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Compare Baby Carriers – Review What’s the Difference?

Compare Baby Carriers

There are hundreds of different types of baby carriers out there, it can be completely overwhelming trying to pick one.

While much of it depends on what’s most important to you and what your baby prefers; taking a look at a few options to compare baby carriers is a good idea.

I have unfortunately gone through MANY baby carriers before I found the right ones. FORTUNATELY for you, I have written a review on the ones I’ve tried and the most popular.

Wrap Carriers

Wrap carriers are really good for newborns and are generally very comfortable for smaller babies. My newborn didn’t appreciate being restricted for very long and I also tended to get very hot with a warm baby attached to me.

That being said, many people have success. They’re really not meant for older babies/toddlers. Here are the comparables for wrap/sling carriers.

Baby K'tan
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Baby K’tan

  • Product: Baby K’Tan
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 9/10
  • Min/Max weight: 8lb-35lb

Pros:

  • Easy to use. The double loop is fast and easy to figure out compared to other wraps and slings.
  • Comfortable cotton fabric that has a slight stretch.
  • Can be used in multiple positions: Facing inward with legs in or out, outward, side, and breast feeding position
  • Inexpensive. Typically costs around $50 to $70

Cons:

  • Not adjustable. Unless you and your partner are the same size, the wrap will only fit one of you.
  • The sizing goes by height and weight. It doesn’t take into account breast size. So, I was a small technically, but it was kind of hard squishing my baby in with all the boobage.
  • Not great for older babies
Boba Baby Wrap Carrier
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Boba Baby Wrap Carrier

  • Product: Boba Baby Wrap Carrier
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 8/10
  • Min/Max weight: Newborn to 25lb

Pros:

  • Inexpensive.  Ranging around $40 to $60
  • Bonus.  Nursing cover.

Cons:

  • Can only be used in one position.  Forward facing in. Great for newborns but not once they get older
  • Fabric is light, which is good for warmer weather but not winter.
Moby Classic Wrap
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Moby Classic Wrap

  • Product: Moby Classic Wrap
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 8/10
  • Max/Min weight: Newborn to 35lb

Pros:

  • Comfortable with babies even up to 35lb.  Which will you bring you into toddler years
  • Can be used in front and hip facing positions.

Cons:

  • This wrap is a long stretch of fabric.  Many people have a hard time figuring out how to wrap it.  Nothing a little YouTube video can’t fix.

Structured Carriers

Structured carriers are a little more heavy-duty than the wrap or sling carriers. You have padded straps that go over your shoulders and typically straps that clip behind your back.

I personally found these more comfortable than the wraps, however they don’t fold up as small as a wrap so taking it with you is more difficult.

Also, there is less give to them than a wrap so trying to do housework etc. with it on would be challenging.

Baby Bjorn Carrier
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Baby Bjorn Carrier

  • Product: Baby Bjorn Carrier
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 7.5/10
  • Max/Min weight: Newborn to 25lb

Pros:

  • Quick and easy to put on. There is only shoulder straps, no waist strap
  • Folds up smaller than others
  • Good price point

Cons:

  • Since there’s no waist straps, it can be straining on your shoulders
  • Can only face in or out in the front carry position.
Lillebaby Complete All Seasons 6-in-1
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Lillebaby Complete All Seasons 6-in-1

  • Product: Lillebaby Complete All Seasons 6-in-1
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 10/10
  • Max/Min weight: 7lb-45lb

Pros:

  • 6 carrying positions: Back, Hip, Front inward or outward and infant settings
  • Can accommodate a heavy baby up to 45lb. Well into toddler years
  • Has a removable panel on the back that exposes mesh for the hotter weather.
  • Comfortable. Has great lumbar support for the parent

Cons:

  • Can be a little pricey. Price around $140. However, you won’t ever need to buy another one from newborn to toddler years.
  • The carrier is a little longer than others which can be a problem for people with short torsos.
Ergo Baby 360
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Ergo Baby 360

  • Product: Ergo Baby 360
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 8.5/10
  • Max/Min weight: 12lb-33lb

Pros:

  • Ergonomically friendly for parent and baby. Keeps baby’s legs in an “M” position, which is recommended.
  • Can be facing front inward and outward, on the back or side

Cons:

  • Getting buckled in is difficult. I found I needed another person to help me.
  • You have to purchase an infant insert if you want to put your newborn in it.

Min/Max Weight: 12lb-33lb

I-Angel Hip Seat Carrier
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I-Angel Hip Seat Carrier

  • Product: I-Angel Hip Seat Carrier
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 9/10
  • Max/Min weight: 10lb-44lb

There are a few hip seat carriers out there but I had heard the most about this one.

Pros:

  • Offers front inward and outward, side and back positions.
  • Comfortable for parent as the baby sits on a seat that is supported by your hips
  • Seat can be zipped off and can be used as a regular carrier or a hip seat without a carrier.
  • Can be used well into toddler years
  • Comes with organic teething pads on the straps and in front of the face.

Cons:

  • Difficult to adjust straps on your own. I felt I needed another person to unbuckle and buckle me in
  • Pricey. Typically costs around $140 to $150. However, it will last till toddler years
  • Not machine washable
Deuter Kid Comfort 1
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Deuter Kid Comfort 1

  • Product: Deuter Kid Comfort 1
  • Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
  • My Rating: 10/10
  • Max/Min weight: 6 months-48.5lb

This is a hiking carrier and rated number 1. Even though I wouldn’t call myself an outdoorsy person, I felt I needed a hiking carrier for even the shorter hikes.

Pros:

    • Comfortable for baby and parent
    • Easy to adjust on your own
    • Comes with a sunshade and a padded front pad so baby can have a nap
    • Sturdy frame
  • Easy to take child out with the kickstand

Cons:

  • May be overkill for someone who only does small minimal hikes

Conclusion

There are many baby carriers out there and it can be overwhelming to try to find the right one without owning 50 carriers.

I personally own 6, 4 of which I don’t use. My favorite carriers that have worked for me and my baby are the I-Angel Hipseat Carrier and the Deuter Hiking Carrier.

My recommendation would be to wait until you have your baby before you purchase a carrier so you will know what is most comfortable for you and your baby. Also, make sure you take the time to compare baby carriers before buying.

Don’t just purchase what is popular or trendy. Body shape, lifestyle and babies are all different, therefore the right carrier for you, might be different from your friend.

Happy carrying!

 

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