Which baby carrier is best for a 1 year old? Which carrier should I choose for a 1 year old? Ultimately, the best carrier for you is one that your little one and you both find comfortable, and this may be a different carrier to the one you may have used with your baby as a newborn. If you carried your baby from newborn then you already know how to carry your baby safely, and carrying your 1 year old is simply a progression of that.
But the same advice applies when carrying a 1 year old in a sling, whether you're continuing your babywearing journey or starting out a-new, and you can take the same things into account to help you narrow down your choice:
- Your budget.
- Your lifestyle.
- The age of your baby.
- Who will be using the sling.
You know yourself best - 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!
1 year olds vary considerably - some are fairly mobile, on two feet some of the time. Others are not mobile at all and are content to engage with their world in other ways. No matter what stage your little one is at, they need mobility and connection, and the easiest way to achieve both is with a baby carrier!
Here, we’ll guide you through the very best baby carriers suitable for a 1 year old. We stock an unparalleled selection of carriers, and we know them all; how they work, and what ‘real-life’ age range they suit. Here we're talking about structured baby carriers, rather than ring slings, for example.
So in this context, we’re going to look at carriers that work for:
- 1 - 2 year olds
- 1 - 3 year olds
- 1 - 4/5 year olds
This will give the best idea of age range if you want to continue babywearing your 1 year old as they get older.
Baby Carriers Suitable for 1 - 2 Year Olds
Tula Free To Grow Baby Carrier
As you welcome your baby to the world, the Tula Free To Grow baby 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.
Great for 1 year olds, the Free To Grow comes in a wide range of prints and designs so you're sure to find a design you really love.
Love & Carry ONE +
We are really impressed with this carrier. The One + ticks all the boxes we expect and want from a good buckle carrier - the quality is outstanding, it’s well-designed and with thought; the fabrics are gorgeous; and it’s super comfy for baby and you. We love the thoughtful touches such as the lower buckle attachment for young babies. Fastening the shoulder strap webbing lower down means that there is no webbing or buckles touching baby - they are surrounded by the soft cotton fabric only. The buckles can be tucked away and webbing rolled up neatly so it’s easier to fasten and use.
Super for 1 year olds and onwards, the One+ comes in a Cool version - the main panel can be rolled down and neatly tucked away to reveal a mesh panel, to help keep you both cool on hot days!
Didymos Meh Dai
The Didy Meh Dai - it's a meh dai-style carrier, and a very special one. It's made from Didymos woven wrap fabrics. The quality is outstanding, the designs beautiful, they are ethically woven always using organic cotton. As there is no padding it is perfectly suited for carrying newborns as it snugs their shape, and works equally well for older babies and toddlers on the front or back.
A great option for newborns & toddlers, the woven wrap fabric snugs the baby's shape, adjusting as they grow.
Baby Carriers Suitable for 1 - 3 Year Olds
Love & Carry AIR X
A superb buckle carrier with extra lumbar-support, the Air X is fully adjustable and will grow with your little one from 4 months to 3 years thanks to the width-adjustable body panel. Comes with an integrated neck support, sleephood and a large, detachable zip pouch. The AIR X has has a roll away and mesh panel to help keep you cool in warmer weather. We love the 3 position setting for adjusting the carrier as your baby gets bigger, and we love the storage pouch too! Handy for keeping all your bits and bobs in when you're out and about.
The shoulder straps on the AIR X can be crossed to add extra support and comfort when carrying.
Little Frog Toddler Carrier
Little Frog make toddler carriers from their woven wrap fabrics. This means their carriers are super comfortable, soft and supportive - great for carrying toddlers. They come in a range of designs and because they are made from wrap fabric they are simply stunning! The soft contoured panel ensures your toddler is carried in their natural ergonomic close-enough-to-kiss position with their knees slightly higher than their bottom.
The crossable shoulder straps can be adjusted 3 ways to ensure a great comfortable fit for both you and your toddler, ensuring both of you are as comfortable as possible.
Customers love how easy it is to use and how comfortable it is.
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 for newborn. Perfect!
When using to babywear with a 1 - 3 year old you can use the wide shoulder straps to extend the seat width to help provide extra support.
Baby Carriers Suitable for 1 - 4 or 5 Year Olds
The Kibi Carrier IN is an awesome buckle carrier for babies from 4 months to 4 years.
You’re thinking ‘no way!’, right? This is a real world size guide, and it really does work. The Kibi has a hardcore dedicated fan base, and for good reason. It's true to say that we love a clever carrier and the Kibi Carrier is not only super-clever in its design, it totally works too.
The Kibi is suitable from around 4 months to 4 years, so it’s the perfect carrier to upgrade to, once your little one has outgrown their stretchy wrap.
All of our stock of the KIBI is the new, updated KIBI ‘In’
ISARA The ONE
The Isara The One is a truly singular carrier that is so ingeniously designed it is suitable from newborn right through to preschool, and fits all parents, too. Completely and fully adjustable, it enables the wearer to adjust the height and length to fit a newborn snug and safe, and as little one grows, the carrier can be adjusted in order to fit all shapes and sizes to toddlers and even preschoolers. Transitioning from newborn to preschooler is done in just one step.
We're often asked to suggest a carrier which will work for a newborn up to preschool, which we've always described this as a bit of a unicorn. Until now though; the Isara The One Carrier actually does this, and it does it really well. The superb design really does fit snug and safe from newborn and yup, you really can carry a 4 year old in it too. Even better, it's now available in organic cotton twill (prints & plain) which makes the price absolutely fantastic.
Make sure you tuck baby's pelvis forward so that their bottom fills the base of the carrier, helping to ensure great positioning at any age.
So there you have it - our best baby carriers suitable for a 1 year old. 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!