In most cases, infants can be worn from birth—just check with your pediatrician to get the green light. Keep your wee one close with a wrap, which allows for a custom fit every time, so even the tiniest passengers stay cozy. A sling is another popular choice for cradling bitty babes.
Once your newbie has grown into a sturdier (and heavier) tyke, usually around the 3- to 6-month mark, you might want additional support—especially for extended babywearing sessions. Look for a soft-structured carrier with a waist belt to help distribute some of the heft to your hips.
As baby gains head control, you can try new carry positions, like front-facing out, hip and back. A woven wrap won’t stretch or sag under your tot’s increased capacity, and a framed carrier might become a favorite for hikes or other active adventures.