The Best Baby Carriers

Are there baby carriers that can last for months (or even years) and make it through several children?  We spent our time searching for the most flexible, and most durable products and came up with the following list.  If these seem a bit spendy, remember that you can always search for them used.  Our book, The Economical Baby Guide, has the inside scoop on finding quality secondhand gear and an index of green products for a range of budgets.

The Ergo Carrier tops our list, partly because as the name implies, it’s a comfortable carrier that helps you manage baby wearing without back pain.  Since it can carry infants from a few months old through the first few years of their life and be worn both on the front and the back, it will be worth the investment. Young babies can nurse while in the carrier and with the hood flap down, it’s very discrete. There’s also a handy zippered pocket to carry keys and baby paraphernalia.

Baby Wearing 101: Using Baby Slings and Wraps

Here’s another recycled post from our early blogging days at GBG.  With my second baby, I’ve found that the sling is just as necessary as with our first.  This time we’ve invested in a Kangaroo Korner’s all weather pouch sling and use it on a daily basis.  Let us know what your favorite sling is and how your baby likes it!

When I was pregnant, I purchased a used Baby Bjorn thinking it was a standard piece of equipment. I did not realize at the time that sleep deprivation would make me incapable of understanding complicated directions for a front pack. At one point I found myself trapped with Roscoe strapped to my chest asleep. I was exhausted but instead of flopping into bed, I sat on the couch for an hour until my husband got home from work–––afraid that I’d roll over on my baby and smother him while he was in Baby Bjorn bondage. Important disclaimer! Many a mother has found the Baby Bjorn to be a wonderful piece of equipment, so don’t let my ineptitude derail you from considering this perfectly legitimate option for baby wearing.