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The Best Baby Carriers For Dads

You'll be hauling around a baby, so better invest in a baby carrier that's comfortable, easy to strap on, and won't kill your back.

A baby carrier is one of the most necessary pieces of baby gear for most parents. It’s an excellent way to bond with a child while also freeing your hands up so you can, you know, get stuff done. The best baby carriers for men are safe for the baby, easy to strap on and take off, won’t leave you a sweaty mess — or needing a heating pad for your aching back. There are a number of varieties available, from baby carrier wraps to baby sling carriers. Whichever model you choose, fit is paramount.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a strong proponent of what it calls “baby-wearing” both as a response to an infant crying and as a way to prevent crying and promote parent-child attachment.

When picking the best baby carriers for dads, you can choose between wraps, slings, soft-structured carriers, and frame backpacks. Different carriers offer different holds, usually front-facing and/or with the baby carried in the back. Comfort is key, so make sure it’s comfortable, easy to adjust, and able to grow with your baby. If you need four adults and 20 minutes to get the straps fastened and your child positioned correctly, trust us, you’ll never use the thing. Here, then, are some of the best baby carriers for men. 

Granted, some guys may be reticent to select the same company to carry one's baby as they do to lash their skis to the car roof. But Thule's child carriers, including the Sapling pack, are as beloved as their luggage carriers. This carrier is cut from washable, breathable fabric, and it allows you to load your child from the front or side. A 22-liter compartment holds all your child's essentials and then some, while the hip belt, which owes no small debt to the company's hiking packs, makes all-day carrying easier thanks to its dispersion of weight. It's our favorite active performer on this list.

This baby carrier has absolutely outstanding support for your back, without a ton of extra bulk. The mesh fabric is ideal for parents (and babies) who can overheat. It has two carry positions (facing in or out), adjustable head and neck support, and if your baby falls asleep, you can just unfasten the entire front section to, ideally, lift them out without waking them. It works for newborns and babies weighing up to 26.5 pounds.

A dope carrier from a brand known for its innovative baby gear. The shoulder straps are adjustable, and the waist belt helps to evenly distribute weight, thus saving your back. There's an integrated infant booster and leg opening adjustment for smaller babies. Plus, we particularly like the four magnetic buckles that make this carrier even easier to use. There's a zippered waist pocket for your keys. The weight limit is 8-35 pounds.

What we love most about this baby carrier is its use of magnetic buckles, which makes putting it on and taking it off so, so, so much easier. Plus, its back strap is adjustable, so the fit is tailored to you. It fits babies 7-33 pounds, and has three carry positions: Inward, outward and back carry. And it's machine-washable. There's a removable pouch, plus a compartment for diapers and wipes.

This contraption is part baby carrier (for babies 8 to 30 pounds), part tough backpack, and part diaper bag with built-in changing station. It's made from 420D ripstop nylon with water-resistant coating, and has a cooler compartment, food and clothing bags, and padded 15-inch laptop sleeve. The carrier connects to the backpack and you can wear your baby in either rear- or forward-facing modes.

The new Ergobaby Embrace newborn carrier is easy to put on, with just a few simple buckles instead of a complex wrapping pattern, and has a padded neckline for the baby's head. The wide, soft straps, cross in back, giving you extra support, and are expandable. The carrier can be used for babies up to 25 pounds.

Simple and streamlined, this is the baby carrier for the minimalist parent. It's made from hemp and organic cotton, has a tie-waist in the front, comes with a detachable hood and fits babies 7-36 pounds, using three carry positions.

This isn't a fancy baby carrier, but it's solid value for your money. It fits babies 12-40 pounds and is machine washable. You can carry your baby in the front or back, and there's a canopy hood for sun protection. It's affordable, it's practical, and it's easy to use. This baby carrier doesn't have the ergonomic bells and whistles of others on this list, but it has adjustable shoulder straps and a wide waist belt.

Yeah, it's a statement. But this ultra-rugged baby carrier comes with a lot to love. There are two carry positions, front facing and back facing, and it's designed for babies weighing from 8 to 35 pounds. It provides even weight distribution and back support. We especially love that it's fully customizable so you can attach accessories to the front or back of the carrier to keep essentials close by.

Thanks to its large mesh panel, this baby carrier breathes wonderfully. It fits babies from seven to 45 pounds and adjusts in three width settings to perfectly fit a growing child. You can choose between multiple wearing positions, including front facing out, facing in, and back carry.

This could be the most compact, rugged baby carrier you'll find. It's simple, and does its job and does it well. Your baby can face forward or back. It fits babies eight to 33 pounds. And it has UTX buckles and a Velcro front panel.

This is perhaps the easiest baby wrap you'll find. It has no rings, belts, buckles, or excess fabric, so it's really simple to put on and take off. It also evenly distributes baby weight, giving your back a break. It comes in various sizes and fits babies from birth up to 35 pounds.

The key word here is airflow — and that's what makes this carrier ideal for warm weather when you don't want to have a pool of sweat beneath the carrier. That's because it's constructed from a soft 3-D mesh fabric that allows a nice amount of ventilation. It also features six different carry styles, extends as your baby grows, is engineered to safely secure your baby in all carry positions.

This baby carrier lets you carry your kiddo 6 different ways. It has an ergonomic design that distributes weight evenly throughout your lower back and shoulders, meaning you don't need a chiropractic adjustment when you take it off. As its name indicates, the Hipster baby carrier makes sure your baby's hips are resting in an optimal position when you carry him or her around. It has dual layer options, depending on the weather, and an extra storage pocket for your phone and keys. It can be used with newborns with an insert, and otherwise works with babies 3 months old and up to 44 pounds.

This baby carrier is made with soft mesh fabric and includes a UPF 50+ tuck-away baby food for sun protection. It's known for its lumbar support, as well as it padded straps, which make hauling the kid around less of a chore. It's great for older babies: It has 4 carry positions, and fits babies from four months until 45 pounds.

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