If you’re looking to buy a fashionable baby carrier or sling, for 2019 it’s all about bold prints, breathable fabrics and more flexibility for parents.
Baby carriers that give you the choice of four different ways to transport your child are popping up all over the place this year too, as well as those that give your baby a wider seating area. And now you can effortlessly match your baby carrier to your baby’s clothes.
Bold designs are all over baby carriers this spring. You can choose from full-on all-over print if that appeals, or just experiment with a more subtle design.
Fun cartoons and bold floral prints are top picks taking over from the muted colours we’ve previously seen on baby carriers.
Ergobaby leads the way with eye-catching special edition cartoon collections. Choose from a range of colourful Hello Kitty fabrics or sport a Keith Haring pop-art inspired print. New designs to look out for later in 2019 include ‘Trunks Up’, an elephant print that coincides with the release of the new Dumbo film in March.
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If bright florals are more your thing, look out for Ergobaby’s vivid ‘French Bull Flores’, which features neon colours on a black back-ground.
Also in florals and launching this February is Tula’s new ‘French Marigold’ print. We love the peachy blooms on a grey-blue back-drop.
If you’re looking to take this trend one step further, Tula also offers a wide array of accessories in prints to match your carrier. There are shoes and bags for both mum and baby to coordinate to your chosen carrier for a head-to-toe ‘look at we twins’ vibe.
Breathable baby carriers
Keeping cool is a must for all-year round baby-wearing, especially if summer 2019 ends up being as hot as the last one.
Stay chilled sporting a baby carrier in lightweight and mesh fabrics for an extra bit of breeze for both you and your baby.
The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Air (£159) comes in 3D mesh designed to cool the areas of the carrier closest to you and baby which are most prone to perspiration.
There is mesh on both the shoulder straps and fabric between the baby’s legs.
Also look out for the Close Parent Caboo Lite (£55). It’s a soft and stretchy hybrid wrap sling with breathable fabric, designed for a cooler carrying experience. Or take a look at our verdict of the Moby Fit (£60). We found the wrap very lightweight and soft when we tested it.
All-natural Bamboo fabrics
Look out for the Bamboo Boba (£42) wrap. Boba says the cotton and bamboo mix helps keep your baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter while it provides a natural UV filter too.
The Cheeky Rascal’s Izmi wrap (£45) is also made from bamboo fabric. Our mum volunteers, who tried it out in our Izmi wrap first look review, all remarked on the comfort and softness of the material.
Plenty of new carriers now offer the option of up to four different positions. The Ergobaby Omni 360<(£155), BabyBjorn One (£139) and Infantino Upscale Customizable Baby Carrier (£50) all have four carrying positions while there’s no need to buy an infant insert for newborns.
The Ergobaby Omni 360 can be strapped to your front with your baby facing inwards (suitable from birth), strapped to your front and facing outwards (suitable from five months), on your back and sat on your hip (both suitable from six months).
Wider seat position
A wider seating position helps to encourage your baby to adopt the ‘M’ position which supports their spine. The ‘M’ position is when you baby’s knees are propped up higher than their bottom and slightly bent rather than their legs dangling from the carrier or wrap.
There is concern that carriers or wraps that don’t allow babies to be held in the ‘M’ position could be harmful to hip and spine development.
The updated BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One now has a wider seat area and is certified as ‘hip healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Other carriers to look out for include the Boba X (£125), which has zip-on seat extenders. For those looking for a sling the Je Porte Mon Bebe Basic wrap’s (£38) stretchy material helps keep baby in the ‘M’ position.