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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 a great 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.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics is a strong proponent of what it calls “baby-wearing” both as a response to your infant crying, but also 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. 

These are some of the top-rated baby carriers you can buy, that are both comfortable, easy to use, and easy on the eyes.

Best Baby Carriers for Men 

This ergonomic and lightweight baby carrier lets you carry your child four different ways.

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Pros: We love how airy this baby carrier is, and how easy it is to put on and take off. It fits newborns and can be used until your child is 36 months old. You choose between four carry modes: Newborn, baby facing-in, baby facing-out, and back carry.

Cons: The new backstrap design on this model is too cumbersome for some parents.

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.

Pros: This men’s baby carrier fits babies from seven to 45 pounds. The Tula baby carrier adjusts in three width settings to perfectly fit your growing baby. And you can choose between multiple positions, including front facing out, facing in, and back carry.

Cons: It doesn’t have enough lumbar support for some parents.

This baby carrier is one of the simplest to put on: You just click, strap, tie, and you're ready to go.

Pros: You don’t need an instruction manual to use this thing, but you also only get to choose between two carry positions. It fits babies from eight until 35 pounds.

Cons: If you have a small newborn, you have to wait to use this carrier.

We love that this baby carrier comes in different sizes, so you'll never have one that is too tight or way too loose.

Pros: 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.

Cons: Make sure you get the right size, or your back will pay the price.

MiaMily's Hipster Plus baby carrier lets you carry your kiddo six 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.

Pros: 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.

Cons: It’s too bulky for some parents, and can be too small to fit bigger kids.

This could be the most compact, rugged baby carrier you'll find.

Pros: 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.

Cons: The lining isn’t particularly infant-friendly.

This baby carrier has adjustable seat and leg openings for the baby.

Pros: This baby carrier lets you carry your child backpack-style, or facing forward. It has a large zippered storage pocket, a removable sleeping hood, and is made of breathable microcloth. It fits babies from the newborn stage to 18 months.

Cons: The waistband can be too wide for petite parents.

This no-frills baby carrier gets the job done. It has two carry positions, either front-facing or rear-facing, breathable mesh panels, a removable bib and padded back straps.

Pros: If you want something simple, functional, and machine-washable, this is your baby carrier. It’s for use with babies seven to 26 pounds.

Cons: You get what you pay for. It’s not the sturdiest or most comfortable baby carrier out there, by a long shot.

This baby carrier is made with soft mesh fabric and includes a UPF 50+ tuck-away baby food for sun protection.

Pros: Baby Gear Lab gave the Ergobaby the bronze in their Editor’s Choice Awards, saying it’s a solid baby carrier that got points for versatility. At least one parent on Amazon found that you could use the 360 for infants without the insert (although Ergobaby may have an issue with that.) It’s comfortable, ergonomic, and machine-washable. It fits babies 4-36 months.

Cons: The Velcro can be a bit loud for some parents.

Toss this carrier in your diaper bag, and you'll have it just in case you need it.

Pros: It’s the “just in case” baby carrier that you can easily toss into a backpack, briefcase… maybe a valise if you’re traveling by steamer ship. Adventurous Parents took their daughter on a 22 km (roughly a million miles) hiking trip in Banff National Park and this lightweight baby carrier held up against blowing snow. Although it’s probably good for running to Trader Joe’s, too. It fits newborns and babies up to 36 months.

Cons: The fact that it isn’t one of those bulky “real” carriers is also its drawback. It’s not padded and thus not as comfortable as others on this list.

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.

Pros: 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.

Cons: You get what you pay for. In this case, you can only use the carrier until your kid weighs 40 pounds.

This baby carrier stands out for being ultra-adjustable, with a waist belt that goes from 26 to 52 inches and shoulder straps that go from 28 to 46 inches.

Pros: Meinkind translates from German into my child. So it’s fitting that this carrier has your baby front and center. It has an extra headrest that offers good support for a newborn, and an ergonomic M-style seat that keeps your baby’s legs more comfortable. It’s thoroughly adjustable, which is a huge bonus.

Cons: The shoulder straps can feel too bulky for some.

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