7 baby carriers for carrying newborns and tots

7 best baby carriers and slings other mums recommend

Whether you’re zipping off to catch up with other mums, doing the school run or shopping for more nappies, life with a bub involves a lot of running around. Thankfully, the best baby carriers in Australia are thoughtfully designed to be a cinch to wear and make outings with little ones comfy, cosy and easy.

Baby carriers are supportive items worn by parents that hold babies close to their bodies without needing to use their hands. From traditional wrap styles to modern carriers, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to products for carrying your baby around town.

With so many different baby carriers in Australia, it can be tricky to know which is best for your new little bundle of joy. To help you out, we asked our Facebook baby group members to share the brands they love the most.

What to look for when buying a baby carrier in Australia

Manduca baby carrier

Healthy hip position – When babywearing, it’s super important that baby’s legs wrap around you in a squat position (or M-position) and avoid carriers and slings that leave babies dangling from their crutch.

Ease of use – How easy is it to take on and off? Can you do it by yourself? What about one-handed? It’s a great idea to take babe with you and try on different carriers in shops to get a feel of how easy they are to use.

Freedom of movement – Baby should be able to move little arms and legs freely in the carrier.

Longevity – How long do you plan on using the product? In Australia, some baby carriers are suitable for use from birth (sometimes with a removable insert) right up until the toddler years. Of course, every product varies, so be sure to check your manufacturer’s guidelines.

Durability – Babies love to suck and chomp on their carriers, especially when they’re teething – they’re also likely to have accidents (from either end) while being carried. Check how easy it is to wash and clean the product and take into account drying time – if you’re on the move often, you’ll need your carrier back in use in a jiffy.

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7 top baby carriers in Australia

To help you in your search for the perfect pouch for your precious bundle, we’ve put together a complete list of top brands with reviews from real mums in our private groups.

Here are 7 baby carriers Australian mums recommend:

1. Ergobaby

Best Baby Carrier: Ergobaby Raven Cool Air Mesh Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh Omni 360 Baby Carrier ($349)

A favourite in Australia, the votes for Ergobaby baby carrier were incredible! The Ergobaby has a padded waist belt and padded shoulder straps which means you can comfortably carry your baby for long periods of time. You also have three carrying positions (front, back and side) and it can hold up to 20kg. It is not hard to see why it is such a popular choice amongst mums.

“Honestly cannot go past the Ergo! I tried others and it’s been the best for my back and I still use it occasionally for my nearly two year old!! Best baby purchase EVER!!” – Debb Sing

2. Baby Tula

Tula Baby Carrier - Oh Joy

Baby Tula Baby Carrier (from $202)

Tula is top of the pops when it comes to comfort. After months of travelling with their little ones in tow, the husband and wife team behind Tula set out to fab carrier for real parents. Noted for being incredibly versatile and extremely long-lasting, we’re not surprised to see our readers rank this one so highly.

“I would recommend the Tula Free to Grow carrier. It’s super comfy on and can be used for a newborn as well without an insert.” – Monique

3. Hug-a-Bub

Hug a Bub baby carrier

Hug-a-Bub Pocket Wrap Carrier ($99)

Our readers love the Hug-a-Bub. The baby wrap carrier is designed to be used from birth without any extra attachments or inserts. Babies need to be close to you and the Hug-a-Bub does exactly that – giving you vital bonding time with your baby.

“Takes a bit of getting used to, but I love my Hug-a-Bub! My baby girl falls asleep straight away and she’s so snuggly and close to me, it’s almost as though I feel pregnant again. Fabric is gorgeous too.”  – Rachel

4. Manduca

Best Baby Carrier: Manuca Baby Carriers

Manduca Baby Carrier (from $209)

Made with 100% certified organic cotton lining the Manduca came highly recommended. Padded shoulder straps, waistband and adjustable neckrest mean you are able to easily carry your baby ’til they reach 20kg.

“Manduca. Loved mine, so comfy to wear and my little man was a big baby. Could wear him all day.” – Yvonne

5. BabyBjorn

Best Baby Carrier: BabyBjorn

BabyBjorn One Air ($215)

The BabyBjorn is another super-popular baby carrier in Australia and it’s been around since 1961 supporting babies’ heads, necks, spines and hips through special design. It can also be easily taken off to put your baby to bed when they fall asleep while being carried.

“I’m loving my BabyBjorn with my third baby. Really wish I had used it with my first two boys. Great back support and great price.” – Lorna

6. LILLEbaby

Best Baby Carrier: LILLEbaby carrier

LILLEbaby Complete Baby Carrier (from $235)

With its ethos drawing from the Scandanavian values of quality of life, honesty and a love for nature’s beauty, LILLEbaby is all about adventuring in comfort with tots in tow, without sacrificing sublime styling. Customisable designs mean comfortable carrying for everyone in the family.

“LILLEbaby All Seasons are amazing with built-in back support as well.” – Sarah

7. Baby Dink

Best Baby Carrier: Baby Dink

Baby Dink Newborn Carrier (from $149)

With no clips, buckles or warping, the revolutionary Baby Dink is more like a t-shirt than a traditional baby carrier. Made with the knowledge of a team of experts, it’s comfy and cosy for mum and bub.

“I love Baby Dink! It is far more fashion aware than similar products and is easy to put baby in without assistance from anyone else. Once baby is in, she isn’t going anywhere and is very secure.” – Amelia

Babywearing safety

Raising Children explains that you should follow the T.I.C.K.S rule to ensure baby is safely positioned in slings and carriers:

  • Tight – baby should be positioned tight, high and upright with no loose fabric around them.
  • In view always – You should be able to see bub’s face at all times.
  • Close enough to kiss – Just by dipping your chin, you should be able to kiss that sweet forehead.
  • Keep the chin off the chest – Make sure baby’s chin is up and off the chest for ease of breathing.
  • Supported backs – Baby’s back should be in a natural position, with little chests against yours.

There are no Australian safety standards for baby carriers, slings or backpacks, so look for products with either the European standard EN 13209-2:2005 or the US standard ASTM F2236-08.

What are the benefits of baby carriers?

There are many! Not only do they free up your hands and make getting around with a baby much quicker and easier than with a pram, but they facilitate loads of skin-to-skin contact and special bonding. Carriers can also be very useful for babes with reflux.

Are baby carriers safe for newborns?

Many baby carriers are not recommended for baby’s younger than four months in Australia due to insufficient head and neck support. But, some brands offer inserts or special designs that cater for newborns.

How long should you use a baby carrier?

As long as you and baby are still comfortable and you haven’t exceeded the recommended weight limit, continue using it as long as you like. Some babes are happy to enjoy the carrier right up until the toddler years, others prefer the comfort of the pram as they get bigger.

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