We’re big fans of wearing our babies here at The Wise Baby. Not only is it convenient to have your little one so close so you can get things done around the house or maneuver crowds with ease, but it’s pretty great to be able to reach down for a kiss on the top of your little one’s head whenever you please.
As is the case with pretty much everything to do with babies, there are lots of options for baby carries and the one that is right for you and your baby is a completely personal choice. As always, we’re here to do the leg work of testing them out for you, and today we’ve revisited some old favorites and added a few new ones to our list of our top baby carriers!
Highlights: This carrier is very easy to use. It’s simple to get baby into and out of on your own (it even “clicks” when everything is all set), and it’s super sturdy. I never worried about Harry flopping around inside the Bjorn Original, and we started using it early, early on when Harry was just a few weeks old. The carrier is suitable for babies weighing 8 pounds all the way up to 25 pounds and is easy to adjust before or after your baby is in the carrier. Your baby can face in or out, which is nice when they are a bit older and interested in looking around. We loved the Baby Bjorn Original when Harry was smaller.
Lowlights: Though the Baby Bjorn Original was our absolute favorite when Harry was a small baby (it even made my favorite baby products list back when Harry was 3 months old), as he got bigger and heavier, the carrier became a little more uncomfortable. Unlike other carriers, the support is solely placed on the shoulders and neck, with the straps crossing in the back. After wearing Harry for a while, my shoulders would become increasingly tired and sore.
Bottom Line: We loved this carrier, preferring it over any other carrier, when Harry was a small baby. We used it for longer periods of time with no problem. Harry and I were both comfortable and I always felt like he was very safe. But if you’re looking for a carrier to use as your baby gets bigger, the 25 pounds weight limit and the design of the support are two things to consider. See our full review of the Baby Bjorn Original here.
Highlights: Like the Bjorn Original, the Carrier One is super easy to use, and includes the buttons that “click” when baby is safe and secure in the carrier. Everything we love about the Bjorn Original is present in the Carrier One, but the Carrier One just ups the ante a bit. There are four positions in the Carrier One – inward facing, outward facing, back carry, and a newborn position. This carrier can be worn up to 33 pounds (so roughly 3 years!) so lasts a bit longer than the Original. And finally, the support system is a bit nicer for larger babies with the Carrier One, with extra shoulder padding, an adjustable back yolk, and a waist belt for better back support.
Lowlights: Really, we have no complaints. It’s a bit bulkier than the Bjorn Original, but it still folds up pretty compact so it’s easy to throw in the car or in a suitcase when traveling.
Bottom Line: The Baby Bjorn Carrier One is one of our favorite carriers. The four positions and the 8-33 pound weight range make it last a long time, and it’s super comfortable. Make sure to read our full review of the Carrier One here.
Highlights: This is the wrap that you can wear so many different ways. Your baby can face in, face out, be worn on your front, on your hip, on your back, be worn in a cradle hold, and can even breast feed (easily) in the wrap. Once Harry was a little bit older (once he hit about 15 pounds) this was our go to wrap. I felt that it was secure and it was so comfortable for both of us to wear. Plenty of back and shoulder support for Mama. Plus, it’s small enough that it’s very convenient to fold up and toss in the diaper bag.
Lowlights: The wrap does take a big of getting used to. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Moby Wrap when Harry was a newborn because I just couldn’t get the wrap tied right – I either felt like it was too tight and he was uncomfortable or too loose and he wasn’t secure enough. I think with enough practice though, this issue could totally become a nonissue. I definitely found it to be perfect later on, and if we are lucky enough to have another baby, I plan on using the Moby Wrap from the get go.
Bottom Line: With practice, this wrap is ideal. It’s secure and comfortable, comes in so many chic colors, it’s soft, and once you get the hang of it, it really is very easy to handle. You can use this wrap from very early on and it’ll probably last you well passed the time your baby is asking to walk on his own. Make sure to read our full review on the Moby Wrap here!
Highlights: Harry and I were recently introduced to the Moby Go Wrap and it’s been a favorite for our evening walks. He likes to stick close when it’s dark outside, and so baby wearing is the obvious way to go. Since he’s almost one and a bit bigger, the Moby Go Wrap is great because it has ample shoulder and back support and even includes belt support. I love the unique back support – it mimics what I loved about the wide shoulders of the Moby Wrap Original, but with a bit more structure, so it’s a bit easier to throw on in a hurry. We also love the position Harry sits in while in the wrap… it’s more of an actual sit than a hold that so many other carries go with, which makes him much more comfortable.
Lowlights: I love the Moby Go Wrap and I really only have one complaint. I’m not the tallest girl so sometimes the belt support and the shoulder support which goes under my arms get to be a little too close together. It doesn’t affect Harry’s support, safety, or comfort, but it just feels like I need to adjust it (to me). It’s something I’ve definitely gotten over with lots of use, but just one thing of note for the shorter mamas!
Bottom Line: We love the Moby Go Wrap. It’s different from other carriers with the wide shoulder support and sitting position for baby, meaning this is a wrap I could use all day long. It’s safe and comfortable and we’ve got a full review for you right here!
Highlights: The Ergo Original Carrier is one of the longest use wraps on the market. The weight range is 7-45lbs, meaning you basically can wear your child until he refuses to get in a carrier anymore. And due to the ergonomic design and ample shoulder, back, and waist support, you should have no problem wearing a bigger child. There are three positions – front (facing in) hold, hip hold, and back hold, so there are many options depending on what your activity is. The Ergo is a favorite among many parents for good reason.
Lowlights: There are really only two complaints parents have with the Ergo. The first is that your baby can only face inward, and as they grow, they tend to enjoy facing outward. Also, the newborn insert has to be purchased separately in order to use the Ergo with a young infant.
Bottom Line: The Ergo is a favorite for a reason. It’s great for an active family, due to the ample support and back hold options. As long as you’re okay with your baby only facing in while being worn, this is a phenomenal carrier.
So there you go. Five of our favorite baby carriers revisited. What are we missing? Anyone have a carrier they just can’t live without? Or maybe you’re sworn to one of the mentioned five. I’ve found that parents tend to be very loyal to their favorite carrier, so I’d love to hear what yours is!