baby carriers 2022

The Best Baby Carriers in AUS in 2022

By Olivia Windsor   |  

Because there comes a time in every new parent’s life when you need (and want!) to get out of the house.

There comes a time in every new parent’s life when you want (and need) to get out of the house. Whether it’s for a stroll around the park, to get some groceries, picnic with friends, or hey, maybe even go on holiday! You’re going to want to find an easy way to do it with baby in tow. Drum roll please. That’s where a baby carrier comes in. Keep reading to find out why you need one, what to look for in a baby carrier wrap, and our top 4 picks.

What are baby carriers?

Also fondly known as ‘baby wearing’, a baby carrier is a piece of gear that allows you to hold a baby against your body. They can be made from a range of materials including mesh, cotton or other kinds of fabrics that are durable enough to support your child and allow you to go hands-free. They are available in a range of styles, including:

  • Wraps: This is a fabric carrier that is tied around your shoulders and tummy with bub strapped in. It works well for newborn babies.
  • Slings: Slings are similar to wraps in that they’re made from fabric and tie over one shoulder and across your mid-section. They can be a little uncomfortable if wearing for longer periods of time.
  • Structured carriers: this includes a baby chest carrier, baby front carrier, or even a backpack style. They are ergonomically designed and ideal from newborn to toddler age.

What’s the benefit of using a baby wrap?

We love using a carrier because it allows us to keep our babies close yet go hands-free at the same time. If you’re more of a skim reader, we’ve broken down the key benefits:

  • Can be used from newborn age to toddler years
  • Allows you to keep baby close
  • Give tired arms a break from holding baby
  • Ergonomically designed (adios sore backs!)
  • More compact than a stroller
  • Ideal for hiking

Do I actually need a baby carrier?

They’re not an absolute essential as you can do most baby travel stuff with a stroller. However, if you want something more compact than a pram, are a frequent traveller, enjoy hiking, or want to carry your baby around the house without your arms falling off, then a baby carrier is ideal.

What to look for in a baby carrier?

The best baby carrier depends on your individual needs and lifestyle. Let us break down some of the most important questions to ask trying to decide which baby carrier is right for you:

  • How long do you want to carry your child? If you only want to hold them close for the first year, then you can get away with a mini or fabric baby carrier.
  • How important is ease of cleaning? Consider if you want something ultra easy to clean like mesh or prefer a warmer cotton knit.
  • How do you want to carry your baby? Do you want to carry your child on your front, back, hip? This will influence whether you opt for a carrier with 3 or 4 positions.
  • Who will mainly wear the carrier? This is important to consider if you’d like to get something more unisex as well as considering the height of the main wearer so your carrier isn’t wearing you!

4 Best Baby Carriers in 2022

1. Omni Breeze Baby Carrier from ErgoBaby

For the ultimate breathable baby holder, we love this one from ErgoBaby. It’s made from a SoftFlex Mesh fabric which means airflow is the name of the game. In fact it’s ranked #1 in Airflow, so you and your baby can stay cool and dry on day long adventures. With padded shoulder straps and lumbar support it’s extra comfy for the wearer and the head and neck support pillow ensures bub stays comfortable too. Choose from four carry positions (inward, outward, backwards and hip) and away you go!

Features of Omni Breeze Carrier:

  • Machine washable
  • From newborn to toddler
  • Made from breathable mesh fabric
  • Lightweight
  • Padded shoulder straps and lumbar support
  • Head and neck support pillow for baby
  • 4 carry positions

2. Baby Carrier Harmony from Baby Bjorn

This is the baby sling for you if you want something ultra ergonomic. The Harmony carrier is ultra compact, super comfortable and lightweight. It’s ergonomically designed to support your baby’s entire body. They sit with their legs wide apart and their bottom in a deep position. And as your baby grows, you can easily adjust the length, leg position, and seat area for optimal comfort, utilising the four positions. With a pressure-relieving waist belt and padded back support and shoulder straps for the wearer, it’s very comfortable and enjoyable to have on. The supersoft mesh offers maximum breathability and is the coolest Baby Bjorn carrier, while jersey on the inside gently hugs your baby, and provides a constant feeling of closeness between you both.

Features of Baby Carrier Harmony:

  • From newborn to three years old
  • Machine washable
  • Made from 3D Mesh (100% polyester)
  • Lightweight
  • 4 carry positions
  • Pressure relieving waist belt
  • Padded shoulder straps and back support

The newborn baby carrier to choose if you just want to hold bub close for the first year. This breathable baby carrier is ergonomic and comfortable to wear for both you and your little one. The smart design includes three positions: newborn, facing in, and facing out (to be used at five months old and over) and comes with padded shoulder straps, a pressure relieving waist belt and adjustable head support. The soft fabrics gently hug your baby’s back, legs and hips, and provide good support, and it’s been built so you can effortlessly unfasten the entire front section to gently lift out your sleeping baby.

Features of the Baby Carrier Mini:

  • From newborn to 11kgs
  • Machine washable
  • Made from 100% satin woven cotton
  • Materials are OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class 1 (kind to baby skin and safe to taste)
  • 3 carry positions
  • Adjustable straps

Best Baby Carrier Australia

Have we narrowed down the choice for you any further? Take a look at our curated edit of baby carriers in Australia now to see our full collection. We only stock the best of the best baby carriers in Australia so you know that you’re always getting top quality gear no matter which one you choose.

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