Choose the best baby carrier for every age.
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.