10 of the best baby carriers

There's a front or back carrier to suit your lifestyle, whether you like the idea of being hands-free, want some close bonding time with your baby, or are keen to travel places a buggy dare not tread.

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  • Why a baby carrier could be for you

    Carriers offer a hands-free way of carrying your baby, with the bonus of keeping your baby close. Back carriers are great for parents who like to head places a buggy would struggle to go, whether this is an epic mountain trek or just the local market! Of course carriers – especially front carriers - can be used for more than just transport, and are great for getting things done around the house or soothing a fractious baby.

    Baby carriers are also worth a shot if you’re interested in baby slings, but feel a little daunted by how to wear them. Nearly all carriers keep your baby in an upright position. They tend to have more structure than a sling with some featuring an actual frame. Others have backpack-like padding and straps, so adjustments can be made easily and you can feel more confident the carrier is position correctly on your body.

    The carrier you choose will depend on your needs, so before you buy anything, click through to see 10 of the best front and back carrier options around, and don't miss our buyer's guide to baby carriers.

    But if you're looking to buy a baby sling then check out our 10 of the best wraps and slings here

  • Baby Bjorn Carrier One, £119.95

    The newest generation in the Baby Bjorn baby carrier dynasty, the Carrier One is specifically designed to grow with your child, and can be used with your newborn until the age of 3 years.  It distributes your baby’s weight around your hips, and is anatomically designed to adapt to the changing needs of your growing child, without increasing pressure to your back or shoulders.

    With a total of four different carrying positions, it also has a unique function that allows you to move your baby from the front to the back safely while still in the carrier.

    Made from 60% cotton, 40% polyester, with a 100% cotton lining the Carrier One has been approved in accordance with Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class I, which means it's free from hazardous substances. 

    Read the full Baby Bjorn Carrier One review.

    Click here to buy the Baby Bjorn Carrier One on Amazon

  • Bushbaby Premier Back Carrier, £170

    The Bushbaby Premier Back Carrier lets you carry your child on your back from 6 months to a whopping 4 years! The back carrier can pack down flat for travel, is adjustable for different adult heights and distributes the weight of your growing tot well. Ideal for any parent that likes to venture off on walks.

    Read the full Bushbaby Premier Back Carrier review.

    Click here to buy the Bushbaby Premier Back Carrier on Amazon

  • BabyStart 2-Way Baby Carrier, £14.99

    Practical, comfortable and cheap; the best three things about the BabyStart 2-Way carrier. While you won't be able to climb a mountain and carry your little one with the 2-Way, like some other carriers on our list, you are guaranteed to get safety, comfort and the best value for your money with this product.  

    It only features two carrying positions (hence the name) and has a limited age range (from birth to 12 months) but if you want an inexpensive, occasional use carrier, look no further. 

    Compare the BabyStart 2-Way with a Prima Baby Award-winning carrier.

    Click here to buy the BabyStart 2-Way on Amazon

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  • Vaude Comfort Shuttle back carrier, £185

    The Vaude Comfort Shuttle is the updated version of the much-loved Vaude Jolly Comfort IV and ideal for parents who want a back carrier they can walk far and wide with.

    It’s free standing, which means you can sit it on the ground to load and unload. The shoulder and hip straps are padded and comfy. The carrier has ‘Tergoform’ suspension system  - this means the carrier’s frame isn’t held against your body, so you won’t sweat so much. Perfect for ramblers!

    Click here to buy the Vaude Comfort Shuttle on Amazon

  • Phil & Teds Escape back carrier, £199

    The Phil & Teds Escape back carrier can be used from 3 months to 3 years and fits all sizes of parent. As well as the comfort it offers for your baby, one of its top features has to be that it can be used without help from another adult. Our tester found she was able to use it by herself, which made it an ideal buggy-alternative for doing the school-run!

    Read the full Phil & Teds Escape back carrier review.

    Click here to buy the Phil & Teds Escape on Amazon

  • ERGObaby baby carrier, £105

    With a long life span (we’re talking 4 months to 4 years, or from birth with the infant insert), the ERGObaby baby carrier will really see you get your money’s worth. This carrier allows you to comfortably carry your child front or back, even if they’re not a petite size.

    One of the top features is the sleep hood – when your baby’s head starts to loll, you pull up the hood for support. Spot on for those taking longer walks with tired toddlers.

    Read the full ERGObaby baby carrier review.

    Click here to buy the ERGObaby carrier on Amazon

  • Mamas & Papas Morph Baby Carrier, £80

    The Morph Baby Carrier, from Mamas & Papas, can be used from birth, firstly with your baby facing inwards, and then facing outwards when a little older.

    Its unique selling point is that you and your partner can both wear a sized harness (Small/Medium or Medium/Large) and swap the baby-carrying pod between you, though a second harness costs an extra £35. The Morph gives you a snug fit, and for your baby, it gives excellent head support.

    Read the full Mamas & Papas Morph Baby Carrier review.

    Click here to buy the Mamas & Papas Morph on Amazon

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  • Bushbaby Cocoon, £39.99

    If you want a simple to put on option that truly cocoons your baby, try the Bushbaby Cocoon. It’s simple to load your baby into the carrier  – there’s a ‘pod’ you pop your baby into, which you then attach by sliding into a notch at the bottom and clicking on the shoulder straps.

    This means you can adjust the parent straps before you’re carrying your baby. You don’t need to wake him if he falls asleep in the Bushbaby Cocoon - you can simply unclip the pod from the carrier.

    Read the full Bushbaby Cocoon review.

    Click here to buy the Bushbaby Cocoon on Amazon

  • Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier, £140

    As you may have guessed from the name, the Four Position 360 Baby Carrier provides 4 ways to wear your baby: front-inward, front-outward, on your hip or on your back.

    Designed to keep your little one in the ergonomically best position possible, the carrier also has an extra wide waistband, to support your back, padded shoulder straps and a sleeping hood to provide support to your baby's head while sleeping.

    Check out Ergobaby's Gold Practical Parenting award.

    Click here to buy the Ergobaby 360 on Amazon

  • Stokke MyCarrier, £149

    A multi-directional carrier and Prima Baby Award-winnner, the Stokke My Carrier offers two front and one back ergonomic seating positions.  

    Made from organic materials, the carrier is also Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 approved and certified free of harmful substances.

    Find out why the Stokke My Carrier won a Gold Prima Baby Award.

    Click here to buy the Stokke MyCarrier on Amazon

Last updated on 12 May 2011