Best Baby Carriers for Travel

 

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A baby carrier is an invaluable piece of baby gear, especially for travel. In fact, we prefer it over all else when we travel. It’s not just for babies either, a good toddler carrier is a worthwhile investment. Who knew they had carriers specifically for toddlers? I didn’t…

Benefits of a baby carrier for travel

So why is a baby carrier essential for travel with a baby or toddler? There are so many reasons, but just a few are:

  • Having a free hand or two.
  • The benefits of babywearing still apply on vacation.
  • Your baby may sleep easier in a carrier.
  • Not all attractions are stroller accessible.
  • Not all cities are stroller friendly.
  • You will want it for the airplane, trust me!

See our full post on Travel with a Baby Carrier vs Stroller here.

 

Let's get into a little more detail on some of the key parts of travelling with a baby or toddler and why you'll want a baby carrier:

 

For the airport

We always chose to use a baby carrier at the airport (often without even bringing a stroller on our trip with us and choosing to rent at our destination instead). It doesn’t happen all the time, but often you’ll get right through security without even taking your baby out of the carrier. And if your baby isn’t sleeping, it’s not really a big deal to take them out if you have to. Going through security with free hands is invaluable. Plus you won’t have to completely empty a stroller to put it through the x-ray.

 

For the airplane

Every parents dream is that their baby will sleep through the flight. You’ll save your arms (and maybe even be able to hold up a book or feed yourself) if your baby falls asleep on you in the carrier. If your baby is having trouble sleeping or it’s just not nap time, having a carrier to walk you baby around or even just to not have to hold your baby the entire time will be a lifesaver. Your arms will thank me!

 

Public Transport

We have regretted taking our stroller on public transit nearly every time we tried. Either we had to fold it up, or there wasn't enough room or we couldn't get it through the turnstiles. A baby carrier is so much better for these trips.

 

For sightseeing

There are plenty of places around the world where you either can not or will not want to use a stroller. Having a baby carrier will mean you won’t have to miss out!

How do you choose between a wrap and a soft-structured carrier?

Wraps are excellent for infants and very small babies (typically from birth until about 20 lbs). They don’t require any type of infant insert. If you get a true wrap (as opposed to a carrier like the Baby k’Tan) then it’s a one size fits all. They are a soft without any buckles, like wrapping your baby in a blanket.

 

Structured carriers can also be used from birth, but many of them require an infant insert. A structured carrier will have a much higher weight limit and some are even toddler specific. You probably can do a back carry in a woven wrap, but it’s much easier to do in a structured carrier. A carrier likely will have a few pockets to carry keys, etc. Depending on who will be doing the baby carrying, Dads typically (obviously, not always) prefer the carriers over wraps.

 

What about a ring sling?

A ring sling will be easier to put on than a wrap, as the techniques to wrap must be mastered before it’s easy to take your baby in and out. Your baby will outgrow the wrap quicker. A ring sling can still be used with a toddler. Ring slings are smaller than a wrap so can easily be put into a bag or pocket, additionally they are easier to change your baby’s position.

 

But first...

So now that I’ve hopefully convinced you that a baby carrier is a must for travel, which one should you get? The options can be overwhelming. Our first recommendation would be to do your research (which we’ve done for you below) then try them out before you buy. How can you do this? See if you can borrow from a friend, visit a babywearing lending library or join a babywearing group.

 

When it comes to choosing your baby or toddler carrier, these are the questions you need to ask yourself:  How long do you hope to use it for? Will you want one without an infant insert? How many carrying positions would you like to have? Do you have any back, neck or shoulder issues? How important is the fabric and/or the option to have fun patterns? Do you plan to use it mostly in warm destinations? What types of activities will you use for most: sightseeing or hiking? And finally, what is your budget?

 

In a rush and want to skip right down to our recommendations?

 

Baby carriers that don't require an infant insert

Why wouldn’t you want to use an infant insert? From my own personal experience, I much preferred using our ergo when we didn’t need an infant insert anymore. It can be a lot hotter for your baby and it’s just one more item we had to pack (and they do take up more room than you would want to spare). It was great for colder temperatures though so this may be dependent on where you are going or where you live.

Baby Carriers Without Infant Insert Comparison Chart

Weight Range Infant Insert Req’d Carrying Positions Fabric Options (prices vary) Other Features Price
Tula Free-To-Grow 7-45 lbs No 2 Positions:
Front carry & back carry
Breathable
& lightweight twill
Coast Mesh line has a breathable mesh panel. - Body panel has three width settings and 2 height settings.
- A lot of fun patterns.
Check Price
Ergo Omni 360 7-45 lbs No 4 Positions:
front carry, front facing out carry, hip carry, back carry
100% Cotton Cool Air Mesh Line are all-mesh carriers - Adjustable from newborn to toddler
- Strap buckles all the shoulder straps to be worn criss-cross in the back.
- Detachable pouch that can be worn in various places on the carrier.
- Baby Privacy Hood (UPF +50)
Check Price
LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE 7-45 lbs No 6 positions:
front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front-toddler, hip and back carry (Basically 4 positions)
100% cotton Airflow line has 3D breathable moisture-wicking mesh
All Seasons line has center panel that zips up for warmth and zip down for breathable mesh
- Can wear backpack style or with straps criss-crossed in the back.
- Extendable back panel folds down for front-outward, or easily buckles upwards for inward facing positions for extra head, neck and back support
- Large storage pocket.
- Baby privacy hood.
Check Price
BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One 8-33 lbs Built in infant insert 3 Positions:
front carry, front facing out & back carry (front carry in has two height positions)
Made of cotton Air line is made of mesh and Outdoors line is made of water-repellent & moisture wicking materials Sturdy, flexible head support. Check Price
BabyBjorn Baby Carrier We 8-33 lbs Built in infant insert 2 Positions:
front carry & back carry
Made of cotton Air line is made of mesh and Outdoors line is made of water-repellent & moisture wicking materials Sturdy, flexible head support. Check Price
BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Miracle 8-26 lbs No 2 Positions:
front carry (facing in or out)
Made of cotton Sturdy, flexible head support. Check Price

Tula Free-To-Grow

Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier for Travel with Baby

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs no infant insert required

Carrying positions: 2 Positions - front carry & back carry

Fabric: Made from breathable & lightweight twill.

Features:

  • Variable width and height settings. Body panel has three width settings and 2 height settings.
  • A lot of fun designs to choose from.

Options: Coast Mesh line has a breathable mesh panel.

 

Click here to see the latest price for the Tula Free-to-Grow carrier

Ergo Omni 360

Ergo Omni 360 Baby Carrier for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs no infant insert required

Carrying positions: 4 Positions - front carry, front facing out carry, hip carry, back carry

Fabric: 100% Cotton

Features:

  • Adjustable from newborn to toddler
  • Strap buckles all the shoulder straps to be worn criss-cross in the back.
  • Detachable pouch that can be worn in various places on the carrier.
  • Baby Privacy Hood (UPF +50)

Options: Cool Air Mesh line are all-mesh carriers

 

Click here to check the latest price for the Ergo Omni 360 on ErgoBaby.com

 

Prefer to shop on Amazon? Click here to check the latest price on the Ergo Omni 360

LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE

LILLEBaby Complete Baby Carrier for Travel with Baby

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs no infant insert required

Carrying positions: 6 positions - front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front-toddler, hip and back carry

Fabric: 100% cotton

Features:

  • Can wear backpack style or with straps criss-crossed in the back.
  • Extendable back panel folds down for front-outward, or easily buckles upwards for inward facing positions which provides extra head, neck and back support
  • Large storage pocket.
  • Baby privacy hood.

Options: Airflow line features 3D breathable moisture-wicking mesh. All Seasons line features an adjustable center panel: zip up for warmth and zip down to for breathable mesh.

 

Click here to check the latest price for the LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE on LilleBaby.com

 

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BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 8-33 lbs with built-in infant insert

Carrying positions: 3 Positions – front carry, front facing out & back carry (front carry facing in has two height positions)

Fabric: Made of cotton

Features:

  • Has a sturdy, flexible head support that to support your newborns neck but no privacy hood.

Options: Air line is made of mesh and Outdoors line is made of water-repellent & moisture wicking materials.

 

Click here to check the latest price for the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier We

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier We for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 8-33 lbs with built-in infant insert

Carrying positions: 2 Positions – Front carry & back carry

Fabric: Made of cotton

Features:

  • Has a sturdy, flexible head support that to support your newborns neck but no privacy hood.

Options: Air line of carriers is made of mesh instead of cotton

 

Click here to check the latest price for the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier We

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Miracle

BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Miracle for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 8-26 lbs no extra infant insert required

Carrying positions: 2 Positions – front carry (facing in or out)

Fabric: Made of cotton

Features:

  • Has a sturdy, flexible head support that to support your newborns neck but no privacy hood.

Click here to check the latest price on the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Miracle

Baby carriers that DO require an infant insert

Why would you get one of these instead of getting one of the baby carriers that don't require an infant insert? Perhaps your baby is on the large size and you don't need to use the infant insert for that long or you won't be using the carrier right away. Or maybe you are looking for one that has an integrated seat, like the Onya Baby carriers.

 

You can save yourself some money by going for one of these options, instead of paying for one that has all the extra features.

Baby Carriers with Infant Insert Comparison Chart

Weight Range Infant Insert Carry Positions Fabric Options Other Features Price
Tula Standard 7-45 lbs 7-15 lbs must use infant insert sold separately 2 Positions:
front carry & back carry
Made from 100% cotton Coast Mesh line has a breathable mesh panel So many fun designs to choose from. Check Price
LÍLLÉbaby ESSENTIALS Original 7-45 lbs 7-15 lbs must use infant insert sold separately 3 Positions:
front carry, hip carry, back carry
100% cotton exterior & lining All Seasons line has a temperature control panel made of mesh.
Unzip the cotton flap that covers the mesh panel for $100
- Sleeping hood
- Can wear backpack style or with straps criss-crossed in the back.
Check Price
Ergo 360 7-45 lbs 7-12 lbs must use infant insert sold separately 4 Positions:
front carry, front facing out carry, hip carry, back carry
100% Cotton Cool Air Mesh Line are all-mesh carriers - Baby Privacy Hood (UPF +50)
- Ergonomic in all positions
Check Price
Ergo Original 7-45 lbs 7-12 lbs must use infant insert sold separately 3 Positions:
front carry, hip carry & back carry
100% cotton Performance is an all mesh version of this carrier Baby Privacy Hood (UPF +50) Check Price
BOBA 4G Baby Carrier 7-45lbs infant insert included 2 Positions:
front & back carry
100% cotton Includes sleeping hood & footstraps Check Price
Onya Baby Outback 7-45 lbs 7-15 lbs must use infant booster sold separately 3 Positions:
front carry, back carry & hip carry
Water-resistant, rip-stop nylon exterior and air-mesh lining - Materials make it perfect for hot weather or hiking
- Integrated seat that fits on most chairs
- Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection
Check Price
Onya Baby Cruiser 7-45 lbs 7-15 lbs must use infant booster sold separately 3 Positions:
front carry, back carry & hip carry
100% Brushed cotton - Integrated seat that fits on most chairs
- Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection
Check Price
Onya Baby NexStep 7-45 lbs 7-15 lbs must use infant booster sold separately 3 Positions:
front carry, back carry & hip carry
100% recycled brushed polyester twill fabric with air-mesh lining - For those that want to go with a more “green” option
- Integrated seat that fits on most chairs
- Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection
Check Price
Onya Baby Pure 7-45 lbs 7-15 lbs must use infant booster sold separately 3 Positions:
front carry, back carry & hip carry
Water-resistant, rip-stop nylon exterior - Front panel rolls up to reveal mesh panel to keep baby cooler
- Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection
Check Price

Tula Standard Baby Carrier

Tula Baby Carrier

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (but infants 7-15 lbs must use infant insert sold separately)

Carrying positions: 2 Positions - front carry & back carry

Fabric: Made from 100% cotton

Features:

  • Dual adjustment padded straps.
  • So many fun designs to choose from.

Options: Coast Mesh line has a breathable mesh panel

 

Click here to check the latest price on the Tula Standard Carrier

LÍLLÉbaby ESSENTIALS Original

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Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (but infants 7-15lbs with infant insert sold separately)

Carrying positions: 3 Positions - front carry, hip carry, back carry

Fabric: 100% cotton exterior & lining

Features:

  • Sleeping hood
  • Dual adjustment buckles for easy adjustments and simpler breastfeeding
  • Carry "backpack style" or with straps crossed in the back

Options: All Seasons line has a temperature control panel made of mesh. Unzip the cotton flap that covers the mesh panel. 

 

Click here to check the latest price for the LÍLLÉbaby ESSENTIALS Original on LilleBaby.com

 

Prefer to shop on Amazon? Click here to check the latest price

Ergo 360

Ergo 360 Baby Carrier for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (but infants 7-12 lbs must use infant insert sold separately)

Carrying positions: 4 Positions - front carry, front facing out carry, hip carry, back carry

Fabric: 100% Cotton

Features:

  • Baby Privacy Hood (UPF +50)
  • Ergonomic in all positions

Options: Cool Air Mesh Line are all-mesh carriers

 

Click here to check the latest price for the Ergo 360 on ErgoBaby.com

 

Prefer to shop on Amazon? Click here to get the latest price

Ergo Original

Ergo Original Baby Carrier for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (but infants 7-12 lbs must use infant insert sold separately)

Carrying positions: 3 Positions – front carry, hip carry & back carry

Fabric: 100% cotton

Features:

  • Baby Privacy Hood (UPF +50)

Options:  Performance  is an all mesh version of this carrier

 

Click here to check the latest price for the Ergo Original on ErgoBaby.com

 

Click here for the latest price on the Ergo Original on Amazon

BOBA 4G Baby Carrier

Boba 4G Baby Carrier for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 7-45lbs (infant insert included)

Carrying positions: 2 Positions – front & back carry

Fabric: 100% cotton

Features:

  • Includes sleeping hood & footstraps

Click here to check the latest price for the Boba 4G Baby Carrier

Onya Baby Outback

Onya Baby Outback carrier for travel

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (7-15 lbs use infant booster sold separately)

Carrying positions: 3 carrying positions - front carry, back carry & hip carry

Fabric: Water-resistant, rip-stop nylon exterior and air-mesh lining

Features:

  • Materials make it perfect for hot weather or hiking
  • Integrated seat that fits on most chairs
  • Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection

Click here to check the latest price for the Onya Baby Outback

Onya Baby Cruiser

Onya Baby Cruiser carrier for travel

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (7-15 lbs use infant booster sold separately)

Carrying positions: 3 carrying positions - front carry, back carry & hip carry

Fabric: 100% Brushed cotton

Features:

  • Integrated seat that fits on most chairs
  • Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection 

Click here to check the latest price for the Onya Baby Cruiser

Onya Baby NexStep

Onya Baby NexStep carrier for travel

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (7-15 lbs use infant booster sold separately)

Carrying positions: 3 carrying positions - front carry, back carry & hip carry

Fabric: 100% recycled brushed polyester twill fabric with air-mesh lining

Features:

  • For those that want to go with a more “green” option
  • Integrated seat that fits on most chairs
  • Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection

Click here to check the latest price for the Onya Baby NexStep

 

You can read all about our adventures using the Onya Baby NexStep in Mexico here.

Onya Baby Pure

Onya Baby Pure Carrier for Travel With Baby

Weight Range: 7-45 lbs (7-15 lbs use infant booster sold separately)

Carrying positions: 3 carrying positions - front carry, back carry & hip carry

Fabric: Water-resistant, rip-stop nylon exterior

Features:

  • Front panel rolls up to reveal mesh panel to keep baby cooler
  • Sleeping/rain/sun hood with UPF 50 + sun protection
  • *No integrated seat in this model* 

Click here to check the latest price for the Onya Baby Pure

Toddler Carriers

Why would I want a toddler carrier when I can just continue to carry my toddler in the regular baby carrier? The toddler carriers are made specifically for toddlers. They are wider and taller making it more comfortable for your toddler. When your toddler is well supported, it’s also much more comfortable for you. I can speak from experience when I say, if you still carry your toddler frequently you won’t regret getting an appropriate carrier! What I love most is that I can bring it along, just in case my toddler gets tired. I throw him up on my back and we are on our way.

 

I also like either of these two options below because they can be used the longest with a weight range that goes to 60+ lbs.

Toddler Carrier Comparison Chart

Weight Range Carrying Positions Fabric Options Features Dimensions Price
LÍLLÉbaby CARRYON 20-60 lbs 3 Positions:
front carry, hip carry & back carry
Breathable 3D Mesh All Seasons line has temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh - Wider and padded support for baby's legs.
- Tall torso that reaches higher up.
- Removable Sleeping hood
- Large storage pocket
Seat Width 16.5" (42cm)
Torso Length 18.5" (47cm)
Check Price
Tula Toddler Carrier 25-60lbs 2 Positions:
front carry & back carry
Choice of either cotton or canvas Coast Mesh line has a breathable mesh panel - Large seat width and longer torso than regular soft-structured carrier
- Removable hood to support head while sleeping,
Seat Width 18.5" (47cm)
Torso Length 17.5" (44cm)
Check Price

LÍLLÉbaby CARRYON Toddler Carrier

LILLEBaby Carryon Toddler Carrier

Weight Range: 20-60 lbs

Carrying positions: 3 Positions – front carry, hip carry & back carry

Fabric: Breathable 3D Mesh

Features:

  • Wider and padded support for baby's legs. Seat Width 16.5" (42cm)
  • Tall torso that reaches higher up on your toddler. Torso Length 18.5" (47cm)
  • Large storage pocket
  • Removable sleeping hood

Options: All Seasons line - Temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh.

 

Click here to check the latest price for the LÍLLÉbaby CARRYON Toddler on LilleBaby.com

 

Prefer Amazon? Click here to check the latest price 

 

See our list of 10 Toddler Travel Essential here

Tula Toddler Carrier

Tula Toddler Carrier for Travel

Weight Range: 25-60lbs

Carrying positions: 2 Positions - Front carry & back carry

Fabric: Choice of either cotton or canvas

Features:

  • Large seat width and longer torso than regular soft-structured carrier
  • Seat Width 18.5" (47cm)
  • Torso Length 17.5" (44cm)
  • Removable hood to support head while sleeping

Options: Coast Mesh line has a breathable mesh panel

 

Click to check the latest price for the Tula Toddler Carrier

Wrap options

Wraps have this feeling of keeping your baby close with a blanket wrapped around them. I personally preferred this over a soft-structured carrier with an infant insert when mine were very small. I was intimidated by needing to learn the techniques of the wrap, so I went with the Baby K’Tan which had a similar end result, but was much easier to put on and get baby in. I could also carry my baby facing out which was a nice benefit, although I didn’t use it that much as I found it hard on my back.

 

The downside of the Baby K’Tan is that it’s based on your t-shirt size, so my husband couldn’t use it. The other downside was that by about 9 months, I was done with it and ready to move on to a soft-structured baby carrier full time. Here are some options for wraps: 

Ring sling options

Ring slings are easier to get on and off than a wrap. They come in a myriad of fabrics and patterns. If the ring sling is for you, it will be up to you which fabric will work best for you and your baby. What I like about them for travel is their size, especially if you won’t be using all the time. Some options are:

 

Baby carrier for twins

The TwinGo carrier comes as a personal recommendation from our friends at The Wandering Chaos who are no strangers to travel with toddlers (including twins). 

Weight Range: 10-45lbs (infant insert available for babies starting at 7lbs)

Fabric: 100% cotton

Features:

  • Can carry two kids of different ages.
  • Can split the carrier so each parent can carry a child.

Click to check latest price of the TwinGo Carrier

Baby carrier for use in water

Beach front Baby wrap for travel

You aren't going to find a lot of options for baby carriers made for the water, but this is a great product if you frequent the beach. This carrier will allow you to keep your baby close while also playing in the water with your older child.

 

Beachfront Baby Wrap

Weight Range: 8-30 lbs

3 Sizes Available; One Size, Petite & XL

Sling also available

Backpack carrier for baby or toddler

The two most popular hiking backpack carriers are the Osprey Poco & Deuter Kid Comfort 3. Important features to look for in a backpack carrier are how adjustable they are, the carrying capacity, how much room you have for snacks, gear, etc, is there a hydration pocket and how much does it weigh.

 

After you find ones that meet your criteria for all the above, you should try them on. Like every carrier, it will fit everyone differently.

Backpack Carrier Comparison Chart

Storage Capacity Weight of Carrier Max Weight
(including baby &
gear)
Features Price
Deuter Kid Comfort III 18L 7 lbs 11 oz 48.5 lbs - Adjustable torso for wearer
- Rain cover sold separately
- Hydration pocket
- Side-entry buckle, height adjustable seat and 5 point harness
- Integrated Sun shield
Check Price
Osprey Poco 20L 6 lbs 14 oz 48.5 lbs - Adjustable torso for wearer
- Hydration pocket (bladder not included)
- Side-entry buckle, height adjustable seat and 5 point harness
- Built in sun shade
- Rain cover sold separately
Check Price

Deuter Kid Comfort III

Deuter Kid Comfort 3 Backpack carrier

Storage Capacity: 18L

Weight of carrier: 7 lbs 11 oz

Max Weight (including baby & gear):  48.5 lbs

Features:

  • Adjustable torso for wearer
  • Hydration pocket (bladder not included)
  • Side-entry buckle, height adjustable seat and 5 point harness
  • Integrated Sun shield
  • Rain cover sold separately

Click to check the latest price on the Deuter Kid Comfort III

 

Similar Option: Deuter Kid Comfort Air is less expensive

 

We like this carrier so much, we own one for each kid. See our full review here.

Osprey Poco

Osprey Poco backpack carrier for travel

Storage Capacity: 20L

Weight of carrier: 6 lbs 14 oz

Max Weight (including baby & gear):  48.5 lbs

Features:

  • Adjustable torso for wearer
  • Hydration pocket (bladder not included)
  • Side-entry buckle, height adjustable seat and 5 point harness
  • Built in sun shade
  • Rain cover sold separately 

Click to check the latest price on the Osprey Poco

 

Similar Options: Poco AG Plus & Poco AG Premium each have more storage capacity and weight but with the same overall max weight of 48.5 lbs

Our experience & recommendation

We have used a Baby K’Tan, Ergo Original, Ergo Performance Original with & without infant insert, Onya Baby Nexstep, LILLEBaby CarryOn Toddler Carrier, and Deuter Kid Comfort III. We also rented a Kelty backpack carrier, but it wasn’t clear what model it was (or we forgot to check). We’ve used our carriers for around the house, hiking, city sightseeing and everything in between.

 

I do the majority of the babywearing, but my husband does it quite frequently too. I loved our Baby K’Tan when each of our kids was itty bitty and would buy it again. I didn’t use it for very long though (maybe 9 months). 

Using Baby K'Tan baby carrier in Sedona
Baby K'Tan used in Sedona. Click for our favourite family-friendly hikes.
Using Ergo Baby Carrier in Sedona
Ergo baby carrier with infant insert used in Sedona.

I am frugal by nature and also don’t like to have to carry extra pieces, plus I didn’t really love using the infant insert with our Ergo (especially when it was hot out), so if I was buying a carrier now I would probably go for one that could be used the longest with the most options. My choice would be the Ergo Omni 360 or the LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE. They don't require an infant insert, they have the most carrying options and I’m familiar enough with their other products, that I know the quality would be great.

 

If carrying is still an option once your toddler is 2.5-3 yrs old, I would highly recommend a toddler carrier, like the LÍLLÉbaby Carryon Toddler Carrier. Though the baby carriers are rated to 45 lbs, the toddler carrier is wider and taller, making it so much more comfortable for both toddler and parent. I've carried my 4 year old in my Ergo and was surprised how much more comfortable the LÍLLÉbaby Carryon Toddler Carrier was. I love being able to carry it around my waist or in my backpack and throw my toddler in it easily on-the-go. When he chooses to walk, I'm not still pushing around a stroller. I'm free to chase him!

Using LILLEbaby Carryon Toddler in Norway
LILLEBaby Carryon Toddler used in Norway.

If you are active and travel to warm destinations, then the Onya Baby Outback is worth considering. I also really like that the Onya Baby carriers (except the Pure) come with a built in “high chair” so that I wouldn’t have had to carry along my MyLittleSeat fabric high chair.

Using Onya Baby NexStep Carrier in Mexico
Onya Baby NexStep visiting Mayan ruins in Mexico. Click to read about our adventures at the Coba ruins.
Onya Baby NexStep Integrated chair

Finally, if you plan to spend a lot of time hiking, look into a backpack carrier. Both of my kids were happier for so much longer in the backpack carrier. They sat up higher, could see more and were cooler.

 

See our full review of the Deuter Kid Comfort III here.

Hiking Cinque Terre with Deuter Kid Comfort 3
Hiking with the Deuter Kid Comfort 3. Click to read all about taking a baby or toddler to Cinque Terre.

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