What are the best baby back carriers? Well, the broadest answer would be one that you find comfortable, but in terms of providing accurate reviews we need to be much more specific that that. So let's take a look at the best baby back carriers.
Whether you’re simply taking a walk into town or the more literal ‘hike’ in the great outdoors, or whether you’re just trying to make dinner or cook with a very curious baby in the carrier, there are so many baby carriers available to you and your little one, or indeed that are suitable for your family as a whole (i.e. one that suits both you and your partner, for example).
With such a vast selection, it means there is a great range in terms of budget, design and style. You may already have one that you've used with a newborn, and this may still be the one you'll use when you're out hiking. Or perhaps you've purchased a carrier specifically for carrying a toddler. The main questions you have will include: which is the best baby back carrier?; which is best for you?; which one should you choose? 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
- who will be using the sling
Whilst back carrying may not be possible for everyone, the age of your baby or toddler is usually the most significant factor in deciding when to back carry and which carrier to use. Here are the main styles used for baby back carrying:
- Buckle Carriers
- Half Buckle Carriers
- Meh Dai
- Woven Wraps
Generally speaking, woven wraps are the most suitable option for carrying younger babies. Buckle carriers are usually recommended from when baby can truly sit unaided (many manufacturers suggest 10/12 months +). Most half buckles and meh dais are made from woven wrap fabrics and many can be used from 4 / 5 months onwards.
Buckle Carriers for Baby Back Carrying
Ergobaby Omni 360
Suitable from newborn to 2 years, the Omni comes in a variety of different colours and options. Works for back carrying from 10/12 months.
Love & Carry AIR X
Suitable from 4 months to 3 years, this option offers a longer use time. Rollaway the zippered section to reveal the cool mesh panel - perfect for warm-weather back carrying. Available in a gorgeous selection of colours and designs.
Suitable from 4 months to at least 4 years. This option covers your entire carrying period. It’s super-adjustable for your little one - riding arms out is so easy in the Kibi.
Half Buckle Carriers for Baby Back Carrying
Suitable from newborn to 2 or 3 years and available in the most awesome selection of weaves and colours, always made from organic cotton. The wide wrap shoulder straps allow for a really mouldable and adjustable back carry. Start around 6 months.
Love & Carry LoveTai
Suitable from newborn to 2 years, it’s an amazing budget option, but still amazing quality for the price. Light padding in the shoulder straps makes for an easier transfer to back carrying.
Hop Tye Hlaf Buckle Carrier
Suitable from 5lb (2.5kg) to at least 2 years, this is a fantastic option to use from very young all the way to walking. It’s lightweight yet sturdy and comes in a gorgeous selection of designs.
Meh Dai Carriers for Baby Back Carrying
Suitable from newborn to 2 or 3 years. This fantastic carrier is fully reversible with a lightly padded waist and lightly padded shoulder straps, or you can choose the WrapMysol for wide wrap shoulder straps, perfect for back carrying.
Didymos 'Didy' Meh Dai
Hop Tye Conversion
Suitable from newborn to 2 years. Another fantastic, lightweight option that can be used for back carries from around 6 months. Wrap-style shoulder straps again help support baby’s weight.
Woven Wraps for Baby Back Carrying
Didymos Woven Wraps
Made from organic cotton, there’s a huge selection of colours, weaves and designs. Most designs are stocked in sizes 5, 6 and 7.
Little Frog Woven Wraps
A great budget option for learning to back carry, there’s also a fantastic selection of jacquard weaves and thicker weaves for those who already know how to back carry. Most designs are stocked in sizes 5, 6 and 7.
Girasol Woven Wraps
Handmade on traditional weaving looms, these wraps are soft in hand and sturdy. Produced under fair trade conditions. Most designs are stocked in sizes 5, 6 and 7.
Most of these are general suggestions and guidance; if you’d like more specific information tailored to your and your little one, you can reach out to us any time.