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Babywearing is in. Pediatricians, psychologists, and your big sister will tell you that wearing your child in a baby carrier can be just the trick for a happier child. It helps satisfy both your baby’s and your own need for closeness and affection: she will feel calm and secure when she is snuggled up against you in a baby carrier and hears your reassuring heartbeat. It’s not a passing trend, either: babywearing is a natural and instinctive practice for parents, and studies show that babies cry less when held or worn in a baby carrier.
Our hand-selected assortment of baby carriers gives you a variety of choices that suit your lifestyle and personality. Try a soft-bodied baby carrier like the Beco Gemini or an Ergo Baby carrier like their popular Original Baby Carrier, brand-new 360 Baby Carrier, or Stowaway Baby Carrier for parents who are on-the-move! Not for you? Maybe check out a super-supportive structured carrier like the BabyBjorn Miracle Baby Carrier or Stokke MyCarrier Baby Carrier or a wrap-style baby carrier like the Moby Wrap. For active families, we have a great selection of baby backpack carriers from Deuter.
We have no idea how the western world missed out on what parents all over the world have known for centuries: babywearing is awesome. Nearly every baby, everywhere, would rather be held all day if she can, and studies show that babies who are worn in baby carriers cry less and suffer from less colic.
A quality baby carrier lets you enjoy cozy quality time with your baby all day long, with your hands free and, ideally, without any strain on your back. And, bonus points: carrying your baby lets her listen to you talking all day, which is great for her developing mind. read more
So, you’re sold on babywearing – now, which baby carrier to choose? That’s a tough one, because our selection of baby carriers includes so many fantastic options. Do you go with the brand recognition and sporty style of Baby Bjorn? (Dad says: go with this one.) How about the incredibly popular Ergo Baby Carrier, touted as the most comfortable of all baby carriers, and with a super-high weight limit? How about the Boba Baby Carrier, with nifty little foot stirrups that position toddlers ergonomically for comfort (and make it irresistible to play horsie)? Or the gorgeous and easy-to-use carriers from Beco Baby? Even Stokke, the Norwegian kings of adaptable baby products, have gotten in on the game, with the outdoorsy Stokke MyCarrier, inspired by mountaineering gear.
Having too many good baby products to choose from is a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem – after all, you don’t want to buy every baby carrier in the store (although of course, we wouldn’t mind if you did). To pick the baby carrier that’s perfect for your parenting lifestyle, start by asking your friends and perusing reviews. If you can, head down to your local baby store – if you’re in New England, come to Magic Beans!– and try on various baby carriers with a weighted doll.
Finally, if the decision between Ergo Baby and Baby Bjorn and Beco Baby and Stokke and Boba and all those pretty baby slings is just too difficult to make, call us! We’re total baby gear nerds, and our customer service representatives know baby carriers inside-out. We’ll make sure you’re happy with the baby carrier you get, and we can help you learn how to use it, too. show less
Babywearing is one department where the Western world is scrambling to catch up with the rest of the planet. Moms and dads everywhere in the world have carried their babies in some variation of a baby sling for centuries: the Mexican rebozo baby sling, the Peruvian manta baby sling, the African kanga baby sling, the Indonesian selendang baby sling, the Chinese mei tai baby sling, the Korean podaegi baby sling…
Well, you get the point. Either way, babies and parents everywhere have experienced the benefits of the baby carrier: the delightful and snuggly bonding experience, the “look Ma, no hands!” functionality, the ability to breastfeed discreetly on the go, and more. Baby slings are among the simplest baby carriers, with limited fasteners, buckles, and straps; they tend to be extremely adjustable and one-size-fits all (although that’s not always the case), and they have a terrific, traditional look. read more
The Moby Wrap is one of our most popular baby carriers because it’s so incredibly simple and versatile. Just how simple can a baby carrier get, you ask? The Moby Wrap is a 6-yard piece of soft and stretchy cotton. That’s it! Just follow one of the many available tutorials and use your Moby Wrap baby carrier to fasten your baby to your chest or your back, facing in or out.
Like the Moby Wrap, Sakura Bloom baby carriers have a simple design that enables caregivers of multiple sizes to use them. However, their ring-sling design is a little more structured, and the fabrics are incredibly luxurious: get the Sakura Bloom baby sling in linen for the ultimate in summer comfort, or go upscale with the breathtakingly gorgeous Sakura Bloom sling in Simple Silk (the ultimate baby shower gift!).
Finally, the Baby K’tan baby carrier straddles the line between baby sling and soft-structured baby carrier: the double loop design skips the buckles and straps that tend to come with structured baby carriers, but the K’tan has less of a learning curve and more back support than most slings.
Every baby carrier and baby sling has advantages and disadvantages, so before you choose one, read reviews, do research, and try a baby carrier on in the store if you can. Magic Beans store associates will be happy to help you road-test any carrier with a weighted doll. And if you’re not near our stores, we can still help – our website customer service reps know babywearing inside-out and will help you choose the baby carrier that will best enhance your parenting journey, anywhere in the world! show less
Fear not, rugged and sporty parents: there’s no need to give up your all-day hikes now that there’s a baby on board. Backpack baby carriers provide the support you need to haul your baby around all day long, whether you’re walking across the city or the woods. read more
Ergo Baby and Deuter are two of our top brands for serious back-carrying. This is because backpack baby carriers are best suited for kids who are old enough to sit up comfortably in their baby carrier with full head and neck control, and those babies get heavy. So you want a baby carrier with major support: a rugged hip belt and/or a tough but light aluminum frame.
Ergo Baby carriers are among the most popular baby carriers we sell, because they’re just so comfortable! Ergo carriers were among the first baby carriers to use a wide, padded waist band to properly distribute baby’s weight to your hips and shoulders, and the result is a baby carrier you can use from birth right up to 40 pounds (and in some cases 45, depending on the model). Plus, you can use your Ergo Baby Carrier in a variety of positions – the back carry is just one of many options.
If you need a tougher backpack baby carrier for serious hikes, though, you’ll want to go with one of our options from Deuter, a German backpack manufacturer that’s famed for their hiking gear. Deuter baby carriers are a bit bulkier, but they kick up the outdoors convenience a serious notch – and they’re really sporty and tech-y, which dads love.
Not sure which one of these baby carriers is for you? After all, in addition to these baby backpacks, we’ve got baby slings, Bjorns, Becos and Bobas aplenty, and we can see where all those great baby carrier options might be confusing. So if you need a hand, contact us! Our customer service associates are experts at matching parents with the products that fit your lifestyle, and we’re always happy to help. show less