Keep your baby close and your hands free with a newborn carrier to get on with your day - because you'll need to get around. Whether doing household chores, running errands, or simply enjoying a stroll in the park, a newborn carrier lets you keep your baby close while freeing up your hands for other tasks. When navigating through crowded places with a stroller would be inconvenient, a baby carrier can also be your saving grace.
Shop our curated collection of baby carriers online at The Memo, where you will find one that perfectly suits your lifestyle, comfort preferences, and design practicalities.
Are you interested in ‘babywearing’? A baby carrier is a piece of cloth or padded fabric that lets you secure your baby close to your body. It’s a really practical and ergonomic way for holding your baby and allows you to use your hands for other activities. At The Memo, we stock two of the best brands offering fantastic carriers; soft jersey, perfect for newborns, or breathable mesh. The Mini 3D Carrier will gently hug your baby’s back, legs and hips, and provide good support. Ideal for newborns up to one year old, this is a smart choice if you only plan to carry your baby close for the first year. Conversely, the Baby Bjorn Carrier One is crafted from 3D mesh which is made from 100% polyester, a supersoft, flexible fabric that dries quickly after washing. This makes it a lot easier to clean and is ideal for newborns and ages up to three years old. This is the best option to choose if you want to carry your child past the newborn age. Whichever carrier you use, we’re sure you will love the adjustable headrest and high-quality design of both!
Investing in a quality baby carrier is not just a purchase; it's a long-term investment in your child's emotional and physical well-being. Baby carriers offer a multitude of benefits that go beyond simply freeing up your hands. One of the most significant advantages is the close physical contact they facilitate, which is important for emotional bonding. Holding your baby close helps to establish a secure attachment between parent and child, which is crucial for a child's emotional development.
Secondly, baby carriers are particularly beneficial for breastfeeding mothers. They offer the convenience of feeding on the go and some even come with built-in features to facilitate discreet breastfeeding. This means you don't have to interrupt your day or look for a secluded spot when your baby gets hungry.
Regarding physical benefits, the right carrier can provide excellent ergonomic support for both parents and babies. For parents, a well-designed carrier distributes your baby's weight across your body, reducing strain on the back and shoulders. For your baby, a good carrier supports the hips, spine, and head in a healthy position, especially in the early months when your baby's body is still developing.
Finally, baby carriers are inclusive in that they can be used by any caregiver—mothers, fathers, grandparents, or even babysitters—making it easier for others to bond with your baby and share in the responsibility of child-rearing.
When it comes to choosing a baby carrier, there are several essential features you'll want to consider to ensure both you and your baby are comfortable and safe.
The carrier should provide ample support for your baby's head, neck, and back. It should also distribute weight evenly across your shoulders and hips to prevent strain. Look for a design that holds the baby in a "frog-leg" or "M" position to ensure healthy hip development.
You’ll want to look for secure, easy-to-fasten buckles, easily adjustable straps for a snug fit, and high-quality, durable materials. Some carriers also come with a safety harness for your baby, and multiple carrying positions to adapt as your child grows.
Padded straps and waistbands, breathable fabrics, and cushioned support for your baby can make a world of difference, particularly if you're planning on extended periods of carrying.
Ease of use
You should be able to put on and take off the baby carrier without assistance, and adjustments should be straightforward. Some carriers are designed to grow with your child, transitioning easily between various stages and positions, which can offer better value for money.
All of our beautiful baby carriers & baby harnesses are appropriate for newborns, so you can rest assured that no matter which one you choose, you can start using it immediately. The main difference is that some of our carriers can only be used until your child is around one year old, while others can be used well into the toddler years.
If you want to only wear your baby for the first year, then you can’t go wrong with the ErgoBaby Embrace Carrier or the Baby Bjorn Mini 3D Carrier. The Embrace is made from a soft knit material, whilst the Mini is made from a soft velvet jersey. Both are machine washable and allow your baby to be worn in three different positions.
Take a look at our baby carriers from popular brands like Baby Bjorn, Ergobaby, Boba and Portier. You can shop by budget and weight to find the right one for your needs. Still can’t choose? Learn more about the best baby carriers at The Memo.
How do I choose the right type of baby carrier for my needs?
Choosing the right type of baby carrier can be a bit overwhelming given the variety of options available. Consider the age and weight of your baby, comfort, versatility, ease of use, and budget. If in doubt, reach out to our customer service team at The Memo to help you make an informed decision.
Are there any safety regulations or standards for baby carriers in Australia?
In Australia, baby carriers are subject to safety regulations to ensure the well-being of both parents and children. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) oversees these standards, aligning with the Consumer Goods (Babies' Dummies and Dummy Chains) Safety Standard 2017. The ACCC advises parents to look for carriers that come with secure harnesses and fastenings to prevent the child from falling out. They should also offer good neck support for younger babies who are yet to develop strong neck muscles. Labels and instructions should be clear and thorough, offering guidance on appropriate age and weight limits and instructions for safe use.
Can I find ergonomic baby carriers that support both the parent's and baby's comfort?
Absolutely, ergonomic baby carriers are designed with both you and your baby's comfort in mind. Our collection of baby carriers at The Memo is engineered to distribute your baby's weight evenly across your shoulders and hips, reducing strain and ensuring a more comfortable experience for both. Your baby is positioned in a way that supports their hips, spine, and neck, aligning with recommendations from paediatricians for healthy development.
What are the differences between wraps, slings, and structured carriers?
Wraps are perhaps the most basic and versatile form of baby carrier. They are usually made from a long piece of stretchy or woven fabric that you wrap around yourself and your baby. The wrapping technique can be adapted for various carrying positions, offering a custom fit every time. Wraps are generally considered best for newborns and younger babies due to the close contact they provide.
Slings are another form of fabric-based carrier but are usually simpler to use than wraps. They often feature a ring or similar fastener, making it easier to get your baby in and out. Slings are worn over one shoulder, and the fabric forms a pouch for the baby to sit in. They are quick to put on and excellent for short carrying periods or informal settings. Slings are also highly versatile and can be used for various carrying positions.
Structured carriers are more rigid and often resemble a backpack. These carriers come with padded shoulder straps and a wide waistband to help distribute your baby's weight more evenly, making them more comfortable for longer periods. They also typically offer multiple carrying positions, such as front-facing, rear-facing, and sometimes even a hip position. These carriers are often more straightforward to put on than wraps or slings and are generally more adjustable, making it easier to switch between different caregivers.
How do I determine the correct size and fit of a baby carrier?
Baby carriers come with manufacturer guidelines on the suitable weight and sometimes age range for usage. Always adhere to these recommendations to ensure the carrier is appropriate for your baby's size and developmental stage.
Are there baby carriers designed specifically for newborns versus older infants in Australia?
Yes, there are baby carriers designed specifically for different age groups in Australia. At The Memo, we offer a range of sizes, such as newborn-specific baby carriers, carriers for older infants, and convertible or “grow with baby” carriers.
What's the average price range for baby carriers in Australia?
You can find baby carriers ranging from $140 - $360 online at The Memo.
Can I buy second-hand baby carriers, and what should I look for if doing so?
Buying second-hand baby carriers can be economical, especially given how quickly babies grow and their needs change. However, there are essential considerations to remember when going this route. For one, ask the seller about any accidents or significant incidents while the carrier was in use. It's essential to know if it's been compromised in any way. Secondly, check for any recalls associated with the brand or model you're considering. Also, inspect the carrier for any wear and tear, especially in the seams, buckles, and straps. Lastly, consider cleanliness. Given the intimate nature of a baby carrier (with babies often drooling, spitting up, or having nappy leaks), you'll want to ensure that any second-hand carrier is thoroughly cleaned. Ask the seller about its history and if it's been cleaned recently. Even after purchasing, give it a good wash according to the manufacturer's instructions.
How do I properly clean and maintain a baby carrier?
Always consult the manufacturer's cleaning instructions, usually found on a tag or in the manual, before washing your carrier. For minor stains or spills, spot cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent can be sufficient. If the carrier is machine-washable, use cold water and a gentle cycle. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, which can weaken the fabric and reduce its durability. If machine washing is not advised, hand wash the carrier in cold water using a mild detergent. Finally, hang the carrier out to dry, as tumble drying can compromise its integrity. Make sure it's completely dry before using it again.
Are there any baby carriers made from organic or eco-friendly materials in Australia?
You can find baby carriers made from organic or eco-friendly materials in Australia here at The Memo. We supply carriers that use organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo fibres, which are both kind to your baby's skin and better for the environment. The organic materials are free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, making them a safer choice for your baby. Notable brands include Ergobaby and Boba.
Can I find baby carriers suitable for hiking or outdoor activities?
Absolutely, there are baby carriers specifically designed for hiking or outdoor activities available at The Memo. These carriers are built with you and your baby’s comfort and safety in mind, providing added features like sun canopies, water-resistant materials, and extra storage compartments for essential items like water bottles or nappies.
Hiking baby carriers often come with reinforced, padded straps and a more robust frame to distribute your baby's weight evenly, minimising strain on your back and shoulders.
Where can I find instructional videos or guides on how to use different types of baby carriers?
Instructional videos and guides on using different types of baby carriers are widely available through various channels, such as YouTube, social media, and the manufacturer’s website.
What are some reputable Australian brands that specialise in baby carriers?
Ergobaby and Boba specialise in baby carriers, and are reputable Australian brands.
How do I know if a baby carrier is safe for my child's hips and spine?
To ensure a baby carrier is safe for your child's hips and spine, look for a design that supports the "M" or "froggy" leg position. In this position, your baby's knees are higher than their bottom, forming a natural "M" shape. This is considered hip-healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Also, the carrier should offer adequate head and neck support, particularly for newborns who can't hold up their heads yet.
Can I find baby carriers that allow multiple carrying positions, like front, back, and hip?
Yes, at The Memo, we stock a variety of baby carriers that allow multiple carrying positions. Ergobaby carriers typically offer multiple carrying positions. Their designs usually allow for front-inward, front-outward, hip, and back carrying options, depending on the specific model you choose
Are there any baby carriers that can be easily adjusted for use by different caregivers?
Yes, The Memo stocks baby carriers, such as Baby Bjorn and Ergobaby, that feature adjustable straps, buckles and other fastenings that can be quickly reconfigured for different caregivers.
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