There’s a reason people around the world strap their babies on their backs (and fronts) to get around: It’s just plain practical. New moms are notoriously busy - and occasionally, you’re going to need your hands free. (Plus, “baby-wearing” can be great for baby’s development and bonding. You both win.)
There are lots of options when it comes to toting a baby: ring-slings, wraps, pouches, soft carriers, structured carriers... and who knows what they’ll come up with next. Here, I’ve pulled together today’s top players. As you look through for the best way to schlep your spawn, consider what factors are most important to you. Do you need to be able to share your carrier with others, or is it more important for it to fit you to a tee? Do you plan to breastfeed on the go? Do you need it to be more compact or more supportive? Other things to think about: ease of use, comfort, ergonomics, versatility, and yes... style.