The Great Big Baby Carrier Post: Time to Upgrade Your Baby Sling

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Beco Butterfly II

As a brand spanking new mom, I lust after baby carriers the same way fashionistas drool over pain-inducing heels. But with so many amazing baby carrier options on the market, the selection can be overwhelming.  Baby sling vs. baby wrap?  Which brand is right for my babywearing lifestyle? Gorgeous prints, sturdy fabrics, smart functionality, oh my!

Thankfully, I had the support of the amazing Babywearing LA group and its founding goddess, Babywearing Institute graduate, Laura Brown. I asked her to help me break down the options and introduce y’all to a few carriers you probably didn’t know exist. By the end of this post, you may consider upgrading your baby carrier like I did.



When many people think about a buckle carrier, a Baby Bjorn may come to mind, a brand that many babywearing educators do not endorse because it doesn’t allow baby to get into a comfortable seated position – knees aligned with bum. Here are some options that Laura from Babywearing LA prefers.

  •  BECO GEMINI + BUTTERFLY 2  –  ”Beco has two carriers, the Gemini and the Butterfly 2 although the latter is being replaced by the Soleil, which will debut this month. “Their carriers have no lead, no toxic dyes, no phalates, and no flame retardants. The Gemini has a foam type body more similar to a bjorn type carrier, but you have the option of having a nice supported seat and you are able to snap the base down for smaller babies and unsnap it for larger babies. It also has a crossable shoulder straps making it very comfortable, which is why me and my husband like it. But they tend to be hotter because of the foam body and they don’t have a hood so for some people that’s a deal breaker although and other retailers will make you a custom hood for it. The Beco Butterfly 2 is an awesome carrier for hot weather it comes with an internal y panel which is the first of its’ kind and allows you to buckle baby in and easily life them onto your back without assistance.”
  • BOBA  3G + AIR - ”I love that the 3G has a tall body. They are one of the few tall body structured carriers so I like them best for the late infant to toddler stage. They are really well made.  The company is in Denver and they’ve always done a great job to take the time to create really great blogs about the pros and cons of babywearing. It’s really great that they came out with camo and pinstripe patterns for the 3G, which are really appealing to the men.  The new Boba Air model is a really nice nylon soft-structured carrier that’s marketed for being super great for rolling into a bag. It comes with a carrying case that you can easily stuff into a bag when you’re on the go. It may not be best for toddlers because it doesn’t have the same level of support. It doesn’t have the foot supports for the regular soft structure carrier comes with but it’s a great option especially here in Los Angeles and other hot weather climates.”
  • ERGO – “Ergo is one of the most popular soft structure carriers because they are so widely available now. It’s a really nice carrier, the Sport model has a shorter body so they tend to be outgrown despite their limit of 45 lbs. I like them but it’s good to get it custom made. So often I see a woman carrying the baby too low on their baby. The Performance  model is great for longer bodied parents or bigger babies. It’s are a lighter weight fabric and is good for hot weather.  WARNING : You have to watch out for counterfeits. Ergo is one of the most counterfeited carriers on the market. A lot of online retailers are not authorized to sell them including Amazon.”
  • SCOOTABABY – “It’s a one-shouldered carrier and it allows you to carry your baby on your hip, which not a lot of soft-structured carrier are designed for…but scootababy allows you to wear baby on hip and the weight is divided on one shoulder but they have a really neat fleece panel that spreads across your shoulders and back. They are a great option that’s often forgotten about and they are even available at Babies “R” Us so they are easy to get!”
Tula Baby Carrier

Tula Baby Carrier

  • TULA – “Tula has two soft structured carriers – a standard and a toddler. They run a little large so that’s what makes it an excellent toddler, preschool carrier and there aren’t too many options out there except for some custom companies. Tula offers great special adjustments. They have an adjustment over the straps at the top of the body and some under the arms so you have a double adjustment option. They are a little bit wider, and have a great pocket in the waistband so you can quicky leave the house with your keys and your phone and a place to put your stuff. Also, they are just really well made and use cute, modern fabric.”
  • ONYA BABY CARRIER - Laura hasn’t had much experience with this carrier, but I have and  I must say, it’s a thoughtfully designed carrier for the active and busy babywearer.  They have two soft-structured carriers, the Outback and the Cruiser.  Both can be worn on your front (cross-shouldered!) or back and each have an integrated chair harness, which allows you to quickly, easily and safely transform almost any adult chair into a safe seat for your baby!! How awesome is that?  The Outback is the sportier version for hikers like myself. It’s made of water-resistant nylon and has a mesh lining that wicks away moisture on a hot summer day.



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Becky is a LA-based tv + web producer + cooker + laugher + urban farmer + fashion wearer + make it happener. She's currently obsessed with taking ridiculous pics of her hilariously photogenic baby Vida on Instagram.


  1. Great article. I’m thinking about switching my Beco Butterfly II for a Boba now that my toddler needs more back support.

    • Thanks! Check out the Tula carrier as well, I like that they make a toddler-sized carrier and the designs are ridiculously cute. It’s on my wish list.

  2. The Boba has been a real blessing for us. For 13 months we have been trying carrier after carrier, wrap after wrap with no luck. Tried the Boba and it was a hit! My son is quite tall for his age, so it worked beautifully for him.

    • Isn’t awesome when you find a carrier that fits like Cinderella’s slipper? I went through 4 carriers before I found my new fave which is the Hoppediz Hop-tye mei tai. Now we’re trying to find one that my husband loves, which gives me an excuse to peruse daily.

  3. I flirted with getting the Ergo for a really long time, but luckily stumbled upon the Catbird Pikkolo at a cloth diapering store in tow. I adore where this carrier hits my waist in relation to where my son sits. It can do all the basic carries too, front (forward front if you’ve done your research and that’s something you’re comfortable doing), back and hip. Plus the straps are made from the bed memory foam and are super, super comfortable. This is one of the only carriers my incredibly attached son has been content in, because it hugs him close and puts him closer to my face!

  4. I gotta add: the Onya has a nap hood that can be tucked away into a pocket and totally hidden, unlike the Ergo’s flapping in the wind-style hood.

    Disclaimer: I love Onya a ridiculous amount and they sponsored me to go to my last conference, where I met Stephanie and some of her awesome writers.

    • She told me about you! I’m pretty obsessed with the Onya carrier concept. As a city mom within hiking distance of the hills, I think it’s a very versatile carrier. I love that I could go hiking and then straight to lunch without needing much more than my carrier because it turns into a child seat…genius! Which model did you sport?

  5. This is such a great and informative post! I will certainly be referring lots of friends to this post because I receive lots of questions about what the best baby carrier but I am absolutely no expert on the various types. I have learned so much from your article!

    I will soon be writing a post about baby wearing on my own blog. It will not be a technical post like yours so I am glad I will have a resource to point readers to. Thanks.

  6. I love my Babyette Ring Sling. It’s comfortable and handmade. I have a linen one and it is so soft. Beth is amazing. I also love my Ergo. It goes everywhere with me. Love too. This is the site you go to drool at.

  7. The kinderpack has saved my back! I also use a wcrs around the house but for longer carries with my heavy toddler I have been really happy with the kinderpack.

  8. I absolutely LOVE my Lillebaby carrier…. it has been a lifesaver for us as my son had bad reflux and often refused to sleep unless being held in an upright position. He wanted to be held all the time, which I was more than happy to do except my arms would eventually give out. Enter the Lillebaby and problem solved. He still prefers to be worn over sitting in the shopping cart or in his stroller when we go out at 8 months, and with the carrier even his nearly 20 lbs feels like nothing to carry. I do all my grocery shopping wearing him with ease. He is now big enough for a back carry as well, which means housework just got MUCH easier. I love that it is a 6 position carrier that goes all the way from newborn to toddler, and it is quite tall with an attached head support that makes it even taller, but that you can fold and snap down when you don’t need it. A detachable sleeping hood, a lumbar support pad, and padded shoulder straps make it a winner in my book!

  9. I’m wearing baby #3 now, and my Wrapsody Stretch is awesome! I LOVE it! Our kids are 27mo, 17mo, and 1 mo. We weren’t at all interested in buying a triple stroller, so the two toddlers ride in the stroller while I wear our newborn, and this wrap just never gets uncomfortable. It’s t-shirt material, so it’s not too hot, but just enough to keep him warm on cool spring days. You can tie this thing countless ways, wearing it on your front, back, or hip. I can even carry my oldest in it! Can’t say enough great things about the wrapsody. :)


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