Home tools Buyer's Guides from tech enthusiast who loves technology and clever solutions for better living.
Best Child Carriers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated December 1, 2018
Best Child Carriers of 2018
Here are the customer reviews of some of the best child carriers of 2018. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. You must have heard that the best child carriers should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. The table below summarizes features, and below you’ll find more detailed reviews of each good.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this child carriers win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this child carriers come in second place?
The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this child carriers take third place?
The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
Child Carriers Buyer’s Guide
Once we had the packs in our hands, we started with safety and comfort. Were our little ones securely strapped in their carriers? And what were their carriers like—fuzzy, rough, well-padded? How did the packs feel on our torsos? Just like a backpacking pack, it’s important for the weight in a baby carrying backpacking to load-bear on the adult’s hips in order to carry the load efficiently. One of the things we took note of was the variety in kickstand design and how confidence-inspiring (or not) each one was. If we couldn’t get a solid click when we extended it, we didn’t feel great about setting our packs on the ground with kids in ’em.
Then we focused on adjustability: Can the pack be adjusted to varying torso heights, and how easy is it to do that? Did it feel secure once adjusted? We also looked at adjustability for our kids: Could stirrups be shortened and lengthened? Could harnesses stretch and shrink based on each child’s size? Once we had a fully loaded pack on, we paid attention to strap adjustability in order to get the load sitting just right to keep us comfortable for miles upon miles.
Moving on to storage, we took note of how much space each pack had as well as where the storage was placed. Was it available in a removable day pack that a hiking buddy could wear to spread the load? Were cell phone pockets large enough for today’s phones and easily accessible? Most important: Where do we carry our water?
The key to a good hiking baby carrier is remembering that you’re seeking comfort for two users. (Pictured: Thule Sapling, left; Osprey Poco AG, right.)
Who this is for
Key features are fit, room for gear, and stability when propped up.(Pictured, in foreground, left to right: Kelty Transit 3.0, Deuter Kid Comfort 2, Thule Sapling.)
Choosing a baby carrier for hiking with your child is an overwhelming task for most new parents. Like many things in raising a baby, it’s hard to know what you’ll actually need until you are in the thick of it. So most of us go in overprepared, buying things we’ll never use. But, when you plan to be a few miles from your car, far from easy-to-grab creature comforts, overprepared may be your smartest strategy. After all, both your and your baby’s comfort are key to making the whole experience a joy. That doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive hiking backpack with every extra available; it’s easy to determine which carrier will best suit your goals.
First, think about your baby’s age and size. Newborns and infants under 20 pounds are often most comfortable in soft-structured carriers or woven wraps for both the baby and the person carrying them—even for lengthy full-day hikes. Just make sure your hiking partner carries a daypack for diaper storage or, if you are hiking alone, couple your carrier with a good old fanny pack.
Once your little one is able to sit up on his or her own—usually around six months—he or she is ready to ride in a backpack. Because baby-toting backpacks are built to carry the weight of your gear plus a child (pretty much the equivalent of a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other gear), they’re built similarly to backpacking packs, making them stable, comfortable for longer periods than soft-structured carriers, and strong. Bonus: Their harnesses are easily adjustable so Mom, Dad, the nanny, and Grandma can all use the same pack no matter their height differences.
Next step in deciding between a soft-structured carrier or a pack is to think about what type of hikes you like to do. Consensus among our testers is that anything over two miles denotes breaking out the backpack. Once your kid hits around 2to 3pounds, he or she will likely be keen on doing a bit more on his or her own two feet—and you’ll probably be more than willing to let him or her down. Backpacks with easy access to your child’s seat—like a side opening—will come in handy here.
Also keep in mind that you might use your baby backpack for more than just hitting the trails. Our testers used these packs for zoo-going, roaming New York City by foot and subway, running errands, doing yard work, airport traversing and neighborhood dog-walking. Versatility, adjustability, comfort (for parent and child), durability, and, yes, cute extras like an included stuffed bear (thanks Deuter!) all matter.
For hikes shorter than two miles, or if your child weighs less than about 20 pounds or can’t sit up on his or her own, a soft-structured carrier (or SSC), like the OnyaBaby’s Pure Carrier, is the way to go. In an SSC, active toddlers can get up and down more easily and infants can nurse on the go.
The Deuter Kid Comfort is a do-it-all, flexible, and comfortable carrier. Photo: Ian Troxell
Tips for keeping bigger little ones happy on the trail
Happy baby, happy parent, happy days. (Pictured: Osprey Poco AG.)
At a certain point, toddlers and kids don’t want to be carried, but also don’t want to hike for long distances. To get them excited to hike on their own, take them to trails that have varied terrain like bridges, boulders, waterfalls, and streams to splash in or sculpture parks where there is always something new right up ahead. These small goals get kids excited to keep exploring.
As a parent, it’s important to be flexible with starts and stops and practice patience. This will let your little one discover his or her love for hiking and work up to longer distances in time.
And if you really need a workout, make some time for an adult-only hike between toddler-led strolls.
What to look forward to
We dismissed the Thule Sapling because of issues with the kickstand and the width of the seat area, which are dealbreakers for safely and comfortably hiking with a baby. But because the overall design and fit was so impressive, we’re calling in the Thule Sapling Elite to see if this version corrects those issues.
After rejecting both super-pricey and supercheap packs, we were left with fairly small initial pool of products to test. Runners-up included the Phil & Teds Escape, which also comes tricked out with extras like a changing pad, a rain shield, and a mirror, but the design often left us baffled (“I find the neck support hilarious,” said our Colorado tester, “I’ve never seen any child nap with his head back.”) and testers were uncomfortable on the trail because of the distance between them and their children in this pack.
The Thule Sapling also won big marks from us for clever design and a comfortable fit, which easily adjusted between a 6-month-old baby and his 35-pound 3-year-old brother. The product designers at the renowned car-rack company engineered it all right—adjustable foot stirrups, side-door access, hydration-compatible, an easy-to-slide pack harness, and ultra-breathability throughout—but the kickstand took some forcing, which didn’t inspire confidence, and we had trouble widening the seat area enough to keep our 2-year-old from feeling sandwiched.
The lack of hydration storage on the Deuter Kid Comfort Air was our testers’ biggest complaint. “How can a large backpack company overlook this and think it’s not necessary?” asked our New Hampshire-based tester, where hikes are often 1,000 feet of elevation per mile (read: water necessary!). It also lacked pockets for stashing a water bottle, leaving us dumbfounded. Small gripe: The pockets weren’t large enough to hold today’s phones.
Kelty’s Junction 2.0 never sized up to the rest of our hiking packs because it lacks adequate storage—hydration and regular—and foot stirrups, which allow a child to shift his or her weight on longer hikes and remain comfortable. But, because we found it useful for other shorter stints—keeping a baby up during a vet appointment, traveling, at the zoo—and it squeezed nicely into an airplane’s overhead compartment, we kept it on the list. There is one thing we’d like to see redesigned: the child’s seat. Multiple testers found it noticeably narrow, which probably gets uncomfortable for our babies and toddlers after too long (although they couldn’t quite articulate that). Foot stirrups would also help here.
The most plush pack in Deuter’s Kid Comfort series, the Deuter Kid Comfort III comes with a few more accessories than the Kid Comfort II, our main pick, such as an integrated sunshade and a retractable mirror. We eschewed the large price tag for the brand’s middle-of-the-line pack because it has all of the same riding comfort—for parent and child—but its accessories can be customized based on the user’s climate.
The Osprey Packs Poco AG Plus Child Carrier is exactly the same as the Osprey Poco AG Premium but without the removable day pack, a nice-to-have feature that lets couples split the weight load. If you plan to hit the trail without an adult counterpart, opt for this version.
The Kelty Pathfinder 3.0, the brand’s top-of-the line pack didn’t make our test squadron because we think its torso design is best suited for short trips, which is why the Junction 2.0 stuck out to us for its unique, travel-friendly design.
The biggest complaint we read about the Kelty Tour 1.0 was its lack of comfort. The design is so angled that the metal frame dug into users’ backsides, making it uncomfortable to keep hiking.
The thing we liked about Kelty’s Transit series (e.g., the Kelty Transit 3.0) was its unique, minimalist design, making it perfect for shorter jaunts. And because the harness was comfortable only for shorter trips, spending extra to have a lot of accessories seemed like overkill. That’s why we opted for the Transit 2.0 over the 3.0.
We dismissed the Phil & Teds Parade Backpack Carrier because it was built for city exploration. It doesn’t have the features we’d want for hitting the trails.
The Kelty Mijo seems optimal for for travel, especially at pounds ounces. But like the Phil & Teds Parade Backpack Carrier, it’s lacking pockets, weather protection, and a harness built for hiking.
BabyBjorn is the Kleenex of baby carriers in terms of name recognition. But the brand has also received flak in the past for its Original design being less than supportive of a baby’s hips. In 201BabyBjorn introduced the Carrier One Outdoors, a carrier constructed from quick-drying, breathable materials with a hip-happy design (as recognized by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute) that is built for hiking. Testers didn’t find it quite as comfortable and breathable as the OnyaBaby Pure, but it still remained a popular option for some parents.
Discount Cycles Direct
The okbaby lacks side protection.: “A sturdy and stylish child seat, but side protection is less than with brands such as Hamax”
This Italian-made child seat is similar in size and mounting operation to the Hamax range of seats. The seat and mounts have a sturdy build quality. Assembly and installation took us about 30 minutes and the instructions were clear and logical. Our overall impressions of security and ride feel of the seat were positive, although the side areas offer less protection than other brands. The adjustable footrests and reclining rear allow for a comfortable ride, whatever the size of your child. The harness is easy to adjust and passed the tamper test of a two-and-a-half-year-old. When cycling the seat felt secure and uneven road surfaces didn’t affect the ride much. However, we did have to raise the footrests higher than would have been ideal because the pedalling rider’s heels clipped them while in motion.
The bobike maxi tour “A well-specced seat, but we were less than impressed by the unusual harness fastening”
This seat from Dutch manufacturer Bobike has some unique features. The headrest curves around the child’s head for extra protection and support, plus it has adjustable footrests and a built-in rear LED light. The three-point harness clips in and out at the shoulder section rather than into the seat base, which we found difficult if the passenger was in a wriggly mood. It’s also easy to think you’ve connected it correctly, only to find it has come undone. We also had an issue with inserting and removing the frame-mounting bar, which involved a lot of jiggling. The seat, though, is really easy to remove from the mounting bar. A padlocked cable locks the seat and bar to your frame.
The weeride classic “More central- than front-mounted. An interesting design with many unique features”
The WeeRide is a popular front seat in the UK. Rather than attaching to the head tube like most of the other front mounted seats, it attaches to a bar that runs along the top tube of your bike and clamps to your seatpost and head tube at either end. The seat itself has a large cushioned front section, which allows your rider to have something to hold onto and lean on – particularly useful if they fall asleep. For smaller riders, however, it’s a bit big to reach or rest upon. While perfectly adequate, the seat harness isn’t quite as secure or as adjustable as some of the other systems. The mounting bar adds ugly-looking metal to your bike, so will not be to everyone’s taste.
The yepp mini “A lightweight and well made seat that attaches to the handlebar stem, though offers less protection”
The okbaby orion “Light, wobble-free and well built with a locking safety rail that gives the child protection”
Like the Okbaby rear seat, the Orion is sturdy and well made. Fitting the mount in the optimum position for the comfort of both parent and child took a bit of trial and error because there are quite a few possible options on the head tube. The seat clamp fixed firmly to the bike and ensured a wobble-free ride for our junior tester. He in turn was held securely in place by a three-point harness and a safety rail that fastened around him. The rail is a nice addition, not only for our little rider’s protection, but it also gave him something to grab onto while riding. While there’s no adjustment in the back height (typical of most forward positioned seats), it’s easy to adjust the position of the footrests, and the rubber straps easily secure little feet in place. The seat stays front facing at all times, rather than turning with the bars like some models available. The moulded cushioning is on the thin side, but still adds enough comfort. Rubberised bolt covers on the clamp make a nice finishing touch.
How we picked a winner
We evaluate backpackВ carriersВ with in-depth inspections, trying on different models with different size kids to gaugeВ overall quality and ease of use.
Living part-time here in Boulder, Colorado, the hiking mecca of North America, we asked many local parents here for their feedback on backpack carriers. Their insights greatly helped shape our recommendations.
We also gather significant reader feedback (our book, Baby Bargains has over million copies in print), tracking carriersВ on quality and durability. Besides interviewing parents, we also regularly talk with retailers and health careВ expertsВ to see which brands are most trustworthy and other key quality metrics.
Cheap carriers come with a hidden cost.
When purchasing a carrier, investing moreВ money buys comfort and ease of use. For example, the fabric is softer when you spend more and the padding is thicker. Often hook and loop closures are industrial strength (Velcro vs. Aplix, for example) with more pricey carriers.
Deluxe slings may come with padded side rails and more expensive back pack carriers may have toddler stirrups to help older kids sit up comfortably.
Little babies or children are very sensitive, especially the newborn babies. So in order to keep them in comfort, you have to use soft cloths or material for them. The same thing goes with a baby carrier. If you have a soft carrier then your baby will not only feel safe. It will also feel comfortable.
The Boba Baby Carrier uses a soft material for its clothing. To be specific it uses 95% of cotton and 5% of spandex. So if you use this carrier for your baby your baby will feel relaxed and at the same time safe as well.
No Belt Required
There are many baby carriers that use belt to keep the carrier attached to your body. But the Boba Baby Wrap & Carrier requires no belt in this case. As you will see you can simply wrap it around your body and this will be as good as a carrier with a belt. Also if a carrier has a belt there is a risk that it may fall off.
The fact that this product doesn’t require a belt is better in other ways as well. For example, it is very simple to put on. So you can put it on quickly. If you ever have any rush on something and you have to put a baby carrier on for your baby, this carrier will save a lot of time for you.
The Boba Carrier is free from harms. Because it uses a soft material as the core material. So it is safe for your baby. Babies are very sensitive and hard or rough material is very risky for babies. Because it can hurt your baby anytime, anywhere. So you should not take a risk of buying something for your baby that may harm it.
In order to avoid such danger, you should always rely on products made of soft materials. The Boba Baby Wrap & Carrier as you can see is such a product. So this is a harm-free or safe product for your baby. For this reason, you should choose the Boba Baby Wrap & Carrier.
The Boba Baby Wrap & Carrier is hand free which means you can carry your baby with it without using your hands. This is very helpful for you. Because as a parent taking care of your baby may be the first priority for you. But there are other things you should take care as well.
But a newborn or infant needs to be kept in sight all the time. Otherwise, there are risks for them to get hurt. So to do others tasks along with keeping your baby close to your sight, you need to at least keep your hands free. The Boba Baby Wrap & Carrier will surely help you to do so.
Child Carrier Backpack Babies R Us Carriers Buying Guide Hiking Reviews Day by traveld on December 24, 201child carrier backpack babies r us carriers buying guide hiking reviews day.
Plenty of people have been using net for locating info, suggestions, reports or any other guide for their needs. Such as you are. Do you come here to get new fresh idea about child carrier backpack babies r us carriers buying guide hiking reviews day? Exactly how many websites have you browse to obtain more detail about child carrier backpack babies r us carriers buying guide hiking reviews day? child carrier backpack babies r us carriers buying guide hiking reviews day is one of grown topic right now. We realize it from google search engine data like adwords or google trends. In an effort to provide valuable info to our followers, we have tried to find the nearest relevance picture about. And here you can view now, this picture have already been extracted from trustworthy resource.
We feel this child carrier backpack babies r us carriers buying guide hiking reviews day image will give you some more point for your need and we hope you like it. We know, we may have diverse view concerning this but at least we’ve tried our best.
Soft structured carriers are also not as convenient for travel as wrap carriers, but they are probably a more convenient all around carrier type. Because you can safely use them facing backwards too, wearing a carrier will not put strain onto your hip.
Pillows and duvets
Don’t use pillows and duvets – they are not safe for babies who are less than a year old because of the risk of suffocation. Duvets can also make your baby too hot.
Sheets and layers of blankets tucked in firmly below your baby’s shoulder level or a baby sleeping bag are safe for your baby to sleep in.
Pushchairs, also known as strollers and buggies, are only suitable for young babies if they have fully reclining seats, so your baby can lie flat. Wait until your baby can sit by themselves before using another type of pushchair. Choose a light pushchair if you will be lifting it on to trains or buses.
Prams give your baby a lot of space to sit and lie comfortably, but they take up a lot of space and are hard to use on public transport. If you have a car, look for a pram that can be dismantled easily. Consider buying a pram harness at the same time, as you may need it to strap your baby securely into the pram.
Carrycot on wheels
A carrycot is a light, portable cot with handles, similar to but smaller than the body of a pram, and often attachable to a wheeled frame. Your baby can sleep in the carrycot for the first few months, and the cot can be attached to the frame to go out.
Three-in-one travel system
This is a carrycot and transporter (a set of wheels) that can be converted into a pushchair when your baby outgrows the carrycot. Shopping trays that fit under the pushchair or pram can also be very useful when you’re out.
Car seats for babies
If you’ve got a car, you must have a baby car seat. Your baby must always go in their seat, including when you bring them home from the hospital. It’s illegal and also very dangerous to carry your baby in your arms in a vehicle.
The best way for your baby to travel is in a rear-facing infant car seat on the back seat, or the front passenger seat as long as it is not fitted with an airbag. The car seat is held in place by the adult safety belt.
The following advice should help make sure your baby’s car seat is as safe as possible:
Look for the United Nations ECE Regulation number R44.0or R44.04, or the new i-size regulation R129, when you buy a car seat.
After browsing through hundreds of products and using multiple products, I concluded that there are lots of variations between various brands. A customer having a little bit or no knowledge in this field may not be able to buy a reliable and suitable carrier.
SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier By LILLEbaby
As it is defined by its title, 360° Ergonomic Baby is six-position carrier exclusively designed and manufactured for healthy and bulky babies. 100% pure cotton fabric inserted with 3D mesh controls the temperature environment for the baby.
I liked this best infant carrier because of its 6-position carrying feature. Due to this feature the lifespan of the product has been increased and I could be able to carry my baby until he crossed 4lbs.
The product is costly as compare to other four brands in the best infant carriers review; however, increased lifespan and carrying options are plus point for 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier.
If you feel boring for roaming in the markets for buying a new carrier for every next stage of you baby’s growth, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier may be the best choice for you. After buying this baby carrier, you might not need to buy another carrier.
Make sure you look for a well padded baby carrier, you need to ensure padding is available for the safety of baby and to ensure that the parent is also well protected for bumps and bounces associated with more rugged terrain. Look for padded straps for shoulders, chest and the waist to ensure you relieve some of the pressure off those areas.
Even the strongest and fittest adult will soon get a sore back lugging a toddler around for a few hours. When buying a hiking baby carrier look for one designed specifically for the task. Look for ergonomic designs with good support. This will ensure a comfortable hike both the baby and parent
Deuter Kid Comfort Kid Carrier
The Deuter Kid Comfort Kid Carrier is made to carry kids from 1pounds to 40 pounds. The whole load (kid+gear) is approximately 48.pounds. There are many ways that this carrier can be acclimated to get the ideal fit for every wearer. The backboard has a convenient adjustment system that can enable you to expand the length.
The shoulder straps and backboard are made of a unique breathable material called Aircontact which enhances ventilation. The stirrups are a discretionary element situated on the left and right sides of the carrier. When used by the kid, it enhances their blood flow and all around the experience of being carried.
The Deuter Kid Comfort Kid Carrier has enormous amounts of storage for the things that you have to bring along on the hike. The hip belt is fitted with pockets on each side, there are two open pockets on the upper bit, a zippered stash, in addition to the bigger open pocket on the back, and a vast room for storage underneath where you can put your lunch. back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Kiddy Adventure Backpack Carrier
The Kiddy Adventure Backpack Carrier hiking baby carrier is a top of the line backpack with a lot of features and capacities. It can serve as a high seat on the trail. It has an overlay away stability stand and is completely movable to fit all sizes of a parent. The midsection and shoulder ties are sumptuously cushioned with a cool air flow construction making it comfortable to wear for drawn-out stretches of time.
Not only are straps customizable, their position, and in certainty the length of the back help is completely movable as well, giving you an excellent custom-made fit regardless of what your body shape or size. It has a sun/rain hood making you well equipped for any climate while out there.
The Kiddy Adventure Backpack Carrier is a reasonable, practical and ergonomic carrier to help your developing little adventurer out on the trails. It is an extraordinary alternative for hikers requiring a steady carrier with capacity. back to menu ↑ back to menu ↑
Phil&teds Parade Lightweight Backpack Carrier
The Phil&teds Parade Lightweight Backpack Carrier is made of more seasoned infants and youngsters and features an inner frothy aluminum outline. The carrier is produced using waterproof manufactured textures. Adorableness appears to have been a significant factor when outlining this specific backpack. The separable scaled-down backpack that your baby can wear when not being conveyed is particularly attractive.
It offers a back conveying position and is appropriate for your child from the time they are sitting freely (around a half year) to 18kg. There is sufficient storage room at the base for diapers, wipes, and bites. The kickstand functions admirably enabling youngsters to be stacked on easily. phil&teds Parade Lightweight Backpack Carrier
Brand New Carriers
If you’re in the market for a brand new carrier, it is much easier to ensure you buy the real deal. Every brand of baby carrier manufacturer should include a section on their main website that states their approved stockists around the world. If your carrier is being sold somewhere not listed in this section, it’s best to steer clear.
In particular, you should be wary of all new baby carriers being sold on e-bay – these are almost always fakes as approved retailers are not allowed to sell through this platform.
However, if you’ve found an approved stockist, you can buy with confidence!
But I’m On a Budget…
If it feels like all you can afford are potentially dodgy baby carriers, I feel for you. Babies are expensive! And it’s wonderful that you want to wear your baby!
I know you wouldn’t want to put your baby in harm’s way, but you also shouldn’t miss out on the amazing benefits of babywearing just because of the cost of a decent carrier. Here’s what I recommend you do:
Infantino Swift Classic Carrier
As one of the cheapest baby carriers available, the Swift Classic is one that many overlook. However, it is made of pure cotton and it is ideal for newborns from 8-2pounds. It features padded shoulder straps to ensure your comfort and a padded head area for your little one. It is 100% washable. The straps on it are adjustable so that you and your partner can carry your little one or so that you can put it onto your side to make carrying even easier.
Infantino Sash Mei Tai Carrier
This pricier carrier has a detachable hood to protect your infant from the sun. It has lumbar support for your comfort and extra wide padded shoulder straps. It is washable, can be used for nursing your infant, and it can be used by the smallest newborn provided that you make a few adjustments. It is fully adjustable so that both parents can wear the baby comfortably and it holds the baby in a natural, seated position so that their spine does not bend into an uncomfortable position for them.
A quick note on baby clothes in the early days: everyone and their mom is going to buy you baby clothes, whether you ask for them or not, so you really don’t need to register for a ton, except for a few key items which is what you’ll find here.
Homecoming & The First Two Weeks
Right after birth, your baby will be sporting his umbilical cord stump for the first 10-20 days (mmm, looks like bacon). This stump can be short or long depending on where it was clamped. If it’s on the longer side, you may want to stick to newborn kimonos and such that don’t rub and irritate it.
Think of it as a really deep scab that you don’t want coming off too early.
There isn’t much distinction between footed onesies and jammies per se, except the ones that look jammy-esque are called jammies. Potato, po-TAH-to. At the end of the day, who really cares?
The big benefit of the sleeping gown is easy middle-of-the-night diaper changes, so they are perfect for the first month when your baby poops every couple of hours and needs EASY, frequent nighttime diaper changes.
After about 4-weeks, the pooping-frequency slows waaaay down and nighttime changes are not as critical. The downside of sleeping gowns is that they tend to hike up around baby’s tummy, which is very annoying. So to ensure warm feet and legs, sleeping gowns are best used in conjunction with a swaddler or swaddling blanket. Speaking of which…
Footwear for newborns is strictly for warmth. Let’s face it; they aren’t exactly running around in the street, right?
If your baby is not wearing a footed outfit, you’ll need some socks to keep those feet warm — and if it’s pretty cold outside, some shoes or booties. The problem with baby socks and shoes is that they really, wonderful little baby slippers in tons of amazing designs.
For more on keeping warm in the winter, please read this.
Key Feature & Specification
This adjustable baby sling carrier will help you get your chores and tasks done while taking care of your baby. The design makes sure that your baby and your back are well taken care of. It is made of breathable fabric that allows the air to circulate to keep you and your little one cool.
Why babies love it
It quite successfully imitates parents’ natural motions (from up and down to side to side and beyond).
You can play your baby his favorite soothing sounds or use the MPplug-in to play your (or baby’s) favorite tunes
The seat can be adjusted to any position (including full recline). Hello, maximum comfort!
It features a super cute toy mobile with reversible toy balls (black and white on one side and colored on the other).
Why parents love it
Your baby is not particularly keen on being swayed from side to side or bounced up and down? This gem of a baby swing has different motions! You can choose from kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, wave, and (my favorite) car ride. No more riding aimlessly around the block at am!
You can control both motion and sound from your smart device (if it’s compatible). Contemporary mamas welcome aboard the technology of your dreams!
Features to look for
Buying a baby swing is no rocket science but there are still a few features you should consider before taking out your credit card. Even though they all do the trick, some of them boast features that might tip the balance for your specific situation. Here are the basic features to look for and the options you have when buying a baby swing:
Except for supporting your baby (obviously), the baby swing seat is the place where your precious little one will spend a lot of time (hopefully), so you might ask yourself the following questions:
Is it easy to clean? Considering there will be a baby in the swing, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that you will eventually find all kinds of baby bodily fluids as well as food in different stages of the digestion process all over the baby swing seat. So it better have a removable and easily washable seat cover.
Are there different reclining positions? It goes without saying that newborns will feel more comfortable in a fully reclined position. But what happens when the baby gets older and wants to explore the world? Given the fact you are probably going to fall in love with the comfort a baby swing can give both you and your baby, you should consider a baby swing with different reclining positions.
Is it nicely padded? This question is often neglected by new (sleep-deprived) parents but it’s important to feel the padding of the baby swing prior to buying. It has to be neither too thin nor too thick to provide your baby with maximum comfort.
Let’s face it. The primary reason you are buying a baby swing is, well, the swinging part. It’s that magical rhythmic rocking motion that imitates the motion of the womb and that has the power to soothe your cranky baby and provide you with the hands-free time you’ve been craving for ever since you became a parent. Here’s what to expect:
Speed – an adjustable swing speed setting is a feature that is totally worth considering. By speeding up and slowing down the swing speed you can easily find the rate your baby feels most comfortable at. It’s a huge plus since newborns and older babies tend to change their mind about the speed at which they like to be rocked!
Direction – while most baby swings offer only a back and forth swinging direction, there are models that also have a side to side/up and down/round and round motions available. Unless you are buying a baby swing with multiple swinging directions included, look for signs in your baby that will show you which swing direction is more soothing for him and opt for a baby swing that has this particular feature.
Timer – depending on your preferences, you can choose a baby swing with a timer or one without a timer. The timer feature lets you set up a particular period during which the motion is on. There’s a downside to it, though, as you will have to turn it back on if the baby is still awake and wants some more rocking…
Material – We’ll put it straight. It’s not advisable to opt for a cheap baby swing with a plastic frame. After all, the frame is what prevents the swing from falling over so the sturdier it is the better. All reputable baby swing manufacturers use metal for the baby swing frame construction.
Does it fold? In case you live in a small apartment (or you want to fabricate the state of your pre-baby living area – good luck with that!), you should consider a foldable frame. It allows the baby swing to be neatly folded up and tucked in a distant corner until the next time you’ve had it enough with swinging your clingy baby in your arms.
You are saying goodbye to your cash anyway, so why not welcome some baby swing extras as well? Mobiles, toy bars, vibration (!), trays, music, and lights are among the many extras some fancy baby swing models boast about.
Don’t fall into the trap of wanting it all, though, as you need mainly a life-saver here, not a mobile circus in your home! Carefully choose the extras that you will feel most comfortable with. Hold on, there’s still a chance for that last piece of sanity you’re left with to stay intact during this newborn-baby-toddler rollercoaster your life has turned into.
Knowing your baby is safe in their baby swing is vital for each parent. Here are the safety features to look for in a baby swing:
The harness – a 5-point harness is, undoubtedly, the safest choice, offering enough support both for the upper body and for the lower body. A 3-point harness is a good choice for older babies. Whichever option you go for, make sure the straps are made of a durable material, are well adjusted and are comfortable for your baby, of course! The lock should also be sturdy with the straps securely locking into place to ensure your child’s maximum safety.
The recommended weight, height, and age guides – whether there is a minimum or a maximum requirement for any of the above, you should make sure your baby’s measures are within the required limits.
The recline positions – it is extremely important to choose a baby swing that offers a fully-reclined position if your baby is under months as, up until this age, babies have little to no control of their necks.
The parent attendance – even though one of the major advantages of baby swings is freeing your hands so you can actually do something around the house, you should always keep baby in sight. Whether your bundle of joy is in a baby swing or no, he should never be left unattended.
The swing placement – where your baby swing is positioned is as important (in terms of safety) as the rest of the safety precautions. When you set it up, make sure the surface is flat (no inclines or elevations), it’s easy to see it from different angles, and no pets have access to it (as they can accidentally turn it over).
Sleep – baby swings are generally not designed with night sleep in mind, but an occasional short nap is perfectly fine. In terms of safety, putting your baby to sleep in their crib is the wisest choice.
Time limits – while there are no hard rules on this one, you shouldn’t leave your baby in the swing all day. Some experts say an hour (or less) a day is best for the baby but there’s no research that either proves or rejects this theory, so just go with the flow and make sure you get baby off the swing if he shows any signs of irritation or discomfort.
Toys – most baby swings come with a toy bar (or a mobile) that offers plenty of opportunities for your little one to have fun playing with the toys or just looking at them. To make the entertainment safe, every time you put the baby in the swing, ensure that all toys are securely and safely connected to where they belong. As you know, any loose parts or small objects can end up in your baby’s mouth, increasing the chance of choking.
Wind-up – the cheapest baby swings currently on the market, wind-up baby swings may save you some money but they can become a real pain in the *ss. I mean, what is the point in buying a baby swing if you have to rewind it every 10-1minutes? If you like your hands busy, just skip the baby swing altogether!
Battery – battery-powered baby swings may sound like a good option at first (due to their lower price compared to the plug-in options). But if you are an unfortunate parent of a tough sleeper (welcome to the club), you will soon find the hard way that replacing baby swing batteries every week or so is not cheap. At all.
Plug-in – the most expensive baby swings on the market are the plug-ins. But can you really put a price tag on comfort? With no need for you to rewind like a crazy person or try to figure out how to use the screwdriver to change the batteries at the freezing sound of your screaming baby, it’s a matter of common sense to resort to the plug-in baby swing of your dreams.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Child Carriers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Child Carriers
- №1 — Piggyback Rider SCOUT model – Child Toddler Carrier Backpack for Hiking Trails
- №2 — Osprey POCO AG Plus Child Carrier
- №3 — Osprey Packs Poco AG Child Carrier