Being able to use one baby carrier from newborn to well into the toddler years is a growing trend. But how well do these multifunctional carriers work? We asked parents for their verdicts on popular baby carriers and slings.
Baby carrier and sling parent reviews
Which? asked parents to try out the BabyBjorn One, the BabyBjorn We, the Connecta baby carrier, the Rockin’ Baby Sling and the Stokke MyCarrier. All of these carriers can be used from newborn (3.5kg) until three years or older. Find out if they found them a nightmare of straps and buckles or as easy as ABC.
We’ve also tested many other popular baby carriers, some of which also offer a back carrying position.
Find out which one suits you and your baby in our baby carrier reviews.
Browse all our Babybjorn baby carrier reviews.
Baby carriers for travelling light
With summer holidays approaching, there’s a definite appeal in ditching the buggy and opting for lightweight travel with just a sling or baby carrier thrown on your front or back.
In the past, while versatile carriers did exist, some of the big brands only offered either front or back carrying. But now, baby carrier and sling makers seem to have recognised that parents generally want more longevity in the products they buy, and that there are some parents who want to be able to carry far beyond the baby stage. So taking a baby carrier on holiday could be an option for you even if your child is already walking. Our parent reviews could help you choose a comfortable option for you and your baby or toddler.
Top tips on choosing a baby carrier
Our Which? survey asked more than 800 parents for their top tips on choosing a sling or baby carrier. The one thing that they said over and over again was ‘try before you buy’ as different ones suit different people. Many parents advised going to a sling library first.
Parents also told us that practice makes perfect: ‘even the best ones are a little difficult to put on at first’ and ‘make sure you are prepared to take time to learn how they work’.