Best Baby Carriers

Not everyone gets a baby carrier for their children, which is a shame as they superb accessories to help mums and dads be mobile and handsfree easily. Did you also know that baby carrier are excellent ways of bonding, too? We’re big fans of them here and we want you to be fans of them as well. This is why we tested over 50 UK brands of baby carriers to help find the very best baby carriers you can buy right now. Here are our findings and of course our recommendations.

The Best Baby Carrier Brands In The UK

To save you the time of reading through 12 reviews over 7,000 words, here’s a handy table showing our best carriers and their categories and where you can buy them.

Brand
Best Overall
Babybjorn Baby Carrier One
Best For Outdoors
Babybjorn Baby Carrier One Outdoors
Best Wrap
Funki Flamingo Wrap
Best On A Budget
Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier
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BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One, Black, Cotton Mix
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors, Black
Premium Baby Carrier | Neutral Grey | One Size Fits All | Cozy & Soothing For Babies | Suitable for Newborns, Infants & Toddlers | Cotton/Spandex Comfort Fabric |100% Infinity Guarantee | Ideal Gift
Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier, Black
Type
Classic
Classic
Wrap
Classic
Star Rating
Reviews
-
-
-
-
Price
from £109.99
£147.54
£24.97
£23.95
Best Overall
Brand
Babybjorn Baby Carrier One
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BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One, Black, Cotton Mix
Type
Classic
Star Rating
Reviews
-
Price
from £109.99
Where To Buy
Best For Outdoors
Brand
Babybjorn Baby Carrier One Outdoors
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BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors, Black
Type
Classic
Star Rating
Reviews
-
Price
£147.54
Where To Buy
Best Wrap
Brand
Funki Flamingo Wrap
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Premium Baby Carrier | Neutral Grey | One Size Fits All | Cozy & Soothing For Babies | Suitable for Newborns, Infants & Toddlers | Cotton/Spandex Comfort Fabric |100% Infinity Guarantee | Ideal Gift
Type
Wrap
Star Rating
Reviews
-
Price
£24.97
Where To Buy
Best On A Budget
Brand
Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier
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Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier, Black
Type
Classic
Star Rating
Reviews
-
Price
£23.95
Where To Buy

To save you some time once again, it’s our opinion that the Best For Mums Platinum award for best baby carrier goes to:

Babybjorn Baby Carrier One

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Babybjorn Baby Carrier One
  • Lining is 100‍ percent cotton. Padding is polyester and pu foam straps. Ergonomic carrying with wide leg position
  • 4-way front and back carrying incl. front-facing option. Leg straps should be used to reduce the size of the leg openings for babies that are 3.5 to 4.5 kg
  • Perfect from newborn to 3 years with a built-in infant position
  • Sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps. Outer fabric is 60 percent cotton, 40 percent polyester

Best Baby Carrier Reviews

1. BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One

Babybjorn baby carrier one

The Babybjorn baby carrier one is one of the most popular baby carriers on the internet and is the flagship product for the brand. The Baby Carrier One is the ‘classic’ type of carrier which is the swiss army knife of the carrier sector. The Baby Carrier One’s lining is made of 100% cotton which is breathable and strong and allows the straps to be comfortable, the back/front rests to be sturdy and the padded shoulder pads and the ergonomic design to make it feel like you’re not wearing a carrier at all. This is an ideal baby carrier for newborns all the way to around 15kg in weight. Some carriers do go higher than that but in general baby carrier usage becomes less common at that point.

The materials Babybjorn used to make this gem are of the highest standard that we encountered in our tests. You will see this in the way it looks and feels. Specifically, the outer fabric is 60% cotton and 40% polyester, the lining is 100% cotton and the straps, buckles are well sewn, chunky and super strong. We aggressively tugged on the material and tried to lightly lacerate it to no avail. We feel it’s very likely that this baby carrier will last you a long time even with regular use which boosts its return on your investment. This would be brilliant for first-time mums and especially mums who want to have more than one kids but reuse the same carrier.

What separates the Baby Carrier One from the rest is the precision ergonomic design it has on every level and with every stitch. The padded straps are the perfect length and width to distribute the weight evenly across your body and help your shoulders avoid soreness even after a sizable session with it (we walked for 1 hour 50 minutes straight). The positioning of the existing holes allows your babies hips to sit comfortably to avoid any potential hip dysplasia problems – the frog leg arrangement is common with baby carriers. The thick belt also makes it secure and helps with keeping your back straight – contributing to its performance over a sustained period of time.

You can use this in three positions which is standard for a classic type of carrier – front facing in, front facing out and on your back. We tested all three with our bundles of joys and the positioning and adjustability were simple and functional. We’ve all got babies of different sizes but we were all able to use it easily with some quick and easy adjustments on the straps. Some people have reviewed the product and said they found it rather fiddly, although we didn’t find it fiddly we can certainly see where they are coming from. As we’re ‘veterans’ when it comes to baby products we have a sixth sense when it comes to straps, buckles and clips so our idea of easy may not match that of a first-time mum. All we can say is that there are definitely baby carriers out there more and less fiddly than this one.

To conclude, we feel this is the best overall baby carrier which offers the best blend of a comfortable fit, a secure hold, long lasting materials, ease of use and return on investment.

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Babybjorn Baby Carrier One
  • Lining is 100‍ percent cotton. Padding is polyester and pu foam straps. Ergonomic carrying with wide leg position
  • 4-way front and back carrying incl. front-facing option. Leg straps should be used to reduce the size of the leg openings for babies that are 3.5 to 4.5 kg
  • Perfect from newborn to 3 years with a built-in infant position
  • Sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps. Outer fabric is 60 percent cotton, 40 percent polyester

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 5/5
  • Easy to use: 4/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

2. Funki Flamingo Premium Baby Wrap

Funki Flamingo Baby Wrap Carrier

The Funki Flamingo Baby Wrap is one of best rated baby wraps on Amazon with over 1,200 reviews at time of writing, you can also count us as one of them, too, as we thought it was amazing. The cotton/spandex material is so soft and cosy that your baby doesn’t need to be clothed to be comfortable and the material was easy on our shoulders and hips, too. We also found that the wrap seemed to co ordinate relatively easy with almost anything we or our husbands wore. We chose grey, if you’re wondering.

Like other wraps, what you get is just one long piece of fabric which can look daunting at first but after only 1-2 tries we were able to get on and off incredibly fast. If you want to dash out and don’t have time to mess around with the pram or buggy then this will be a godsend. If you’re a breastfeeding mum then be amazed at how versatile this can be when you need to stop somewhere for a feed. There’s enough material to hold the baby and cover if you’re somewhere very public or prefer to keep things under wraps…hehe.

We found it to be easy to configure for front and back facing. And didn’t face any soreness over long periods of time (2 hours). We felt the baby was very secure in the wrap and even when we pulled on the material to test it did not budge. The wrap is, however, not suited for the great outdoors or the rain but we think that was obvious anyway. Lastly, the price point of this wrap is under £50 which is a bargain when you consider the quality and how much it will make your life easier.

All in all, it’s difficult to find any flaws with Funki Flamingo Premium Baby Wrap at all. We’re also rebuffed by the fact that over 1,000 parents agreed so there’s even less of a risk of a poor product if you were to opt for this. Could this be the best baby wrap out there? We certainly think so.

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Funki Flamingo Baby Wrap
  • ENJOY FREE HANDS AGAIN: Get your freedom back. Do housework, grab a coffee, shop & tend to other kids while keeping baby close. Baby stays happy while you're more productive & less stressed. Great for fussy babies!
  • STRENGTHEN BOND WITH BABY: Forging a close bond with your infant is vital to their development. Our wrap keeps baby close to your warm body & heartbeat where they feel safe & secure. For newborn - 35 lbs.
  • UNBEATABLE QUALITY: Manufactured with premium materials to ensure years of use and repeated washings. Sturdy fabric holds your baby safely & securely. This is a wrap you'll pass on to friends and family!
  • PRACTICAL DESIGN: Clip-free design is easy to put on & comfortable to wear. Made of 95% cotton/5% spandex, so you can manipulate baby easily for comfort & breastfeeding. Plus, no excess fabric to drag on the floor!

Funki Flamingo Wrap Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 4/5
  • Easy to use: 4/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

3. Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier

Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier

The Chicco Easyfit Baby carrier is one for those on a tight budget who are after a rugged classic style baby carrier. Just like Chicco themselves advertise – it’s easy to wear, easy to fit and easy to use and we can confirm that this is indeed the case. It’s made out 90% fabric and 10% polyester it feels very much like a school bag would, especially around the straps. It is indeed comfortable to wear for a short period of time but can start to dig in a bit after a prolonged walk of an hour or more. This is probably because the fabric isn’t as thick as some of the others and the straps aren’t quite as wide. This is no surprise as to get this product to be as cheap as it is they had to make cuts.

It’s dead simple to put on and adjust as you would expect, this is versatile enough to work for petite people and plus sized thanks to strap adjusters. The buckles used are hard plastic and fairly strong – not as strong as you would find on a more expensive brand, however. If you’re big on maximum security then this may bug you; if that’s the case avoid this. The materials aren’t the best quality as you’d expect and really were akin to a school bag but you can’t expect cashmere when you pay these prices.

The baby’s position is adequate enough for the majority of babies but not perfect. With some adjustment you may get the perfect fit but for us it was just ‘good enough’. Are they secure in it though? We found it to be secure enough to not worry us but completely accept it could be more secure. While wearing it we heard no complaints from the baby and they fell asleep and didn’t complain just like they did in the more expensive carrier – so why pay more?

To conclude, this is an extremely good value for money baby carrier and comfortably our pick of best cheap baby carrier and best baby carrier on a budget. Could it be better? Yep! Is it more than good enough for short, casual walks? Absolutely!

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Chicco EasyFit Baby Carrier
  • Easy to wear: intuitive and simple to wear just like a t shirt and easy to fit for the maximum comfort.
  • Easy to convert from parent-facing to forward facing.
  • Easy to adjust: it follow the baby from 0m+ to 9kgs
  • It provide extra support for head and neck for the first few months

Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 3/5
  • Easy to use: 5/5
  • Comfort: 3/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 5/5

4. BABYBJÖRN Outdoors Baby Carrier

Babybjorn outdoors baby carrier

Babybjorn is a brand you’re going to be hearing a lot of on Best For Mums as they are creators of many high quality parenting products. The outdoors version of their baby carrier they’ve got on offer is one of the best baby carriers for outdoorsy types or people who just want one for adventure trips. We managed to get our hands on a tester version and here’s what we found.

First tings first, this baby carrier is made of tough and robust stuff. When pulling on the straps and carriers we were unable to get any tears or loss of performance despite using more force then you’d ever got with normal use. You can rest assured knowing your bambino will be safe as houses in this carrier’s grip. The materials used are also waterproof, breathable and dirt proof. Even in the rain this stuff is still very comfortable and the performance doesn’t let up. Approved in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 for baby products. This is definitely the baby carrier for the rough and tumble.

It’s a cinch to put on no matter what the configuration, it’s just as easy to adjust the size and tightness for the baby as well. The biggest question on parent’s minds with a baby carrier is how comfortable it is for the wearer and we can confirm that it was easy on the shoulders and back. On a trip we took for 2 hours and no soreness occurred for myself. Of course individual user’s posture plays a big part in this!

As this is a tough outdoorsy carrier it features pockets and loops for easy access to your belongings such as a mobile phone and wallet. This is a handier feature than you may think as getting to your coat pocket and normal pockets is difficult if not impossible once the baby is strapped in. Not all carriers come with it so it’s a welcome addition when they do.

You can wear your baby front facing, back facing or on your back easily and got babies up to 15kg or 0-3 years, so you’ll get plenty of use from it to justify the cost. It looks great to boot and comes with a snazzy carrier bag to make it more portable.

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BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Outdoors, Black
  • Ergonomic baby carrier for an active lifestyle
  • Water-repellent and breathable, functional material
  • Stylish and sporty design
  • Comes with a smart storage bag

Babybjorn Outdoors Baby Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 5/5
  • Easy to use: 5/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 3/5

5. Joly Joy 6 in 1 Baby Carrier

Joly Joy 6 in 1 Baby Carrier

The Joly Joy 6 in 1 baby carrier has been designed to carry your baby in a variety of ways that many baby carriers do not. This is helped by the seat you can see in the image. To be fair, when we took it from a test it really was handy but not when you’d expect it to! When walking around it was just another baby carrier but when we were sat down in coffee shops, park bench etc the seat made it so handy to let both of us be comfortable and secure. This was a godsend when we had to do an impromptu breastfeeding session in places without proper seats, like in the park as we previously mentioned.

The materials used are lightweight and breathable so it won’t trap heat for the baby and it won’t cause any problems for you, either. The material’s tough and robust even when tugged quite a bit. The rings and buckles are professional grade and won’t let you down even if you have a baby that’s towards the maximum weight (20kg). On the inside it’s polyester fiber and on the outside it’s cotton cloth.

Putting the Joly Joy 6 in 1 Baby Carrier is very easy and posed us no problems, we could even do it easily in less than a minute if you’re in a rush. The normal positions of front/back facing and a baby on the back did not seem as comfortable as some of the more expensive or dedicated versions, however, but not to the point where it’s ‘bad’. The straps on the shoulders and around the back are adequate but began to cause discomfort when reaching 1 hour and above travel time. However, this has not been advertised as an outdoors baby carrier.

In summary, this is a good, versatile and affordable baby carrier with a USP of having a ‘seat’ at the bottom to give the wearer some new configurations to use. It’s comfortable, lightweight and does exactly as it says on the tin.

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Joly Joy 6 in 1 Baby Carrier
  • Multi-position carrier: Joly Joy baby carrier is designed for babies, allows you to carry your infant or toddler in any position that suits your needs: Front carrying, side carrying, or back carrying
  • Multifunctional combination: baby seat + baby safety belt + windproof removable cap + professional safety buckle + large storage stool + portable side pocket, to meet all your needs.
  • Ergonomic 6-in-1 Baby carrier with hip seat: Scientifically distribute the force of the triangle, increase the widened shoulder strap and belt design, shoulder strap thickness 15mm, belt widening and thickening to 80mm, soft and comfortable, can protect your back and waist, while preventing your baby O-type legs, Protect your baby's bone development.
  • Large-capacity and convenient storage stool: large-capacity storage, you can receive bottles, wipes, paper towels, baby diapers, toys and other items; convenient side pockets: you can put change, credit cards, keys, mobile phones, easy to come up at any time.

Joly Joy Baby Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 3/5
  • Easy to use: 4/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

6. Ergobaby Baby Wrap Carrier

Ergobaby Baby Wrap Carrier

The Ergobaby baby wrap is a casual, colourful and comfortable baby wrap that’s ideal for quick strolls around town or the park or just to keep your baby close as you do some chores at home. We found this to be a delightful wrap and our choice of best baby wrap. It’s made of comfortable and quality 100% viscose (eucalyptus and acacia) which is definitely a USP over the others. Do you care about the environment and using natural materials is important to you? Well, this baby carrier might be the best one for you. The viscose material is probably the nicest material for you and your baby’s skinned certainly the nicest we felt in all of the carriers we tested – this could be a godsend for those with sensitive skin.

This is an extremely light, soft and strong wrap that will keep your baby nice and tight in the hold. It’s not as strong at the maximum end though as it will only go up to 11kg which is way lighter than some of the others. So, be mindful of this fact if you decide to keep using the wrap once they become much bigger. The Ergobaby wrap is comfortable for the baby and for the mother/father, Your baby’s weight is spread evenly so you won’t get sore, even during a 1-2 hour session which we can attest to.

The guiding edge along the side of the wrap makes it easier to tie and set up. Wraps can appear confusing to some to put on but with the guiding edge it’s made even easier. You’ll find the built in pocket and the carrying handle a feature you won’t find in most other wrap style carriers. You may not use them all that often as you can easily get to your own pockets with it on as the fabric is so light. If you’re out and about and need to stop for breastfeeding then this can change almost instantly to accommodate. As we are all pro breastfeeding here this scored some big points from the BFM panel. You will get a manual with your purchase so don’t worry if you think you’ll be left to figure it out for yourself.

To conclude, this wrap is one of the best baby wraps we reviewed. It’s easy to use, sturdy and the soft viscose material is a winner. The price point is fair which makes it a fantastic product which has a great return for you. We love it!

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Ergobaby Baby Wrap
  • Baby Wrap carrier for newborns, from birth up to 11.3 kg (25 lbs). Stretchy fabric with guiding edge makes it easier to tie, ideal for beginners.
  • The wrap supports your baby in the ergonomic frog-leg position. Soft and gentle on baby's delicate skin.
  • Suitable for breastfeeding whilst carrying. Comfortable due to even weight distribution on back and hips.
  • Wrap is 100% viscose (made from eucalyptus and acacia) and is breathable. Easy care and machine washable up to 30 °C. Wrap dimensions: 490 × 53.4 cm (193 × 21 in).

Ergobaby Baby Wrap Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 5/5
  • Easy to use: 4/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

7. Baby K’Tan Carrier

Baby Ktan Wrap

You couldn’t possibly research baby carriers without coming across the K’Tan sling – it looks like a wrap but it’s more of a sling, really. It’s made of super soft 100% cotton jersey material which stretches extremely well and very strong as a result – it also adds a bit of a bounce which acts as a ‘suspension’ when the baby is in it making the material never really strain even with the biggest of babes. Not only does this make it secure it also makes it reliable and comfortable for both you and your hijacker. Some baby carriers can feel a little rigid so you may find this a little different but in a good way. The bounciness seems to lull our babies to sleep which is a HUGE bonus!

The material is stretchy and soft and woven in a way that the weight of the baby is spread evenly on your shoulders and back. The K’Tan didn’t give us any problems in a test over a few hours. Once you’ve practiced enough with this (which shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, really) you’ll find it’s easy to put on and off AND it’s very breastfeeding friendly!

You may think this sort of carrier to be confusing to set up but believe us, it really isn’t. It doesn’t have any buckles, rings, belts or knots – it’s just one whole piece of material arranged in a double loop; half the work has already been done for you. You simply place the whole thing over your head, separate the two loops and then put your arms through and the carrier is done! There are a few configurations too with inwards, outwards and hip carrying being the most common – we tried all three and the K’Tan did them all perfectly. We’ve seen a few negative reviews online and they all seem to related to the ‘confusion’ of trying to get the K’Tan on – we personally didn’t find this confusing but we are somewhat experiences with wraps and sling, perhaps more than the average mother. With this in mind, consider this point before making a purchase.

In summary, we feel the K’Tan is at the very top of the list of slings/wraps and would recommend it to anyone who wants a closer bond when carrying that uses looser material and enables a fast and easy breastfeeding mode.

Baby K'tan Baby Carrier Heather, Grey, Medium
  • Easy to use and put on: no wrapping involved. 6 positions to conveniently carry baby & toddlers from 8 lbs to 35 lbs
  • 100% soft natural cotton with unique one-way stretch
  • Unique hybrid double-loop design holds baby securely and evenly distributes weight across back and both shoulders. washer & dryer safe
  • Creates ideal environment for preemies babies with special needs (consult doctor) & provides privacy while nursing

K’Tan Sling Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 4.2/5
  • Easy to use: 3.7/5
  • Comfort: 5/5
  • Secure: 5/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

8. Je Porte Mon Bebe Physiocarrier

Je Porte Mon Bebe PhysioCarrier

The Je Porte Mon Bebe PhysioCarrier is a decorated veteran with a few accolades under its belt for being one of the best overall baby carriers you can get for babies up to 20kg. It is a versatility powerhouse which trades off great styling you can get with others with just great performance. There are three configurations – front, back and hip with no set up, looping, tying or anything like that – just put it on, put baby in and off you go. It’s even got a mirror for you to see your baby when it’s in the back position and a head rest for support – a handy addition for the younger ones.

It’s advertised as an all-weather, all-season rough and tumble carrier and this is exactly what it is and why we loved it so much here at the BFM HQ. The material is both spongy and very tough which keeps your baby dry, secure and cooled in the summer thanks to the breathability and mesh lining which can be exposed with a zipper. The straps are strong and spongy enough that you hardly feel the weight on your shoulders even after a 2 hour sesh with your tot. The thick hip strap helps spread the weight evenly and even helps ensure the wearer maintains good posture while it’s in use.

What we found to be drawbacks, and perhaps we’re nitpicking here, is that this not a great looking baby carrier – it looks pretty bland in all honesty especially when compared to some of the brighter wraps, slings and Mei Tais we’ve tested but does that matter? Well, yes and no. No, in the sense that all that matters is the baby’s and the wearer’s comfort and yes in the sense that you want to look good in anything and the  Je Porte Mon Bebe Physiocarrier can ruin even the most co ordinated of outfits. Some people care about this, some people don’t. We may also add that we did not find this carrier to be breastfeeding friendly.

In summary, it’s our opinion that the Je Porte Mon Bebe Physiocarrier is one of the safest, most comfortable and best performing baby carriers we’ve tested. While it is not stylish or “earth mothery” this is still a carrier that you’ll enjoy wearing and will make you feel at ease about how safe your baby will be in its grasp. Although the price is relatively high, there’s a lot of bang for your buck here!

Je Porte Mon Bebe PhysioCarrier
  • thermo-ventilation 4 Seasons, "which zip
  • Seat of the baby from birth with the physiological Booster expansion pack * (* option: Booster Seat and Head Support Cushion)
  • Belt and comfortable wide shoulder straps and respirâtes
  • Mirror to view baby at the back

Je Porte Mon Bebe Physiocarrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 5/5
  • Easy to use: 5/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 5/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

9. Caboo Lite Carrier

Caboo Lite Carrier

The Caboo Lite Carrier looks more like a shirt than a baby carrier as the straps you can see are so wide. This is one of the better all rounders and the best breastfeeding carrier we tested. It’s got a really flexible and light design which at times makes it feel you aren’t wearing anything at all. It might look confusing but it’s essentially a stretchy mesh bag and the lopped straps keep it all together. The baby is positioned very close to the wearers chest which is very good for the bonding whether it’s used by mum or dad.

The ‘bag’ is stretchy and keeps the baby in very tight. When you feel the bag and the strap you can tell it’s made of quality materials which are very durable and breathable. You’ve got 3 different positions to put a baby from birth to 15kg in – front inwards, front back and hip and we tested all of them. It’s easy to adjust for the size of the baby by simply pulling the material through the rings. Getting into a breastfeeding position is a doddle and a feature we really want to big up to you.

When we tested the Caboo carrier lite over a period of time we did start to get an aching back as we found the weight wasn’t distributed evenly. Although the materials used are quality and comfortable they aren’t sturdy which means the shoulder bear most of the brunt unlike some of the other carriers with a chunkier hip strap. We wouldn’t recommend this as a carrier to use for more than a few hours but it would be ideal for a quick jaunt to town or around the house. Despite that, it is a very secure and light carrier.

To conclude, the Caboo lite carrier is a very good all rounder with a focus on comfort for the baby and ideal for breastfeeding. It’s not the most expensive carrier either so its got bags of return on your investment. For a lightweight, every day carrier with a focus on being closer to your baby this is your best option.

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Caboo Lite Carrier
  • Suitable from birth (2.27kgs) (Safety tested to 15kgs)
  • 6 different carry positions (including a discreet feeding position* and forward facing)
  • Baby is held high in the best position for their developing spine ("frog legged')
  • Easily adjustable to fit most wearers: simply pull fabric through rings to tighten

Caboo Lite Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 5/5
  • Easy to use: 5/5
  • Comfort: 3.5/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

10. Izmi Baby Carrier

Izmi Baby Carrier

When we were able to test the Izmi baby carrier our first thoughts was what kind of carrier this was. From the images it probably looks like a shirt to you and to be honest, one half of it is. The Izmi baby carrier sits on our list of one of the most convenient baby carriers because there really is no messing around with this one. It has almost non existent set up time thanks to one hip strap on the back (with a chrome buckle) and two straps which go around your upper back.

This is a hybrid carrier but one that’s closer to a wrap/sling than a classic. It’s designed for those who want a closer feel to their baby but want more stability and strength and you will get this here. When we tested this carrier over a long period of time we felt that the ‘shirt’ approach led to a much more comfortable fit over a 1-2 hour session with no real soreness. To breastfeed, the baby will need to come out of the carrier to get into position. If you’re looking at the picture thinking “is that denim it’s made of?” then the answer is no, even though it does look like denim. The material used is 100% cotton which is strong, stretchy, comfortable and soft to the touch.

The Izmi carrier is relaxing for the baby by design and they will be lulled as you move so this is ideal for wearing inside and out. The seat makes it comfortable for the baby and the booster allows it to be used with   a newborn. The positioning of the legs is also in line with the International Hip Dysplasia institute. If you’re not using it but you want it around then it ‘flat packs’ quite neatly so you can tuck it away in a bag. Not all baby carriers can do this so it’s a pretty neat unique selling point. We’ve shown the dark navy colour here but it does come in 4 colours – teal, blue, purple (pictured) and grey.

To conclude, this is one of our top choices of baby carriers. It’s made of quality stuff, it’s strong, stable and incredibly comfortable for both wearer and baby. It’s a bit more expensive than some wraps but cheaper than most of the ‘classics’ but we feel there’s a lot of return on your investment here.

Izmi Baby Carrier
  • Use from birth (3.2kg-15kg), new born cushion inserts included with carrier
  • 4 carrying positions: front carry, outward facing carry, hip carry or back carry
  • Adjustable seat width enables the Izmi Baby Carrier to adapt as your little one grows
  • Hip healthy design; recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute

Izmi Baby Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 4/5
  • Easy to use: 5/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 4/5

11. Neotech Care Baby Carrier

Neotech Care Baby Carrier

The Neotech care baby carrier is a versatile piece of kit with the USP of having a seat at the bottom which allows the carrier to be used without the straps, if you wanted to. This means that the weight is spread more on the seat and then your hips as opposed to your shoulder – this has lead to the baby feeling a lot lighter than they should and a lot less stress on your shoulders. Three of us at the BFM office tried this and we all agree that the seat was an excellent addition and allowed all 3 to use for 2 hours or more without starting to feel the strain.

It’s a thicker carrier that’s of the ‘classic’ style so it feels chunky and very secure. The materials (100% cotton), though, are soft and breathable so your baby’s comfort is not compromised. Neotech also went further than most by putting a handy pocket on the front so you can take extras with you such as nappies, wipes or whatever. We always made full use of this feature and always raised the question of ‘why isn’t this on all baby carriers?’. The buckles are chunky and safe and we wouldn’t every think our baby was anything but secure in this harness. The seat also has a zipper and velcro for double the safety.

There’s nothing not to like with this harness and it does the job well in every department. Well, but not excellent. The materials could be thicker and softer, the seating positioning could be slightly higher and the carrier itself could have been designed with looks in mind as we found it to be very plain and cheap looking, some would even go as far as say garish. If you’re into your cars then this is the Skoda of baby carriers. The brand with the best value for money but badge snobs would never be seen dead with it.

That said, we are not badge snobs and we would say this is one of the best baby carriers around. Wait til you see the price…!

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Neotech Care Baby Carrier
  • 4 WAYS TO CARRY BABY! 1) only hip seat facing you! 2) only hip seat facing outside world 3) hip seat + baby wrapper facing you 4) hip seat + baby wrapper facing outside world!
  • REMOVABLE HEAD SUPPORT!
  • 100% COTTON outer fabric - Comfortable & Breathable!
  • EASY Washing, EASY Adjusting!

Neotech Care Baby Carrier Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 3.8/5
  • Easy to use: 4/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 4/5
  • Good value for money: 5/5

12. Infantino Mei Tai

Infantino Mei Tai

This gorgeous Mei Tai baby carrier by Infantino is one of the best looking, comfortable and easy to use Mei Tais that we had the pleasure to be able test, and available at Jojo Maman Bebe and Amazon. We found this carrier to be exceptional at going out and about and the positioning of the baby inside the seat is perfect for snuggly bonding. It’s an easy one to put on too, with only a couple of loops to do and the rest is self explanatory. You won’t need to spend too long working this one out and as soon as you’re used to it then it can indeed be the ‘pick up and go’ baby carrier that every parent needs in their arsenal.

The  straps are quite wide, softly padded and very strong allowing petite and plus sized mothers to enjoy this Mei Tai. We wore this Infantino Mei Tai for a couple of hours and did not have a problem with sore shoulders or our backs. However, what we did find and corroborated with a few other online reviews for the Infantino is that it isn’t that breastfeeding friendly and you will have to take the baby out of the carrier completely to get it done – it’s still quite quick to take off so it’s no big deal but we did think it was important to mention for those who are breastfeeding. It goes without saying that the Infantino is also not suitable for adventure-like activities or to be used in the rain. All in all this makes the Infantino not as versatile and practical as some others but not to the point where it is unpractical and not versatile.

The materials used are quality to look at and feel. Because of this the Infantino feels very secure and passed out tests of extreme pulling and tugging.

All in all, we found the Infantino to be one of the best Mei Tais we were able test. It’s strong, made of quality materials and keeps the baby secure. The position of the baby is excellent.

Infantino Mei Tai Final Verdict

  • Quality materials: 4/5
  • Easy to use: 4/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Secure: 5/5
  • Good value for money: 3/5

What is a baby carrier?

A baby carrier is a product which attaches to someone, usually the mother or father, with straps which has a pouch, sling or compartment that a baby up to around 15kg-20kg (~3 years old) can sit in safely. A classic feature of baby carriers is the support it gives to their bodies to fully enable the wearer to be hands-free – this is especially important for newborn babies who are unable to support their own necks yet.

There are numerous benefits of using baby carriers and a wide range of different types to suit parental needs, budgets and demands from the carrier.

Why use a baby carrier?

It’s true that parents could get bye without using anything other than what God gave them and a baby can be carried around without a carrier. However, most parents, especially the mums behind BFM, would say that a baby carrier is a gift sent from the Gods under certain circumstances. A well-made baby carrier enables parents to be able to safely move their baby around while still being hands free and the baby will never be out of sight during this time. It is particularly handy before your child is able to walk themselves and certainly handy for busy mums or dads who may be alone, in a rush and have some errands that they need to run that means that a stroller isn’t ideal.

What are the different types of baby carriers?

Classic

Classic Baby Carrier

The classic baby carrier is the most common type and the ones most people will have likely seen out in the wild. A classic baby carrier is made using similar materials to a normal rucksack with a padded structure designed to support the baby’s head, back, and rump. Although classic baby carriers come in many different colors and styles the core structure of them are the same. What differentiates the best-rated baby carriers from the rest is out soft the supports and straps are and extras such as pockets and so on. A classic baby carrier can be used with a baby in front or back and facing inwards and outwards. Typically, classic baby carriers can be used up to around 15kg or three years old. A newborn may need an insert to work effectively.

Pros

  • Tried and tested design
  • Versatile
  • Keeps the baby very secure
  • Common, easy to find and well reviewed

Drawbacks

  • Can be quite pricey
  • Wide choice can make it confusing to know which is best
  • Not as cosy for snuggling as some others
  • Not always breastfeed friendly

Ring Slings

Ring Sling

A ring sling is a baby carrier for those not comfortable tying secure knots but they do want the cozy feel of a wrap. A ring sling is essentially just one long piece of cloth with one or two metal rings that act as the connectors to turn it into a baby carrier. Ring slings usually come in funky colours and soft materials such as cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, and wool. Ring slings are quick and convenient with a low cost to them – they’re a popular choice for those wanting to use more ‘earth mother’ materials and for people who may not use it all that often and not too much outdoors.

Pros

  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Colourful
  • Choice of different materials
  • Low cost

Cons

  • Not as hard wearing as others
  • Shouldn’t be used in adverse weather
  • Not as secure as some other carriers

Wraps/Pouches/Slings

Wrap Baby Carrier

The wrap (also known as a pouch or a sling) is one of the most common kinds of baby carrier thanks to its simplicity and uses over hundreds if not thousands of years.  A wrap style baby carrier is a popular way to enable more mobility for the parent and child. A wrap is a piece of cloth that can be tied in a variety of different ways to ‘swaddle’ a baby. Modern wraps now have full instructions on how to wrap a baby safely so that the parents can go hands-free while still bonding. A wrap can help reduce fussing and crying as your baby will always be close to you and snuggling. Carried babies are also at a better advantage to learn more about the world around them. Wraps are commonly made using cotton and sometimes spandex to improve stretchiness. Perhaps one of the best advantages of a wrap is how easy it is for breastfeeding mothers to adjust the wrap to accommodate the change in position.

Pros

  • An effective product to help be mobile and bonding at once
  • Low relative cost
  • Versatile
  • Breastfeeding friendly

Cons

  • Can seem confusing to set up
  • Not great for adverse weather
  • Can wear down with loads of use

Mei Tais

The Mei Tai sling baby carrier is a soft, paneled and strapped traditional Chinese design baby carrier. A Mei Tai is a comfortable alternative to the classic wraps with many preferring the hybrid approach. A Mei Tai, similar to a wrap, is a product designed to be used by confident mothers who prefer the more natural feel of the cotton on skin and are adept at tying knots as a Mei Tai does not come with rings and buckles. However, as the straps are already on, many feel a Mei Tai is easier to put on than a wrap.

A Mei Tai carrier has three carrying positions – front, hip and back so it’s a good carrier for around the house and short trips but not the best option for adventure days or muddy/wet days.

Pros

  • An ideal choice for lazy days in or out
  • Very comfortable for the baby
  • Available in a wider range of designs
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Not ideal for those not confident with tying knots
  • Not the best carrier for breastfeeding
  • Limited configurations

Backpacks

Backpack Baby Carrier

A baby carrier backpack is literally a baby carrier and a regular backpack merged into one and it’s more or less used exclusively when exploring the great outdoors. A backpack carrier is made with tougher stuff, has a backpack included and isn’t focus as much on the comfort aspect as the others. It’s closer to the classic baby carrier than any other. Many backpacks will feature extra safety features, tougher materials and a viewing gallery that is protected from the rain for your young one.

Make no mistake, though, if you’re into the great outdoors and you want your baby to experience it, too, then there’s nothing better than one of these bad boys.

Pros

  • The best carrier when it comes to going outdoors
  • Very secure
  • Doubles as both a carrier and a backpack

Cons

  • Not very good as a day to day baby carrier
  • Not breastfeeding friendly
  • Not cheap

What to look for in a great baby carrier

We’ve covered the different types of baby carries out there but the purpose of this article is to try and find the best-rated baby carriers from each category and an overall winner. Most of the BFM Staff have tested hundreds of carriers over a 6 month period and we’ve worked together to come up with the perfect criteria and scoring system to separate the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course, what we’ve only mentioned in this page are the ones that we would recommend to be of decent quality and any bad carriers we encountered were not mentioned here – because what’s the point.

Anyway, the following is what we would look for in a baby carrier:

Quality materials

Although it sounds like it is difficult to judge precisely, we found it relatively easy to judge whether a baby carrier was made using quality materials or not. You can get a sense if something is made on the cheap by having a feel, attempting to tug on it with abnormal force and seeing how easy it is to break any seams or crack any plastics. We would expect sling style carriers to be soft, fairly thick and sewn together well. We’d also expect classic carriers and backpacks to be extra strong and the rings, clips, and buckles to be nigh on invincible.

We’ll score the carrier out of 5 for this but of course we will take a balanced approach and not compare apples and oranges.

Easy to use

Baby carriers, by definition, should not over complicated products to take on or take off. Granted, some may take more manual intervention than others but what we’d look for is that it’s relatively easy to put on properly and includes clear instructions on how to do so. You could make the best baby carrier in the world but if it’s very complicated to work then this will be useless for a busy single mum, as an example.

This will be scored out of 5.

Comfort

A feature which is important regardless of the type of carrier is how comfortable it is wear for the parent and how comfortable it is to be in for the baby. How comfortable a carrier means depends a lot on the softness of the materials, how well structured it is and how good the carrier has been designed to spread the weight of the baby evenly so that it doesn’t cause soreness in the back or shoulders.

This will be scored out of 5.

Is it secure

All baby carriers should be secure but some are more secure than others. When we say secure we are referring to the likelihood of the carrier failing and the baby falling out (very rare!) or the straps slipping off the shoulder and hip. A baby carrier that makes the wearer assured that it will not let them down is clearly the better carrier and as such this is an important feature.

This will be scored out of 5.

Is it good value for money?

Good value for money doesn’t mean the cheapest baby carrier on the market. Good value for money looks at all the above qualities and then the price to establish the best return on your investment. We will of course be looking to see which is the best baby carrier on a budget at the same time as finding out which is the best overall carrier which doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive, either.

This will be scored out of 5.

Is it versatile and practical

This is a tough one to score but an important one nonetheless. We looked at how versatile a baby carrier is by judging how quickly it can be set up, how many different configurations it can have and how well does it deal with being wet, being used often and so on. Another key element in making a baby carrier versatile is how easy it can be adjusted to accommodate breastfeeding. Not everyone will want to a baby carrier that’s ‘all in one’ so use this metric as you wish.

This will be scored out of 5 with 1 being rigid, one use only and 5 being very versatile all action carrier. 1 doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad!

How will we score it overall

Because we are only going to be writing about baby carrier we’d actually recommend to our readers there is no overall ‘score’ but you are welcome to look at the scores we’ve given in all the areas and average them out, if you wanted. However, we will be giving our opinion on the best of a category and best overall. Our logic behind this is because if you want to see the best wrap carrier then we’ll show you our choice, same with best outdoors carrier and so on. We’ll also give our recommendation on the best overall baby carrier but that may not necessarily be the baby carrier that will suit your needs!

Maggie Jones

Maggie Jone met Samantha Davenport in Liverpool University and they were good friends and they both became pregnant and had their first children in 2005. It’s during this time that they both started the Facebook group to help NW mothers by sharing their experiences. Maggie is a professional photographer and proud mum to Sally and Daniel.

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