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The Best Baby Carriers of 2022

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Best Overall

Contours Journey GO

The 5-in-1 design allows you to wear it for newborns, facing in, facing out, on your hip, and on your back. Read More

Pros

  • Can be used from infancy to 45 ounds
  • Many carry positions
  • Breastfeeding friendly
  • Includes sunshade and pockets.

Cons

  • Cannot use until baby is 8lbs or heavier
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Best Value

Ergobaby Embrace

The Ergobaby Embrace carrier features an easy to buckle waist belt and shoulder straps that criss-cross. Read More

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Ultra-soft material
  • Can use with newborns with no infant insert

Cons

  • Can only use up to 25 lbs
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Contours Journey

The Journey is very similar to the Journey GO with the fabric type being the only difference. Read More

Pros

  • Can be used from infancy to 45 lbs.
  • Many carry positions
  • Breastfeeding friendly
  • Includes sunshade and pockets.

Cons

  • Cannot use until baby is 8 lbs or heavier
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Contours Love

The Contours Love 3 Position Baby Carrier is soft, supportive, and super easy-to-use. Read More

Pros

  • Reasonable cost
  • No infant insert needed
  • Lightweight mesh material

Cons

  • Can only use up to 30 lbs.
  • Only has 3 carry positions
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Contours Cocoon

The Cocoon Buckle-Tie carrier provides all the comfort of a wrap with the security of a buckled waistband. Read More

Pros

  • Trendy and stylish design with tie feature
  • Reasonable in price
  • Has five carrying positions.

Cons

  • Cannot be used until baby is 8 lbs.

When my second son was born, I needed a baby carrier so I could care for a newborn and also chase after my 18-month-old toddler. I was looking for a carrier that I could use the second we got home from the hospital. I wanted comfortable, hands-free wearing.

I also wanted a carrier that I could continue using as my son got older. I had to weigh out the different options: Is a wrap the best option for us, or should I get a carrier that adjusts for every carrying position possible?

In order to find the best baby carrier out there, I (along with my son Teddy) tested 13 of the most popular options on the market, and found the Contours Journey Go (available at Amazon for $87.99) to be the best of the bunch.

For a more affordable option, we also liked the Ergobaby Embrace (available at Amazon).

Here are the best baby carriers we tested ranked, in order:

  1. Contours Journey Go
  2. Contours Journey 5-Position Carrier
  3. Contours Love
  4. Contours Cocoon
  5. Ergobaby Embrace
  6. Baby Bjorn Mini
  7. Sollybaby Wrap
  8. LilleBaby Complete 6-in-1 Baby Carrier
  9. Graco Cradle Me 4-in-1 Carrier
  10. LilleBaby Lillelight
  11. Infantino Cuddle-up
  12. LilleBaby Serenity Air Flow
  13. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling
The Contours Journey GO is our favorite Baby Carrier.
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The Contours Journey GO is our favorite Baby Carrier.

Best Overall
Contours Journey GO

I wasn't familiar with Contours Baby Carriers before product testing, but was very excited to try them out. They made an impression: the four Contours I received topped our list, and the Journey GO won best overall.

The Journey Go features breathable 3D mesh and moisture-wicking fabric with five different carrying options, making it perfect for long trips. The 5-in-1 design allows you to wear it for newborns, facing in, facing out, on your hip, and on your back.

It was easy to set up, and even with so many configurations it is still lightweight. One of my favorite things about this carrier is that you can use it for newborns starting at 8 pounds (no infant insert needed), all the way up to 45 pounds. It can truly grow with your baby and take you up to the toddler years.

The carrier is also breastfeeding-friendly, with no straps between parent and baby. That earns it big points for those looking for this option. Another positive is that it includes a UPF 25+ sunshade that can be tucked into its own zippered pocket when not needed.

The biggest con for this carrier is that your newborn must be at least 8 pounds in order to safely use it, so if you have a tiny baby or a preemie you’d have to wait a few weeks to start using it safely. However, once your baby is big enough, you can realistically use it for years to come. It’s one of the pricer carriers on the market, but with so many options it’s well worth the price tag.

Pros

  • Can be used from infancy to 45 ounds

  • Many carry positions

  • Breastfeeding friendly

  • Includes sunshade and pockets.

Cons

  • Cannot use until baby is 8lbs or heavier

The Ergobaby Embrace is a reasonably priced carrier with lots of features.
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The Ergobaby Embrace is a reasonably priced carrier with lots of features.

Best Value
Ergobaby Embrace

Before my second son was born, I saw the Ergobaby Embrace at a birthday party. Based on how comfortable the baby—as well as the parent wearing it—looked, I knew I had to order it. Plus, at $79, it's a great price point for a newborn carrier.

I had been trying to find a carrier that was soft and cozy like a wrap, but easier to use and with a more solid structure. This was exactly what I had been looking for. When it arrived, I immediately was impressed by how soft the fabric is, and how it provides a snug fit for the baby that keeps their head and neck supported.

This baby carrier for newborns is made with ultra-soft, lightweight Oeko-Tex Standard 100% certified fabrics. It's gentle and safe against baby’s sensitive skin and shouldn’t cause any skin irritations. I also love the slate blue color, which is different from other carriers on the market.
I love how simple this carrier is. As a new mom, you are already overwhelmed with trying to figure everything out. Learning how to use your baby carrier should not cause added stress to the list. I was able to figure out how to use it with no directions.

My favorite part about this carrier is that I could use it the second we brought my son home, when he was nearly 7 lbs. I felt like we were truly cuddling, and it helped us bond while I still was trying to chase after my older son. When I was done using it, I could just roll it up to store it and it did not take up any room.

Another plus about the Ergo Embrace is how supportive it is. The carrier features an easy-to-buckle waist belt and padded shoulder straps that criss-cross. The straps are spreadable, so the fabric around the baby’s neck is always supported. Every time I put Teddy in, he immediately fell asleep.

There are two drawbacks to the Ergo Embrace, however. The product claims that you can easily switch to front-facing mode but there are no pictures on the box or the website with this option. I did eventually manage to find an instructional video on their Youtube channel which shows how to use this position.

Also, the Ergo Embrace can only be used for babies up to 25 pounds, whereas most carriers can support a weight up to at least 35 pounds. That said, this carrier could still be used for the baby’s first full year, depending on their weight.

The Ergobaby Embrace is a perfect alternative to a baby wrap that provides the security of a soft structured carrier. It can grow with you, and while it does not allow for every option in the book, it’s a wonderful carrier for a baby's first year.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced

  • Ultra-soft material

  • Can use with newborns with no infant insert

Cons

  • Can only use up to 25 lbs

How We Tested

The Tester

Hi! My name is Michaela Crimmins. I live in Wakefield, Rhode Island with my husband, Matt, and two boys, Ryder and Teddy. I work full time as a program manager for the University of Rhode Island Alumni Engagement team and am currently trying to balance work from home life with both kids at home due to the pandemic.

My true passion lies in connecting with other moms and sharing my favorite products, which is what brought me to start my blog, Ocean State Mama. I love to share a real, inside look at what it’s like as a busy mom with two kids under two, and share my favorite products, tips, and anything mom-related with others who can relate.

The Tests

Timing could not have been more perfect when I began the testing for baby carriers. My son was born on February 16th and I began testing them a couple weeks later. I was able to test most of the carriers from the time my son was just a few weeks old weighing under 10 pounds to when he was 6 months old and 17 pounds.

The testing process started the second each box arrived at my door. Is it easy to open and figure out right out of the box? Are the instructions clear and easy? One may think it’s easy to figure out how to wear a baby carrier, but when you add in a screaming newborn, the time is ticking and it can often be a stressful process.

Not only that, but once you have the baby in the carrier, you have to make sure they are in it properly and securely. I wore my son in each of the carriers in a variety of circumstances like walking around the house and going for a walk. I also tested them for comfort over varying amounts of time.

I tried out all the different options the carriers would allow for, making note of how easy it was to figure out the configurations and how comfortable my son and myself both were. I looked at the materials of the carriers, how easy they were to store when not in use, and how easy it was to get a baby in and out without disturbing them.

What You Should Know When Buying a Baby Carrier

The Age and Weight of your Child

Many carriers have specific age and weight recommendations to keep in mind as you look for a carrier. If you are purchasing a carrier for a newborn and wish to use it as your child grows older, a carrier that has many configurations is a practical option. If you are purchasing for a baby 6 months and older, you may want to get a more secure carrier with lumbar support. Carriers that can be worn outward-facing or backpack style can make it comfortable for the parent.

Baby Carrier or Wrap?

Baby wraps are wonderful for a newborn as they provide a womb-like environment and can help reduce crying. Wraps are comfortable for the parents as well, and can really encourage bonding. However, baby wraps limit you to an inward-facing position and are not great to wear for long periods of time like a lengthy walk or hike.

Wraps also struggle to support larger or heavier babies. Carriers can be more versatile. Switching configurations in a carrier can let you use it from newborn age until well after your baby’s first year.

Storage Space

Whether you choose a wrap or carrier, you’ll want to consider its size. Do you need something that’s easy to store? If so, a 6-in-1 carrier may not be the best option, as it takes up more room and is harder to fold up and store.

Versatility

Versatility is a huge factor. When will you need to use the carrier most? Are you looking for something to wear as needed around the house? Or do you expect to take a lot of long walks and hikes? Do you need something for a specific age range, or do you want your carrier to grow with you from newborn to the toddler years?

Carrying Positions

There are several positions you can use when babywearing. Some carriers allow for multiple positions, while other carriers are limited to one or two options. This matters, because some positions are better for babies of different ages. Making sure your baby's legs are placed appropriately is important in reducing the risk of hip dysplasia.

Here are some carrying positions you may cycle through as your child grows:

*The "newborn" or "fetal" position keeps your baby close to you, letting them support their head on your chest. You'll see this in slings and carriers for babies starting around 7 pounds.
*"Infant" or "facing in" keeps them towards your body, but with a little more freedom for their little limbs.
*"Facing out" becomes important as your baby grows. This helps them stay comfortable, but also lets them see more of the world as their curiosity starts to develop.
*Some carriers offer a "toddler" or "M position" that places the legs further apart and puts the weight more on the baby's bottom. Whatever position you choose, the legs should be supported so that they don't dangle down and place pressure on the hips.
*A hip position keeps your baby in front of your body, while still offering range of motion and a chance to look around. This is more comfortable as your baby grows out of the toddler stage.
*A back carrying position lets you wear your baby like a little hiking backpack. This option comes into play especially as your child approaches 45 pounds or so.

You May Want to Purchase More Than One

Baby carriers are so wonderful. They allow you to bond with your baby while still getting things done, whether you're folding laundry or walking around your neighborhood. In my research I found that no baby carrier does it all. With that said, you may want to purchase two—a wrap for the newborn days and a more structured carrier to take you through the toddler years.

Types of Baby Carriers

  • Baby Wrap - Wraps are usually long pieces of fabric you tie around yourself to create a pouch-like environment for your baby. They tend to be more intimidating to figure out than carriers, and not as structured. Be prepared for a bit of a wrap-tying learning curve. However, they do provide more of a womb-like environment for your baby, and they are usually machine-washable. Wraps do not provide as many versatile options as your typical carriers.

  • Baby Carrier - Baby carriers provide structure and support, and usually offer a variety of ways to carry your child. A good, versatile carrier will adjust to grow with your baby so that you can keep using it over time..

  • Ring Sling - Ring slings consist of a soft piece of material that is secured on the shoulder through a set of rings. Quick to use, they are perfect for carrying your child on short trips.


Other Baby Carriers We Tested

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Contours Journey

Contours Journey is another wonderful carrier option for both infants and toddlers. The Journey is very similar to the Journey GO; the fabric type is the only difference. The carrier fits newborns starting at 8 pounds, and adjusts to fit children up to 45 pounds, which is the highest limit of the carriers I tested.

Despite offering five carrying options: Newborn, Seated Position, Face Forward, Hip, and Back, it did not feel too heavy or cumbersome. Another plus is that no infant insert is required for your newborn. There is also an extra large adjustable UPF 25 sunshade that can be moved up or down to give baby maximum coverage.

Pros

  • Can be used from infancy to 45 lbs.

  • Many carry positions

  • Breastfeeding friendly

  • Includes sunshade and pockets.

Cons

  • Cannot use until baby is 8 lbs or heavier

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Contours Love

The Contours Love 3 Position Baby Carrier is soft, supportive, and super easy-to-use. It provides beneficial skin-to-skin contact with no fabric or straps between you and your baby. This earns big points in my book, as it has adds the benefits of a wrap to the carrier.

The 3-in-1 design requires no separate inserts or accessories to accommodate newborns. The Contours Love can be used safely beginning at 8 pounds, and it has a maximum weight limit of 30 pounds. It can be used with infants facing inwards in fetal position, facing in, and facing out.

Pros

  • Reasonable cost

  • No infant insert needed

  • Lightweight mesh material

Cons

  • Can only use up to 30 lbs.

  • Only has 3 carry positions

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Contours Cocoon

While not the highest scorer, my personal favorite Contours carrier is the Cocoon Buckle-Tie carrier. It combines the comfort of a wrap with the security of a buckled waistband.

The carrier features soft knit fabrics with embossed detailing, and air vents for all-day comfort. It features five carrying positions: newborn facing in, seated facing in, facing forward, on the hip, or on the back. The Cocoon can fit babies from newborn up to 33 pounds.

Pros

  • Trendy and stylish design with tie feature

  • Reasonable in price

  • Has five carrying positions.

Cons

  • Cannot be used until baby is 8 lbs.

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BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini

I’ve always been a fan of Baby Bjorn, and was so happy when they came out with the Baby Carrier Mini. The Mini lives up to its name: small, soft, and simple to use for newborns up to 24 pounds.

Their website shows you the three ways to use the carrier: newborn fetal inward, front facing, and facing out. It also comes in a variety of colors and fabrics like 3D Mesh, 3D Jersey, and satin-woven cotton, so there are plenty of options for parents to choose from.

Out of all the carriers, this one was the most intuitive to use. I opened the box and did not have to look at the directions. I was wearing my son in it within minutes and he was as comfy as can be.

As a mom of two kids under age two with limited time, this was a huge benefit. It also does not take up any room—you can roll it up and easily store it in your closet or diaper bag for on-the-go travel. No additional accessories are needed which is a plus.

Another positive about the Mini is that you can start using it the day your baby is born. Meant for newborns, it has special features for babies 9 pounds and under, like built-in head support and straps that reduce the size of the leg opening for a snugger fit.

The design allows you to unfasten the entire front section to gently lift out your sleeping baby without disturbing them, which earns big points for me. It’s easy to get babies to fall asleep in the carrier, but not always easy to keep them asleep when you take them out. I also liked that the carrier is meant for newborns, yet I still can use it as my son grows and prefers facing forward. He always seems comfortable and the mesh material doesn’t get too hot.

The only negative for this carrier is that my back would start feeling pressure sometimes if I wore it for longer than 45 minutes. Even with the straps tight and secure, I could start to really feel the weight of my son after a while. It’s not a carrier you’d want to go hiking in, but perfectly fine for wearing around the house or going for short walks.

Pros

  • Intuitive design

  • Easy to use

  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Not as sturdy as other carriers

  • Can only use up to 24 lbs

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Solly Baby Wrap

I had heard a lot of wonderful things about the Solly Baby Wrap, so I was very excited to try it out. I will admit that I ordered a baby wrap for my first son that I didn't end up using. I couldn’t figure it out and felt he was not secure. The long piece of fabric and intricate directions were overwhelming, so I gave up trying after a while. However, I was determined to make it work with my second son, especially with a wrap as highly praised as Solly Baby.

The Solly Baby wrap prides itself on reducing infant crying, increasing a bonding connection, and allowing for hands-free wearing for hours on end. I will concur that this is all true. There are so many wraps on the market, but Solly's fabric is what makes them and a step above the rest.

Made from 100% certified Lenzing modal (sourced from the pulp of Austrian Beechwood trees) it feels like your favorite t-shirt. Lightweight, buttery soft, and breathable, it has all the qualities you could ask for in a baby wearing wrap.

The easy packaging and storage are a plus. It comes in a simple white box, and the wrap is a very light, long piece of fabric that is easy to store. Directions are included, but with my learning style, I chose to go to their Youtube page and watch how-to videos. While I struggled the first few times, they have great instructional videos that take you step-by-step, which I appreciated.

Once my son was securely in the wrap, I could see what the hype was about. The wrap truly does provide a womb-like environment and I could tell my son was comfortable. Unlike other wraps, the weight is distributed evenly so I did not feel tugging on my shoulders or back. My son fell asleep within minutes and I felt comfortable as well.

One negative is the wrap can tend to get a bit warm. Even using it in the winter, I would start to sweat after about 30 minutes. There are other limitations, as well. The wrap can be only worn with your baby facing inward, so it can’t grow with you through as many ages and positions as a structured carrier.

The wrap can hold a weight of up to 25 pounds, so you could use it for the first year of baby’s life, but once your baby is more alert they're less likely to want to face inward. It’s also not a carrier you want to wear on a long walk or hike, but it's perfect for wearing around the house and when you want to bond with baby but still get things done.

Pros

  • Softest baby wrap on the market

  • Comfortable for parent and baby

  • Increases bonding experiences

Cons

  • Can only use up to 25 lbs.

  • Inward facing positioning only

  • Difficult to figure out

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LilleBaby Complete

LilleBaby’s Complete 6-in-1 Baby Carrier was our previous winner for Best Overall Baby Carrier, and it’s easy to see why. While this is the most expensive carrier I tested, it does allow for six different carrying positions. It's also long-lasting, taking you from the newborn stage (with no added accessories) all the way until 45 pounds.

The positions include fetal inward, newborn inward, infant outward, infant forward, hip, and back. It features an ultra-soft, lightweight microcloth and is lined with a soothing, breathable suedecloth. My baby looked so comfortable in it when I would wear it around the house. It’s very comfortable for the parent, too.

As for the cons, the waistband was a little stiff and hard to adjust. Because the carrier can do so much, it’s understandable that it’s on the bulkier side, but that made it harder to store or to throw in the diaper bag for day trips. When I used it with my baby in the front forward position, I felt like it was too tight on his legs and had to keep adjusting to make it secure.

Pros

  • Supports six different carrying positions

  • Comfortable for the parent and child

Cons

  • Difficult to adjust

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Graco Cradle Me

Graco has been a leader in so many baby product categories over the years, so I was very excited to test the new Cradle Me 4-in-1 Carrier. The carrier solves many of the frustrations parents have with other carriers, providing both comfort and ease of use.

The carrier can be used in 4 positions and with babies from 8 to 35 pounds. One thing I loved right away is that you do not need to purchase any additional accessories to use it with a newborn. However, they suggest starting it at 8 pounds. Since many babies come home from the hospital weighing less, you may need to wait for a few weeks to use the Cradle Me. I found that it is worth the wait.

The Graco Cradle Me 4-in-1 features SecureConnect magnetic buckles that make it easy to get baby in and out. This is a feature I have not seen on any other carrier, and it made it incredibly easy to put my son in the carrier.

I love that it can be used four different ways as your baby grows: facing-in newborn seat, facing-in baby seat, facing-out baby seat, and back-carry baby seat. It has a breathable mesh front panel with a hideaway which provides an all-season shield for year-round comfort.

I also love that they provide photos on their website of all the ways you can wear the carrier, and which ages/weights are best for each position. Again, in those stressful moments caring for a newborn (and in my case, a toddler as well) having easy directions makes all the difference. There is also an instructional graphic sewn right into the carrier that is really helpful.

As for the negatives for this carrier, it was on the bulky side. It’s a little clunky and is not the easiest to store compared to some other carriers. Due to how many features it has already included, I did have some trouble figuring each one out.

Pros

  • Includes useful features

  • Has many carry options

  • Can be used up to 45 lbs

Cons

  • Bulky

  • Difficult to figure out different carry positions

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LilleBaby LilleLight

LilleBaby recently launched their newest carrier called LilleLight, a fashionable yet functional baby carrier made of natural hemp and organic cotton fibers. The new model is modern and stylish, and can be worn in three different positions: front inward fetal carry, front inward carry, and back carry.

The LilleLight comes in five classic colors and has a detachable hood, as well as easy-to-use adjustable straps. One of the features that immediately impressed me is the tie waist feature. On many carriers, the buckle wasn’t very comfortable around the waist. The tie feature made it feel like more of a baby wrap for the person wearing it. The carrier can be used for babies 7 to 36 pounds, so you’re covered from infant to toddler age.

As for the cons of LilleLight, you need to use an infant pillow insert in order to use the inward fetal position, which means an additional purchase. I find it easier to use a carrier that has all the features already included, so you have one less thing to think about in those hectic newborn days.

The carrier also only allows you to wear baby on your back instead of forward facing, which lost points in my book. I prefer the forward out carrying position for a baby around 5 months. It lets babies look out at the world when they get tired of facing inward. However, some parents may prefer the back carry feature, and babies do love it as they get older.

I did have some trouble learning how to use the back carry feature, but Lillebaby provides awesome instructional videos on their website. The Lillelight is a great option: light yet comfortable, stylish, and with options for inward facing and back wearing.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced

  • Lightweight

  • Stylish

Cons

  • Can only use inward facing or on your back

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Infantino Cuddle Up

For the most reasonably priced baby carrier around—and our previous Best Value winner—look no further than the Infantino Cuddle Up. The fabric is soft and warm. It has a hoodie-style pocket for your hands, and there's a cute detachable hood to keep baby's head warm in chilly weather. I especially liked this feature to protect my baby from the strong sun on walks outside. The carrier rolls up well, but the waistband isn't very firm, and therefore not incredibly supportive.

The Cuddle Up holds baby's legs in a good ergonomic position, but it can't be used to face baby outward or with babies under 12 pounds. It’s not the most versatile, but it is one of the top-sellers on Amazon.

The Cuddle Up is limited in its versatility, but it has its place. If you're looking for something snuggly to carry your older baby in, and you're on a budget, it could be a great option.

Pros

  • Kangaroo pocket

  • Detachable hood

Cons

  • Doesn't work for babies under 12 pounds

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LilleBaby Serenity Airflow

The LilleBaby Serenity Airflow is one of the more structured baby carriers. Designed for babies 7 to 45 pounds, this carrier is all about breathability, extreme comfort, and a variety of options. With front strap and waist belt adjusters, there are two carrying position options for infants starting at seven pounds. There's a wide seat setting, which requires an infant pillow, and narrow seat setting.

The carrier prides itself on an all-over breathable mesh that keeps the temperature just right. This would be a great carrier for someone who is looking for a variety of options and who wants to go on substantial walks or even hikes.

The Serenity Airflow is bigger and more structured than all of the other carriers, so it’s a little harder to store. I also had a hard time figuring out all the directions and it seemed a bit daunting to me. I was confused at how to adjust the newborn seat options and needed to look online for video instructions.

It’s one of the most expensive carriers on the market, but the many configurations allow the carrier to grow with your baby. It’s a carrier that can be used when you get home from the hospital and last well into the toddler years, so there’s no need to purchase multiple carriers.

Pros

  • Many configurations to grow with your family

  • Structured design allows for comfort as baby gets bigger

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Bulky

  • Requires infant pillow

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Sakura Bloom Ring Sling

One of my favorite bloggers raved about the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling, so I couldn’t wait to try it out. For those who are looking for this kind of carrier, I highly recommend Sakura Bloom. It’s a versatile carrier designed to be a custom fit each time in a variety of carry styles.

The ring sling supports your baby in different positions with a simple adjustment of the fabric and the ring. Like The Sollybaby, one thing I immediately liked is the simplicity of the carrier. It comes in a small box and is very compact.

The Sakura Bloom Ring Sling is great for parents looking for a ring sling that can accommodate newborns to toddlers and also allow for breastfeeding while wearing. Like Sollybaby, Sakura Bloom has awesome tutorials on their Youtube page that I found helpful.

One negative is that it did take me a while to figure out. I was struggling with adjusting the rings and making sure my newborn was comfortable.

However, once he was secure in the ring sling, I was happy for that skin-to-skin contact and I did not feel any pressure on my back. He immediately fell asleep and I felt like I could relax, too. I also love the look of the ring sling. I purchased the beautiful Marlin color, a dark teal that made me feel stylish every time I wore it.

While I like the feel of the fabric, it is pretty thick, and seems like it could be uncomfortable to wear in hot weather. The sling style can also be impractical for those who are looking for a carrier that grows with them. Babies and toddlers will always have to face forward, which is another disadvantage.

If you are looking for a sling carrier, I was impressed with the Sakura Bloom option. It supports your baby from newborn to toddler stage, promotes skin-to-skin contact, and allows for breastfeeding.

Pros

  • Sleek and simple design

  • Breastfeeding friendly

Cons

  • Difficult to figure out

  • Limited carrying options

Meet the tester

Michaela Crimmins

Michaela Crimmins

Contributor

Michaela Crimmins is a native Rhode Islander and graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire. Working in Marketing her whole career, she was a Digital Marketing Specialist at Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski for five years before becoming a Program Manager for the University of Rhode Island Foundation & Alumni Engagement. Michaela currently resides in Wakefield, Rhode Island with her husband and two boys under age two, along with their golden retriever, Swagger. She has a true passion for connecting with other moms and sharing her favorite products. Follow her Instagram page and blog, Ocean State Mama for an inside look of her family's daily adventures and parenting resources.

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