Product Reviews Child Carriers
The most famous of all front carriers is the Baby Bjorn, that Scandinavian wonder worn by celeb moms among others. Front carriers like the Bjorn are basically a fabric bag worn on your chest. Your baby sort of dangles there either looking in at you (when they’re very young) or out at the world (when they gain more head control). There are also carriers known as structured soft carriers (SSC). SSC’s are only inward facing but can then be used as a back carrier when your baby is a bit older. Who Makes Front Carriers: Baby Bjorn (babybjorn.com), Britax, Baby Trekker, MaxiMom, and more. Who Makes Structured Soft Carriers: BabyHawk, Boba, Kinderpack and others.
Our top pick for front carriers this year is the Ergo Four Position 360°. As one reader put it: “finally a front facing ERGO!” The new structured bucket seat makes forward facing more comfortable for baby and avoids those dangling legs. You can wear baby in four different positions like the Baby Bjorn One, but at $160, it’s a lot less expensive. And parents love it!
Another favorite: the Pikkolo ($130) from Cat Bird Baby. It’s really a mash-up of a front carrier and a mei tai with buckles instead of long ties. It’s also more flexible than most other front carriers—it can be used in front facing both in and out, on the back and as a hip carrier.
Finally, our runner up choice for parents who don't care if baby faces out: the Boba 4G Carrier ($125 to $148). This one can be used as a front carrier comfortably by babies without a special insert (it's already integrated into the design) and it goes up to 45 lbs. as a back carrier.
Click here for a PDF from our book with general advice on buying a carrier.
Mamas and Papas
A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.