Best Baby Carriers

Babywearing is an essential practice for active NYC parents. With the baby securely snuggled against their chest (or hip or back), moms and dads on the town can navigate stairs (they’re everywhere!), narrow aisles, puddles and public transportation with ease and two free hands. But the hundreds of options can be as hard to navigate as the Times Square subway station with a stroller. Here are a few of our favorites.

Lillebaby Baby Carrier

The líllébaby Baby Complete Carrier distributes the weight between shoulders and hips so you barely notice the weight of your baby. Zippered pockets provide easy access to keys and Metrocards. This carrier supports up to 42 pounds with five different positions: facing in facing out, hip, piggy back, and cradle hold for newborns who can’t hold their head up (infant cradle & harness sold separately).

Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid Baby Carrie

The Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid Baby Carrier, Sterling, One Size is a long, wide piece of stretch woven fabric that wraps around the waist and shoulders, distributing the weight evenly throughout the parent’s torso and keeping fussy babies feeling secure. Tuck the baby’s head under the fabric for naps or discreet nursing. Great for preemies. Allows multiple positions for older babies and holds up to 35-45 lbs. It can also be used to keep babies warm or swaddled off the body. It is a little bulky to transport and a bit of a pain to get on and off compared to the easy snapping on of the Lillebaby and Gemini.

Beco Baby Carrier Gemini

Many moms rave about the comfort and ease of the award-winning organic cotton Beco Gemini Baby Carrier. Thicker straps and extra padding means more cushioning for your shoulders (but more bulk and sweat in the summer). Snaps on and off like the Lillebaby. Holds up to 35 lbs and allows hip, side, face-out and back carrying.
A few general tips: – The more you use the carrier the more comfortable it will be for you and your baby. Start with short jaunts around the block. Soon you’ll be trekking up and downtown. – Watch your posture to protect your back. Engage your core and avoid the temptation to lean back. And get massages. You deserve them. – In the end, the ‘best’ bay carrier is different for every parent and every baby. Find a local baby store and try some on. Sadly, Upper Eastside baby carrier emporium Metro Minis has closed, but some of the friendly, knowledgable staff are holding baby carrying workshops at locations throughout Manhattan.