As much as baby wants to be held 24/7, you (and your arms) need a break. Go hands-free with a baby carrier — you’ll move more freely while getting cozy closeness with your little one. Here are our favorite new baby carriers that’ll hit the market in 2018, and as a bonus we uncovered new designs debuting this year from some of our favorite brands. Scroll down to find the baby carrier best suited to your lifestyle and baby.
New and Noteworthy from Our Favorite Brands:
Baby Tula Explore
Baby Tula's carriers have always been a favorite of ours for their fun prints, ease of use and overall comfort for both baby and parent. Starting August 14, 2018 they're adding to their carrier line with their first-ever forward-facing carrier: the Tula Explore. Debuting in four new prints, the Tula Explore will feature three width settings that can be used from 7 to 45 pounds without an infant insert. Ready, set, explore! Available mid-August 2018 at BabyTula.com for $179.
Cybex Maira.Tie Carrier
Safety, function and impeccable style are just a few reasons we can’t get enough of Cybex. And their newest carrier, the Maira.Tie, epitomizes everything we love about this brand. The carrier offers an ergonomic seating panel and a multi-functional head and neck rest for newborns to toddlers. With padded shoulder straps for crossed and parallel wearing, this carrier can be tied for front, side and back carrying. Available in March 2018 at cybex.com for $135.
Moby Fit Wrap
If you’re looking for a wrap but are a bit intimidated by the long sheaths of fabric (now, how am I supposed to safely get baby in and out of this thing? asked every new parent ever), then you’ll want to check out the new Moby Fit. Unlike the traditional Moby wraps, this one goes over your head like a t-shirt and then, with just a few knots and adjustments, it’s ready to hold baby as you go about your day. Bonus: Not sure if you placed baby in correctly? Moby has a free service that allows its customers to videochat with their experts to ensure you and baby are getting the most out of your Moby. Available early 2018 at Target.com and in March 2018 at mobywrap.com for $54.99.
infantino Go Forward Carrier
For parents looking to go the carrier route without spending a fortune, infantino has your back. Their line of ergonomic carriers includes all the support and features of the premium brands, but at a price point accessible to more families. infantino’s newest release, The Go Forward carrier, features four ergonomic carrying positions and is fully adjustable so that the carrier grows with your child. This carrier is the first in their collection to provide a bucket seat to support children in the out-facing position. Bonus: infantino also just launched their Together Pull-On Knit Carrier. Available at infantino.com for $59.99.
Watch out baby wearing world—Boppy is coming for you! The brand that new parents have come to rely on for nursing pillows recently debuted the ComfyFit, a new baby carrier that’s comfortable (for you) and comforting (for baby). The ComfyFit is inspired by yoga apparel, meaning its ubersoft spandex material moves with you and will make wearing baby a breeze (so soft, in fact, you may never want to take it off!). Simply click, strap, tie, and go. ComyFit offers two carrying positions based on your babe’s ability to hold up their head up on their own—front face-in or front face-out—and is machine washable for easy care. Available now at boppy.com and amazon.com for $70.
BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Mini
You know BabyBjorn for their original carrier, and in June 2018 they’re debuting a total redesign we think parents will go wild for. The new “BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Mini” will feature: a wider seat for baby's comfort, proprietary fabrics that are super soft, breathable and look sophisticated to boot, and soft-color plastic parts to complement its new softer design. BabyBjorn’s product team made these upgrades based on direct feedback from parents like you. Available June 2018 at buybuybaby.com for $80-$100 depending on fabric choice.
New Collections and Collaborations from Our Favorite Brands:
Solly Baby’s Spring Collection
Solly Baby has a cult following among baby-wearing parents, and it’s not only because Wirecutter recently picked this wrap as the best on the market. Solly Baby’s covet-worthy designs and prints combined with its soft fabric and ease of use makes this a winner for any new parent wanting to try baby-wearing. Their new spring line—debuting early March 2018—features a fresh palette that’s inspired by motherhood. Elle Rowley, Solly Baby founder and CEO, tells us, “We hope that as you wrap your little one up this season, you’ll be reminded over and over again that although we may never have all the answers, all we really need is love.” We couldn’t agree more. New spring collection available March 2018 at SollyBaby.com for $65.
LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons I Heart You
We love brands that constantly keep us on our toes with new designs, and LÍLLÉbaby is one of them. We also love their new patterns for spring, like I Heart You (shown here). This new fashion of their Complete All Seasons carrier includes everything you know and love from LÍLLÉbaby. Expect six ergonomic carrying positions, lumbar support, a two-way strap, a sleeping hood and more. Available at lillebaby.com for $150.
Ergobaby x Hello Kitty Collaboration
Looking for a carrier that is anything but dull? Say hello to Ergobaby’s latest collaboration with Hello Kitty. The new collection, which features bright and bold Hello Kitty prints, will be available for Ergobaby’s Omni 360 carrier, Adapt carrier, doll carriers, swaddler and even sleeping bag. Available March 2018 at Ergobaby.com with the 360 carrier retailing for $190.
Spice up your baby-wearing with fun new prints from Baby Tula. Just this February, they launched four new fashions: celebrate, splash, marigold (pictured) and coast infinite. Each new print will be available in their Free-to-Grow Carrier, Standard Baby Carrier and Toddler Carrier. Available at BabyTula.com starting at $139.
What carrier or wrap are you most excited to see? Share this story with your new mom and dad friends and then leave us a comment below!
—copy by Erin Lem; photos courtesy of each retailer