Until your child is too heavy, a carrier is a terrific way to travel with your baby both near and far. However, the number of choices is overwhelming - slings, wraps, front carriers, back carriers, hip carriers, and all kinds of combinations in between. All the babies in the product photos look pretty darn happy as do their doting parents - so how do you choose? We've rounded up ten carriers to get you started with your research. Last summer, doula and baby wearing educator Megan Davidson gave us some great advice about different types of carriers and you can find that post here. Another great source of information is the website The Baby Wearer.We also recommend asking lots of other parents what they have and how they like it. If you're friendly with them, ask to give theirs a test drive. If you're shopping for a carrier before your child is born, many bricks and mortar stores will let you try different carriers on. Finally, what you like may not be what your baby or child likes so be prepared to resell, trade or hand yours down to a friend and try something else.
1 Boba Organic 2G (starting at $118, 6 colors, front and back carry, made in U.S.A., for 15 lbs. and up, pre-order, ships by mid-August)
2 ERGO Baby (performance, sport or organic, $105-135, about a dozen color, front or back carry,
3 BABYBJÖRN Carriers (original, air, synergy, comfort, and active, $60-190, front carry, baby can face forward or in, min. weight 8 lbs.)
4 beco Butterfly 2 ($140 , front and back carry, variety of patterns/colors)
5 Sakura Bloom ($, ring sling, hip carry, washable silk or linen, starting at $88 (linen) or $180 (silk))
6 MOBY wrap ($40-50, infant to 35 lbs., front or back carry, 11 solid colors, 2 prints, 2 offer UV protection)
7 BabyHawk Carriers ($80-140, Mei Tei style carriers, front or back carry, option to design your own from 300 fabrics, newborn to toddler, )
8 Little Hipster Slings ($75, ring sling, organic cotton, with concealed, zippered pocket)
9 líllébaby EveryWear carrier ($100-120, 5 carry positions)
10 Baby K'tan ($60-70, 10+ wearing positions, less fabric than a wrap)
A bonus carrier to check out: the Kokopax frame carrier which we looked at last year.
What's your favorite carrier and why?