They lighten your load, free up your arms, keep baby close and even offer a spot to stow a few important belongings. If you haven’t found your perfect baby carrier yet, here are three new to market options.
Ergobaby carriers have been top rated and highly regarded by experts in the field for years, but they weren’t especially easy during the newborn stage until now. In the past, you needed a special insert to carry an itty-bitty. The new Adapt carrier though, can be used from birth thanks to a newly designed bucket seat that is adjustable for babies 7 to 45 lbs. The seat ensures that babies are in a hip-healthy position and has been giving the thumbs up by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
With the 3-position design, you can carry baby front-inward, on your hip and on your back. Comfort is paramount with cushy shoulder straps that can be criss-crossed to offer even more support and a lumbar support waist belt, that together distribute Baby’s weight evenly.
You’ll also love the pillow-like neck support, which is great for the littlest of babies and also snoozing babes. Plus, there is a hood that can be tucked inside a little compartment, or used for privacy or shade. You can even nurse your baby in this carrier.
Available at store.ergobaby.com, $145.
For Outdoorsy Types
If you loved hitting the trails before baby, don’t let your new bundle stop you. Enlist the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Outdoors to be your sidekick for adventures. The carrier is made from breathable materials so you don’t need to sweat it as you see the sites, and it repels dirt and water.
Carrying your baby (8-33 lbs) is comfortable, even for long hikes, thanks to a sturdy waist belt and straps that help to distribute your little one’s weight evenly. And it’s safe for baby, as this design was approved as a hip-healthy baby carrier from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. With a variety of carrying styles, your baby can face out, face you and go on your back.
Convenience is key. You can keep Baby’s favorite toy close with a shoulder strap loop and your important stuff accessible in the waist belt pocket.Plus, if you take travel with your gear, you’ll love that this model comes with its own storage bag.
Available at giggle.com, $259.95.
Grows With Your Baby
Equipped with plenty of Velcro, zippers, buckles and buttons, the Stokke MyCarrier 3-in-1 carrier changes and transforms to create a perfect fit for both you and your baby and body. Start with baby facing you, then once he can hold his head up make a few changes so he can face out. Finally, do another transformation to create a back carrier – here you have two adjustment choices labeled by child’s age.
Both you and your baby (up to 33 lbs) will be treated to ergonomic comfort. The carrier is acknowledged as hip healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. There’s also an adjustable head support for your baby. For parents: the hip belt and harness are easy to adjust with buckles, offering even support of your baby’s weight.
Available at stokke.com, $199.
Looking for more options? Read our story on the best baby carriers and slings.
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