Top five baby carriers for 2020
Compare the latest, best baby carriers to make sure you and your baby are safe, comfortable and supported.
Why risk wasting money on a baby carrier that's going to be uncomfortable for both you and your baby, a nightmare to get on and off, or, worst-case scenario, could end up being dangerous? To help make your buying decision easier, we've picked out the top five carriers from our recent reviews. They should be comfortable for you, supportive for your baby, durable, and easy to get on and off – even with a little wriggler in tow.
Best baby carriers to buy
These five baby carriers got the highest scores in our tests, so you can be sure they will last through wear and tear, and give your child good ergonomic support. Once you've found a carrier that appeals, we recommend trying it out at a store or at your local sling-and-carrier library to see whether it's comfortable for you and will suit your babywearing preferences.
We've also included one baby carrier that we think you should avoid. Click through on the review to find out why.
Top 5 baby carriers
This is a top-of-the-range carrier and has four carrying positions, including a wide-legged position, which according to the manufacturer, is hip-healthy. We've put this carrier through a range of ergonomic assessments, safety and durability tests. Find out what those tests discovered by reading our full review.
This baby carrier provides four carrying positions; front facing in, front facing out, hip carry and back carry. It also has a newborn insert to help raise smaller babies so they're positioned higher up your chest. We've sent it to our lab to be tested by ergonomic and safety experts and trialled by some parents. Read our review to find out what they discovered.
One baby carrier to avoid
This baby carrier can be used from birth until your baby is 15kg, so it should hopefully have a good shelf life, especially if you're keen on babywearing for a while. But there were also issues with the position this carrier held younger babies in. Find out what these were by reading the full review.
Which? baby carrier reviews
When we test baby carriers, we combine assessments from highly experienced ergonomists, advice from independent baby-carrier consultancies, and the views of the parent testers who try out the carriers, to bring you truly unbiased and well-rounded reviews of each model.
You want your baby carrier to be able to withstand wear and tear, and our durability tests include strapping each carrier to a test dummy, loading it with a 15kg baby test dummy, and then jolting it up and down around for around 50,000 cycles to check that the carrier remains secure when in use.
As well as pulling and jolting, we check each baby carrier we review for choking hazards and any trailing cords that could pose a risk to a baby. We've also put our ergonomics experts to work examining each carrier to see whether it's able to offer the right positioning for safety and comfort.
We check safety instructions to make sure there's little room for error, and assess how easy each carrier is to get on and off, and to adjust in all its different positions.
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