There’s nothing like a brisk walk to shake off Christmas cabin fever and the previous day’s food binge. Leave your pushchair behind this Boxing Day and plump for our pick of baby carriers and slings.
We’ve rounded up popular baby carriers and slings for festive season strolls, whether you’ve got a newborn or a toddler, are popping to the shops briefly or going for an extended country walk.
Read our full baby carriers and slings reviews to find the one that is best for you.
Baby carriers for newborns
Newborns need special support as they are not yet able to hold up their heads on their own. Which? Baby and Child expert Olivia Howes says you should ‘make sure you choose a carrier that provides good support, particularly for their head and neck.’ Be aware that not all carriers are suitable from birth.
The Maxi Cosi Easia carrier promises to ‘emulate the natural foetal positon’ which claims to keep newborns in a secure and ergonomic position that supports their hips. The popular Babybjorn Carrier One can also be used for a newborn, as can the updated version of the Babybjorn Carrier We.
Babybjorn is a popular baby carrier brand, but does the quality stack up to the name? Find out by checking out all of our Babybjorn carrier reviews.
Baby carriers for toddlers
Which? Baby and Child expert Olivia Howes says: ‘If your baby is older and heavier, you might want to consider a baby carrier that you can use on your back as these can be more comfortable for long periods. Some carriers can be used from birth to until your child is well into their toddler years.’
The Mountain Buggy Juno can be used up until your child is 20kg, that’s up into preschool age. The Juno can be used in a back carry position, which is good for older children. The has a weight capacity of right up to 24kg – at which point you are unlikely to still be carrying your child anyway.
Baby carriers for longer walks
A lot of carriers and slings can become uncomfortable over time, both for you and for your baby. Some carriers are particularly good for longer or more intensive walks. The We Made Me Pao Papoose is designed to make sure your baby remains with its legs in the recommended ‘M’ position, even when front-facing, which is unusual for this type of carrier. It can also be used in a back carry position, which is often a good option for longer walks as it is more ergonomic for you.
See all our We Made Me baby carrier reviews.
Baby slings for quick strolls
If you just want something that will be convenient to pack with you and throw on for short trips, a good sling can be very handy. Look for something you can get on and off quickly. The Rockin Baby Sling can be used in four different positions and from birth.