, and straight-up exhausted. One tried-and-true parenting tool that gets the job done? Baby carriers and wrap carriers for babies. Not only do they help soothe your little one with movement and a close cuddle, but they also give you free hands to get sh*t done (or just stare at your phone for a minute or 30). They’re great for neighborhood walks, family trips, and even just around the house when your fussy baby needs a nap.
Our top picks have a little something for every mama (and baby). We have both baby slings and carriers so you can choose one or both to help tote your bundle of joy here, there, and everywhere. Most of them grow with your kiddo and feature multiple positions to keep things interesting for those little eyes and developing brains. And they are all easy on mama’s back and good for baby’s growing hips and spine. We even have a few with sweet features like woodland-inspired hoods to protect from the elements and handy pockets for keys, cell phones, etc. Read on to find the best baby carrier or baby sling for your little one. Trust us, you’ll both be swaying in soothing silence in no time.
When you’re on your feet all damn day, you need a baby carrier that fits justttt right. Why settle for anything less, mama?! Allow this stretchy baby wrap by KeaBabies to eliminate back and shoulder strain while keeping BB safe and snug. Oh, and it’s one-size-fits-all! Raves this mom, “I bought this wrap because of the good reviews and reasonable price. My newborn baby wanted to be held ALL the time. It was very difficult carrying him around the house with me all day. I watched a YouTube video of how to wrap an infant who cannot hold their head up and this wrap became my lifesaver. He fussed a little while I tucked him in, but he would always fall asleep within mins. I highly recommend this wrap if you need both hands free and want to comfortably wear your baby.”
Okay, no more excuses! It’s about time that Dad stepped it up with baby duties, too. As you can see in the pic above, now he has no excuse. This ergonomic baby carrier from Baby Steps is manly enough (in our opinion) for the toughest dudes… but moms will love it, too. The 6-in-1 style is designated to suit your needs—whether you utilize the face forward position or use it backpack-style. Peep what this reviewer had to say, “BEST toddler seat/carrier for the price! Supports the child well. I still use this with my very tall 2-year-old. I’m not sure how well it would work for little babies as I ordered it for my 10-month-old. My daughter was walking at 7 months and had very good body control. Some carriers are SO expensive and hurt your back…..not this one! LOVE the strap attachments as well. Every mom needs this. You won’t be disappointed. Babies can be worn on the front, back and even the side comfortably. I have a very clingy toddler and this allows me to get housework done with my arms being free. I have not had to wash this but I imagine it would wash well. The material is like a thick canvas type. Very sturdy.”
If you’re in the market for a cute and compact baby carrier, then say no more! The Moby Evolution Wrap is PERFECT for newborns—word on the street is that it’s a lighter version of the award-winning Classic Moby Wrap. Keep your LO in a close cuddle at all times—even where you’re out grocery shopping or doing a quick stop at the post office—with this mama-approved wrap that will leave you hands-free. By equally distributing weight across your back and hips, this wrap will make transporting your baby a breeze. Unlike some bulky, unsightly carriers, this one sports a minimalist windowpane print that won’t cramp your style. It’s made to grow with your mini (up until they reach 30 pounds), so you can expect to use it from newborn to toddlerhood. Made from 70% viscose from bamboo and 30% cotton, the quality is exceptional.
This one is simple to use, ergonomic for baby’s hips and legs, and easy on mama’s back. It has two positions that grow with your baby: Face them in for a close cuddle and nap during those newborn days. And then turn ‘em around to see the world when they can hold their neck up. Our favorite part? The side latches that allow you to open the front completely, which is essential for transfering a napping BB. It’s also easy to put on and take off all by yourself, unlike some other carriers out there. (Use the colored buckles and listen for the smart safety click.) Just a heads up that this one lasts until about a year. It is a solid baby carrier that has great reviews at which point you can jump into a great toddler option for the next phase.
Meet the stylish baby sling wrap every mama needs. With over 5000 reviews on Amazon, it has plenty of parents singing its praises. We love how all cool patterns and colors are made from perfectly stretchy and machine-washable organic cotton. The 5% spandex allows it to retain its shape and not loosen or sag as you transfer baby or readjust to nurse. And if you are intimidated by the whole wrap thing, one reviewer said: “I am a first time wrapper and I only had to watch the Youtube video once to learn how to use it.” It’s also considered ergonomic for baby, with an equal weight description for mom or dad.
Cute patterns, glowing reviews, and an ergonomic design for baby and mama? Yes, please! This one lasts from 4 to 36 months and has 4 different positions that work for all kinds of adventures. Baby can face both directions on the front, ride on your hip, or get toted around on your back. The padded shoulder straps and lumbar support waistband help evenly distribute baby’s weight and adjust to fit all parents and caregivers. An adjustable bucket seat supports baby in a comfortable position too. We love the machine-washable UPF 50+ hood that protects baby from the sun and wind, and allows for easy breastfeeding on the go. Choose from polka dots, animals, stylish batik, or a sea of solids!
How adorable is this baby carrier? The ergonomic carrier features a removable arched hood that keeps baby in full sight, yet happily covered and protected from the elements. A wide seat supports their growing hips, with a naturally rounded back for a comfortable and safe ride. Featuring thick, plush, and adjustable shoulder straps and a wide waist belt to help even the weight and discomfort on the back. It’s machine-washable and has two positions: front-facing and backpack style. It also comes in a sweet bear style for another woodland-inspired look. Our favorite feature? The cozy pocket for parent’s hands that acts as a hand warmer or more support for baby.
The price is right for this carrier! And so are the reviews. With a durable stain-resistant heather grey fabric, it holds babies from 8-32 pounds. There are 4 ergonomic ways to carry: back carry, front facing out, front facing in, and wide seat back carry for toddlers. The breathable 3D cool mesh lining has great airflow to keep BB (and mama) comfortable. And it also comes with a stylish 2-in-1 bandana bib that can be used with the carrier or separately. The built-in headrest and narrow seat option is great for newborns and growing babes, and the wide seat option will grow with baby to transition during the toddlers months. Machine-washable and dryer-friendly, it’s a durable and practical find.
Winner of “The Most Comfortable Carrier” award and dubbed hip healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, this bad boy has a lot of street cred. And it’s sooooo cute. Featuring 6 positions for 360-degree baby wearing, it has a zip-down front with a breathable mesh opening that allows you to control your little one’s temperature. Adjustable side panels widen and narrow the seat for comfortable hip positioning, while the adjustable back panel grows with your baby and provides support for their neck and head. It also has padded two-way straps for front or backpack-style carrying. Extra features we love include a large storage pocket and removable sleeping hood. The large selection of stylish patterns add the perfect finishing touch.
Possibly the airiest carrier on the market, Ergobaby’s brand-new Aerloom is made with special knit material that allows for optimum airflow. It’s also soft and stretchy to support Baby’s unique form, can be worn frontwards or backwards (so it’ll grow with your little one), and is ultra lightweight for parents to carry. The overall result? Ultimate comfort — and safety — for everyone. Grab it in 5 trendy, neutral colors.
Looking for more time and sanity-saving baby gear? Check out our mama-approved finds for all the gear that BB needs.