Best Wearable Baby Carriers and Wraps Buyers Guide
Best Baby Carriers
LILLEbaby All Seasons Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier
If you want it all, this is the baby carrier for you. With the most carrier positions of any product on our list, LILLEbaby offers plenty of comfort, storage, and extras that make the additional cost worthwhile.
Up to 6 Carry Positions Inward, outward, back, or hip—you name it, this carrier does it.
Wide Weight Range LILLEbaby’s All Seasons accommodates babies from seven to forty-five pounds, ensuring you’ll be able to use this carrier well into toddlerhood.
Zipper Pockets for Storage You’re already wearing a baby, so packing along a purse seems foolish. LILLEbaby understands and provides several zippered pockets for your wallet, keys, and more.
Breathable 3D Mesh This carrier incorporates the same kinds of fabrics used by athletic wear companies to keep both parties cool and comfortable.
Sleeping Hood Insulate your little one from noise and the elements with a handy hood.
Wide Waist Belt with Lumbar Support Parents report that the wider belt and built-in support make this carrier one of the most comfortable on the market.
Excellent Reviews Customers agree that LILLEbaby earns top marks for a quality carrier that delivers comfort and convenience.
Bulkier This carrier has all the bells and whistles, but that means it can feel a little cumbersome at times, weighed down by its own ingenuity.
More Expensive You get what you pay for and that’s certainly true here. Because LILLEbaby really delivers on extras, there’s also a few extra zeros in the price tag.
Some Complaints about Leg Rubbing A few parents have complained that the carrier rubs at the leg opening, causing discomfort for babies. This doesn’t appear to be a widespread problem and could be the result of improper adjustment rather than a product flaw.
Ergobaby Bundle Baby Carrier with Snug Infant Insert
You’ll need an insert to use this carrier with an infant, but it’ll be worth it. The carrier is versatile and easy to use, and it’s rated highly comfortable by parents.
Very Comfortable This carrier receives top marks for comfort from parents, who said they wore it for hours without any issues.
Up to 4 Versatile Carry Positions You’ll get the four most important positions in this versatile carrier—front in, front out, hip, and back carry.
Sleeping Hood Snuggle up your little one for a nap with this retractable hood.
Easy to Use While you may need some help to adjust it for various heights, the Ergobaby is easy to take on and off.
Most Expensive Comfort has a price. Ergobaby is the most expensive carrier on our list.
No Storage No pockets mean no place to tuck additional items, so you’ll have to figure out another way to bring along your essentials.
Safe for up to Only 33 Pounds This is the lower end of the weight range and probably won’t accommodate a toddler even in a back-carry position.
May Not Fit Shorter Torsos A few reviewers indicated that the Ergobaby carrier didn’t adjust down to fit a short torso, so petite parents beware.
Baby Tula Ergonomic Carrier
The stylish Baby Tula has the widest and tallest seat of any structured carrier on our list, making it a perfect fit for larger babies and toddlers.
Stylish Patterns If you’re worried babywearing will make a mockery of your sense of fashion, don’t sweat it. Tula has tons of trendy patterns and colors that you won’t feel awkward slipping into.
Wider, Taller Seat This carrier has both the widest and tallest measurements so even big babies will sit securely.
Easy to Adjust for Multiple Wearers Parents report that adjusting up and down for different heights or weights is no problem for Tula.
More Expensive This carrier is an investment, so ensure you’re fully committed to using it for the long haul.
Not as Comfortable While it has ergonomic in the name, reviews indicate Baby Tula is a bit less comfortable for parents than other structured carriers that made our list.
Requires Insert for Infants Babies who weigh less than fifteen pounds will need an infant insert (sold separately) to fit safely in this carrier.
Limited Versatility Tula places emphasis on the safety of the baby’s position in the carrier, so it’s limited to just inward- and outward-facing carries.
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original
BABYBJORN is the classic that started the babywearing trend. While it’s not as versatile and is less comfortable than other carriers, it’s probably the easiest to use and adjust.
Less Expensive BABYBJORN’s original carrier doesn’t have many extras, and you’ll see that reflected in the price tag.
Lightweight Unlike other structured carriers, BABYBJORN’s minimalist approach allows it to stay lightweight and agile.
Easy to Use Parents can easily put this on and take it off one-handed as well as adjust most of the straps without assistance.
Uncomfortable Reviewers indicated that more than a few hours in this carrier causes back and shoulder pain, so it’s ideal for shorter-term use.
Low Weight Limit (25 pounds) Due to its small stature, this carrier is best for babies and infants.
Only 2 Carry Positions BABYBJORN has only inward- and outward-facing options for babies.
No Storage Don’t count on extra pockets on this no-frills carrier. It’s just the basics.
Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier
You won’t flip your lid when you see the price of this carrier, which offers up to four positions for a fraction of the cost.
2-in-1 Bib Protects Clothing Babies are messy, but Infantino has you covered with a 2-in-1 bib that may just save your wardrobe.
Least Expensive If you want a structured carrier but purchasing all things baby has left you with an empty wallet, don’t despair. This carrier is surprisingly inexpensive.
Up to 4 Carry Positions At that price, you might assume you’d get less, but Infantino still delivers up to four ways to carry your baby, including inward, outward, and back positions.
Not as Comfortable Parents report that even with padded shoulder straps, this carrier can get uncomfortable when used for long stretches of time.
Noisy Fabric If you’re using the carrier to soothe your baby, you may find the fabric on the Infantino Flip a little too distracting.
Low Weight Limit (32 Pounds) The lower weight range on this carrier means it won’t be appropriate for older babies segueing into toddlerhood.
Moby Wrap Baby Carrier for Newborns + Toddlers
The famous wrap that started it all, Moby’s womblike hold is perfect for small babies and infants. Mothers rave about the ability to discreetly breastfeed, and this is one of the few carriers that supports twins.
Versatile Wrap Tons of fabric gives you plenty of options for designing different carries with the Moby.
Womblike Parents love the soothing flexibility, especially for younger babies and infants who prefer a fetal tuck.
Accommodates Breastfeeding One of the biggest advantages of wraps is for breastfeeding mamas. Using a wrap can make it easy to nurse babies under cover when needed.
Use with Twins There’s plenty of fabric to go around on the Moby, making it one of the only carriers on our list that can do double time for twins.
Easy to Launder It’s just fabric so it’s easy to toss into the washing machine. Be sure to follow the manufacture’s care directions, though, to avoid damage and wear.
Difficult to Learn to Use Wraps are a little tricky to figure out. Practice plenty at home until you get it right. Moby has a great guide for parents getting started with a wrap.
More Expensive The cost of this wrap is a little higher than others on our list, but it’s worth it given the quantity and quality of the fabric.
Cumbersome with Extra Fabric Yes, we’ve touted it as an advantage, but there are some instances when you’ll discover all that fabric simply gets in the way.
Boba offers all the benefits of a traditional wrap, including discreet breastfeeding, at a fraction of the cost.
Discreet Breastfeeding Your baby is already under cover but will also have access to nurse and self-soothe without interference from the outside world.
Easy to Clean This wrap will get messy, so it’s vital to be able to toss it in the wash and forget the complicated laundering instructions.
Easy to Use Unlike the Moby, parents report this wrap was easy to figure out.
Less Expensive It’s less costly but provides the same basic function of other wraps, making it a clear win for cash-strapped parents.
Less Fabric While it’s less expensive, the Boba also has less fabric, and some complain it’s too little to cover larger frames.
Inward-Facing Only The Boba’s length is too short to accommodate more than front- and inward-facing holds.
Stretchy, Less Support A few parents complained that while the fabric was very soft and comfortable, it was a little stretchy and allowed too much give for a secure hold.
CuddleBug Baby Wrap
This inexpensive wrap has excellent reviews from parents and has plenty of stylish patterns.
Stylish Patterns While the Moby and Boba focus on a few colors, Cuddlebug has trendy dialed in with plenty of fun patterns.
Less Expensive Comparable to the Boba, this wrap costs less but still provides the essentials.
Good reviews The CuddleBug garners plenty of positive reviews on Amazon from pleased parents.
Less Fabric Like the Boba, Cuddlebug offers a smaller price tag by sacrificing some fabric. For younger babies, it’s unlikely you’d notice.
Difficult to Learn to Use This wrap recommends carry positions that are a little more difficult to learn, so we recommend viewing Cuddlebug’s Instructional Video and practicing plenty before you head out into the world wearing your baby.
Stretchy Fabric Like the Boba, parents had concerns about the give of the fabric and whether their little one was truly secure. Some of this slack may be due to improper use on the part of parents, however.