Baby Carrier Buying Guide

9 Of The Best Baby Carriers For 2020

Baby Carriers are wonderful for babies and toddlers alike, and allow you to bond together. But which should you buy for your little one? Make choosing your baby carrier easier with 9 of our top picks for 2020.

 

 

Babies love being carried in arms; you've probably figured this out already. Thankfully, baby carriers make this so much easier! But which is the best baby carrier? Which sling is best for you? Which sling should you choose? Common questions indeed, but ultimately the best carrier for you is one that your little one and you both find comfortable, one that will work for you and your family. There are a few things to take into account - help to narrow your choice down by considering:

  • your budget;
  • your lifestyle;
  • the age of your baby, and
  • who will be using the sling.

You're on this website, and you're looking for information on carrying your baby. You know yourself and you know your baby. Allow those instincts to guide you - what style catches your eye? What seems like a good option for you, your little one, your whole family?

Choose a sling that you like - you're far more likely to use a sling or carrier that you love the look of. Whether it's a certain style, colour or pattern, choose the one you really love! Check out our introductions to each style for the specifics of each: Stretchy Wraps, Ring Slings, Buckle Carriers, Woven Wraps and Mei Tais. If you'd like more detailed advice, or you have a specific query, just ask. We love helping families to both start or continue their carrying journeys.

 

Do You Need A Baby Carrier?

 

Most parents say that a baby carrier or sling is the one parenting tool they can't do without. They really do make parenting journey easier, whether you just use one in the first few months, or if you continue to carry into toddlerhood and preschool.

 

Baby carriers come in 6 main types:

 

Buckle Carriers: Supportive, easy to use, and available in a gorgeous selection of colours and designs, buckle carriers are fully adjustable to achieve a custom and comfortable fit.

 

Stretchy Wraps: Perfect for your newborn, a stretchy wrap offers a gentle transition from womb to world. They facilitate skin-to-skin, are completely soft, and thus very respectful of your newborn’s physiology. Stretchy wraps are a long piece of soft fabric which is wrapped around you before popping baby in. The advantage is that you can tie it in the morning and keep it on all day - you can also have it tied before you go out. Perfect for those precious first weeks and months.

 

Ring Slings: Wonderful for newborns and toddlers alike. For your newborn the single-layer carry is light, with little fuss, supporting them tucked up high and close. For older babies and toddlers at the 'up and down' stage, a ring sling is a quick and simple option, allowing you to meet your baby’s needs, then folding it up small and neat in your bag. A single shoulder option, baby can be carried on the front, off-centre, or on the hip.

 

Woven Wraps: Woven wraps are the most versatile carrying option - depending on the length of the wrap, they can be used for many different carrying positions. One woven wrap can be used to carry your newborn all the way to through to preschool; on your front, hip, and back. There are many different designs available from stripes, to jacquards, to self-colours.

 

Meh Dais: A lovely, less structured style; a super option for newborns and bigger babies too. They have all the softness and moldability of a wrap, but with some structure - a main panel with two pairs of straps. One pair ties around the waist, securing with a knot, and the other pair sits on the shoulders and crosses on the wearers back, tying either at the front, side or back. Super-adjustable for the wearer too.

 

Half Buckles: Halfway between a full buckle carrier and a meh dai. The Half Buckle offers the ease of a clip buckle at the waist, with the adjustability of long shoulder straps for a truly snug fit, without the reaching for back or side clips. Front, hip and back carrying, most are suitable from newborn.

 

Integra Baby Carrier

Buckle Carriers

Integra Baby Carrier - From £74.95

 

Why We Love It

If you're looking for a simple, stylish answer to your carrying needs, then the new Integra Baby Carrier is the carrier for you. It's a supportive baby carrier with a softly shaped body and wide base - providing superb anatomical positioning for your little one. It has an un-padded waist, so it fits snuggly to your waist or hips - super comfy for you. The shoulder straps have just enough padding to make them comfy, even when wearing a heavier baby. Quick-release, dual adjustable buckles make it an easily adjustable carrier, for a great fit, every time.

 

Pro Tip

The Integra Baby Carrier comes in 3 sizes - Size 1, Size 2, and yes you guessed it, Size 3 - so you can carry from when your little one is a teeny tiny newborn all the way to when they're preschool.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Really, really happy with my Integra. This pattern is beautiful. But the ease of use is the biggest attraction. I love the fact that it's so lightweight and easy to fold away. It literally fits in my handbag." - Sally

 

 

Mamaruga Zensling

Buckle Carriers

Mamaruga Zensling - From £84.95

 

Why We Love It

The Mamaruga Zensling is an amazingly soft buckle carrier. It fastens with a buckle waist and side buckles, just like a standard buckle, yet it has the softness of a wrap. It's lightweight, with a lightly padded waist, and adjusts across the seat (narrows for newborn babies) and at the sides to shorten the panel. It's easy to get a perfect fit for your little one every time. Given that it's so adjustable and soft, it’s a wonderful option for your newborn and as they grow.

 

Pro Tip

The Mamaruga Zensling is suitable from newborn and no infant insert is needed. It will last until your baby is preschool age, so it's a great carrier to use right through your entire babywearing journey.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"I bought this after seeing it at a sling show. My baby is 9 weeks old and this is so soft and comfortable with the benefits of being a buckled carrier and not needing to wrap. I put my 2.5 year old in it the other day and she was perfectly comfortable too! I also think it's a great price!" - Hannah

 

 

Tula Free To Grow

Buckle Carriers

Tula Free To Grow - £138.95

 

Why We Love It

As you welcome your baby to the world, the Free-to-Grow carrier seamlessly adjusts and lets you hold them close from the very beginning. With the Tula Free-To-Grow Carrier you can comfortably carry your baby from newborn to toddlerhood (7 - 45 lbs). You can enjoy multiple ergonomic carry positions with an adaptable panel that adjusts in width and height to fit your baby at any stage, and fully adjustable shoulder straps and waistband for optimal comfort for you.

 

Pro Tip

The Free To Grow comes in a wide range of prints and designs so you're sure to find a design you really love.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"I purchased my Tula Free To Grow carrier after having tested one at a local sling library, and liking it best of all the carriers I tried on. Apart from fantastic usability, it is really stylish with beautiful design and fabric prints. My baby tends to fuss being put into any carrier or sling, but the Tula is so easy to put on and adjust I am able to get out and about with minimal disruption and zero fussing from my baby. I can even take him out of it without waking him up! I absolutely love it, and it has made everything so much easier in these early days of parenthood. Can’t recommend highly enough." - Stefanie

 

 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier All-In-One Baby Carrier

Buckle Carriers

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier - £153.95

 

Why We Love It

This is the new all-in-one carrier from Ergobaby. It's suitable from newborn and also allows for a world-facing position. The Omni 360 grows with you and your baby from week 1 to 36 months. Plus, the crossable shoulder straps give a personalised fit.

 

Pro Tip

The Ergobaby Omni 360 offers 4 ergonomic babywearing positions - parent facing (from newborn), world-facing (from 5 months), hip carry (from 6 months), and back carry (from 6 months).

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Finally found a sling that is easy to use! I love the pattern and me and my hubby easily switch between wearing it. I love being hands free around the house to get things done and my hubby loves wearing it out and about." - Bex

 

 

Lenny Lamb Ergonomic Baby Carrier

Buckle Carriers

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier - £153.95

 

Why We Love It

The Lenny Lamb Ergonomic Carrier is a structured buckle carrier which is really adjustable to ensure a great fit for both you and baby. It's made from Lenny Lamb woven wrap fabrics, so they're really soft and moldable to baby's shape right from the beginning. Plus, they offer superb value for money for a wrap conversion baby carrier. As the carriers are made from woven wrap fabrics, they come in a wide range of designs and colours, and are breathable for using during warmer weather.

 

Pro Tip

Not quite suitable from newborn; we recommend using from 4 months.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"This carrier is fantastic, I had experimented with a few from a local sling library and this is by far the comfiest and most adjustable, very very happy as is my husband who also finds it to be a really comfortable carrier." - Abby

 

 

Didymos Didyklick

Buckle Carriers

Didymos Didyklick - From £114.95

 

Why We Love It

The Didymos Didyklick combines the comfort, support and mouldability of a woven wrap with the simplicity and practicality of a buckle carrier. It's easily adjustable - the padded waist belt is secured with a clip-buckle (just like a regular buckle carrier) ensuring support around the waist. The large, adjustable body panel made of wrap fabric creates a soft pouch offering a safe place for your little one. For newborns it provides a snug cocoon which is easily adjustable to their size. The wide shoulder straps can be tied in a variety of ways to mould around your shoulders allowing a high degree of adjustability and support for all shapes and sizes. Plus it's made from organic cotton and is suitable from newborn. Perfect!

 

Pro Tip

The Didyklick allows you to carry your baby on your front, hip and back at the appropriate ages while your child is always supported across the back and the bottom ensuring the natural spread squat position.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"This Didyklick is BEAUTIFUL! The Klick has a very soft and comfy waist. The wrap is light and airy, perfect for summer. The shoulder straps are neither cushy or diggy, but my baby is only 15 pounds. Each Klick strap uses about 1/2 the wrap width. I really like the “spacing” of the carrier. My baby had plenty of room to move, did not feel plastered to me, but was supported when sleeping. I’ve tried many carriers and the Didyklick has surpassed my expectations!." - Dave

 

 

Love Radius (JPMBB) PhysioCarrier

Buckle Carriers

Love Radius (JPMBB) Physiocarrier - From £114.95

 

Why We Love It

JPMBB have given the kind of attention to detail to this carrier that make it just fabulous. It's ergonomic and it's comfy. The waistband sits on your hips or waist spreading baby's weight to help keep you carrying all day long. The panel on the front of the carrier is made with the famous JPMBB wrap fabric too, so it's totally soft and mouldable to your baby. The main bonus to this carrier is that the front panel can be rolled away to reveal a mesh panel, allowing you to stay cool on even the hottest days. It's suitable from newborn (with the additional newborn booster) to around 36 months, so it'll likely last your entire babywearing journey. It's highly adjustable, so good for using between parents.

 

Pro Tip

The infant booster can be used when back carrying to elevate baby's position.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Really loving this carrier, feels comfortable for both parents to wear with the adjusting straps and feels very secure , we use both straight and crossed straps. So good that we can easily check on our baby's position and change if needed as can slot our hand in the side of the carrier, something we found difficult with the ergo baby with the new born insert. the neck cushion is really nice and feels very protective. Simple to put on and adjust. Look forward to using it next summer too when we will be able to try wearing it on our backs." - Phoebe

 

 

Tula Toddler Carrier

Buckle Carriers

Tula Toddler Carrier - £119.95

 

Why We Love It

It's tough being a toddler - no matter how much you want to walk everywhere all the time, those little legs do get tired. So isn't it fab that Tula have designed this carrier suitable for toddlers from around 18 months/25lbs to 4+ years old? The The Tula Toddler Carrier is ergonomic and comfy, and it's easy to use, whether you're carrying your toddler on your front or back. The extra padding at the legs means your toddler stays comfy, happily snuggled up close to you, whether you're hanging out at home, or out for long days at the zoo, or long country walks.

 

Pro Tip

Each carrier is made from the softest cotton - nothing rough or scratchy next to baby's skin. With designs ranging from vintage and classic to funky and floral, it's easy to find a design you'll love.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Love our new toddler Tula, after using the baby Tula for so long, the Toddler version is now perfect to carry a bigger growing child comfortably, and we can still stuff it into a large backpack with our other gear. Also love how adjustable it is, two different sized parents can easily adjust it & wear it :) ." - Kylie

 

 

Boba X

Buckle Carriers

Boba X - £119.95

 

Why We Love It

Whether you're carrying your newborn or an on-the-go toddler (7-45lbs) - the Boba X has you covered. The Boba X is adjustable in both the height and width, so there's no need for an additional insert. The innovative seat slides and locks to support your baby’s unique shape, always ensuring complete support, knee to knee. The Boba X comes with lots of thoughtful features such as a quick release breastfeeding assist buckle, a purse holder strap, two discreet hidden zippered pockets, an elastic chest strap that makes everything more flexible and seat extensions for the comfiest ride possible for your toddler.

 

Pro Tip

You can adjust the seat with one smooth slide and lock in place with a flat press of your hand. The Boba X also offers quick height modifications for arms out toddler, breastfeeding help, and head/neck support for sleeping babies.

 

What LTBN Parents Say

"Just the step up we needed, we love it! Having used a baby sling we were gifted since my little one was born we needed to upgrade but weren't quiet ready for a toddler sling, the Boba X has been perfect. It's so comfortable and she feels much lighter than she did in her old sling meaning I can carry her for longer without getting uncomfortable or achey." - Sian

 

 

 

Choosing What's Right For You

 

So there you have it - our top baby carriers for 2020. Remember, choose a carrier that you like - you're far more likely to use a sling or carrier that you love the look of. Whether it's a certain style, colour or pattern, choose the one you really love! If you'd like more detailed advice, or you have a specific query, just ask. We love helping families to both start and continue their babywearing journeys!