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21 September, 2020

The Top 10 Baby Carriers in Australia in 2021

Being hands-free and able-bodied, is there anything sweeter? New parents will know that this is a rare pleasure when you’re dealing with a newborn and why we need to find you the best baby carrier!

There will be times when your baby doesn’t want to be put down anywhere - including the cot, the stroller and even the swing! A baby carrier allows parents to give babies the cuddles they require, while still being able to prepare food, run errands - and just generally have use of their limbs!

What you should look for when buying a baby carrier?

When it comes to choosing the right carrier for you and bub, there are a few things you need to need to consider, like safety and comfort - not just for bub - but for you, too!

- Safety

Most carriers can only carry babies up until a certain weight. Keep this in mind when selecting your carrier, as choosing one designed for babies under a certain weight may mean your carrier becomes unsafe as your baby gains weight. Ensure you choose a carrier that’s easy to tighten before you put your baby in it, and one that you can make more snug once your baby is inside. Ensure the sling allows you to position your baby’s head comfortably to the side, and that you can constantly monitor the position of their nose and mouth to ensure neither are covered at any time.

Always check that the carrier comes with easy-to-understand written, visual or video instructions that show you how to use it safely.

- Comfort

Broad, padded shoulder straps are a must if you’re planning to carry your bub past the newborn stage. A broad waist strap will help to distribute baby’s weight evenly. It also stops the carrier moving from side-to-side too much as you walk.

- Ease of use

Try to find a carrier that allows you to complete most of the fitting before your baby is placed in the carrier, and is then easy to adjust for a snug fit with one hand once the carrier is on and secured.

- Design

You may also want to think about the type of clothing you like to wear, and how the design of your carrier will work with that clothing. This has a lot to do with comfort, but also with design. Some carriers with a tie instead of a broad waistband tend to ride up as you walk, this can be a problem if you’re wearing singlet tops or short dresses.

- Breathability

If you’re looking to use your carrier year round, it may be worth selecting a carrier featuring mesh panels, or one made from a breathable material - nothing synthetic! This is because you’re able to dress your baby warmly in winter, but you don’t want them overheating in the carrier in the summer months.


If you’re hoping to have the option of using your carrier past the newborn stage, it’s worth opting for one that allows you to turn your baby around to face outwards. They prefer this as they get older, as they don’t need to be cuddled into your chest anymore - rather, they want to be able to see what’s going on! Some carriers even allow you to carry baby on your hip or back. Options are never a bad thing!

Baby carrier features to consider:

- Mesh panels

Create breathability for your baby by allowing air to travel through the carrier and reach your baby’s body.

- Easy-to-use toggles

Toggles with long straps that are easily reached with one hand and can be clipped and unclipped with one hand.

- Newborn insert

A newborn insert is often a pillow-like inclusion with carriers that cater to a wider age and weight bracket, as it allows your baby’s head to be in a safe position above the lip of the carrier when they’re a newborn, and are then able to use the carrier long term once they outgrow the newborn insert.

- Design

Simple, sturdy and breathable carriers with padded support straps are often the most safe and comfortable for you and baby. Anything too complex can mean you forget to tighten a toggle, and any materials with too much ‘give’ can mean that your baby’s head isn’t secured in an ideal - or safe - position whilst being carried.

Here are the 10 best baby carriers of 2021:

baby dink best baby carrier

1. BabyDink Classic Organic Baby Carrier, RRP: $159.00

BabyDink is the COMFY Baby Carrier!

Simply put it on like a T-Shirt!


Designed to grow with you and your Baby



Proudly Australian Made


  • BIRTH TO 6 MONTHS (approx 8kgs)


  • PETITE (AU4) TO AU22


BabyDink complies with rigorous safety testing of US standard ASTM F2907 and EU TR16512

Accredited by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a Hip-Healthy Product

SUPPORT  our signature elasticised hip band which adjusts to your body

COMFORT – Our exclusive knit fabric is super stretchy and ensures zero sagging

TRUSTED by Mums, Dads and Caregivers worldwide

Petite = AU size 4 – 6
Small = AU size 6 – 8
Medium = AU size 10
Large = AU size 12 – 14
XL = AU size 16-18

XXL = AU size 20 – 22

Real review: Kehley M, Babydink.com.au

“My 3 week old loves going for walks in our BabyDink, he falls asleep immediately and it’s so easy and comfortable for me to wear! A bonus I have discovered is I can wear this around the house when he’s unsettled and he’ll settle or fall asleep straight away! It’s such a huge help especially with my husband working away and me not having family in the area. He legitimately just woke from a 3 hour sleep in the Dink while I prepped dinner, did the washing, dishes and I also ate breakfast before 12!!”



2. Zarpar Bebe Wrap Baby Carrier, RRP: $229

For those who love tradition and the snug and close feeling a wrap carry gives you.  A simplified take on a traditional Baby Carrier design, ergonomically shaped, providing optimum support and security for baby and carer.  Perfectly lightweight, these carriers are the ultimate accessory for summer adventures.

From Birth until well into Toddlerhood.

1. Grows with your baby
Tall body panel means your carrier grows as your baby grows.  For smaller babies or newborns simply fold the waist to shorten the body.

Permanent elastic cinch at waist to adjust the seat width as needed for smaller babies and to forward face your baby.

2. Multiple ergonomic positions
Front Newborn carry, Front Infant carry, Forward Facing carry, Hip Carry and Back carry options to provide a natural, ergonomic position best for long term, comfortable carrying that promotes healthy hip and spine development for baby.

3. Fully Adjustable padded shoulder straps
Soft Bamboo padding through shoulder straps to create a carrier as close to nature as possible.

Wide shoulder straps provide optimal neck & shoulder comfort.  Straps cross in an “X” across your back to help evenly distribute the weight of your baby promoting better posture for the wearer.

Long straps means no need to adjust between multiple wearers.

Discreetly breastfeed on the go with a simple adjustment of the straps

4. Padded supportive waistband
Padded bamboo waist band provides superior comfort for longer wearing to help evenly distribute weight. It offers a buckle fastening for ultimate ease of use.

5. Permanent hood
Comes with permanent elasticised hood to support baby’s head while sleeping, sun, wind or rain protection while out and about, and extra privacy while feeding.

6. Breathable & lightweight material
Made using soft and breathable 100% Linen ensuring total durability making sure you and bub stay cool. Front panel made from handwoven Allo & Cotton sourced from the rural regions of Nepal.

Zarpar Bebe carriers have been safety tested and approved to meet local and international safety standards. They have also been acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a “Hip Healthy” product to nurture the development of these small growing bodies.

Real review: Janel. R, zarparbebe.com.au

“This is the only carrier that has worked with my little one!! We love how soft and lightweight it is and it is by the far the best easiest carrier to put on - trust me we’ve tried so many!”



3. Mumma Etc Alba Sling, RRP: $99.90

Carry your baby from newborn through to toddlerhood in our signature Mumma sling, made from a single layer of 100% handwoven linen.

While all our slings can carry babies up to 15.9kg, our single sling is ideal for first time sling mummas – less fabric can make it easier to learn with vs. a double sling.

Alba is a soft black colour – simple, stylish and versatile.

Available with either a Black, Gold, or Rose Gold ring.

Real review: Jui Bhadra, mummaetc.com

“The best impulse buy ever! I was breastfeeding late one night and came across the ad on instagram as you do. After thinking about it for all of 2 seconds I ended up buying the sling as one more thing to test that doesn’t work for my baby or will be too clumsy for me to wear. I must admit baby and I love this sling, its super easy to wear and use and after the first couple of times you become a pro. Bub loves it as she's close to me and sleeps as I walk around the house or the shopping center or go for long walks in the evening hands free.My favourite is where you can roll up the sling and tuck it in to support bub's neck. Very handy if you have a cling baby. My husband loves it too!”



aden anias bonding baby carrier

4. Aden + Anais Baby Bonding Top in Black, RRP: $89.95

This intimate method of bonding with baby helps ease infants into life outside the womb by helping to promote breastfeeding, regulate their temperature, heart rate, breathing and sooth-fussiness – all of which helps to relax both mom and baby.

Real review: Leah, amazon.com

“So glad I purchased. Much easier to use than the wrap style and perfect for wearing around at home and sitting on the couch, but also works as a first layer with baby if I'm popping outside. I do keep my arms around her/ wouldn't say it's tight enough to be totally hands-free. Does run a little small- I am normally a small and did a medium for this.”



baby bjorn carrier

5. BabyBjorn One Air Baby Carrier, RRP: $299.99

What if you could enjoy the closeness of babywearing for longer — in a way that’s comfortable for both you and your little one? You can with the ergonomic Baby Carrier One Air crafted in cool and airy 3D mesh. The sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps relieve pressure on your back and shoulders and make babywearing possible from newborn and up to the age of three.

3D mesh is made of 100% polyester, a supersoft, flexible fabric that dries quickly after washing. This is a high-tech, breathable fabric, so it stays pleasantly cool when you’re babywearing. The tactile qualities of our 3D mesh enhance the closeness between you and your baby, and the high quality of the fabric ensures that the baby carrier retains its shape, wash after wash.

Perfect for:

Anyone looking for a beautiful, functional, lightweight baby carrier.



ergo baby omni 360

6. ErgoBaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier, RRP: $349.00

The all-in-one, newborn ready Oxford Blue Omni 360 comes in a Cool Air Mesh option perfect for the Australian climate. Omni 360 grows with you from week 1 to 36 months. Our crossable shoulder straps give a personalized fit. You can have it all.

  • Ergonomic, forward facing option
  • Adjustable from newborn to toddler
  • Lumbar support for extra back comfort
  • Includes detachable storage pouch
  • Breathable, lightweight all mesh carrier

Real review: Jennifer. R, ergobaby.com.au

"Extremely happy with this carrier. Very easy to use and bub is very comfortable in it! Have used it to go fishing on the boat, shopping and chores around the farm. Well made, sturdy, comfortable and breatheable. I live in a very hot humid climate (the Kimberley in northwest Australia) and this carrier is still useable in the heat. I recommend it to all my mum friends!"



pognae baby carrier

7. Pognae Australia Step One Wrap Baby Carrier, RRP: $129.00

Pognae's latest innovation, integrating benefits of a baby wrap with a soft structured baby carrier, Step One is a wrap/carrier hybrid to help you navigate through the earliest stages of parenting.

No more trying to fumble through long, endless fabric trying to 'get it right'. No more confusing size charts.

Step One is extremely easy and intuitive to wear and adjustable to fit both mums and dads.

Real review: Jess Anderson, pognae.com.au

“This is my 3rd different type of baby carrier. My baby hasn’t liked the others. Pognae is by far the best. So easy to put on, comfortable, supportive, lightweight and folds easily to fit in my nappy bag.

My baby loves it. She has more freedom to move her arms. She loves to suck on the hand and this carrier allows her to do so. Bonus is that you can also wear baby forward facing. Amazing!!”



lillebaby baby carrier

8. LilleBaby Complete Airflow Mist, RRP: $179.00

Multi-Position Ergonomic Baby Carrier for Infants Babies Toddlers

This top-rated baby carrier includes EVERYTHING: six ways to carry your baby, unique lumbar support, headrest, sleeping hood for support & sun protection (UPF 50+), zippered pocket, dual adjustable straps for easier breastfeeding, generous padding and more.

Safe for baby’s hips, and acknowledged as a HIP HEALTHY carrier by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Adjustable seat and leg openings facilitates proper hip support, frog-leg seating, and curved C-spine position. Adjustable back panel grows with your child and provides support for baby’s neck and head. Endlessly adjustable straps and waist belt for a completely customized fit form petite to tall parents, and makes for an exceptionally comfortable child carrier. Straps have dual adjustments and allows for both H-style or X-style.

Use year-round, just zip down the air panel to reveal cool, BREATHABLE, 3D mesh or close it up for warmth.

Perfect for:

Anyone looking for a comfortable, versatile way to carry baby - this one has six options - including on the hip!



nuna cudle baby carrier

9. Nuna Cudl Baby Carrier RRP: $199

You can’t hold your baby all the time. Even though you may want to. CUDL makes it easy to keep baby close and secure, all while keeping your hands free. It’s comfortable and customizable with breathable mesh fabric and padded shoulder and waist straps. Keep baby facing in and snuggled up starting with an integrated infant booster for newborns, which then easily unzips as your child grows. As baby wants to explore the world, have them face out or switch to backpack mode for growing toddlers. It’s comfortable and customizable with breathable mesh fabric and padded shoulder and waist straps. Keep baby facing in and snuggled up starting with an integrated infant booster for newborns, which then easily unzips as your child grows. As baby wants to explore the world, have them face out or switch to backpack mode for growing toddlers.

Perfect for:

Anyone looking for a carrier that is breathable for baby and feels comfortable and secure as you wear it.



10. Hug a Bub Wrap Carrier RRP: $99.95

The hug-a-bub Certified Organic Pocket Wrap carrier is made from certified organic interlock cotton to offer the best amount of stretch to maximise wearer and infant comfort. (Newborn to 12kg).

Perfect for:

Anyone who finds traditional carriers restricting and wants to envelop baby in a warm hug as they keep them close.

Always follow the T.I.C.K.S. rule

To ensure your baby’s safety in the carrier, you should always follow The T.I.C.K.S. rule to  help you remember how to position your baby safely in a baby sling, as per raisingchildren.net.au:

  • Tight: the sling should be tight, with the baby positioned high and upright with head support. Any loose fabric might cause your baby to slump down, which could restrict breathing.
  • In view at all times: always be able to see your baby’s face by simply looking down. Ensure your baby’s face, nose and mouth remain uncovered by the sling and/or your body.
  • Close enough to kiss: your baby should be close enough to your chin that by tipping her head forward you can easily kiss the head.
  • Keep chin off the chest: ensure your baby’s chin is up and away from their body. Your baby should never be curled so that the chin is forced onto their chest. This can restrict breathing. Regularly check your baby. Babies can be in distress without making any noise or movement.
  • Supported back: your baby’s back should be supported in a natural position with their tummy and chest against you. When bending over, support your baby with one hand behind their back. Bend at the knees, not at the waist.

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