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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 a must-have for most parents, because it’s an excellent way to bond with your kid while also doing stuff that requires the use of your hands. The best baby carriers for men are understated in terms of prints, easy to strap on and take off, and won’t leave you needing a heating pad for your aching back. You can opt for a baby carrier wrap, or a baby sling carrier. But whichever model you choose, make sure it’s a good fit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a strong proponent of what it calls “baby-wearing” both as a response to your 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. When choosing a carrier, make sure it’s comfortable, that it’s easy to adjust, and that it can grow with your baby. If you need four adults and 20 minutes to get straps fastened and your child positioned correctly, trust us, you’ll never use the thing. 

This could be the most compact, rugged baby carrier you'll find. This baby carrier is simple, and does its job and does it well. Your baby can face forward or back. It fits babies 8-33 pounds. And it has UTX buckles and a Velcro front panel.

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If you're a dad who tends to overheat, you want this baby carrier because it has superior ventilation thanks to its large mesh panel. This baby carrier fits babies from 7 to 45 pounds. The Tula baby carrier adjusts in 3 width settings to perfectly fit your growing baby. And you can choose between multiple positions, including front facing out, facing in, and back carry.

This ultra-rugged baby carrier has two carry positions: Front facing and back facing, designed for babies weighing from 8 to 35 pounds. This baby carrier is a statement in and of itself. That said, 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.

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 2 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 lift them out without waking them. That's a major win. It works for newborns and babies weighing up to 26.5 pounds.

This baby carrier is one of the simplest to put on: You just click, strap, tie, and you're ready to go. You don't need an instruction manual to use this thing, but you also only get to choose between 2 carry positions. It fits babies from 8 until 35 pounds. And it's machine-washable.

We love that this baby carrier comes in different sizes, so you'll never have one that is too tight or way too loose. 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 fits babies from birth up to 35 pounds.

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 4 months until 45 pounds.

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.

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