The best baby carrier of 2020 & our best baby carrier reviews

Explore types of baby carriers, find the best affordable baby carrier, the best baby carrier for dads, and beyond.

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FAQ's

Baby Carrier Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a baby carrier? 

Yes. A great baby carrier is a modern parenting essential. Wearing your baby hands free allows you to shop, clean, fold laundry, rake, hike, brew beer, you name it. Investing in a good baby carrier that works for you and your family will go a long way to helping make parenthood more manageable and enjoyable.

Are baby carriers safe for newborns? When can I carry my baby in a carrier?

To answer that question, first, always read the instructions that come with your baby carrier. This will tell you the minimum weight limit for a given baby carrier, as well as whether your carrier needs special settings or inserts to accommodate a small baby.

The second thing to note is your newborn will probably feel too small and ‘floppy’, particularly in the neck, for you to feel comfortable putting her in a carrier. If you do, you’ll need to pay extremely close attention to head and neck support. More likely, you’ll want to wait a bit. But, she’ll grow fast and soon you’ll likely get the sense she’s ready.

How much does a baby carrier cost?

Most baby carriers range from about $125 – $190. Some carriers retail for as high as $370. It’s worth noting that we’re talking about structured baby carriers here. Wraps and slings, which offer much less structure, tend to be less expensive, ranging anywhere from $25 – $65.

What are the most popular baby carrier brands?

Baby Bjorn is arguably the best known and most well-established baby carrier brand on the market, but a host of new baby carrier brands are out there now, offering parents more options than ever. At Fathercraft, we’ve reviewed the Colugo, Baby Bjorn, Ergobaby, Lilliebaby, and Beco Baby carriers. 

What’s the best baby carrier for hiking?

We haven’t personally tested a ton of baby carriers for hiking here at Fathercraft, but we do have a friend of the site who has extensively field tested and recommends Osprey brand hiking carriers.