Baby carrier know-how

There are plenty of reasons why you might choose to use a baby carrier or sling, and whether it’s because your fave celeb is doing it or you just think it makes perfect sense, there’s some key info you need to read before you spend any cash or follow in any celeb’s footsteps…


First off, we share the essential buying advice for baby carriers and baby slings, as well as whether you need to opt for a front or back baby carrier. We also reveal 10 of the best baby carriers around. On a serious note, we take a non-nonsense look at sling safety concerns, plus show you how to wear a sling safely.

Now to the fun part! Find out which celebrity mums and dads are going hands-free with their baby or toddler, or who’s using the same carrier as you...


Baby Bjorn Carrier – David Cameron and Pink

For many celebs, the carrier of choice comes from Baby Bjorn's range.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been snapped on dad-duty carrying baby Florence around in one.

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Most recently, punk princess Pink has been seen out and about with daughter Willow Sage safely tucked in a Baby Bjorn carrier.

They’re not the only celebs to favour Baby Bjorn carriers. Style icon and mum-of-three Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen using a Baby Bjorn carrier, as have Ashlee Simpson, Heidi Klum, Tori Spelling and Kate Blanchet.

With such a huge range of carriers, it's easy to see why this brand is spotted out so frequently! Read our reviews to help you decide the best carrier for you and your baby or toddler:

Hollywood dad Orlando Bloom carries around adorable son Flynn in an ERGOBaby Carrier

ERGObaby carrier – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly

Doting dad and Hollywood star Orlando Bloom is happy to been seen carrying baby son Flynn around in the ERGOBaby carrier.

So too is the super-private actress and Lost star Evangeline Lilly, who has been carrying son Kahekili Kali in a cranberry coloured ERGOBaby.

Other celeb ERGObaby wearers are Gisele Bundchen, Ethan Hawke, Julia Roberts, Amanda Peet and Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford.

The ERGOBaby is designed to carry and support your baby with hips and spine in an anatomically correct way. For more info, head to our ERGOBaby carrier review.

90210 star Ian Zierling has been spotted taking his little one for a stroll in Beverly Hills

Britax Baby Carrier – Ian Zierling and Laila Ali

The Britax Baby Carrier has been seen out and about on the front of celebs...

Star of Beverly Hills 90219, Ian Zierling, has been spotted with a Britax carrier taking his little one for a stroll in... Beverly Hills!

Mum and professional boxer Laila Ali has been seen out and about with daughter Sydney in one, as have ER star Erik Palladino and The OC actress Autumn Reeser.

The Britax Baby Carrier has a feature called ‘CarryLong’, which distributes your baby’s weight across the shoulders, back and hips. This carrier lets you carry a toddler that weighs up to 14.5kg in the front position.

We spotted this great carrier at the world's biggest baby and children's fair, Kind+Jugend 2011. It's in the USA right now, and will appear in Britax's UK/European range in 2012. See what other must-have products that we spotted at the fair that you'll be loving next year.

The Piggyback Rider Harness is a breath of fresh air for parents of multiples

Piggyback Rider Harness – Liev Schrieber and Tori Spelling’s husband Dean McDermott

We want to have a go! Yes, the Piggyback Rider Harness, which celebs have been spotted using, looks like it'd be fun, if only it could work for adult passengers!

Leiv Schrieber has been out and about in New York carrying his 4-year-old son, Sasha, around on his back.

Tori Spelling’s husband Dean McDermott has been using the carrier to transport his little ones around. Tori loved it so much that she even mentioned the Piggyback Rider in her blog. Tori has also been seen using the Sakura baby sling.

Big in the states, the Piggyback Rider harness is suitable for children aged 2 to 7 years. It’s worn like a backpack and means you can keep an upright walking posture whist wearing it. The harness has a shoulder-mounted footbar for your child to stand on, handles and safety straps. The best thing about this carrier is because your kids get to stand up, they’re more engaged in what’s going on around them.

Want to snap one up? Go to the Piggyback Rider website for stockists or try The Great Little Trading Company.

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Angelina Jolie is famously a fan of the Belle Baby carrier

Belle Baby Carrier – Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba

Angelina Jolie famously posed with one of her twins in a Belle Baby carrier in W Magazine.

Actress and mum-of-two Jessica Alba used a Belle Baby carrier when her daughter Honor was a newborn, to get out and about in Hollywood.

Other celebrity Belle Baby fans include Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.

Simple and comfortable the Belle Baby carrier is a streamlined design. It has an independent waistbelt, which brings the weight down to your hips instead of your shoulders. It’s easy to adjust so your baby can face in or out.

If you want to follow in these celeb yummy mummies' footsteps, head to the Belle Baby carrier website for stockists or check out

Actress Kate Hudon is a fan of the Karma baby sling

Karma Baby Sling – Gwen Stefani and Kate Hudson

Many a celebrity baby has been spotted being carried around in a snug baby sling.

Hollywood golden girl Kate Hudson was spotted with her first son Ryder all wrapped up in a Karma Baby Sling.

Super cool celeb mums Gwen Stefani, Rachel Weisz and Angelina Jolie - as well as her other half Brad Pitt - have also been seen using the Karma Baby sling.

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Hollywood mums like Halle Berry and Heidi Klum have been spotted using Sakura Bloom slings to carry around their little ones

Sakura Bloom sling – Halle Berry and Heidi Klum

The Sakura Bloom Baby Sling is one hot celebrity baby buy.

A-Lister mums Halle Berry and Heidi Klum have been seen carrying their little ones around in stylish Sakura Bloom slings.

Lots of other celebs have used the Sakura Bloom sling, including Isla Fisher (also spotted with a Peanut Shell carrier), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Kerri Russel and Tori Spelling.

These slings are stylish, functional and come in a range of different natural fabrics. They are easily adjustable and mould comfortably to your baby’s body.

Check out the Sakura Bloom website for more info.

Former Spice girl Mel B is a fan of the Peanut Shell baby carrier

The Peanut Shell carrier – Mel B and Isla Fisher

Former Spice Girl Mel B has been seen wearing the Peanut Shell carrier. Available in bright colours and patterns, it’s easy to see why it would be the sling of choice for the flamboyant singer. Other fans of the Peanut Shell carrier are Isla Fisher, Brooke Shields, Jenna Elfman and Marcia Cross.

Peanut Shell carriers are made of light, washable materials and come in various sizes to suit your body type. It is a really simple design and also has some useful features, such as a hook to attach small toys and a discrete pocket to store small items.

If you want to follow the lead of these star mums, Peanut Shell carriers are available online.

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Sarah Palin is a big fan of the Moby Baby wrap

Moby Wrap – Sarah Palin and Sheryl Crowe

Politician and mum-of-five Sarah Palin has been seen keeping her youngest son, Trig, close with the Moby Wrap. Less controversial wearers include Sheryl Crowe, Brooke Shields, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ricki Lake, and How I met your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris.

The Moby Wrap is one long piece of soft, breathable cotton, made of two joined loops with a support band, so it can be adjusted to any wearer. For more info check out our Moby D Wrap review.

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Jennifer Connelly has been spotted out and about with daughter Agnes in a Maya Baby Sling

Maya Wrap baby sling – Jennifer Connelly and Courteney Cox

Actress Jennifer Connelly was spotted using the Maya Wrap Baby Sling to carry her daughter Agnes as a newborn. Jennifer has also recently been seen carrying her daughter in the Bobababy carrier.

Another celeb fan of the Maya Wrap is Courteney Cox, who used one with daughter Coco.

Maya Wraps use an adjustable ring to make a sling, which means one size fits all.There’s no need to worry about fiddly straps and buckles, and it is great to use while nursing to give your arms a rest.

Check out our Maya Wrap baby sling review for more.


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