The 8 Best Baby Carriers of 2022

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Traveling with kids isn't always easy. Schedules are thrown off, tantrums can be frequent, and you have to navigate crowded places. And they come with a lot of stuff. Even if you pair everything down to just the essentials, you're bound to have extra bags between the car seat, toys, etc. One way to make things easier if you have a youngster in tow: use a baby carrier. 

"A baby carrier means you can quickly move through the airport, use the restroom, change baby, and not worry about the stroller and personal bags," said Joanna McNeilly, the Founder of the Center for Babywearing Studies. "Plus, it makes getting down the aisle of a plane easier as well, and you're able to use both hands and take care of your baby and yourself at the same time."

That sounds good, right? But, which one should you get? Luckily, there are lots of companies making these portable products. Here are the best baby carriers.

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Best Overall: Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier

Ergobaby

What We Like
  • Versatility

  • Removable pouch

  • The padded lumbar back support

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Kids grow quickly, so having one carrier that does it all is key. This one easily transitions from the newborn to the toddler stage and can hold children up to 45 pounds. That's thanks to the unique construction that allows you to adjust from the inward, front-outward, hip, and back carry positions. Depending on your preference, you can also adjust the straps to be regular or crossed. It's made from soft washable cotton and has some bonus features like a removable storage pouch and UPF babyhood, perfect for sun protection and privacy while breastfeeding.

Type: Shoulder Strap | Weight Limit: 7-45 pounds

Best Budget: Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Carrier

Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Carrier

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Price point

  • Lightweight

  • Multiple positions

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for long-term use

You will get many of the same benefits as the more expensive baby carriers without paying for them. This one still can hold the baby in four positions—facing in narrow and wide, facing out, and as a backpack—making it versatile for newborns up to toddler age. Plus, the wearer will like the padded shoulder straps and supportive waist belt. The biggest complaint was that it wasn't comfortable to wear for long periods. But, if you're just planning to use it for quick outings, the price can't be beaten. 

Type: Strap | Weight Limit: Max 32 pounds

Best for Newborns: SOLLY BABY Baby Wrap

Solly Baby Baby Wrap

 Courtesy of Solly Baby

What We Like
  • Soft

  • Adjustable

  • Promotes bonding

What We Don't Like
  • It can be tricky to figure out wrapping

Physical closeness has been proven to help newborn development and comfort. That's precisely what this Solly Baby baby wrap offers in spades. Wrap the lightweight, soft jersey material (made from the pulp of Austrian beechwood trees) around you and the baby to create supportive and comfortable wear from day one. Then, let your little one sleep close while your hands are free. Solly claims the wrap is supposed to calm gas and reflux—too bad you can only use it for about nine months!

Type: Wrap | Weight Limit: Max 25 pounds

Best for Toddlers: TULA Coast Explore Mesh Baby Carrier

TULA Coast Explore Mesh Baby Carrier

TULA

What We Like
  • Has six positions

  • Removable mesh hood

What We Don't Like
  • No lumbar support

  • It doesn't work as well on smaller frames

There is so much to love about this baby carrier. First, it has six position options (each ergonomically correct), including front facing out, facing in, and back carry. So it's possible to carry toddlers up to 4 years old. It also has padded shoulder straps and waistbands that help to distribute the weight evenly. But what buyers love the most is the carrier's breathability, thanks to the large mesh panel that allows for ventilation. It keeps both the baby and wearer from overheating. The only major downsides for some: the lack of a lumbar pad and the thick straps slipping off those with smaller frames. 

Type: Shoulder strap | Weight Limit: Max 45 pounds

Best Sling: Nalakai Ring Sling Baby Carrier

Nalakai Ring Sling Baby Carrier

Amazon

What We Like
  • Color options

  • Easily adjustable

  • Eco-friendly fabric

What We Don't Like
  • Fabric tends to slide

The Nalakai sling gives you the closeness you crave with the baby, as with a wrap, but users say it's much easier to put on. The sling-and-ring design allows the wearer to adjust positioning and tightness for completely customized wear The fabric—a blend of sustainable linen and bamboo—feels strong yet has a softness. And it comes in 17 different color options, so you can find one that suits your style. Just be aware that the fabric does tend to slip a bit in the ring, so you might find yourself readjusting more than you'd like. 

Type: Sling | Weight Limit: About 34 pounds

Best Wrap: Boba Baby Wrap Carrier

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Boba Boba Baby Wrap Carrier

Courtesy of Boba Boba

What We Like
  • Variety of colors

  • Ergonomic weight distribution

What We Don't Like
  • Excess fabric

  • Can get warm while wearing

This wrap's cotton-and-spandex blend is stretchy, so it forms around you and your baby nicely and provides an ergonomic seat for the baby and ergonomic weight distribution for the wearer. And since it's made from cotton, the wrap holds its form better than others (it can even take twins!) that use super-soft materials. Cotton won't allow for quite as much breathability, though, so things could get hot while wearing indoors or during the summer. Also, since it's just one size, those with smaller builds could be left with some extra fabric. 

Type: Wrap | Weight Limit: Max 35 pounds

Best Structured: LÍLLÉbaby Complete Original 6-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier

LÍLLÉbaby Complete Original 6-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier

LÍLLÉbaby

What We Like
  • Can wear for long periods

  • No infant insert needed

  • Shoulder straps connect

What We Don't Like
  • Bulkier

People love this carrier. It boasts multiple carry positions that can be used in the newborn stage thanks to the flip-up/down head support, adjustable straps that connect in the back, and lumbar support. That's in addition to the built-in front pocket and larger panel, making it comfortable to wear for longer. The structured design also makes it easy for older children up to 45 pounds, something important if you want just one product for several years. 

Type: Strap | Weight Limit: Max 45 pounds

Best Backpack: Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier Backpack

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Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier Backpack

REI

What We Like
  • Great storage

  • Built-in sunroof

  • Comfortable during more strenuous walks/hikes

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for young babies

If you really want to explore, you'll need a carrier that can disperse the weight and keep the little one comfortable. The Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier does just that. It's made with a durable mesh that allows for ventilation on three sides, while the arched frame design transfers up to 70% of the weight into the hips, taking the pressure off your back. In addition, the waist and shoulder straps are ultra-padded, so it's even more comfortable for the wearer. Meanwhile, the child seat is height adjustable making it comfortable for the little one. Bonus: it includes a chin pad (perfect for on-the-go napping) and a detachable sun and rain roof.

Type: Backpack | Weight Limit: Max 48 pounds

Final Verdict

There are many different types of carriers. A happy middle ground? The Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier (view at Ergobaby). It's a perfect blend of structured softness that will last you many years.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are baby carriers safe?

    When appropriately used, baby carriers are not only safe but a wonderful way for you and your child to experience the world together. "It is important to note that various manufacturers/brands have different guidelines for how to properly position your child in the carrier, which evolves as the child develops," said Dr. Sharis M. Simonian, MD, Board Certified Emergency Physician, Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator at Sollis Health. "It is important to follow specific carrier guidelines to position your baby in the carrier for ultimate safety properly."

  • When should a baby start using a carrier?

    In theory, babies can be placed in a carrier as a newborn, assuming they are at least 7 pounds. So day one works in many cases! "Any caregiver may carry the baby so long as the parents are ok with that, of course," said McNeilly. "The sooner a caregiver starts wearing the baby, the better for both. Babywearing is a weight-bearing exercise, and as the baby grows, so will the wearers' strength. Win-win."

  • Should my baby face forward or backward in a baby carrier?

    "Before 5-6 months of age, when your child has developed strong enough neck muscles to hold their head up properly, it is recommended that you carry your child facing towards you so that they can rest your head and neck comfortably on your body," said Dr. Simonian. "By 6 months of age, most babies have developed strong enough neck muscles to hold their head up properly, show interest in experiencing the world around them, and thus can be placed in the carrier facing outwards."

Why Trust TripSavvy

Author Jordi Lippe-McGraw has researched and written about travel and lifestyle products for nearly a decade. She's also a mom to a 3-year-old who traveled to seven countries before his second birthday. When making this list, she researched dozens of products, looking at key specs like type and weight limit and the number of positive and negative reviews.

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