If you’re a parent, then you know what it’s like to go on an adventure with your little one. You want the best carrier for them so that they are comfortable and safe while exploring new places. Here are Top 3 Baby Carriers for Travel!
Are Baby Carriers Safe?
Like all baby gear, baby carriers are safe if you use them correctly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
All reputable brands will come with instructions on how to place the baby into the carrier to ensure the baby is sitting comfortably and securely.
The most crucial thing safety-wise, especially if you are carrying a tiny child, is to make sure they are sitting in a way that supports their head and neck and doesn’t block their airways.
Choosing between a wrap and a soft-structured carrier
Wraps are excellent for infants and tiny babies (typically from birth until about 20 lbs). They don’t require any 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 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 page 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 overwraps.
When to Choose 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 they can easily be put into a bag or pocket.
Considerations Before Buying a Baby Carrier
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 baby wearing lending library or join a baby wearing group.
When 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 are the fabric and 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?
Baby Carriers that Don’t Require an Infant Insert
Why wouldn’t you want to use an infant insert? From my own 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 depend on where you are going or where you live.
Baby Carriers for Travel
Bottom line: there is a carrier out there that will work best for you. Be sure to do your research before deciding and be prepared with all the questions on what type of babywearing works best for you!
We hope this information helps make travel with your little one more accessible, more enjoyable, and even safer. Happy travels!