or Buckled Baby Carriers are very simple to use. Due to their structured panel, it is very easy to achieve a back carry in a baby carrier. It is also very quick to get your baby in and out of your baby carrier. A buckled baby carrier is probably the easiest baby carrier type to learn how to use, and a natural place for most people to start when looking for a baby carrier.
We have ten trained babywearing consultants dedicated to helping you choose the right carrier for you and your baby. We always recommend ergonomic baby carrier for optimum comfort. If you have any specific questions about baby carriers, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Best Baby Carrier
Everyone has a different best carrier for them, for different reasons. What suits the 6ft tall wide chested guy may not suit the 5ft tiny build woman! So when you hear people online advising this is the best baby carrier, take it with a pinch of salt! Unless they have the experience we do. We know what works, what does not work. We know how to get the perfect baby sling for YOU
Confused by which baby carrier?
Then fill out our questionnaire and one of our experts will help you choose! the best carrier to suit you and your family. The Lillebaby baby carrier is a great all-round baby carrier and will suit most people, but if you are very petite, this might be a little bit big on you, and a Connecta carrier might suit you better.
Are Baby Carriers Safe?
The ones sold on this site are! Please be very very careful when choosing your baby carrier, as there are so many counterfeit slings out there, and they are dangerous! Buying a counterfeit from a cheap online market place will not give you a safe carrier, you are putting your baby in danger, as it is NOT safety tested, is potentially very dangerous, straps may break and your baby may drop out! .
Always use the HANDS Baby Carrier Safety Guide when using an infant carrier. This very simple acronym is easily remembered by parents, as when used correctly carriers will allow parents to be hands-free when carrying their child.
H = Hands-free. You should have both hands and arms free. If you feel the need to use your hands to support the baby, then double check it is fastened correctly and safely, once it is on correctly, you should be hands-free.
A = Airway.Always, once you have fastened baby in, check their airway is clear and unrestricted.
N = Knee to Knee. Check the fabric is knee to knee supporting baby, but that baby can still move their knees and lower legs freely when sitting.
D = Deep seat. Run your hand along their bum and check it is a nice deep seat position, with a nice gentle 'j' curve running from the bottom of the bum up the back.
S = Supported. Ensure your baby is supported, with a nice tight carry and the chin is off the chest. Gently lean forward and ensure baby does not 'move'. If there is any movement then double check your tension and retighten.
Can Baby Carriers Be Used from Newborn?
That depends on the one you choose! Some can be used from newborn, like the lillebaby. Other baby carriers, need an infant insert to be used from newborn. Then other baby carrier type can be used from six months. Check each product description on this page and it will tell you if that baby carrier is suitable from newborn!
How to Wash your Baby Carrier
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions first! Sometimes the washing instructions aren't clear or the information given doesn't always answer all your questions.
1) Try spot cleaning first. If it is just a small bit of your baby carrier that has got dirty then try cleaning it first with a damp cloth and letting it dry. Often this will do the trick.
2) Protect your carrier in the washing machine. Place all buckle carriers inside a pillowcase. One that has a zip is ideal, but you can easily just tie a knot in a standard one. If washing a ring sling I always wrap a muslin cloth around and through the rings as well. A tea towel will do the job just as good.
3) Try a quick rinse before you go all out! Many times what appears like a totally dirty baby carrier can often just be dust, lint and handprints that will wash off easily in a quick rinse.
4) If none of the above does the job and your baby carrier is crying out for a total scrub, loosen all straps and parts that can be adjusted before putting it in the pillowcase. Use a teaspoon of powder in the drawer. Bio or Non-Bio are both fine, just make sure there are no softeners in it.
5) When drying your baby carrier, take it out of the pillowcase and hang it on your clothes line in the garden. Or you can put buckle carriers, ring slings & Mei Tais over a chair to air dry and then beside a radiator at night.
Meet Our Baby Carrier Team
Katie is a Baby Carrier expert who has trained with both Trageschule and Slingbaby. She teaches our baby carrier class every Thursday in our Shop. With over 6 years of baby carrying experience, she has helped hundreds of parents find the perfect carrier for them. You will also find Katie in a wide range of baby carrying videos, shes the only one brave enough to face the lens!
Maebh is the founder, and has trained with both Trageschule (Certified Level) and Slingbaby. With 27 years of baby carrying & training under her belt (yes we did mean 27 years - she first carried her son Seamus ~ who is now also a baby carrying consultant! 27 years ago), she felt the need to bring all her knowledge and experience into one website to help many more parents find the love of baby wearing.
Karen in our Senior Baby Carrying Service Advisor. Having carried 3 babies for nearly 7 years, Karen has been trained in our Baby Carrying Academy (Did you know, we have trained most of the high street shops staff in how to use baby carriers through our Academy), and is now responsible for thoroughly researching any new carriers we might bring in and ensuring our service level is second to none!