We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Carriers of 2011

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Kate Bayless on Apr 12, 2011 at 5:58PM

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We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Carriers of 2011

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We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Carriers of 2011

Hands-free baby-wearing -- we love you! From slings and wraps to backpacks and front packs, our parent reviewers have put these new carriers to the test. Here are our top picks.

Baby K'tan Breeze
The hybrid sling/wrap K’Tan Breeze has one loop of cotton and one of breathable mesh to keep baby comfortable year round.

Carrier Stats
Type: sling/wrap hybrid
Weight range: up to 35 lbs.
Price: $60
Made of: 50% cotton, 50% mesh
Parent Rating:

Get it Now: Walmart

 

Style: “The Baby K'Tan Breeze is such a simple design, and I think the sporty look of the mesh makes it a great carrier for a male or female to wear."

Fit: “The carrier itself was easy to get my baby in and out of, as long as he wasn't being too wiggly!"

“Since the carrier is just made of 2 loops of fabric, there's not much adjusting to be done - which is good because assuming you have the right size, you shouldn't need to adjust it.  But it would be nice if there was a way for it to adjust so that my husband (who is 8 inches taller than I am) could also use the same carrier.”
“The Breeze came with an additional sash for optional added support.  I didn't really feel that the sash was necessary or incredibly helpful in making the carrier feel safer - the sash was very long and either dragged behind me or had to be tucked in the sides, getting in the way.”

Comfort: The material is very soft and comfortable to wear! I love that there are no straps, buttons, or hooks to get in the way.”

“This carrier was perfect for walking, shopping, and some household tasks. I had no problem wearing it to vacuum and do some light cleaning. I had one hand (if not both!) free at all times, and it wouldn't be difficult to care for another child while wearing my son in this carrier, especially a toddler or preschooler."

What it’s missing: “The only thing that would make this carrier better would be a way to wear my son on my back.  It would also be nice if there was a way for it to adjust so that my husband (who is 8 inches taller than I am) could also use the same carrier."

Bonus: “I love that the Breeze is lightweight, all one piece, and versatile in a number of positions.  It's great that it is small enough to toss in my diaper bag, and easy to put on for a quick trip to the grocery store. Plus there’s no problem just throwing it in the laundry.”

- Joan, and her 6-month-old son, of Ventura, CA

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