The Best Baby Carriers of 2010 -- Which One Should You Buy?

We looked at the best carriers on the market. Find the one that suits your carrying style. (18 Photos)

Kate Bayless on May 3, 2010 at 10:43PM

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Baby Bjorn Organic Original

a Kate Bayless on May 3, 2010 at 11:05PM


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Carrier Stats
Type: Front carrier
Weight range: 8 to 25 lbs.
Price: $90
Made of: Organic cotton

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Expert review: BabyBjorn has been making carriers since 1961 and now offers the Original carrier in soft, 100% organic cotton. Though only available in one color (Walnut, a soft gray-brown, which means dads will deign to use it, too!), this carrier includes wide shoulder straps for maximum support and easy-to-follow directions. Your baby can face in or out, and you can adjust the seat position, carrier depth and shoulder straps to find a perfect fit. (Four clips hold the baby in place, and you can tighten the leg openings for smaller infants.) The carrier comes in two pieces, but once assembled is easy to put on and take off. Comfortable for around the house or around town, this Bjorn model places the carrier weight squarely on the shoulders and back—so if you tend to get sore or tend to use regularly for long periods of time, you might want to choose the Active or Comfort carrier instead, which have lumbar support.

Why we love it: Machine-washable; easy to use and adjust; excellent head support; organic interior and exterior; the unisex color and design. 

What we wish it had: Fold-out sun cover; better weight distribution; more color options; removable bib where baby tends to chew.

Great for: Parents who don't want a waist-strap carrier or those who want a simple, easy-to-use front carrier.

Bottom line: There aren't a lot of bells and whistles on the Organic Original, but the all-natural material and streamlined style make it a perfect pick for parents who want a carrier that's easy to use and environmentally-friendly.

What our parent tester thought:
"The fasteners are very, very easy to use."

"I think a parent that lives in a city would love this carrier. A parent that likes to be stylish yet comfortable. I think a go-getter who needs to get stuff done in and out of the apartment but wants to keep her child close."

"My favorite part of the carrier is the ease of it all. The child goes in easily and the carrier goes on easily and can be adjusted with hardly any trouble. Plus, you can walk, stand up and sit down easily with it on."

"I would definitely recommend it because it's a good value for what it does and how it looks."

—Sadia, and her 18-week-old daughter, of New York, N.Y.

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