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Baby & child.

9 September 2021

Top five baby carriers for 2021

Compare the latest, best baby carriers to make sure you and your baby are safe, comfortable and supported.
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Which?Editorial team
Baby front carrier

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.

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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 five baby carriers

  • 90%
    £154.90

    This carrier was a hit with our parent user panel. Most of them found it a pleasure to wear and remarked on how comfortable their babies looked in it. The design of the carrier provides excellent support for your baby’s head, back and legs. It’s not the easiest to put on and adjust, but these are things you get used to over time.

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  • 90%
    £189.99

    This carrier has a range of possible carrying positions giving you the best chance of finding one that’s comfortable and supportive for you and your baby. It also comes with some useful extras such as attachable bibs to keep the top of the carrier clean and fresh.

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  • 87%
    £79.90

    This is a compact, lightweight carrier that’s simply designed and comfortable to wear. It lacks some of the fine adjustments of more expensive carriers, but it supports your baby well and is quick to put on and take off.

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  • 84%
    £129.00

    This Best Buy structured baby carrier provides good back support for an adult wearing it and is supportive for your baby. It has three possible front carrying positions and can be used from birth until your baby is around 15 months old. It’s generally comfortable to wear and the baby’s weight is well distributed.

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  • 84%
    £180.00

    This carrier provides good support for your newborn and fits a range of body shapes and sizes. Several parents in our user trial commented on how comfortable and easy to use it is. Just be mindful that it’s only usable until your baby is around two years old, and it becomes less comfortable as their weight reaches the upper limit.

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One baby carrier to avoid

  • 47%
    £59.99

    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.

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Last updated September 2021.

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.

See all our baby carrier reviews.