+ These are generally formed by a wide piece of fabric sewn into a tubular shape. Simple, or fitted pouches do not have rings or other hardware.
+ Most pouches have a curve sewn in to shape the cloth to the parent’s body and hold the baby more securely than a simple straight tube.
+ The wearer slips the pouch over the head and one shoulder, sash-style, creating a pocket or seat to hold the baby in. Many pediatricians and baby-wearing experts do not recommend pouch slings because babies can suffocate when held incorrectly.
+ Pouch slings also often restrict the parent’s view of their child, making suffocation more likely.
+ When using a pouch sling, wearers should be sure to keep the baby’s face elevated and clearly visible.
Best Baby Carriers to Buy 2020
1/ Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Original
Baby Carrier Mini is a small baby carrier that’s easy to use for frequent short babywearing sessions. It’s perfect for the first months when, like all newborns, your baby needs lots of closeness around the clock. You can easily unfasten the entire front section of the baby carrier to lift out your sleeping baby. The soft fabrics gently hug your baby’s back, legs and hips, and provide good support. Through the fabric, you can check your newborn’s position and the natural curve of their back with your hands. When you carry your baby in the facing-out position, they should be at least 5 months old and weigh no more than 11 kg. The leg straps should be used to reduce the size of the leg openings for babies who weigh between 3.2 and 4.5 kg.
Benefits of the Baby Carrier Mini:
- 0 – 1 year (min 3,2 kg/53 cm, max 11 kg/75 cm)
- Takes up very little space
- Sturdy, adjustable head support
- You keep your hands free
- Carry facing in or facing out on your front
- Machine wash at 40°C
2/ Ergobaby 360 Ergonomic Baby Carrier
The Ergobaby 360 is a natural next step after your little one outgrows the stage of being carried in a baby wrap or newborn carrier. This award-winning, all-position baby carrier is flexible and functional between 12 and 45 pounds. Here are the four ergonomic ways to babywear in this customer-favorite front and back baby carrier:
- Front Carry (outward-facing)
- Front Carry (inward-facing)
- Hip Carry
- Back Carry
Alert, curious babies can interact with their surroundings in the forward-facing, hip, and back carry positions. When it’s time to snuggle and rest, baby can easily switch in this front baby carrier to the inward-facing position.
Designed for ultimate comfort and convenience, the Ergobaby 360 provides the freedom to take on everyday tasks and life’s big adventures, from a trip to the grocery store to a trip around the world. A supportive ergonomic seat, soft material, and optional UPF 50+ privacy hood keep baby snug and serene in this front baby carrier, while the padded shoulder straps and lumbar-support waist belt make long-term babywearing a breeze for mom and dad.
Stay snuggly — but never stuffy — with this front baby carrier’s cool air mesh models, which feature ultra-breathable fabric for warm weather relief. Alternatively, the soft 100% cotton of the Ergo 360 original model offers year-round front carrier cuddly comfort.
3/ Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier
Whether you’re out with your child wandering the urban jungle or hiking with them in the hills, the Onya Baby Outback offers a new approach to the soft-structured carrier. A durable, water-resistant, rip-stop nylon exterior and air-mesh lining makes it perfect for hot weather or hiking the trails. Parent and child will stay cooler with the air-mesh lining, which wicks away moisture leaving you both comfortable. It can be worn as a front-pack or backpack, and comes with an integrated seat that will fit almost any chair – for when you’ve decided to take a break for lunch and the restaurant doesn’t have a seat for your little one.
- Ergonomic soft structured baby carrier with 3 carrying positions: Front, back and hip
- Exclusive feature: Integrated chair harness transforms adult chair into a safe seat for baby
- Use from newborn (starting at 7 lbs) with baby booster (sold separately) to toddler (15-45 lbs)
- 100% rip-stop nylon body and air mesh lining for all climates
- Tuck-away sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection
4/ Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier
The Flip 4-in-1 baby carrier’s unique, convertible seat makes this the ideal carrier for infancy through toddler years. Use the narrow seat position and padded head support to comfortably hold small infants. Switch to the wide position to continue to provide an ergonomic seat while your child grows. Includes the handy Wonder Cover™ bib to protect your clothing and carrier.
5/ Infantino Sash Wrap and Tie Baby Carrier
The Sash is based on a centuries-old style of baby wearing called Mei Tai. The buckle-free, wrap and tie design allows you to create a custom, natural fit for your body. This flexible style adjusts to create a comfortable fit for all body types. Plus, this carrier supports your child ergonomically with a natural seat in three different carrying positions; facing-in, hip-hugger and backpack. Includes detachable hood for sun protection and sleepy time.
6/ Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier Stretch Cotton
A wrap-style baby carrier without the wrapping? YES! With the award-winning Baby K’tan ORGANIC Cotton Baby Carrier, you can enjoy hands-free, hassle-free, buckle-free baby wearing anytime, anywhere. Wear baby in multiple positions, without any wrapping or buckling. This ready-to-wear organic baby sling carrier slips on easily like a t-shirt and is individually sized XXS to XL for the perfect fit. Ideal for newborns and infants starting at birth up to 35lbs., the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier’s patented double-loop design and unique one-way stretch delivers the security you want and the versatility you need to be on the go, hands-free and snuggle your little one close. Moms can even nurse discreetly and bond through skin-to-skin care modestly with our cotton baby wrap. No buckling or excess fabric wrapping to confuse or frustrate the user. Quickly switch between 5 different carrying positions without removing this organic baby carrier. All Baby K’tan Baby Carriers come in a matching carry bag that converts to a sash which provides added support for certain positions in your Baby K’tan Baby Carrier. Organic baby sling is machine washable, dryer safe.
- Ergonomic positioning for healthy infant development.
- Evenly distributes weight across back and shoulders.
- Double-loop design slips on like a t-shirt
- 100% Organic cotton
- 5 wearing positions
- Birth-35 lbs. (consult pediatrician for preemies)
- Machine washable and dryer safe
- Matching sash included