Which Baby Carrier is Easiest to Use

Breanna | September 2, 2021 |

Easy” is subjective and probably varies widely between moms. However, there are obvious benefits to some carriers that may be helpful to discuss before you go out and commit to a purchase. 

For example, soft baby wraps such as Boba, Moby wraps, or even slings can be completely tied and adjusted before you attempt to put the baby inside, which frees up your hands for a safe transfer. Not to mention the fact that they’re much easier to tuck your sleeping baby into and maneuver around the house as they rest. 

Structured carriers, on the other hand, offer the advantage of easy-to-tighten buckles. However, they often require a spotter when you first learn to place your baby inside. These are often easier to change positions though, as wraps require you to learn new ties. 

One handed front carry loading position
One handed front loading into a structured carrier isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish alone

What mobility do I need to be able to use a baby carrier easily?

In order to safely put your baby inside a carrier and fasten it securely, you’ll need to be able to reach around your waist and behind your back to your shoulder blades to fasten the buckles. You’ll also need to support your baby with one hand as you adjust the carrier and secure it. 

Which baby carriers can you put on by yourself?

Soft baby wraps, woven wraps, slings, and soft structured carriers are all easy to put on by yourself. Wraps have somewhat of a learning curve, but after a few Youtube videos, you’ll be able to tie a wrap in your sleep. 

Likewise, Ergobaby and Tulas are also easy carriers to use. Personally, I’ve had 3 Ergobaby carriers, including the 360. All of them have been simple to adjust, fasten, and comfortable to wear. 

Here’s a helpful breakdown of how to tie a soft wrap from the Farmhouse on Boone

Is a baby sling easier than a structured carrier?

A sling may be easier to adjust, but the positioning can be tricky in a sling. Your baby isn’t as secure in it and can wiggle themselves out of the seat. Additionally, newborns can slide down into dangerous positions if you aren’t actively attending to their position while wearing them. Slings are good for hip carries with older infants though. 

Are baby slings easier to use than wraps?

Again, slings don’t have much of a learning curve. You can simply slip it on, slide your baby inside, adjust the seat, and go. However, your baby might not be as secure as they could be. And let’s not forget that using a sling with larger babies can place strain on your shoulder as the sling does not offer a lumbar support and your baby’s weight is not distributed evenly. 

Here’s a tutorial for using a ring sling with a newborn from Nalakai

My ranking of carriers by ease of use 

I’ve had 5 years of wearing babies and have purchased countless carriers. In doing so, I’ve gathered enough knowledge to confidently rank my favorites based on how easy they are to fasten by myself and how comfortable they are for extended wear. 

  1. Soft wrap
  2. Soft structured carrier 
  3. Sling
  4. Long woven wrap 
Breanna

Breanna is a former therapist turned writer. She earned a master’s in psychology in 2015 but ultimately decided she would like to be more present for her family. Currently flexing her writing skills as a stay-at-home mother of two toddlers (with another baby on the way), she enjoys writing in the parenting and home/DIY niches. She also writes fiction and has been published in a handful of literary magazines and a fiction anthology. In her spare time, Breanna enjoys blogging, painting, running, and drinking an absurd amount of coffee.

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