Babies love being carried! And really, who could blame them? Baby carriers allow babies to feel as cozy as they did in the womb, while letting you be comfortably hands free so you can get things done. From stylish and fashion-forward to simple and sporty, we’ve rounded up the coolest baby carriers and slings for your lifestyle.
Ergobaby fans love the company’s products for their soft, easy style that keeps baby in an ergonomically correct position. When parents called for a version with an outward-facing option, the brand responded with the Ergobaby 360, which lets baby see the world in a comfortable, ergonomic, front-facing position. And they didn’t stop there. The company’s newest version of the 360 has added lumbar support for extra lower-back comfort while you tote around baby. Parents love the 360’s padded shoulder straps and wide, supportive belt. Start with the newborn infant insert, sold separately, for babies 0-4 months.
Available at ergobaby.com, $160.
Reviews are in, and parents are loving Baby Tula’s new carrier the Tula Explore, which can be worn both inward and forward facing, offering plenty of opportunity for baby to explore. We’ve always loved Baby Tula’s carriers for their fun prints, ease of use and overall comfort for both baby and the person carrying them. The Tula Explore features three width settings and can be used from 7 to 45 pounds without an infant insert.
Available at BabyTula.com, $179.
New parents have a lot on their plate, and trying to figure out what to do with the extra fabric that often times comes with a baby sling can be overwhelming. And let’s face it, the last thing we want to do is complicate things! That’s why the creative folks at Moby created a hybrid carrier: the Moby Fit. Unlike the traditional Moby wraps, this one goes over your head like a t-shirt (super easy and familiar!). You can then tug the fabric through the easy-adjust rings to get a perfect fit and you’re ready to hold your baby and go about your day.
Available at mobywrap.com, $54.99.
LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons
The LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons carrier is your classic over-achiever. The beautiful Scandinavian designs combined with the six ergonomic carrying positions, lumbar support, two way strap and a sleeping hood for high functionality offers everything new parents are looking for when it comes to toting their baby.
Available at lillebaby.com, $150.
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier We
In the 1960s, this Swedish company paved the way for generations of babywearing. Now, one of its most unique carriers, the We, is designed for long-term use — from birth to three years old. We found the carrier’s three-step method for positioning the baby on your back (start with baby in front and then slide around) to be simpler than most. BABYBJORN is now also offering a mini carrier ($79.99) specifically designed for the early months. The easy-to-use carrier is made so you can quickly put it on for short babywearing sessions.
Available at amazon.com, $74.95.
Baby K’Tan Active
Especially when babies are infants, we love the softness and ease of the all-fabric Baby K’Tan. The original is made of thick cotton that can quickly get warm, which is why the company recently introduced this new version made from breathable mesh (it feels like the fabric used to make basketball shorts). The K’Tan falls somewhere between carriers and wraps: There are no buckles or straps to contend with, and also no wrapping technique to learn. It’s just you and your baby, close and cozy.
Available at babyktan.com, $59.95.
The Onya Baby
The Onya Baby Outback earns high scores for its versatility, comfort and durability. Its gender neutral and somewhat rugged appearance makes it a favorite among dads, too. If you’re ready to share your love of the great outdoors with your little one, the Onya Baby Outback is the carrier for you.
Available at amazon.com, $139.
When the innovative and fashion-forward global stroller and car seat brand Cybex launched its first baby carrier, the YEMA, we fell in love. So it’s no surprise that its newest carrier, the Maria.Tie, is just as fabulous. 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 at cybex-online.com, $135.
Scout by Sakura Bloom
San Diego-based Sakura Bloom is known for its luxurious fabrics and gorgeous prints, so we were thrilled to hear they’re adding even more variety to their line of Scout baby carriers this fall. Check out the fall 2018 chambray collection and get ready to go hands-free in style!
Available at sakurabloom.com, prices vary.
The ComfyFit by Boppy
We all know (and rely on!) Boppy for its dependable nursing pillows, but you may not know that the company recently debuted a baby carrier: the ComfyFit. Inspired by yoga apparel, so yes it’s so soft you may not want to take it off, the carrier makes wearing your baby a breeze. Baby can face in or out, and the carrier is machine-washable for easy care. Thanks, Boppy — you’ve done it again!
Available at boppy.com, $70.
—Aimee Della Bitta