We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks

Our parents reviewers put the newest carriers to the test! Read on to find the carrier that's right for you (34 Photos)

Kate Bayless on Jul 11, 2013 at 5:11PM

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We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks


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Chicco Ultra Soft Magic Carrier

The vented lining and mesh sides of Chicco's Ultra Soft Magic carrier keep your baby cool on long outings. You'll appreciate the three storage pockets, perfect for stashing pacis, burp cloths and keys.

Carrier Stats
soft-structure carrier (front in, front out)
Weight range: 7.5 to 25 lbs.
Price: $70
Made of: 100% polyester
Parent Rating:
Get It Now: Babies R Us 

Style: "This carrier has a great style to it. There's a mesh interior liner and side fabric to ensure baby is cool and comfortable."

"Its neutral color and pattern meant both my husband and I could use it. It's not bulky, so you don't feel restricted when wearing it."

"The carrier was very secure. It only has one side opening for the baby, which means she isn't at risk to fall out unexpectedly." 

Comfort: "The carrier was very comfortably padded. It made going on errand outings or just walking around the block easy for both mommy and baby."

"The carrier was very easy to put on the first time. There are padded shoulder straps, side straps and adjustable straps for lumbar support. I was able to adjust them easily without anyone helping before I put my daughter securely in it."

"It has very soft comfortable mesh. Living in South Florida, where it's very humid, it's nice to know that the carrier is breathable and won't make my baby hot when she's inside it."

What It's Missing: "There's nothing I would change with the carrier."

Bonus: "I loved the dribble cloth attached to the carrier -- very useful for teething kids. The front pocket is also perfect for carrying small items, such as your phone, keys or cash."

--Eileen and her 11-month-old, from Delray Beach, Fla.

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