Update — July 2017
Tula has released a new baby carrier that is essentially an updated version of the Ergonomic Baby. The new carrier is called the Tula Free-to-Grow.
Two Editors' Choice Winners
The two top-scoring carriers were so close that we couldn't pick just one, so the Tula
and the Onya
are sharing this honor. With functional and friendly infant inserts and a maximum weight of 45 pounds, both the Onya
and the Tula
are very worthwhile, long-term baby wearing investments.
Editors' Choice Winner
Tula Ergonomic Baby
The feature that sets the Tula Ergonomic Baby
apart from the rest is its pure simplicity. Its intuitive nature is super straightforward and easy to use making it a favorite of our testers. It is also exceptionally
well-crafted, has a first-rate fit, and comes in a variety of delightful patterns. An additional feature that earned this carrier an award is the overall coverage, meaning the seat is much wider
than other carriers. This helps to keep baby's legs and hips in an ergonomically correct position
, while the height of the seat offers more support baby's head. Tula's new carrier, the Free-to-Grow
has many of the same features as the Ergonomic Baby, but its adjustments allow it to be suitable for a 7 lb infant without needing an additional insert.
Read Full Review: Tula Ergonomic Baby
Editors' Choice Winner
Onya Baby Outback
The Onya Baby Outback
has also been selected for an Editors' Choice award due to its versatility. Besides, carrying baby, it configures into a soft chair restraint for baby when out and about. Instant high chair
genius! With keyrings, toy loops, pockets, and other extra features, the Onya
is the veritable Swiss Army Knife of carriers. Its rugged appearance makes it a favorite among dads, but the fit is anything but rugged. It has deluxe padding in the straps, waistband, leg holes, and seat that make for a comfortable ride for both baby and parent alike.
Read Full Review: Onya Baby Outback
Best Bang for the Buck
Infantino Sash Mei Tai
The Infantino Sash Mei Tai
(lower left) is a wrap-style carrier that is sort of a hybrid between a classic "wrap" carrier or sling like the Moby Wrap Original
and a heftier soft-structured carrier like the Beco Baby Gemini
. It is lightweight and compact enough to throw in your diaper bag, but also versatile and supportive enough to keep both parent and baby happy. The instructions were simple and we love that they also added discreet labels on the inside of the carrier to remind us which strap goes where for use on the go. It's stellar performance, combined with a price tag of just $35 make a great value in our opinion.
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Top Pick for Use with an Infant
If there's one place a newborn loves to be, it's swaddled tightly and close to mom or dad. The Baby K'tan
(upper right) does this perfectly, and without a lot of hassle. It's made of an ultra-soft, 100% cotton mix that keeps tiny babies in a comfy, womb-like hold, but can also be used in different positions as baby grows. It comes in its own stuff-sack which makes it convenient to take on the go.
Read Full Review: Baby K'tan