Your baby carrier should sync with your lifestyle and personal style. So whether you’re an on-the-go outdoor adventure family, joining us live or at home for CARiFiT or need a carrier for neighborhood walks and summer travels, your baby carrier needs to meet both yours and your baby’s needs.
What Qualities Should I Look For In A Baby Carrier?
Searching for the best baby carrier for you can be overwhelming when sorting through endless options on the internet — but what qualities should you be looking for exactly?
The four features that matter most when shopping for a baby carrier are:
- Ease of Use
Your child’s health is and always should be your primary concern when shopping for a baby carrier. Your carrier should provide adequate support for your baby’s growing head, neck and back.
It should keep her in an upright position, meaning she isn’t slumped and her chin is off her chest, so her airways are open, as well as high enough on your chest so you can monitor her (think close enough to kiss her head!).
Your child should also sit in an ergonomic position inside his carrier, which means his knees are higher than his bum with his legs in a spread-squat position in the different carrying positions.
Other concerns include selecting the most secure and appropriate carrying position for your baby’s age and weight and inspecting the fabric’s quality before using it to make sure there aren’t any rips, tears or weaknesses.
If a carrier isn’t comfortable, you obviously won’t use it — and no one wants to deal with a baby squirming and crying while your back is screaming in pain. Different carrier features determine the comfort level for you and your baby.
What makes a baby carrier comfortable for caregivers?
Padded straps and lumbar support are lifesavers for parents. They relieve strain on your shoulders and back while helping reduce muscle tension, which allows you to comfortably carry your baby for longer periods of time. Fabric that’s soft and breathable determines your comfort level as well. Some carriers also come with privacy hoods; a great feature when you’re hiking on a sunny day or want to discreetly nurse on the go.
Keep in mind that your comfort needs might change as your child grows. As your baby gets a little older and heavier, you may more so appreciate those padded straps, lumbar support and different carrying positions to switch between.
What makes a carrier comfortable for babies?
Make sure your baby is as comfortable as possible in her baby carrier by checking the following:
- She is sitting in the right carrying position.
- She is sitting ergonomically in a seat with a wider bottom.
- She’s being closely held in a carrier made of fabric that’s soft, breathable and has anti-allergenic properties.
Ease of Use
Parents can agree on two things—you’re all, as a general rule of thumb, busy and sleep deprived. Don’t make your life even harder with a baby carrier that’s difficult to use, put on and take off.
Find a carrier with easy-to-use straps and fasteners and that only requires you to read the instructions or watch a quick instructional video once.
You should also make sure your baby carrier is easy to clean, as your baby is bound to drool and spit up on the carrier. Look for one that’s machine washable, so your washer, and not you, has to put in the cleaning effort.
The more versatile a baby carrier, the more use you’ll get out of it. Choose a carrier that offers three or four of the standard carrying positions:
- Front carry, inward facing
- Front carry, outward facing
- Hip carry
- Back carry
With these different carrying positions, you’re able to choose the most comfortable and best engagement positions as your baby grows and matures.
Our top pick for CARiFiT (and for life)
The Ergobaby all-in-one, newborn ready Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh has all the carry positions plus ultimate ventilation to keep you both cooler. Omni 360 grows with baby from week 1 to 48 months and offers a perfect fit for all parents.
- Breathable, lightweight all-mesh carrier
- Ergonomic, forward facing option
- Adjustable from newborn to toddler
- Lumbar support for extra back comfort