Tried And True: The Baby Carriers You Really Need

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A few months ago, I wrote about the benefits of babywearing and shared one of my favorite ring slings. Today, I’m back to tell you that yes, I’m still obsessed with carrying my baby everywhere, and yes, you do need more than one carrier. In fact I recommend at least three - it sounds crazy, but you'll get plenty of use out of them, I promise. Read on for a roundup of my tried and true favorites, plus the benefits of each.

The slight structure on this carrier provides enough neck support for long newborn walks

For Newborn Naps On The Go: Ergo Embrace

A relative newcomer to the carrier market, the Ergo Embrace ($79) provides the perfect balance between softness and structure, making it my favorite option for newborns. The soft knit fabric “nestles baby close to parent for a snug, supportive fit,” while providing adequate neck support for even the tiniest of babies (mine was 6 lbs). Unlike most newborn carriers, there are no complicated wraps or ties to learn - simply buckle it on and you’re good to go. I wore this carrier at least once a day for the first few months and love that it rolls up to fit in a diaper bag.

The coziest carrier that keeps baby all snuggled up

For Cozy Cuddles: WildBird Ring Sling

Hands down my favorite wrap-style carrier, I love the versatility of WildBird’s Ring Sling ($70+). The buttery soft fabrics are ultra cuddly, and they can also be used as a nursing cover or even park blanket while on the go. This was my favorite carrier to wear while getting stuff done around the house, from prepping dinner to putting my toddler down for a nap.

I mean, beach walks don’t get more fashionable than this!

For Ultimate Comfort, With A Stylish Twist: Artipoppe Zeitgeist

When it comes to style, the Artipoppe Zeitgeist Carrier ($345+) is unrivaled. It’s definitely one of the most expensive carriers on the market, but can you really put a price on fashion? It’s so chic I even wore it when we brought our newborn Lucy to a wedding earlier this year...and didn’t look totally lame. This carrier is also insanely comfortable -- the straps hit in all the right places and it’s supportive enough to wear for hours (you can also use it to wear baby as a “backpack” as they get older). This is my #1 favorite purchase for baby - I own it in both leopard and denim (made from vegan Japanese denim), and wear it multiple times a day. Hands down a must have for every parent.

The carrier that’s soft enough to wear all day, but structured enough to wear while chasing a toddler around

For Everyday: Ergo Aerloom

Ergo’s Aerloom Carrier ($219) is your solid use-it-for-everything carrier. Made from proprietary FormaKnit™ fabric, this carrier redefines comfort. The super lightweight mesh makes it breathable enough for you (read: you’re not pouring sweat) and stretchy enough for baby. And the zipper pocket on the back is perfect for stashing the basics -- a credit card, a mask, some lip balm, maybe even a diaper and a pacifier. The fact that it’s machine washable is the cherry on the top. I love this carrier for running around the park on a hot day or for a morning of hiking. 

Big sis Ellie gets to babywear, just like mom

For Big Sister: DÔEN x Ergo Doll Carrier

This doll carrier ($25) isn’t exactly necessary, but it is just so cute I couldn’t resist. I bought this for Ellie when we told her she was going to be a big sister, so she could carry her dolls and stuffed animals around just like mom carries the baby. It’s adjustable from 18 months, 100% cotton, and comes in ten colors. My personal favorites are the “field of daisies” and “California wildflower” prints, which are part of Ergo’s most recent collaboration with LA-based designer, DÔEN.

For those sleepy newborn months or the almost-one-year-old who just wants to be carried, for getting stuff done around the house or hiking through the redwoods, different carriers serve different purposes...and you really do need options. I hope you find each of these as useful as I do!

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Ergo Embrace, $79

WildBird’s Ring Sling, starting at $70

Artipoppe Zeitgeist, starting at $345

Ergo Aerloom, $219

Doll Carrier, $25

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