Purchasing a baby carrier for your child can be a daunting process. Parents have to take into account a myriad of factors including: safety, price, reviews, materials used. As a physical therapist, I am able to provide a unique perspective to the debate. So I took a look “Best Lists” at parents.com and thebump.com to determine best baby carriers on the market today. Here’s the complied list, ranked based on safety for the child throughout the use of the carrier, ergonomics for the parents, and length of use (without purchasing additional accessories).
The Best Baby Carriers of 2015:
- Boba 4G Baby Carrier – This carrier provides great hip positioning for the child from birth to toddler. The optional foot strap to ensure hip flexion and external rotation is what sets this carrier apart from the others. It allows for both front and back child carrying. This carrier also provides great ergonomic support for caregiver in the form of both a waist belt and padded shoulder straps to equally distribute the load.
- Baby Bjorn Carrier One – This carrier also provides great hip positioning from birth to toddler. It allows for both front and back child carrying, as well as provides great ergonomic support for the parent. The head support allows for easy adjustments to support the child’s neck from newborn to toddler. This carrier has the added feature of using fabrics that are safe for the child place in their mouth, earning it the number 2 spot on this list.
- Becco Gemini – This carrier allows for great hip positioning in 3 different carrying positions: front carrying, back carrying, and over the hip carrying. This carrier also provides easily adjustable head support and caregiver ergonomics.
- Tuba Baby Carrier – This carrier requires separately purchased infant insert for use with newborns. However, this insert does provide adequate support for good hip alignment. Can be worn on the back or the front, and provides good ergonomic support for the parent.
- Boba Air Baby Carrier – Lightweight alternative to other carriers on this list, but this translates to less ergonomic support for the parent. Designed to be worn on back or front, and promotes hip external rotation and flexion of the child.
- Britax Baby Carrier – This carrier requires a separate infacing insert. With infacing insert, child maintain good alignment and is given good support. However, when child is placed in intended out-facing position, excessive pressure is placed on the pelvis and with hips in minimal flexion.
- Ergo Baby Original – This carrier requires a separate infant insert, which must be purchased separately. This insert, does not provide the hips to be placed in hip flexion and external rotation (the recommended infant position to limit the development of hip dysplasia – See Judy Wang’s blog on the topic). It should be noted that the insert has a built in “seat” for the child to promote optimal position, the nature of the insert does not ensure it.
- Moby Wrap – Wraps were not assessed in this blog.
- Maya Wrap – See Above.
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