Looking for the best baby carrier for dad, hiking or running errands around town? The structured and hybrid baby carriers here are filled with features you’ll love, like pockets, breathable material and elements borrowed from wraps. As a bonus, we’ve included our favorite carriers and wraps from previous years, so you’ll have no problem finding the baby carrier best suited to your lifestyle and baby. From the Colugo baby carrier to new releases from Tula, Graco, LÍLLÉbaby, BABYBJÖRN and more, you’re sure to find your fave. Read on for the best baby carrier for newborns and older kids.
Aerloom Baby Carrier from Ergobaby
The Aerloom baby carrier from Ergobaby makes it easier to get out and about with your baby. At 1.45 pounds, it's one of the lightest structured baby carriers on the market, and the streamlined design folds down small. The eco-friendly fabric (it's made with 87% of post-consumer recycled polyester; that's about 26 water bottles!) is stretchy, supportive and features built-in airflow to keep you and your child cool. Kids can sit facing in, facing out and back carry in this machine-washable carrier designed for kids 7-35 pounds.
Available at ergobaby.com, $219.
Bump & Beyond T-Shirt Wrap from MOBY
Designed both for pregnancy and motherhood, this soft wrap is a game-changer. Wear it like a t-shirt during pregnancy to support your belly and back, and then slip your newborn in the soft, stretchy wrap to cradle them close. The breathable fabric helps regulate baby's temperature, and the carrier's shape is designed to support nursing and skin-to-skin contact. Babies can be carried up to 19.8 pounds, and the wrap is machine-washable and comes in plus sizes.
Available at mobywrap.com, $49.99.
Oldies But Goodies: New in 2020 and earlier
Co-Pilot Day Pack, Baby Carrier and Parenting Bag from JP Outdoor Co
You're ready for your next adventure with this baby carrier, day pack and diaper bag all in one. There's a removable built-in changing station for diaper changes on the go, a cooler department that's easily accessible, and two removable food and clothing bags. Babies can sit inward-facing between 8-30 pounds.
Available at jpoutdoorco.com, $189.
Omni 360 Baby Carrier All-In-One Anti-Microbial from Ergobaby
We're all more aware of cleanliness these days, and for good reason. This Omni 360 baby carrier from Ergobaby is made with a soft, anti-microbial fabric for an extra hygiene barrier between you and baby. The anti-microbial protection also eliminates stinky odors by neutralizing odor-causing bacteria, and the non-toxic material is safe for babies to chew. Babies, from newborns to 4 years old, can sit four ways: facing in, facing out, hip carry and back carry. This carrier comes in both cotton (pictured above) and Cool Air Mesh and includes a matching face mask for adults.
SideKick Plus 3-in-1 Hip Seat Carrier from Chicco
This clever carrier grows with your family: Use it first as an infant carrier, then baby can sit inward-facing or outward-facing in the hip seat carrier. For older kids who like to hop on and off, you can remove the straps and use it as a hip seat only. And if another baby comes along, they can use the infant carrier while your older child sits on the hip seat. The hip seat carrier comes with padded lumbar support to evenly distribute a child's weight and protect your back. It also contains a zippered pocket for your valuables. The infant carrier is designed for kids 7.5-33 pounds; the hip seat carrier is for kids 6 months-33 pounds; and the hip seat is meant for kids 4 months-33 pounds.
Available at chiccousa.com, $99.99.
SideKick Hip Seat Baby Carrier from Chicco
Also from Chicco, you can get a hip seat carrier without the traditional baby-carrier straps. Whether you're trying to get things done around the house or out with a child who wants both snuggles and freedom to run around, a hip seat carrier is your best friend. Your child's hips are supported in a comfortable sitting position, and your back is supported thanks to the lumbar support of the structured waist belt. There's also a zippered compartment for your valuables. Wear it with the seat on your hip or on the front; kids can sit inward-facing or outward-facing. Designed for kids 4 months-33 pounds.
Available at chiccousa.com, $49.99.
Tula Lite Baby Carrier from Tula
Looking to pack light for travel or daily errands? This budget-friendly, ultra-compact carrier can be tucked away into its own hip pouch, while still leaving room for your essentials. The woven ripstop material is lightweight, durable and and quick-drying, and there's a detachable hood you can pull up for naps and shade. Kids can be carried on your front or back, facing in, between 12-30 pounds, and mesh padding on the leg, waistband and shoulder straps means comfort for you.
Available at babytula.com, $79.
SeatMe All Seasons from LÍLLÉbaby (Upgraded)
LÍLLÉbaby has upgraded and relaunched its SeatMe carrier with improved padding on the straps, a longer waistbelt and an inner-front waistbelt for improved comfort on the wearer. This soft-structured carrier converts to a hip seat when your baby gets older for easy on/off carrying. There's also a roomy zippered pocket to fit all your necessities. Kids can sit inward-facing, outward-facing, back carry and on your hip. An infant pillow, sold separately, is required for babies up to 3 months, and the carrier is designed for kids 7-45 pounds.
Available at lillebaby.com, $150.
Cradle Me 4-in-1 Baby Carrier from Graco
Magnetic buckles make it super easy to get your baby and in and out of this carrier, and there's a breathable mesh panel to keep you both cool. Pop up the baby hood for privacy and sun protection, or put up the hideaway, all-season shield to keep your child comfortable year-round. The carrier comes with organic, washable bibs and harness covers, so you can keep it looking clean through any drooling, gnawing or snacking. Kids can sit inward-facing, outward-facing, and back carry; the carrier can be used for kids 8-35 pounds with no infant insert required.
Available at gracobaby.com, $129.99.
Baby Carrier Free from BABYBJÖRN
This carrier is made with soft mesh that's cool, airy and quick-drying, so it's especially comfortable on long walks and hot or rainy days. It provides ergonomic support for you and your baby and has an adjustable seat and head & neck support for added comfort. Suitable for kids 7-36 pounds (no infant insert required), they can ride facing in or out. The carrier is machine-washable and dries quickly after washing.
Available at babybjorn.com, $159.99.
In Season 5 Layer Ergonomic Carrier from Infantino
Keep baby comfortable year-round with the clever layers on this carrier from Infantino. The mesh layer offers breathability on warm days; place the soft jersey-knit panel over the mesh in cooler weather, or choose the quilted panel. In cold weather, layer the quilted panel over the jersey-knit layer, and in snow, wind and rain, add the full-coverage multi-use cover. Best of all, each layer rolls and tucks away into the carrier so you always have them on hand when the weather changes. There's also a large pocket for valuables in the waist belt. No infant insert required; you can wear your child inward-facing, outward-facing, and back carry. The seat can be widened as your child grows, and there's a muslin hood for privacy and shade from the sun. Suitable for 8-40 pounds.
Available at infantino.com, $74.99.
ComfyChic Carrier from Boppy
You'll be one comfy and stylish chick in the ComfyChic carrier, which boasts yoga-inspired fabric and vegan-leather trim. This hybrid carrier blends the best of a wrap and a structured carrier, providing both comfort and stability. Baby can be worn inward-facing, forward-facing, and hip carry; no infant insert required. The seat width can be adjusted as your baby grows, and the padded waist belt has a zippered storage pocket for your essentials. Designed for kids 8-35 pounds, this carrier can be machine-washed and tumbled dry.
Available at boppy.com, $75.
Journey GO 5-in-1 Baby Carrier from Contours
Great for city strolls and nature walks, the Journey GO is made from breathable 3D mesh and moisture-wicking fabric and is machine-washable. It also sports reflective trim for safety and has a zippered pocket for essentials. It holds kids 8-45 pounds and kids can sit inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry and back carry; no infant insert required. There's a UPF 25+ sunshade that can be removed or tucked into a zippered pocket when not in use.
Available at contoursbaby.com, $139.99.
Cocoon Buckle-Tie Carrier from Contours
Also from Contours, the Cocoon hybrid carrier is soft and cozy like a wrap with the secure fit of a buckled waistband. It is made from knit fabrics with air vents for comfort and fits babies 8-33 pounds. This carrier adjusts easily for different wearers and as your child grows; kids can sit inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry and back carry. There's reflective trim along the shoulder straps for safety, and there are four storage pockets for your and baby's essentials. Attach a toy for baby on the toy loop to keep them entertained. Machine washable.
Available at contoursbaby.com, $79.99.
LÍLLÉlight Baby Carrier from LÍLLÉbaby
Looking for a carrier that's easy to carry around? This lightweight carrier is made from natural hemp and organic cotton fibers and can be folded easily into a diaper bag or purse. You'll appreciate the clean lines and ease of use, and the tie waist looks stylish and means a comfortable fit, no matter your size. Babies 7-36 pounds can sit inward-facing or back carry; add an infant pillow ($11) to give newborns a more comfortable fit.
Available at lillebaby.com, $99
Sprinkles Line from BABYBJÖRN
The popular Baby Carrier One from BABYBJÖRN now comes in the limited-edition Sprinkles design, a sweet pattern with colored dots on a pastel background. Designed for babies between 8 and 33 pounds, they can sit inward-facing, forward-facing or back carry, and the seat and head support can be adjusted as they grow. There's a built-in infant insert with two height positions to keep baby in the right position, close enough to your face for baby kisses. This cozy carrier is machine-washable and features padded shoulder straps and a sturdy waist belt for the wearer's comfort.
Available at babybjorn.com, $189.99.
Embrace by Ergobaby
This hybrid baby carrier has soft, stretchy knit fabric and cross-back straps like a wrap carrier but with the buckles and waist belt of a structured carrier. It's machine-washable and rolls up compactly so you can easily pack it in a diaper bag or suitcase for outings and travel. Babies can sit inward-facing or forward-facing, and the carrier is intended for babies between 7 and 25 pounds (no infant insert required).
Available at ergobaby.com, $80.
Move by MOBY
This four-position carrier (inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry, back carry) has only one set of adjustments to give a growing baby the perfect, cozy fit. The waist belt incorporates lumbar support for added comfort for the wearer, and there are padded shoulder straps and padded head and neck support for baby. Breathable mesh fabric keeps you both cool, and the carrier is machine-washable. Designed for babies from 7 pounds to 45 pounds without an infant insert, the carrier also features two storage pockets and a UPF 45+ hood to block the sun.
Available at mobywrap.com, $99.94.
2-in-1 Carrier + Hip Seat by MOBY
Also from Moby, this versatile carrier functions as both a four-position carrier (inward-facing, forward-facing, hip carry, back carry) and a hip seat with three seating options: front-inward, front-outward and hip. The shoulder straps and front panel zip off easily to leave a sturdy, hard-structure seat so you can pick up and put down a baby with ease. The seat also has ample storage pockets for valuables, diapers, clothing and more. The carrier is machine-washable and has a UV 45+ hood. Use the carrier starting at 12 pounds and the hip seat starting at 17 pounds.
Available at mobywrap.com, $99.94.
Carry On Multi-Pocket Carrier by Infantino
This three-position carrier (inward-facing, forward-facing, back carry) has an adjustable seat to keep newborns snug and expand for older babies and toddlers. It features a breathable mesh panel for comfort and six (yes, six!) smart pockets. There's a small pocket on the shoulder strap for easy access to a pacifier or small toy, waist-panel pockets for your phone, wallet or keys, and larger front pockets where you can store diapers and wipes, clothes, a lovie and snacks. Designed for kids between 8 and 40 pounds.
Available at infantino.com, $54.99.
The Baby Carrier by Colugo
This lightweight, machine-washable carrier features breathable mesh between you and baby to keep you both cooler, and magnetic buckles that make it easier to get baby safely situated. It supports both inward-facing and outward-facing seating and has pockets big enough to store diapers, wipes, keys, wallet, phone and more. There’s also a UPF 50+ hood for sunny outings. It’s suitable for kids from 7 pounds (without an infant insert) to 30 pounds. And because this is a direct-to-consumer company (meaning you buy directly from Colugo), you’ll get a great price and stellar customer service with your purchase.
Available at hicolugo.com, $125.
Serenity by LILLEbaby
The Serenity comes in two types of material: Airflow has a full-body mesh design for maximum breathability, and All Seasons has a zippered front panel you fold down to reveal breathable mesh. Both versions feature five seating positions (inward fetal, with legs tucked in; inward-facing; forward-facing, hip carry; back carry) and a waist belt you can adjust for a narrow, medium and wide fit. Designed for kids from 7 pounds to 45 pounds.
Available at lillebaby.com, $150.
Pursuit by LILLEbaby
Also from LILLEbaby, the Pursuit comes in the All Seasons material with a zipdown panel and breathable mesh, along with a water-resistant shell, as well as Pro material, which is made from a durable, soft-knit fabric. There's also a Sport version with water-resistant ripstop fabric. They all boast seven storage pockets, reflective details and multiple seating positions: Kids can sit inward fetal, with legs tucked in; inward-facing; forward-facing; hip carry; and back carry. This carrier is designed for use between 7 and 45 pounds.
Available at lillebaby.com, $125.
Mamapod Baby Carrier by Mamapod
If you need to stand for extended periods, like at an older child’s sports games, the Mamapod carrier is one to check out, thanks to its optional support pole you can attach to alleviate pressure on your neck, back and shoulders. This machine-washable carrier features a cozy hood, soft mesh for breathability, and a hip seat that folds down when not in use. Baby can sit facing inward or forward, and you can remove the front panel and just use the hip seat to prop baby on. The support pole weighs less than 1 pound and can be folded up and stored in the seat pocket when not in use. Designed for babies 12-44 pounds.
Available at mamapod.com, $129-$139.
INOMI by BAEBI
This stylish carrier accommodates four positions for baby (inward fetal, with legs tucked in; inward-facing; forward-facing; back carry) and has an innovative front panel you can detach to put down baby to let them nap on their back or if you need to use the restroom. The carrier is designed for babies as small as 5 pounds (with a built-in infant insert) up to 33 pounds. A quilted cooling panel, mashine-washable fabric, four storage pockets and that clever removable front panel make it both comfortable and convenient.
Available at baebi.com, $160.
CUDL by Nuna
You can adjust the CUDL carrier for the most comfortable fit for you and baby: Minimize the leg opening for smaller babies; zip out the integrated infant booster when baby outgrows it; remove the head and neck support when baby no longer needs it; and pop up the customizable hood on sunny or rainy days. There’s a handy pocket on the waist belt that’s easy to reach when baby’s on board and four magnetic locking buckles for a secure attachment. Kids can sit four ways (inward-facing with integrated infant booster, inward-facing, forward-facing and back carry) in this carrier designed for kids 8 to 35 pounds.
Available at nunababy.com, $219.95.
Coast Explore Carrier by Tula
The Coast Explore carriers add a breathable mesh material to the popular Explore carrier line. Babies can sit three ways (inward-facing, forward-facing and back carry), and the body panel adjusts to three width settings to accommodate babies from 7 to 45 pounds, without an infant insert. The padded, adjustable neck support pillow can be adjusted to provide head and neck support for newborns and sleepy babies, and there’s a removable hood and a large pocket on the waist belt. Designed to accommodate kids from 7 to 45 pounds.
Available at babytula.com, $179.
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 added to their carrier line with their first-ever forward-facing carrier: the Tula Explore. Debuting in four new prints, the Tula Explore features three width settings that can be used from 7 to 45 pounds without an infant insert. Ready, set, explore!
Available 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 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 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 at mobywrap.com for $54.94.
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.
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini
You know BABYBJÖRN for their original carrier, and in June 2018 they’re debuting a total redesign we think parents will go wild for. The BABYBJÖRN 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. BABYBJÖRN’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.
—copy by Erin Lem & Eva Ingvarson Cerise; photos courtesy of each retailer