We have tested 23 different baby carriers and name the Ergobaby 360 as our best in test. This comfortable baby carrier is ergonomic for both the carrier and comfortable for the baby. The carrier has an efficient, load-bearing waist belt and lets you carry the baby in four different positions. The Ergobaby Adapt, another ergonomic baby carrier from the same manufacturer, also stood out in our test. The Adapt model is very comfortable for the parent and has the added advantage that it can be used by newborns without requiring an insert.
We carried out of the test ourselves and tested all of the baby carriers as intended to be used in everyday situations. The baby carriers were tested by several different families, with men and women of varying sizes and heights. We asked families with new-born infants to use the carriers as well as those with children of pre-school age, as long as they did not exceed the weight limit of the carrier. We assessed each baby carrier by considering the following criteria:
Wearing comfort for the adult: how well does the carrier distribute the load over your body? Is most of the weight on your hips/stomach or on your shoulders? Are the carrier straps padded? Can it be adapted to be a carrier for petite moms and larger fathers?
Sitting comfort for the child: is the child in a good position when in the carrier? Is there support for its head and neck and is there enough space for a bigger child to sit comfortably?
Usability: how easy to use are the carrier’s straps and buckles? Is it easy to understand how to get the carrier on and off? Is understanding how to wear the carrier straightforward? Are there any other useful extras like sun protection, storage pockets and the like?
We also factored in the choice of material, price, weight limit and the possible wearing positions into the final scores we gave the baby carriers.
An ergonomic baby carrier that distributes the weight well for the parent and can be used straight away for carrying newborns.
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes On the hip: Yes Material: 100% top quality cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF50) Storage pockets: Yes Washing: Machine wash 30 degree User weight and height: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
Despite having an almost identical name, the Ergobaby Omni 360 shouldn't be confused with the slightly older Ergobaby 360 model that doesn’t offer the possibility to carry your child facing outwards. The Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier is available in a wide range of colours and patterns. While this doesn't affect the performance of the carrier, it will surely be a plus point for those looking for a stylish baby carrier. You’ll be wearing it a lot, so why not choose a model that looks nice! Having this choice of colours almost makes the carrier like a garment, which you then can match with the clothes in your wardrobe.
With the Omni 360, you can choose to carry your child on your chest either facing towards or away from you, or on your hip or back. You can use the baby carrier straight away from when the child is born without having to use an extra infant insert, making it very easy for carrying your child. The Omni 360 is easy to adapt to your needs or body shape. The width of the carrying panel is altered using the velcro attachments. There are clear markings showing the width suitable for particular ages and lengths of children, helping you to make sure the sitting support for your child is right. If you want to carry your child facing outwards, you can make the carrying panel narrower so that the child can sit comfortably with their bottom in a kind of shell and their back against the parent's chest with their legs facing outwards. You can change the carrying panel from the outward to the inward position using effortless fasteners.
As with all of Ergobaby's carriers, the child’s sitting comfort is high. The child's knees are higher than their bottom, exactly as is recommended. The carrier allows for a C-shaped curve in the back, which is important in making the baby carrier ergonomic. The neck support can be folded inwards to provide extra support for an infant's neck, folded outwards to support a larger child, or upwards for when you want to provide extra support for a sleeping child's head. The carrier also has a sunshade which can be conveniently folded out of the way into a zipped pocket. The Omni 360's shoulder straps can be crossed over your back or parallel to each other. If you have a small baby in the carrier, crossed straps are recommended as it allows the carrier to hold the child a little more tightly by bringing them closer to the parent’s chest. The baby carrier has a substantial hip belt, which can be fastened at different heights so that the child is always at the right position in relation to the parent's body. The hip belt can be tightened from either direction and has a support plate on the back to allow for even weight distribution. If you set the carrier correctly, you can even comfortably carry a 1-2 year old with the Omni 360.
The Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier is as comfortable as it is practical. On the front of the hip belt is a handy removable zipped storage pouch, which you can use to store things that you need to be easily accessible. The carrier covers all your essential needs when carrying your child, while doing a good job at keeping the child in the right position. While the carrier may feel a little technical at first, it's easy to learn how to use it, and once you've done so, the Omni 360 will be a real lifesaver during your child's first year.
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes On the hip: Yes Material: 100% top quality cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF 50) Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash, 30 degrees User weight & length: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
Cool Air is the cool summer version of Ergobaby's popular Omni 360 baby carrier. With the Omni 360 Cool Air, you can carry the child on your chest facing towards and away from you, as well as on your hip or on your back. You can use the baby carrier straight from birth without having to use any extra infant insert. The width of the carrying panel can be altered with Velcro attachments, so the baby carrier is always just the right size to give support to the child from one knee to the other. And if you want to turn the child to face outwards, you can quickly reduce the width of the carrying panel by moving sliding attachments. These are stable, so there's no risk of them moving around between different positions - and they make for a neat solution. As usual with Ergobaby's carriers, sitting comfort for the child is very good, and the Omni 360 Cool Air is also comfortable for the parent doing the carrying.
The idea with a summer version of a harness is that it should be a cooler alternative. The Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh has lots of mesh, including on large areas of the carrying straps. The netting does allow in the air and helps sweat and moisture from the carrier's body to escape, but it has the biggest effect on the child. The majority of the carrying panel consists of mesh, which means the air and wind can enter and cool the child's back, and so it’s less hot when you’re carrying your child. But it's difficult to avoid sweat occurring between the child's and parent's bodies. Other than the ventilation, the baby carrier has good sun protection in the form of a piece of fabric that can be attached to the carrying straps with press studs. It's clear that both parent and child will be less hot with the Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh than with a normal baby carrier without mesh. For use in the summer and for an active family, the Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh is highly recommended as a baby carrier.
Technically advanced baby carrier with excellent support for your back and offers great comfort!
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes On the hip: Yes Material: 100% cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash, 30 degrees User weight & length: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
With the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons baby carrier, you can carry your child facing you, facing forwards, on your hip or on your back. The “all seasons” function means the carrying panel can be opened with zips. Below this is a layer of mesh, which makes the baby carrier more airy and improves ventilation when the mercury rises. At first glance, the Lillebaby Complete can look complicated with all of its buttons and zips. It takes a little while to understand exactly how to use the functions.
The carrier can be used until the child weighs 20 kgs, which gives a long period of use. The infant insert works well for a small child. You will have to reconfigure the baby carrier for a slightly larger child if you’re going to carry them facing you, but it feels like there’s an intermediate stage missing. The carrying panel can be adjusted in terms of width, but in relatively large steps. Nor is it entirely clear when you should change position.
The carrier is very comfortable for the child. For smaller babies, the neck support works extremely well. It can be folded up and down, but the width can also be adjusted. Other than effectively supporting the head, the neck support can screen off the surrounding world, which makes it easier for the child to fall sleep in public.
And comfort levels are high for the parent with the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons. The hip belt is broad and feels really sturdy. It’s perhaps not the most convenient belt to wear if you want to sit down on a sofa while you’re carrying the child. But when you’re out walking, you really appreciate the way the baby carrier feels firmly attached. Best of all is the backplate that gives you lumbar support. There’s no problem carrying a child weighing 8 kg for an entire day with the Lillebaby Complete.
The straps are a little troublesome (stiff) to tighten up to begin with, but otherwise it’s easy to put on the Lillebaby Complete. The neck buckle is easy to get at, and has padding behind it so it doesn’t stick into your back. The baby carrier has a folding sunshade that works well, although when you want to put it away the zips on the carrying panel tend to slide down. On the front of the baby carrier is a storage pocket the right size for your smartphone.
The Lillebaby Complete All Seasons is made from soft light fabric. It can easily be rolled up and put in the baby changing bag or under the pushchair. The baby carrier may feel not quite cosy enough when the baby is a newborn, but after that it fulfils all your needs. The Lillebaby Complete All Seasons feels like a baby carrier you’d be happy to use for a long time.
An ergonomic and comfortable carrier for both wearer and baby, with an effective load-distributing waist belt
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes, from approx. 6 months On the hip: Yes Weight: 740 grams Material: 100% cotton canvas Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF50) Storage pockets: No Washing: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight and height: 5-15 kg Infant insert: 3.2-5.5 kg, sold separately
With the ERGObaby 360 you can carry your child in four different ergonomic way, namely, towards your stomach, facing forwards, on your back or on your hip. This is probably a record for a baby carrier. The carrier also can also be used for carrying infants if you buy a special insert. The child’s seat is ergonomically shell-shaped to keep the child’s spine in a C-shape, regardless of how the child is carried. You have to make sure that the child’s bottom is in the shell of the seat and not on the upper edge of the hip belt, otherwise it could be uncomfortable. The child has a good view even when the neck support is in use, although the neck support can be folded down or fastened out of the way if you prefer.
You put the baby carrier on by attaching the velcro hip belt around your hips and then fastening the safety strap. You then place the child into the carrier and put on the shoulder straps, before buckling them behind your neck. If you have a stiff neck you may find it difficult to reach this buckle, however. Once you’ve done this you can then adjust the length of the shoulder straps to decide how close you want to position the child to your body, which is a handy feature. Because the child sits in the frog position, it’s easy to sit down without the child’s legs getting in the way. The ERGObaby 360 can be adjusted well to the height of the person carrying it, but it’s a little more difficult to adjust the position of the neck buckle. We found it easier to place the child so it’s positioned against your chest, but a little more difficult to put the baby carrier on your back. We recommend that you watch ERGObaby’s instruction videos online before you try positioning it this way.
We found the hip belt’s wide velcro band to give the best weight distribution in the test. Because the seat is attached across the whole front of the hip belt, the child’s weight is effectively distributed across both your hips. The disadvantage of using Velcro is it can be difficult to adjust the hip belt once the child is in the carrier. It can also be very noisy when you take off the belt, which isn’t good if you’ve got a sleeping child. The Velcro could also damage your clothes if you aren’t careful. The baby carrier has a sun and nursing hood to provide the baby with some protection from the sun or to be used for feeding times. This hood can be packed away into a neat pocket when it’s not being used, helping to keep the baby carrier looking tidy.
In summary, this was one of our favourite baby carriers in the test. There are also a number of additional accessories that you can buy for it if you need them, including a wind and rain hood, a fleece lining and shoulder strap protection.
An ergonomic baby carrier which can be used from birth and provides the ultimate carrying comfort for the parent
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes, from approx. 6 months On the hip: Yes Weight: 740 grams Material: 100% premium cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF50) Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
The shoulder straps of the ERGObaby Adapt can be worn either parallel to each other or crossed over. When worn crossed over, the straps provide good weight distribution. They are particularly effective when carrying smaller children as they give better support and are an excellent fit for the baby’s body. The Adapt’s panel is soft enough for the child to keep its spine curved in the optimal C-shape, and to allow the baby’s bottom to sink down so that its body stays in the ergonomic ‘frog position’.
The base of the panel can be adapted to the child’s body length by attaching it using the Velcro straps at different points on the carrier. The width of the panel can also be adjusted using snap fasteners. This means that it's easy for the Adapt to grow with the child, without there being a big step between one size position and the next. The carrier’s upper lip can be cleverly folded and attached in a number of different ways. The carrier’s instructions are extremely helpful for when working out how to do so. This adaptable lip works very well at letting the child see and providing good neck support for the child when he/she is sleeping.
Even if you're used to using a baby carrier, you may feel that the Adapt needs to be broken in a little when you first use it. The shoulder straps can initially feel a bit stiff and have a tendency to slip. However, the carrier will tend to soften up as you use it and will become easier to use as the child gets a little heavier. Our tip is to wash the baby carrier early on to speed up the softening process. Once it’s worn in, the Adapt is a fantastic baby carrier which will allow you to transport your child for a whole day without feeling it on your shoulders or back. While some users may miss the capability to carry the child facing forward as in the ERGObaby 360 model, if you don’t need this function the ERGObaby Adapt is one of the best baby carriers out there. It’s a purchase that new parents won’t regret.
An easy-to-use baby carrier with many different carrying positions for both front and back positioning
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes On the hip: No Weight: 990 grams Material: Polyester and cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: No Washing: 40 degree machine wash Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Safety standard EN13209-2:2005 for baby carriers User weight and height: 3.5-15 kg , 53-100 cm Infant insert: Built in, for use when the child is 53-62 cm
As an updated version of one of our favourite baby carriers, the BabyBjörn One fixed many of the issues for which the previous ‘One’ model had received criticism for - from us and other reviewers. This new ‘One’ was released in autumn 2015 and feels even more well-designed and better all around. The shoulder straps have reinforced padding, the buckles are angled differently to make it easier to use them when you're inserting the child into the carrier, and the hip belt is more stable. The zips on the BabyBjörn One can now be locked in different positions, making it easier to adjust the baby carrier to your child’s needs and size.
With this flexible baby carrier your child can sit facing you, facing forwards or on your back. The carrier is suitable for all conceivable situations – both inside and outside the home. It’s extremely easy to adjust to the body shapes of different people. The waist belt and the padded shoulder straps provide even weight distribution to help counteract any aches building in your shoulders and back. The carrier also has a useful and easily adjustable built-in infant insert for newborns. This means you don’t need to fiddle with any removable inserts so you can quickly get the baby positioned against your body. However, once the child has outgrown this infant insert, they will be positioned relatively low down in the carrier.
The BabyBjörn One has a number of clever features such a silk backing to the inside of the belt, making it easy to rotate the carrier if you want to position in on your back instead. It’s safe to rotate the carrier like this as the neck buckle means that you can’t drop the child when you rotate the carrier. Another useful function is that when you remove the child from the carrier you don’t need to lift them up to open the buckles, which is useful if the child has already fallen asleep. Overall, the baby carrier is well sewn and has a high-quality feel. It does have a neck protector which can be folded down when it’s not required, but we found this to ride up by itself on occasion as there’s no easy way of fastening it down. Button fastenings to prevent this happening would have been useful. We would also of liked to have seen some kind of protection for the plastic buckles on the shoulder straps, as the child’s head can come to rest against them if you sit down while the child is asleep.
You put the BabyBjörn One baby carrier on by first climbing into it with one side buckle done up. After this you tighten the hip buckle, place the child in the carrier and then do up the remaining buckles. The hip belt fastens behind your back with a simple hook, which you can easily tighten by pulling it forwards. You can do these steps very quickly, which makes the BabyBjörn One our favourite carrier if you want to quickly get your child into place close to your body. If the baby carrier gets dirty you can wash it at 40 degrees, which is useful. A number of handy accessories are available for the baby carrier, such as a winter cover for added protection, i.e. wind and water-resistant fleece covers and a bib. All in all, this is a fantastic baby carrier which is well worth its price.
An easy to understand and well-priced baby carrier, albeit with a reduced number of functions
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes On the hip: No Weight: 820 grams Material: Cotton and polyester Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: No Washing: 40 degree machine wash Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100 class 1, Safety standard EN13209-2:2005 for baby carriers User weight and height: 3.5-15 kg, 53-100 cm Infant insert: built in, for use when the child is 53-62 cm
The BabyBjörn We is a simplified and lighter version of the BabyBjörn One. The major difference of this model is that it doesn’t allow you to carry your baby forward facing - and you can only open the baby carrier from the right-hand side. If you are ok with these compromises, this is a very good and affordable alternative to the BabyBjörn One.
You put on the baby carrier by first climbing into it and then tightening the hip belt. The child is inserted from the right-hand side, with you then fastening the buckle followed by the chest strap. This side buckle can be tricky to find, so some better guidance to help find it would have been a welcome inclusion. However, the buckle feels very safe and is very quiet to release. The hip belt is fastened behind your back with a hook, making it very easy to both fasten and open. It’s also very easy to tighten with a simple forward movement.
Like the BabyBjörn One, the belt has silk lining to make it easy to rotate the carrier onto your back. It’s easy and safe to shift the carrier from your front to your back as the back strap ensures you don’t drop the child during the process. If you want to use the carrier for an infant, you can easily adjust the bucket shape of the seat via a zip. Although the neck protection can’t be folded down, this isn’t as important with this carrier as the child can only be carried facing you. When you take the child out of the baby carrier, you have to press the child against yourself slightly in order to open the buckles. This movement can be disruptive if the child has already fallen asleep.
The carrier is pleasant to wear as a result of its broad and soft padded shoulder straps. The back strap can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally so that the baby carrier is easy to fit on different parents. The BabyBjörn We is also equipped with loops which you can insert the straps into so that they are out of the way. The material of the baby carrier is soft and gentle. The carrier is suitable for hot days as the child can sit in it in just a nappy without coming into contact with sharp seams or edges. In addition to the basic carrier, there are a number of accessories you can buy for it such as a wind and water-resistant fleece cover and bib.
A baby carrier which is very easy to use and takes up little space when it’s folded
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: No On the hip: No Weight: 510 Material: Cotton Hip belt: No Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: No Washing: 40 degree machine wash Standards: OEKO-Tex Standard: 100, Safety standard EN13209-2:2005 for baby carriers User weight and height: 3.5-11 kg, 53-66+ cm Infant insert: Built in
The BabyBjörn Original is our favourite baby carrier in the budget price category. It’s also the lightest and most compact baby carrier of the products in the test, making it perfect if you’re planning on taking a carrier with you on a trip. The fabric is soft and gentle on the child’s skin and the baby carrier doesn’t lose its shape even if you’ve had to compress it into a suitcase. The child has a very good view of the surrounding world when inside the carrier and the neck protection provides reliable neck support for sleeping babies. If you have a sleeping child in the baby carrier, it’s really easy to lay them down as you can unbutton the entire seating part and lay it down together with the child. We found that this carrier was actually the best baby carrier for this type of manoeuvre out of all the products in the test, which will make it a lifesaver for many parents with young infants.
You put on the baby carrier by putting on the back straps and then tightening it over your stomach. You can insert the child from any direction before tightening up the chest straps to secure it. Moreover, you can adjust the child’s seating height against your body by using the buckles under your armpits.
We felt that the baby carrier was both easy to put on and adjust. However, it doesn’t offer many different seating position for the infant. The child can sit in the baby carrier either forward facing or facing towards your chest, with its legs hanging out of the side in both positions. If you want to sit down with the child in the carrier, you will have to fold the child’s legs to the side. We did think that the manual was the best in the whole test though, with its clear images and instructions making it easy to understand how the baby carrier should be used. The carrier also has two reflectors on the seat, which is a handy feature if you plan to use it in the dark. There are a number of accessories you can buy for the carrier, such as a wind and water-resistant fleece cover and bib.
In summary, there is a lot to like about this carrier, even more so with its low price and quality design. However, if you’re going to use the baby carrier for long periods, we would recommend getting a model with a hip belt. In addition, the BabyBjörn Original is only suitable for children up to 11 kgs, which sets a limit as to how long you can use it. Despite this, the attractive price and simplicity of this product makes it absolutely ideal as a travel carrier or as an extra carrier.
A compact baby carrier made from a light and airy material that still has an ergonomic carrying position and a high maximum carrying weight
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes, from approx. 6 months On the hip: Yes Weight: 620 grams Material: Organic cotton, polyester blend with mesh details Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes Storage pockets: Yes Washing: 30 degrees with mild detergent and careful spin. Air dry Standards: Safety standard EN13209-2:2005 for baby carriers, JPMA Carry children from birth (with infant insert up to 4-5 months) to 20 kg (safety certification): ASTM and JPMA). Fulfils CPSIA User weight and height: 5.5-20 kg Infant insert: 3.2-5.5 kg, sold separately
The ERGObaby Performance Baby Carrier is a very light baby carrier that can be used for children up to 20 kgs. It’s the most compact baby carrier with a waist belt in our test but is only slightly more bulky than the BabyBjörn Original (which doesn’t have a waist belt). The baby carrier is available in different materials, with the mesh version being our favourite as it’s fantastically flexible. The model is extremely well sewn and has reinforced seams and edges that softly follow the anatomy of the child. However, the actual fabric can feel slightly rough if the baby is naked. The material breathes well and the ERGObaby Performance is therefore good for hot days. It’s also effective for winter weather as the carrier’s thin flexible material works well with thick clothes on both the child and parents.
You put on the baby carrier by attaching the hip belt around your hips. You then insert the child into the carrier and put on the shoulder straps, which you then attach around your neck. Unlike the other ERGObaby models in the test, it’s very easy to adjust the neck support vertically, which is very practical if the carriers are different heights. However, it can be difficult to fasten the neck buckle if you are stiff. The hip belt is wide and stable. All of the straps have loops so that they can be fastened out of the way when the baby carrier has been adjusted. It’s easy to put the child in the carrier on your chest, but slightly more difficult if the carrier is going on your back. We recommend that you watch the instruction videos online and practice.
The baby carrier has no neck support, which means that you need to support the child’s head, for example if you are moving forwards quickly while bent over. The seat has a clever pocket for keys, your wallet or phone together with a pocket for the sun and nursing hood. You can buy a number of different accessories, such as a wind and rain hood. For small babies, you have to buy an infant insert, but as you can carry children up to 20 kgs, this baby carrier is likely to be used for a long time, which is a major plus point.
Comfortable and easy-to-use baby carrier with a lot of mesh and good ventilation for the child
Material: 100% premium cotton Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes, from around 5 months On the hip: Yes Weight: 800 g Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF 50) Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight & length: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
Adapt is Ergobaby’s first baby carrier that can be used direct from birth up to 20kg without an infant insert. Now it’s also being released in a summer version, under the name Adapt Cool Air Mesh. When Ergobaby produced a summer version of its popular 360 carrier model, the result was mediocre, with a very minimal difference in ventilation. But as the name indicates, on the Adapt Cool Air Mesh they haven’t skimped on the mesh fabric. Pretty much the entire carrying panel consists of airy mesh, and the inside of the shoulder straps is covered in the same material. It’s fascinating to touch them and know that they're intended to – and do – hold up a child while still feeling like they largely consist of air.
Other than the hip belt and the neck support, the entire baby carrier is made of mesh, which means you can see straight through it – and that the air enters and sweat leaves equally easily. For the carrier, the difference is most obvious on the back where the shoulder straps are. Even if you still get sweaty on a hot summer’s day, it feels lovely not to have a standard baby carrier that absorbs the moisture and becomes damp and uncomfortable. With the Adapt Cool Air Mesh you don’t even notice the sweat so much. And for the child, the difference is felt most on the back. A baby who’s normally warm doesn’t get sweaty on their back, and if there’s a little wind the breeze cools them still further. The only place where you’ll still get warm is where your body is in contact with the child’s, and not even a well-ventilated baby carrier like this one can fix that. Overall, the Ergobaby Adapt Cool Air Mesh is a high-quality summer baby carrier. And this combined with the many carrying positions and the support it provides means we can’t describe it as anything other than top class.
Very comfortable baby carrier where the child is close to you and can be carried for a long time
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes Material: 100% Oeko-Tex certified cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash, 30 degrees User weight & length: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
The Baby Tula Half Buckle is a successful combination of a baby carrier and a baby sling. If you want to carry your child really close to your body, a baby sling is often the obvious choice. But it takes a while to learn to knot a sling, and even longer before you really get the hang of it. Many people also worry about having done it wrong, which means that to begin with they often feel insecure carrying their baby in a sling. And that’s where products like the Tula Half Buckle come into the picture. The carrier is available in a wide range of different colours and patterns, and our testers received lots of compliments (and not just for their beautiful babies!).
This is a carrier you fasten around your hips or waist with a hip belt that you buckle together. Where this goes on your body depends on how big the child is. It’s important that the baby sits at the right height against the carrier’s body. You should be able to kiss the top of your baby’s head without straining to reach. And just like any other baby carrier, it’s easy to fasten or unfasten the hip belt with the child in, so the carrier always feels comfortable on while still providing good support.
It’s when you put the child into the harness that the Tula Half Buckle transforms into a sling. You pull the broad and comfortable padded shoulder straps over your shoulders and then cross them behind your back. When you bring them back around to the front, it’s important you spread the fabric out over the child’s bottom to create the right support. After that, you knot the Tula Half Buckle behind your back (or at the front, if you have enough fabric left over).
Unlike a traditional baby carrier, it’s more difficult to correct how the Half Buckle is positioned once you've knotted it together. So it’s best to spend a little more time getting it right. If you don’t spread the fabric out properly when you cross the straps over the child’s bottom, it negatively affects the weight distribution, which you’ll notice after you've been carrying the child for a little while. It’s also more fiddly to put the baby carrier on outdoors, at least in the winter because the straps are long and can trail on the ground.
The Tula Half Buckle comes with a removable sunshade, which can be attached over the child’s head to create a shadow or privacy. On the front of the hip belt is a storage pocket. You can store the sunshade here, or perhaps your mobile. This is a baby carrier that's easy to adapt to different types of bodies, and it’s really comfortable to carry a child with. You can use it both on your front and back, and this combined with the higher weight limit gives it a longer lifetime. Together with its really attractive design, the Baby Tula Half Buckle is a successful concept for anyone who likes carrying their child and who wants to combine the security of a baby carrier with the comfort of a baby sling. In fact, this might be the best sling for new parents right now.
Soft and comfortable baby carrier with a carrying panel that can be adjusted to the child’s size
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes, from around 6 months On the hip: Yes Weight: 740 g Material: 100% cotton canvas Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF 50) Storage pockets: No Wash: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight & length: 3.5-15 g Infant insert: Not required
The Cybex Maira Click is a baby carrier with a hip belt and classic shoulder straps. You wear the hip belt at the height on your body that means the child’s head ends up the right distance from yours. A rule of thumb is that when you’re carrying your child you should be able to kiss the top of its head without straining. The belt has an extra safety clasp, which means it can never be unfastened by mistake. You use both hands to pull the straps outwards when tightening up the hip belt, making it easier to get a good fit. With the Maira Click, you can either have the shoulder straps parallel or crossed on your back. Crossed straps are often recommended when you’re carrying a small child, because they need to be extra close to your body. However, it’s important you get the cross low on your back so the straps don’t chafe your neck. This also prevents the weight from being centred too high up on your back.
Even if the Maira Click is a traditional baby carrier in all respects, it still has a little of the baby sling feel. This is largely because of the carrying panel, in other words, the fabric that enfolds the child. The carrying panel is made from relatively thin fabric that’s very soft and flexible. There are no hard edges or chunky buckles to cause chafing. The carrying panel can easily be adjusted to the child’s age and size. It can be made wider, so the fabric always reaches from one knee joint to the other. It can also be made taller, so there’s always good support for the child’s back and neck. The Cybex Maira has a practical sunshade that attaches to the shoulder straps with small hooks when you want to give your child some shade. And when the sunshade isn’t being used, it can be concealed by popping it into the carrying panel. The baby carrier comes with a convenient storage bag as well.
When the baby carrier is brand new, the shoulder straps and buckles initially feel a bit stiff, which means it takes a little more force to fasten the latter. However, this wears off with time and use. If you want to soften the baby carrier more quickly, you can wash the Maira Click in the washing machine (always read how to wash the baby carrier). Because the fabric isn’t too dense, the baby carrier can be used comfortably all year round. The support is good, and it doesn’t feel like an effort to carry your child with the baby carrier. What primarily makes the Cybex Maira Click stand out is that you get a baby sling feeling from how the child is carried, but you don’t have to worry whether you’ve tied it correctly. This is a successful combination, and a baby carrier that will probably appeal to many parents.
Very comfortable hybrid between a baby sling and baby carrier that can grow with your child!
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes, from around 6 months On the hip: Yes Weight: 740 g Material: 100% cotton canvas Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF 50) Storage pockets: No Wash: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight & length: 3.5-15 g Infant insert: Not required
The Cybex Maira Tie is a cross between a baby carrier and a baby sling, and in some respects provides the best of both worlds. The carrier part of the Maira Tie is the substantial hip belt that you attach round your body either at your hips or waist, depending on how big your child is. If you like the idea of a baby sling but you’re worried about tying it wrong, the sturdy hip belt is a guarantee that everything will stay in place as it should.
Instead of shoulder straps fastened with a buckle, the straps on the Cybex Maira Tie consist of long pieces of fabric that are wound around the body and tied in a normal knot, just like a baby sling. The instructions show exactly how to do this. The fabric is spread out over the entire upper body, and there are no hard plastic buckles. This is a big advantage if you want to comfortably lean back in a chair with the baby carrier on.
The carrying panel is soft and flexible. It’s easy to adjust the Cybex Maira Tie as the child grows. The carrying panel can be adjusted widthways, so the child always has support from one knee joint to the other and is sitting in a correct ergonomic position. It can also be adjusted in terms of height. You can carry the child in three positions: on your front, on your hip and on your back. When you carry the child on your back, you put a strap over your chest to hold the carrier in the right position. The Maira Tie has a practical sunshade that can be attached to the shoulder straps but also put away in the carrier to keep it out of the way when it isn’t required. The maximum weight is stated as 15 kgs, but if you’re carrying the child on your front you will notice that you get less support by the time your baby reaches 10 kgs.
The advantages of the Cybex Maira Tie’s hybrid approach, somewhere between a sling and a harness, are that the carrying experience is similar to the soft, even weight distribution of a normal baby sling, with the security that sturdy buckles can provide. The disadvantage is that it isn’t as easy to see whether you’ve tightened both straps equally, and that it’s more difficult to adjust the harness once you’ve tied it. If you feel a baby carrier’s too tight, you can release the straps a little. With the Maira Tie, you have to retie it completely. But at the same time, it’s a liberating feeling that the Maira Tie isn’t too complicated. This is an interesting alternative for parents who like the idea of carrying their child with a sling but who feel uncertain about how to tie it correctly. The Cybex Maira Tie is just as cosy and comfortable as it is attractively designed, and it’s a carrying solution that should be more widely adopted.
Uncomplicated baby carrier that grows with your child using replaceable carrying panels
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes On the hip: Yes Material: GOTS certified organic cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes, SPF 40+ Storage pockets: No Wash: Machine wash, 30 degrees User weight & length: 3.5-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
The Flexia is an organic cotton baby carrier from Babylonia that provides an innovative solution to the problem of how a baby carrier should grow with the child. Instead of a hot and fiddly infant insert, the Flexia consists of two parts, allowing the carrier to be used with a newborn of 3.5 kgs up to 20 kgs. These two parts are the harness section and a back panel. The back panel comes in three different sizes. The smallest one is used for newborns up to around 2-3 months. The next panel is used until the child is around 10-months old. After this, you change to the largest carrying panel, which works for the remainder of the Flexia’s lifetime. Markings on the carrier give you a good idea of when it needs to be modified. It’s important to remember that for a child to be carried comfortably, it needs support from one knee joint to the other. In the Flexia, the child has a correct, ergonomic position with a rounded back and the knees higher than their soft baby bottom.
Using the smallest carrying panel, an average-sized newborn has a good position in the carrier. The only slight negative is that the neck support sometimes gapes a little because there’s no padding or other supportive construction. The baby carrier has a built-in head support that you remove from a special pocket. This also works as a sunshade or for privacy if you want to nurse the child while wearing the baby carrier. You can regulate the height of this so the baby gets exactly the right protection. The carrier makes carrying your child comfortable, and gives extra support as you can cross the shoulder straps on your back. It’s easy to find the buckles that the shoulder straps click into, and the straps run smoothly when you adjust the length. The hip belt sits comfortably around the body and doesn’t chafe, which is nice when you're carrying a newborn and wearing the belt a little higher up your waist. There’s no back plate, but the support the carrier provides is still solid.
The fabric feels quite thin yet warm. The inside of the carrying straps is clad in mesh, however, which does breathe better. Compared to how thick and stiff the material of many baby carriers is, the Flexia feels like you can really get close to the child. The fact that the Babylonia Flexia is so easy to use is a major advantage for anyone unfamiliar with a baby carrier. And it adapts really well to a growing child. But you do have to remember where you put the other panels. The structure also makes it more difficult to quickly change between carrying two children of different sizes. The carrying comfort is good and the child adopts a good position, but we would have liked to see a more supportive neck support for the smallest babies. Moreover, when the child begins to get heavier, the support provided to the parent isn’t so good. Overall, the Babylonia Flexia is a user-friendly carrier that works well for parents looking for an ergonomic solution.
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes, from around 5 months On the hip: No Weight: 650 g Material: Breathable twill, handmade from 100% OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified fabric Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF 50) Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight & length: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: Not required
Tula’s baby carriers are characterised by a well-judged combination of function, design and safety. And the Tula Free-to-Grow is an easily adjustable baby carrier that can be used from birth without any infant insert - and right up to 20 kgs. The carrier consists of a carrying panel together with two shoulder straps and a hip belt. The hip belt has a storage pocket that you can fold in and store the sunshade attachment in. The sunshade is attached using press studs, and also works to screen out people and noise if you want the child to sleep or nurse in the carrier. So that the carrier can work just as well for a newborn infant as for a larger and more mobile one-year-old, the Free-to-Grow can be adjusted in terms of size. The panel has two different height positions, allowing the edge of the neck support to always be at just the right height in relation to the child’s head. This is adjusted with two straps, and in practice you can find one or two positions between maximum and minimum. The width of the panel can be set in three different positions. This ensures the child has support to just before the knee joint regardless of leg length.
With the Tula Free-to-Grow, it’s easy to find the ergonomically correct frog position, with the back set in the desired C-shape and where the baby’s bottom is lower than the knees. Viewed from the front, the legs and bottom should form an M shape. The fabric in the Free-to-Grow’s panel is very thin and flexible, enfolding the child’s body and feeling almost as if you’ve just popped your child in under your top. The hip belt is broad and padded and doesn’t cut into the body, and the straps are easy to pull through the buckles when you’re tightening or undoing them. The hip belt is fastened with a normal buckle. The shoulder straps have plenty of padding and can be adjusted in two directions. With the Free-to-Grow, the shoulder straps are always parallel and can’t be crossed. But the substantial padding provides plenty of support for the child. Tula has really thought about the child’s comfort, and the carrying panel even has padded edges so the fabric can’t cut into the child’s legs.
The Free-to-Grow offers two different carrying positions, with the child facing towards or away from the carrying parent. A major plus with Tula is that their carriers are available in an endless number of different versions, with a pattern or colour for every taste. You quickly appreciate the appealing design, and the baby carrier becomes almost a fashion accessory in addition to its practical functions. It’s easy to use and the entire carrier feels effortless. For some people this is a plus point, while others prefer the slightly more advanced options offered by other baby carriers. But there’s never any doubt that the Tula Free-to-Grow really does provide good support for the child.
Soft and convenient baby carrier for your baby’s first few months.
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: No On the hip: No Material: 3D Jersey: 80% polyester, 16% cotton, 4% elastane 3D mesh: Mesh fabric in 100% polyester Cotton: 100% BCI certified cotton Hip belt: No Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: No Wash: Machine wash 40 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, class 1 User weight & height: 3.2-11 g Infant insert: Not required
Baby Björn’s latest baby carrier model is called Mini, and is designed to work best during the child’s first few months. You can carry the child facing inwards on your chest, and when the child is a little older – Baby Björn’s recommendation is from 5 months – you can even carry the child facing outwards. The maximum weight is light at only 11 kgs, but this makes sense given that this is a carrier intended for the smallest babies. The baby carrier is available in three versions, namely one in cotton, one in soft jersey and one in mesh for warm weather or active parents.
If you’re worried that a baby carrier is hard to put on, you’ll love the Mini. It’s really easy to put on even when you’re in a rush, and because it’s made up of two parts – the straps you wear and the actual carrying panel for the child – you can walk around with half of the carrier already on. All of the fabrics are soft, both for the baby and for the parent. The carrying panel is flexible and the child has a comfortable position. The buckles click in without problems and the baby carrier is simple to adjust while you’re carrying, for example if you want to correct the angle of the baby’s bottom or tighten the straps. If the carrier gets dirty, you can just put it in the washing machine (always read how to wash this baby carrier first).
The Mini is intended for small babies who don’t weigh too much, and perhaps that’s why Baby Björn have chosen not to add a hip belt. Instead, the carrying straps will be familiar to anyone who’s used an older Baby Björn carrier – they're crossed over at the back. The fact that you can’t distribute the weight onto your hips or waist means carrying the child quickly becomes tiring with the Mini. And as carrying comfort for the parent is one of the most important factors when buying a baby carrier, this is a major concern. We’d also have liked to see a sunshade – some kind of screen or fabric to pull up so the child’s head is protected when the sun is out. The idea of the Baby Björn Mini is very good. For a newborn it feels much cosier than Baby Björn’s other baby carriers. The fact that it’s so simple to use means it’s not off-putting to carry your child with it. But the length of time you use it for needs to be short, and that makes it less value for money. This baby carrier isn’t a good choice for long-term carrying, but the Baby Björn Mini could still become a favourite during the child’s first few months for parents who aren’t used to baby carriers.
Stylish baby carrier with practical infant insert and easy-to-use magnetic fastener
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes On the hip: Yes Weight: 850 g Material: 100% OEKO-TEX fabric Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes (SPF 50) Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash 30 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100, Global Organic Textiles Standard, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act User weight & length: 3.5-20 kg Infant insert: Included
Mountain Buggy is well known as a manufacturer of pushchairs, but the brand also has a number of other baby products in their range. One example is the Juno baby carrier. The Juno can be used from your baby’s birth up to weighing 20 kgs, which means you can use it for newborns and babies that are 6 months plus. It offers four different carrying positions, i.e. facing outwards and inwards on the parent’s chest, on the hip and on the back. The carrier includes an infant insert, which should be used until the child weighs 6.5 kgs. This is usually around 6 months. Mountain Buggy has succeeded in developing an infant insert that’s surprisingly easy to use. It can also be flipped out and in, growing with the child so the edge of the insert doesn’t come too high up in relation to the child’s neck. But you still can’t avoid noticing that the Juno is much more convenient as soon as you no longer need the infant insert.
The outside of Mountain Buggy’s baby carrier is made from tougher, single colour fabric while the inside is lined with softer cotton. The Juno has a number of functions that make it stand out. The carrying panel consists of a double layer of fabric with openings from both sides, making a pocket. This is perfect for putting your hands in when you want to hug your baby a bit more closely, but also works as a practical handwarmer when it's cold. The Juno has a built-in sunshade and a pocket you can store it in. The shoulder straps are fastened over the back with a really clever magnetic clasp. And even if it may sound like a magnet might come undone easily, you really don’t need to worry about it. It’s very useful that the buckle essentially fastens itself.
Many of the Mountain Buggy Juno’s functions are intelligent and well thought out, but unfortunately, there are other parts that aren’t so top of the class. The shoulder straps and hip belt are well padded, and they provide really good support. But the padding on the shoulder straps stops just before the plastic buckles. If you’re carrying your child wearing a vest top or other thin garment, the buckles stick into your back and become really uncomfortable quickly. There should be an extra layer of fabric under the buckles. The straps are also made of fabric rather than nylon. This creates lots of friction when you’re pulling the straps through the buckles, and it makes them really tough to adjust. This in turn means it's not easy to adjust the baby carrier until it’s comfortable. With the Juno, Mountain Buggy has a good foundation to build on, but they have a little way to go before they offer any real competition in the baby carrier market.
Attractive baby carrier that gives good support and has nicely padded straps
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: Yes On the hip: No Material: Outside in polyester, lined with 100% cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: Yes Wash: Machine wash, 40 degrees User weight & length: 3.5-15 kg Infant insert: Not required
The Najell Original Baby Carrier offers four different carrying positions: infant position, facing you, facing forwards and lying on the back. No infant insert is required. A manual with images comes with the baby carrier. But it’s mainly the zips used to reconfigure the baby carrier between the different positions that are difficult to understand. We recommend Najell’s instruction videos if you’re not sure what to do. You first put the baby carrier on yourself and tighten the straps, and then put the child in the carrier. If you’re used to Baby Björn’s baby carriers, you’ll recognise this one.
It’s easy to put the child in and take him/her out of the carrier. The magnetic buckles click themselves into the shoulder straps at the top. They’re also easy to open again. Unfortunately, the baby carrier has no sunshade that you can pull up over the head, which would have also been useful and create a little more privacy when the child needs to sleep. But the neck support can be folded up or down. The straps that attach it can feel a bit too coarse when the child’s face is resting against them. The shoulder straps can end up in an awkward position too, particularly if you have a larger chest, in which case they sometimes feel like they’re squeezing you from the sides.
The Najell Original Baby Carrier is very nicely designed with a soft fabric. The inside is intended to have a ventilating effect and feels smooth against the child’s skin. Both the shoulder straps and hip belt, which goes around your waist when the child is smaller, are well padded and easy to adjust lengthways. The surface on which the child sits can be adjusted in terms of width, so the child is supported from knee to knee.
Our testers felt the Najell Original was best in the infant position, which can be used during the first six months. After this, you add a hip seat to the baby carrier. This is a booster seat that you insert into the hip belt to give the child better support. The effect is good, but the baby carrier feels clumsy with the hip seat installed. It makes it more difficult to use the baby carrier, for example, if you’re working in the kitchen. The Najell Original is also quite large when it’s not in use. Nor does it always feel convenient to carry with you under the pushchair.
After being tested by three different families with children between 3 and 10 months, it’s clear that learning how to use the Najell Original Baby Carrier isn’t entirely straightforward. It also seems as though body shape can have some impact on how well you get on with the carrier. But if you find comfortable positions for carrying and can get through the acclimatisation period, you can really click with it. Then you can also achieve a good carrying position for the child and can carry them comfortably for several hours with this Najell Original Baby Carrier.
Practical baby carrier for the child’s first year, with supportive backplate and breathable 3D mesh
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: No On the hip: No Weight: 846 g Material: 100% 3D-mesh polyester Hip belt: No Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: No Washing: Machine wash 40 degrees Standards: Oeko-Tex Standard: 100 User weight and height: 3.2–12 kg Infant insert: Not required
The BabyBjörn Move is a baby carrier intended for the child’s first year. The maximum weight is 12 kgs, and BabyBjörn state that it can be used up to about 15 months. The idea is that the Move should be a straightforward carrier that you can quickly put on and just as swiftly get the child into.
The carrier consists of two parts. A back part, made up of the shoulder straps and backplate. You can wear this part as a vest on the upper part of your body under your coat, so you're always ready to carry your child. The second part is the actual sitting surface for the child. This can be removed, which is very useful if the child has fallen asleep and you want to relocate them to a pushchair or cot.
Because the Move is intended for small babies, it’s unlike other BabyBjörn carriers in that the child lies directly against the parent with no fabric in between. But when it’s very hot, it can be very sweaty to have the child directly against your chest when you're active. At times like these, it’s an advantage that the BabyBjörn Move is made from 3D mesh, designed to wick away moisture and let in air.
The baby carrier can be adjusted to the child’s height, and can therefore be used from birth (the minimum recommended weight is 3.2 kgs) without an infant insert. The actual sitting surface can also be adapted in width, depending on whether the child is sitting facing the parent or looking forwards.
The carrying comfort is limited given that the weight is primarily borne on the parent’s shoulders. But the backplate does a good job of distributing the weight over the parent’s back. Taller parents will find this works better than shorter ones, so how the backplate is positioned on your back is important.
BabyBjörn has an even simpler infant harness in their range, but the Move offers much better support. We have liked to see a small storage pocket to put things in. It’s also surprising that the Move doesn’t come with any kind of folding sunshade for the child’s head, like many other baby carriers do. If you have previous experience of BabyBjörn’s baby carriers, you’ll quickly work out how the Move functions. And if you don’t mind the concept of obvious straps and substantial buckles, you’ll appreciate how it’s designed too.
Baby carrier with excellent comfort for the parent and ventilation for the child
Price: Medium Material: Polyester Carrying positions: Four Maximum weight: 15 kg
The summer version of Ergobaby's popular and ergonomic baby carrier is called the Cool Air. A number of pieces on the 360 have been replaced with 3D Air Mesh on the 360 Cool Air. These are primarily a section in the middle of the carrier, where the child’s back sits if you're carrying it facing towards you, and the edges of the carrier where the child’s legs stick out together with the carrying straps. The mesh fabric is rather thick and the difference in terms of ventilation is perceived as marginal. The biggest effect is obviously for the child, as the air coming through means their back gets less hot and sweaty. The basic design of the 360 means the neck support can be folded down, allowing more air to the head, which also makes a difference in how hot the child gets in the carrier. If you want some protection for the head too, the carrier has a hood with a sun protection factor of UPF 50+.
The carrier straps on the 360 Cool Air are just as substantial as on a standard Ergobaby 360, which affords a comfortable carrying experience. The parts of the straps that are made from mesh fabric allow sweat to evaporate. This cools you off a little better, but for the parent it's still always a warm process to walk around with another body pressed close to your own. The only functional difference we could find in the 360 Cool Air compared to the normal 360 is that the waist belt fastens with a silent button closure instead of the broad and rather noisy Velcro. The Ergobaby 360 Cool Air is a very good baby carrier with fantastic functions that provides a good carrying experience for both adults and children. As a summer baby carrier, it doesn’t stand out as much, but if you’re prone to being warm and you want all the functions the Ergobaby 360 boasts, the 360 Cool Air does make some difference in terms of ventilation.
Quick-drying baby carrier that’s perfect if you're prone to becoming sweaty
Price: Premium Material: Polyamide, polyurethane, polyester and cotton Oeko-Tex approved Carrying positions: Four Maximum weight: 15 kg
The Baby Björn One is one of the newer baby carrier models from Baby Björn. It’s extremely versatile, with four different carrying positions, a broad sitting surface for the child and extra padded shoulder straps. If you need a baby carrier with all the functions of the One but which works well for a really active lifestyle, Baby Björn’s One Outdoors may be just what you're looking for. The One Outdoors isn’t only intended to work as a baby carrier for your everyday life and for holidays, it’s also meant for when you’d otherwise use a child carrier pack. The One Outdoors is supplied in a practical storage case and describing it as sporty looking is something of an understatement. This carrier isn’t only intended for summer use but can be worn all year round if you know you’re going to be active and likely to get sweaty.
The entire Baby Björn One Outdoors is manufactured from function material. Some parts of the carrier are made from water and dirt-repellent fabric. The carrier rustles quite a lot, like a sports garment, but also dries and allows air ventilation just as effectively as exercise clothes do. The inside of the carrier is covered in slightly softer net fabric, and the shoulder straps are made from mesh. Our testers felt the One Outdoors created good ventilation for the child, and we like the fact that the neck support can be folded down and fastened in this position with a strap. This means the child’s head is more exposed to the air. The carrier cools the child better than it does the parent. The One Outdoors stands out more as a baby carrier for active families than it does as a summer carrier. It gets bonus points for the clever loops on the shoulder straps and the useful pocket on the waist belt.
A baby carrier with good weight distribution for your upper back and a good choice of materials, despite being a slightly older model.
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: Yes On the back: No On the hip: No Weight: 880 grams Material: Polyester and cotton Hip belt: No Sun/nursing protection: No Storage pockets: No Washing: 40 degree machine wash Standards: OEKO-Tex Standard: 100, Safety standard EN13209-2:2005 for baby carriers User weight and height: 3.5-12 kg , 53-85 cm Infant insert: Built in
This robust baby carrier has a useful backplate to distribute the baby’s weight across your back. In many ways, this carrier is similar to the BabyBjörn Original, with the BabyBjörn Miracle’s backplate and waist belt being the only major differences. Out of the baby carriers in the test where the child sits with hanging legs, this carrier had the best distribution of weight despite the fact that it has a waist belt rather than a hip belt. The shoulder straps are broad and thin, enabling you to carry the child comfortably. It’s easy to shift and adjust the baby carrier without causing chafing and the child can sit comfortably even if you’re fairly active.
To put on the BabyBjörn Miracle, you first put on the back plate and then fasten it across your stomach. The child can then be inserted into the carrier from any direction. You then fasten up the chest buckles and tighten the straps under your armpits, before choosing whether to have the neck support up or down. If the child falls asleep, you can easily lay them down as the entire seating part can be unfastened and laid down with the child. However, the buckles over the stomach can be a bit tough with some of our testers finding it difficult to open them. If you are going to be sitting down with the child in the carrier, you must always remember to fold the child’s legs out of the way if they are hanging down. A scale on the carrier really helps you to position it exact right for your child’s height, which is a really intuitive feature. If you are tall, you should adjust the back length so that you have the crossed part of the carrier further down your back. It can be awkward to adjust these crossed straps with a child in the carrier, so it’s easier to make these adjustments before you put your child into position. As with other BabyBjörn carriers, you can buy a number of accessories such as a wind and water-resistant fleece cover and bib. However, if you’re planning to carry your child for longer periods, we didn’t feel that the waist belt did enough to distribute the weight comfortably. For this purpose, we would instead recommend a baby carrier with a hip belt, such as the BabyBjörn We.
A contemporary yet classic baby carrier with an ergonomic carrying position, high maximum weight and built-in sunshade
Towards the chest: Yes Facing forwards: No On the back: Yes On the hip: Yes Weight: 710 grams Material: Cotton Hip belt: Yes Sun/nursing protection: Yes Storage pockets: Yes Washing: 30 degree machine wash Standards: Safety standard EN13209-2:2005 for baby carriers User weight and height: 3.2-20 kg Infant insert: 3.2-5.5 kg, requires an insert
ERGObaby, which originates in Hawaii, has long been one of the leading manufacturers of baby carriers where the baby sits in the frog position. The Original Bundle Of Joy is the original model and has now been on the market for 10 years. In comparison with ERGObaby’s later models, it’s clear that the original is a few years old, primarily in terms of finish and choice of materials. The shoulder straps feel a little clumsy but are comfortable when carrying a heavy weight. There is a sun and nursing hood that also protects the child against spills. However, it does not provide protection against hot liquids. The nursing hood can be partially concealed in a simple pocket when it is not in use. However, it doesn’t look as neat as on the ERGObaby Performance or 360, as the pocket has a zip.
To carry a small child, you need an infant insert, which is the same for all ERGObaby models. However, the baby carrier has a number of intelligent functions like a large pocket for storage and loops on the straps so that they can be fastened out of the way. The fabric is 100% cotton and is gentle and soft on the baby’s skin. The hip belt is wide and comfortable at the front but can be too wide when you bend over or sit down. It would also have been easier to tighten the belt if this was done using a forward movement, instead of a backward movement which requires more strength.
You put on the baby carrier by tightening the hip belt, inserting the child into the seat and then putting on the shoulder straps, which are fastened around the neck. You can adapt the baby carrier to the wearer’s height, but the neck buckle is a little bit tough to adjust vertically. It can also be difficult to get at the neck buckle if you have stiff shoulders. It’s very easy to put the child on your chest. The child has a good view once in the carrier. However, remember that the carrier has no neck support, so if for example you are moving fast you must support the child’s head with a hand. If you intend to put the carrier on your back, we recommend that you look at the instruction videos online. You can use the baby carrier for a long time because it can cope with a weight of up to 20 kgs. A number of accessories are available, such as a wind and rain hood, fleece lining and shoulder strap protectors.
A good baby carrier should provide the carrier with back support when you carry your child and balance the child’s weight so that it is evenly distributed over your body. Older models of baby carrier often previously only had shoulder straps, while newer models now tend to have hip or waist belts in order to better distribute the load. A baby carrier allows you keep your child close to you while simultaneously allowing you to be able to walk and move in a safe manner. The carrier should be comfortable for both you and your child, and if you manage to choose the right baby carrier you should hopefully have a carrying aid that will last you for many months and perhaps even for several years.
For this test, we tested several different baby carriers from manufacturers like BabyBjörn, Ergobaby and Britax. To make it easier for you to choose the right product, be sure to read about the different carriers and our assessments of them in our reviews. We have also included useful tips such as factors you should think about before buying a baby carrier and how you should decide which baby carrier is most suitable for your needs.
When you choose a carrier it’s important to think about what particular features you will need. Will it always be the same person using the baby carrier, or should it be easy to adjust to different parents and body shapes? If you want to use the carrier to help the child fall asleep, you will need a carrier that is easy to remove the child from once he/she has fallen asleep. In this case, it’s important to choose a baby carrier with straps that are easy to undo and that is easy to remove the child from. If the baby carrier will be used instead of a pram, perhaps attached storage pockets will be a priority as well. If you're choosing between a baby carrier and a sling, there are carriers that provide very similar support to that of a sling alongside the improved functionality a carrier provides.
When carrying small children, it’s important that their head is properly supported in the baby carrier when they're awake and asleep. For optimum seating comfort in an ergonomic position, the infant should be sat in what's known as the “frog position”. When carrying slightly larger children it can be important for them to have a good view to allow them to look out and explore the exciting world around them. Different models of carrier provide different ways for the child to look out of the carrier. They also allow for different ranges of carrying positions, including carrying your child with his/her stomach facing you, with their stomach facing forwards, on your back or even on your hip.
If you know that you're going to use the carrier to carry the child for a long time, it can be sensible to choose a model that can cope with larger weights. The capacities of baby carriers vary considerably between the different models and manufacturers. Baby carriers that work for slightly older children often have an infant insert which you can remove as they get older. It can be a good idea to think about how the baby carrier is designed, for example, if you want to be able to use the carrier while being pregnant. Moreover, if you wanted to carry your child soon after a Caesarean section, you may find a waist belt to be more comfortable than a hip belt.
Different baby carriers can be more suitable at different times of the year due to the levels of warmth they provide. You should think about when you intend to use the baby carrier. The interior material of the baby carrier could also be important if you have a child who is often sick. Some carriers are made of mesh, which is a material that’s difficult to wipe clean if this happens. Mesh could also leave a slight impression on the baby’s skin if it presses against it, but it does allow for a better airflow which makes it more suitable in summer. Vice versa, a baby carrier made from a thicker material may be more appropriate for winter. Some baby carriers come with cover attachments to provide additional protection in lower temperatures – and some even come with scarf for baby and mother. But a coat for the baby will usually do the trick in the winter months.
You will need to think about the seams and fabric that will be in contact with your baby’s skin. Is there any risk of chafing from these? It’s important to be aware of the labels on the baby carrier. The Oeko-tex label refers to a testing and certification system for fabrics. If it has this label, it means the manufacturer hasn’t used any substances in the production of the carrier which could pose a risk to the child or are harmful in any other way. This is always reassuring as your child will be spending a lot of time in the baby carrier, and his/her skin will no doubt come into contact with the fabric.
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