Best Baby Carriers and Wraps

Find the right babywearing option for you and your wee one. We’ve researched today’s best baby carriers and narrowed it down to the top seven.
Best overall
Lillebaby-All-Seasons-Baby-Carrier
LILLEbaby All Seasons
  • pro
    Cotton + mesh fabric
  • pro
    Extra lumbar support
  • pro
    1 pocket
Best for comfort
Ergobaby Bundle
Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
  • pro
    100% cotton fabric
  • pro
    Extra lumbar support
  • con
    No pockets
Best for budgets
infantino convertible baby carrier
Infantino Flip 4-in-1
  • pro
    Cotton + polyester fabric
  • con
    No extra lumbar support
  • con
    No pockets
Easiest to adjust
baby bjorn one (1)
BabyBjörn One
  • pro
    Cotton + polyester fabric
  • con
    No extra lumbar support
  • con
    No pockets
Best baby wrap
Boba Wrap Baby Carrier
Boba Wrap
  • pro
    Cotton + spandex fabric
  • con
    Lumbar support varies
  • con
    No pockets

Boasting a generous weight range, six carry positions, extra lumbar support, and a handy zippered pocket, the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons baby carrier is hands-down the most versatile option on the market. And it's not even the most expensive.

But the LILLEbaby is best for short-term use since it hasn't been certified as "hip-friendly" by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.1 It's also not the easiest to adjust or the one parents rave about when it comes to baby comfort.

For longer excursions with your baby, check out our other top picks below. 



Bell
Looking for a backpack carrier?

Head on over to our review of the best baby carriers for hiking, where we review the Osprey Poco, Deuter Kid Comfort, and other backpack carriers designed for all-day adventures with older babies.

Compare the best baby carriers and wraps

Carrier/Wrap
Price
Weight range
Number of positions
Machine washable
IHDI certifiedIcon Tooltip  Dark
Learn More
Best overall7–45 lbs.6
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Best for comfort 12–45 lbs. 4
Icon Yes  Light

Yes

Icon No  LightNo
Best for budgets 8–32 lbs. 4
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Easiest to adjust 8–33 lbs. 4
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best baby wrap7–35 lbs.Custom
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

Best baby carrier and baby wrap reviews

1. LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier: Best overall

Best overall
Lillebaby-All-Seasons-Baby-Carrier

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

With six carrying positions and pockets for storage, the LILLEbaby All Seasons carrier is an excellent choice for babywearing. It also boasts a wider waist belt for better lumbar support and can support an older baby up to 45 pounds.

pro
Pros
pro 6 carry positions
pro Storage pockets
pro Wide weight range
pro Lumbar support
con
Cons
con Bulky
con Fabric uncomfortable on bare skin

The All Seasons is bulkier than most, so it may be harder to keep with you when you’re on the go. It also features a mesh design for breathability, but we read mixed reviews about the mesh fabric irritating babies' skin. 

2. Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier: Best for comfort

Best for comfort
Ergo Baby Carrier

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The extremely comfortable Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier requires an infant insert for a newborn baby, but parents say it’s worth the extra cost. Comfort was something many reviewers noted for all four carrying positions, regardless of the length of time it was worn.

pro
Pros
pro High comfort rating
pro 4 carry positions
pro Sleeping hood
con
Cons
con High price tag
con No storage
con Low adjustability for shorter torsos

This soft structured carrier also includes a hood to cover a napping baby. Durable and washable, the Ergobaby carrier can be used from your very first days with your newborn into early toddlerhood.

The biggest drawback is that it has no pockets, so you’ll have to carry another bag for even small things like your car keys. It does come with a higher price tag too, and some parents with shorter torsos mentioned it was hard to adjust for a good fit.

3. Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier: Best for budgets

Best for budgets
infantino convertible baby carrier

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The Infantino Flip 4-in-1 adjustable carrier meets all your basic baby carrying needs for a fraction of the usual price. Designed with infants and older babies in mind, this carrier lets you carry your little one on your front in an inward- or outward-facing position, as well as on your back.

pro
Pros
pro 2-in-1 bib
pro Low price point
pro Up to 4 carry positions
con
Cons
con Lower comfort rating
con Noisy fabric
con Lower weight limit

The Infantino Flip includes a bib to protect you and the carrier from spit-up, and it’s machine washable for those inevitable diaper blowouts. The biggest caution is this structured carrier isn’t as comfortable as some of the pricier models. If you’re wearing it for very long periods of time or to soothe your baby, it might not work for you.

4. BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One: Best for adjustability

Best for adjustability
baby bjorn one (1)
BabyBjörn One
$189.99

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The BabyBjörn is the classic carrier that started them all. The lightweight BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is also highly rated for how easy it is to put on and adjust.

pro
Pros
pro Easy adjustability
pro Lightweight design
pro 4 carry positions
con
Cons
con Lower comfort rating
con No storage
con High price tag

But keep in mind that it doesn’t have any pockets, so you’ll have to grab a bag to carry things. And it isn’t designed to wear for long periods of time. If you’re planning on wearing your baby for more time than it takes to walk the dog or pick up some groceries, this isn’t the right carrier for you. But for quick errands requiring free hands, the  carrier is the easiest to get on and off.

5. Boba Baby Wrap: Best baby wrap carrier

Best baby wrap
Boba Wrap Baby Carrier
Boba Wrap
$39.95

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The easiest to use traditional wrap on the market, the Boba Wrap is great for those seeking a more classic babywearing style. This wrap will make it easy to breastfeed in public and soothe colicky little ones. It’s also very affordable and washable, so you don’t need to be afraid to use it every day. It will stretch out over time, so it may not be the best fit for toddlers or larger babies that require more support.

pro
Pros
pro Soft fabric
pro Machine washable
pro Customizable positions
pro Fun colors
con
Cons
con No pockets
con Infants only

Other baby carriers and wraps we considered

6. Baby K’Tan Baby Carrier Wrap: Best for breastfeeding

Best for breastfeeding
Baby K'tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier
Baby K'Tan
$59.95

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

Boasting the comfort and breathable fabric of a wrap with the ease-of-use of a carrier, the Baby K’Tan is the best of both worlds. Rather than being designed around the baby, this carrier is sized for adults with wide, comfortable shoulder straps, and it holds the baby close to the body for support and structure.

pro
Pros
pro Breathable cotton fabric
pro 5 carry positions
pro Comfortable shoulder straps
con
Cons
con No pockets
con Tricky sizing

Out of all the carriers, this is the one that makes breastfeeding while carrying easiest, but we read some reviews noting that it can still be awkward to position the baby correctly for breastfeeding when they're tucked so close to your chest. Be sure to check the adult sizing chart to make sure you get the right fit for the best support.

7. Moby Wrap Baby Carrier: Best twin baby carrier

Best carrier for twins
Moby Classic Baby Wrap

Amazon.com list price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

One of the few carriers that supports twins, the Moby Wrap is widely known and used. Like other wraps, it easily accommodates breastfeeding and the fetal tuck for infants. It’s also easy to launder. The biggest drawback is that this wrap is long. Sometimes that extra fabric will get in the way, and it does make it harder to learn to use.

pro
Pros
pro Machine washable
pro Breathable cotton fabric
pro 4 carry positions
con
Cons
con Long fabric
con Learning curve

Final word

There's a lot to consider when buying a baby carrier or wrap, but the important thing is to find one that you feel confident using and that's comfortable for you and your child. We think you'll like the LILLEbaby, but all of the baby carriers on our list are excellent choices in their own right.

Baby carrier and wrap FAQs

Which baby carrier is most comfortable?

Although comfort is completely subjective, the Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier is consistently praised by users for being comfortable to wear.

Which baby carrier is easiest to put on?

Try the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One. It's easy to put on and adjust.

Do baby carriers hurt baby hips or cause hip dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia (a misalignment of the hip joint) is a common concern for parents who use baby carriers. Most infant carriers and wraps hold babies in positions that are natural to their hip development and will not cause problems.2

But the best way to find out what will keep your baby’s joints safe is to check with your doctor.

A baby sling is a variation on a wrap that usually has a hoop or ring securing the fabric across the shoulder. You won’t find a ring sling on our list because many experts consider them a safety concern. They can be used inappropriately and can position the baby in a way that makes it difficult for your little one to breathe.

Pregnancy and birth can do a number on your body, especially your spine. If you’re a parent that has lower back pain, make sure you look for a carrier that has a snug and wide lumbar support strap. Also, talk to your doctor about exercises that will strengthen your core muscles, so you can avoid further back pain while carrying your baby with or without a carrier.

Parents who love their wraps will tell you that there’s a steep learning curve. We recommend watching video tutorials, reading the instructions a few times, and practicing as much as possible. Babywearing International’s Guide to Using a Baby Carrier can also be helpful.

How we reviewed the best baby carriers and wraps

For our review of the best baby carriers and wraps, we looked for caregiver-friendly features like lumbar support, breathable cotton fabric, and even those elusive pockets. We also prioritized baby carriers with multiple positions and long weight ranges.

We also took into consideration third-party information like user reviews and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute's certifications. But the IHDI doesn't specify whether a product has been reviewed but failed to pass its inspection. We did not want to unfairly ding a product that hadn't been reviewed yet. Therefore, IDHI certification wasn't a primary factor in our ranking.

For more information about how we review products, visit the SafeWise methodology page.


Related articles on SafeWise


Sources

  1. International Hip Dysplasia Institute, "Hip Healthy Products." Accessed December 22, 2021.
  2. International Hip Dysplasia Institute, "Baby Carriers and Other Equipment." Accessed December 22, 2021.

Disclaimer

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Safewise.com utilizes paid Amazon links.

Certain content that appears on this site comes from Amazon. This content is provided “as is” and is subject to change or removal at any time.


Compare the best baby safety products

Product
Best for
Price
Specs
Standout feature
Learn more
Read review
Best car seat Converts to 4 seats for ages 0–10Performs well in crash tests
Best baby crib GREENGUARD Gold Certified Four adjustable mattress positions
Best baby monitorUnlimited rangeHigh-quality night vision + two-way talk
Best baby-proofing locks3M strong adhesiveUse on cabinets, refrigerators, and toilets
Best nanny cam 360° field of vision1920p resolution + excellent night vision
Best baby gate30 in. tall; fits doorways 29-34 and 35-38.5 in. wideOpen with one hand
Best baby carrierFor babies 7–45 lbs 6 ways to carry your baby

Info current as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

Laura E. Hilton
Written by
Laura E. Hilton
Laura is a writer, teacher, and mother based out of Utah. She is passionate about making and maintaining strong, safe, healthy communities. To learn more, visit her website at lauraehilton.com.

Recent Articles

diy-security-system-on-ipad
Best DIY Home Security Systems of 2022
DIY install home security systems are cost-efficient, effective, and easy to install. See which DIY...
telus-security-platform-on-phone
The Best Home Security Systems in Canada
Find the best home alarm system to protect your house. We looked at price, features,...
padlock on computer keyboard
Best Identity Theft Protection in 2022
We researched the offerings of five leading identity theft protection services, tallying everything from antivirus...
Senior woman hugging dog
8 Best Medical Alert Systems in 2022
See which medical alert system is the best to keep you and your loved one...