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These structured and hybrid baby carriers 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 MOBY, Tula, Solly Baby, Ergobaby, Graco, LÍLLÉbaby, BABYBJÖRN and more, you’re sure to find your fave. Read on for the best baby carrier for newborns and older kids.
Solly Baby Wrap$69 BUY NOW
Reduce infant crying, increase connection, and enjoy hands-free wearing in our buttery-soft and breathable Solly Wrap. Even weight distribution makes the Solly Baby Wrap so comfortable for both baby and the wearer, year round. Available in multiple colors and prints!
Contours Wonder 3-Position Baby Carrier$52 BUY NOW
Babies can be carried facing in or out in this easy-to-put-on carrier. All the buckles are in front, so you don't need to reach back to adjust or remove it. It fits petite wearers and sixes up to XL, and it fits baby from 8 to 30 pounds. There are two zippered storage pockets for all your essentials, and the adjustable head support flips up or down as needed to support baby's head. Machine-washable for easy cleaning.
BABYBJÖRN Harmony$230 BUY NOW
3D mesh fabric keeps you and your baby cool and comfortable in this new soft-yet-sturdy carrier from BABYBJÖRN. As your child grows, you can adjust the length, seat area and leg position for maximum comfort. And three head positions give your child the head and neck support needed. For the wearer, two height positions let you adjust the waist belt to either the waist (for newborns) or the hips (for older kids) to better distribute the weight. Babies can be carried facing in, facing out or back carry.
Ergobaby Omni Breeze$200 BUY NOW
Keep your baby (and yourself) cool and comfortable with this new carrier from Ergobaby. The Omni Breeze is made with mesh fabric to maximize airflow in key areas, including the waist belt. The shoulder straps are cushioned and crossable for a close, cozy fit and there's lumbar support in the waist belt for longer strolls and hikes. Reflective areas on the front and back of the carrier add safety, and the built-in side pockets store essentials. There's also a detachable pouch for larger items, like your phone, keys and credit cards. Babies can be carried facing inward, outward and on your back.
Boppy ComfyFit$40 BUY NOW
The name says it all. Created with the help of NICU experts and parents of premature babies, this baby carrier envelops your newborn in a soft, comfy hug. It's designed for babies 5-20 pounds and has a size-inclusive design that makes it comfortable for petite and plus-size caregivers. There's a soft, structured center panel and yoga-inspired wraps that hold baby securely and comfortably. A removable bolster keeps the littlest babies in the right position. Babies can be carried facing in, with either legs in frog position or legs out.
Moby Easy-Wrap$50 BUY NOW
Keep cool with this lightweight carrier designed with airflow and comfort in mind. The soft, flex-knit fabric has breathable mesh panels that supports babies as they grow, and the softly structured design supports baby's neck and torso whether facing inward or outward. There's an integrated side pocket for keys and money and a pacifier clip. This carrier is designed for babies 8-33 pounds and adults of all shapes and sizes. Machine-washable.
ErgoBaby Aerloom$219 BUY NOW
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.
Moby Bump and Beyond$50 BUY NOW
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.
Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier All-In-One$159 BUY NOW
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.
Chicco SideKick Plus 3-in-1$80 BUY NOW
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.
Tula Lite Baby Carrier$79 BUY NOW
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.
LILLEBABY SeatMe All Seasons$150 BUY NOW
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.
Countours Journey GO 5-in-1 Baby Carrier$88 BUY NOW
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.
Cocoon Buckle-Tie Carrier from Contours$61 BUY NOW
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.
Ergobaby Embrace$80 BUY NOW
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).
Moby Move$68 BUY NOW
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.
Calugo The Baby Carrier$145 BUY NOW
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.
LILLEbaby Pursuit All Seasons$125 BUY NOW
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.
Mamapod All-Position$100 BUY NOW
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.
Cybex Maira Tie Baby Carrier$136 BUY NOW
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.
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