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 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.
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Lillebaby All Seasons Baby Carrier
Lillebaby All Seasons Baby Carrier£145.99  (13)

PROS

TICK No need for seperate baby insert
TICK Front panel can be rolled away to allow better air circulation
TICK Integrated Lumbar Support
TICK 6 Carrying Positions
TICK The back panel adjustability means this will last the same as most toddler carriers.
TICK Dual adjustability can be fastened front & back, and straps can be crossed.

CONS

cross Not great for petite woman, though you can remove the lumbar to help adjustability.
cross Not enough pretty prints.
 

Tula Standard Baby Carrier
Tula Standard Baby Carrier£99.90  (21)

PROS

TICK Long back panel means this will last up to approximately 3 years.
TICK Perfect Fit Adjusters on the shoulder straps
TICK Narrow and slim shoulder straps
TICK Lots of pretty prints

CONS

cross Need seperate baby insert
cross 2 carrying positions
 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier
Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier£154.90  (13)

PROS

TICKNo need for seperate baby insert
TICK Comes with a detachable pouch
TICK Integrated Lumbar Panel
TICK 4 Carrying Positions

CONS

cross  Some parents complain of sharp fabric around the legs and face which may be uncomfortable for baby.
cross The seat adjustment can be quite cumbersome
 

Lillebaby Complete Baby Carrier Embossed
Lillebaby Complete Baby Carrier Embossed£159.00

PROS

TICK No need for seperate baby insert
TICK Front panel can be rolled away to allow better air circulation
TICK Integrated Lumbar Support
TICK 6 Carrying Positions
TICK The back panel adjustability means this will last the same as most toddler carriers.
TICK Dual adjustability can be fastened front & back, and straps can be crossed.
TICK Less padding so better for petite moms.
TICK Excellent temperature regulation.

CONS


cross Not enough pretty prints.
cross Pricey.
 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh
Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh£154.90

PROS

TICKNo need for seperate baby insert
TICK Cool Air mesh version
TICK Integrated Lumbar Panel
TICK 4 Carrying Positions

CONS

cross Not everyone likes the feel of the air mesh version as it is synthetic material
cross The seat adjustment can be quite cumbersome
 

Tula Free to Grow Baby Carrier
Tula Free to Grow Baby Carrier£119.90

The Tula free to Grow is Tulas first baby carrier that does not need an infant insert and can be used from 7-45lbs. The body panels adjusts both width and height wise. The width has 3 settings, which are adjusted on the inside of the waist band using buttons. The height adjustment has two height settings which are adjusted using the perfect fit adjusters. Can be used for front inward carries and back carries in ergonomic carrying position. Very soft cotton twill fabric with extra leg padding for increased comfort for baby it comes with a removable hood.

PROS

TICK No need for seperate baby insert
TICK Perfect Fit Adjusters on the shoulder straps
TICK Curved shoulder straps tend to fit more petite people better.
TICK Lots of pretty prints

CONS

crossWhilst safety tested to 45lbs, we don't feel the back height on this would last as long as other carriers.
cross The seat adjustment can be quite cumbersome and feel uncomfortable against your waist.
cross 2 carrying positions
 

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier£134.90

The Ergo Baby 360 is a multi position carrier which allows you to carry your baby in 4 carrying positions, when combined with the ergobaby infant insert. The four ergonomic positions are front forward, front parent facing, back carry and hip carry. This carrier has a unique bucket seat which is structured in order to keep your babys spine in a healthy C position. The back panel can be extended to support babys head or back as they grow.

PROS

TICK Extendable Back Panel
TICK Padded shoulder straps
TICK Adjustable hood
TICK 4 Carrying Positions

CONS

cross Velcro strap which is loud, annoying and catches on everything.
cross Needs a seperate baby insert
 

Lillebaby Airflow
Lillebaby Airflow£129.00  (7)

The Lillebaby Airflow is based on the popular Lillebaby Original but has a breathable lightweight airflow mesh, keeping you and your baby super cool and comfortable on the hottest of days, perfect for holidays, abroad or people who get super hot. Provides 6 ergonomic hip healthy carrying positions. This is probably the most best thought out carrier we have come across and we find it fits a very wide range of shapes and sizes of people. Comes with integrated hood which can be folded away or removed. There is a generously sized pocket pouch on the front. The flexibility of this carrier, with cross straps and dual adjustabiity means its great for people who struggle to clip the back harness on ruck straps, and great for those with limited mobililty. The lumbar panel, which can be removed, provides exceptional back support, making this a great carrier for people with back problems and it supports the centre of gravity for forward facing carries.  Comes with adjustable head support which can provide back support for older children, extending the back panel by 5 inches.

PROS

TICK No need for seperate baby insert
TICK Lightweight breathable mesh panel provides excellent air circulation
TICK Integrated Lumbar Support
TICK 6 Carrying Positions
TICK The back panel adjustability means this will last the same as most toddler carriers.
TICK Dual adjustability can be fastened front & back, and straps can be crossed.

CONS

cross Not great for petite woman, though you can remove the lumbar to help adjustability.
cross Not enough pretty prints.
 

Ergobaby Adapt Baby Carrier
Ergobaby Adapt Baby Carrier£119.90

The Ergo Baby Adapt Baby Carrier is Ergos first baby carrier that does not need an infant insert which is a great step forward for Ergobaby carriers! The panel adjusts from 7lbs to 45lbs and is designed to be easy to use and comfortable in all carrying positions. The hood can be tucked away and if offers UPF 50+ sun protection or is great for breastfeeding with a bit more privacy. Like all Ergobaby carriers it is ergonomic and supports the hip healthy M position. The straps can be crossed for front carries to give a more tailored fit. All ergos comes with a 10 year guarantee.

PROS

TICKNo need for seperate baby insert
TICK Lumbar support waistbelt
TICK Shoulder Straps are crossable for front carry only
TICK 3 Carrying Positions

CONS

cross No forward facing position available
cross Only tightens/loosens from the front - no dual adjustable
 

Lillebaby Essentials Baby Carrier
Lillebaby Essentials Baby Carrier£79.98

The Lillebaby essentials is a best basics baby carrier. Very simple and easy to use, but whilst simple they have done the basics very well. Three ergonomic carrying positions which are all Hip Healthy. From birth (insert required) on front, from 6 months on front, back or hip. Crossable straps means you can get a great snug fit. No padding on the front panel making it cooler than traditional carriers. Strong canvas material means this carrier will last a long time.

PROS

TICK Great carrier for the price
TICK Dual adjustability on straps
TICK Very generous pocket.
TICK 3 Carrying Positions

CONS

cross Need seperate baby insert for babys up to 6 months
cross Very limited choice of colours and styles.
 

Tula Toddler Baby Carrier
Tula Toddler Baby Carrier£129.90

The Tula Toddler carrier is probably the worlds most popular toddler carrier coming in a dizzying array of prints. Whilst not having all the bells and whistles that other carriers might offer, they do the basics exceptionally well. A very simple, easy to use carrier consisting of a padded waist band and padded shoulder straps. Will only fit from your child when they fit into age 2-3 trousers, it will last to approximately 5 years, this is a big carrier, don't let the name toddler fool you. Comes complete with a pocket integrated on the waist band.  Strong cotton canvas fabric with extra leg padding for increased comfort for toddler it also comes with a removable hood. Only two carrying positions, as the straps are fixed to the carrier so cannot be crossed which means you cannot do a hip carry. They are only adjustable in one direction, which means people with limited mobility may struggle with this carrier.

PROS

TICK Long back panel means this will last up to approximately 5 years.
TICK Perfect Fit Adjusters on the shoulder straps
TICK Narrow and slim shoulder straps
TICK Lots of pretty prints

CONS


cross 2 carrying positions
 

Nova Onbu Standard Baby Carrier
Nova Onbu Standard Baby Carrier£52.99

The Nova Onbu carrier, like all onbus has no waist band so all of the weight is distributed on your shoulders. This may not suit people with shoulder injuries or who like to distribute weight through their core. This is mainly used as a back carrier, and whilst some people use for front carrying, it is best used on the back.

PROS

TICK Great carrier for the price
TICK Great for travelling

CONS

cross Only from 6 months onwards
cross Only 1 carrying position.
 

Nova Classic Full Buckle Baby Carrier Standard
Nova Classic Full Buckle Baby Carrier Standard£59.99

The Nova buckle carrier is a very simple and easy to use carrier, which strips backs buckle carriers to the bare basics. The waistband is unpadded which is great for those who prefer not to have a structured waistband. The shoulder straps are worn crossed at the back or you can use a cinch strap to make them ruck straps. 3 ergonomic carrying positions, hip, front and back. Can only be used from four months onwards. The panel is flat and not structured like other carriers. It can be rolled up very small making this a great carrier for travelling.

PROS

TICK Great carrier for the price
TICK Great for travelling
TICK 3 Carrying Positions

CONS

cross Only from 4 months onwards
cross Some people may not like the unpadded waist.
 

Kokadi Flip Carrier Baby Carrier
Kokadi Flip Carrier Baby Carrier£134.94   £79.99

The Kokadi Flip carrier is made entirely of wrap fabric so is soft and pliable. Bringing the best elements of woven wraps to buckle carriers, in a beautiful array of colours and designs this carrier is for those who love wraps, but want to click and go. The flip is a fuck buckle baby carrier, so waist and shoulders are fastened with buckles. The shoulder straps clip direct into the waistbelt, which means they sit lower and can prevent mastitis. 

PROS

TICK Made from woven wrap fabric so very mouldable
TICK The panel adjusts using velcro so can adjust to fit any size
TICK Comes with a headrest
TICK Comes with perfect fit adjusters

CONS

cross Small fitting, won't last as long as other carriers
cross The shoulder straps clipping into the waist panel can be awkward
 
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Which Baby Carrier for you?

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.

hands baby carrier safety checklist

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 maebh Karen
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!