Updated on December 22, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Trying to carry your baby around when you’re out and about can be a bit of a hassle. Especially when you need your hands free to pick out groceries, hang on to your other child, or any other number of reasons. That’s where baby carriers come in. You can easily strap your child onto your chest and have both hands free for whatever you may need.
While there are tons of choices out on the market these days, finding one that works great and is made with features that are more geared towards men can be difficult. That’s why I’ve created this list of the 7 best baby carriers for men.
Best Body Carriers for Men
(Most versatile — $)
Why it’s great: This baby carrier is by far the most versatile, with 9 different ways that you can use it. It can be used for newborns and all the way up until your child reaches 40 lbs, so it should last as long as your child will need it. It has a panel that can be rolled down for better airflow, so your child doesn’t overheat. It comes in 4 different color options, all of which are blues or gray, so they would look great on men. The straps and waistband are large enough to accommodate bigger, manlier frames too.
Keep in mind: The buckle on this one is a little hard to use, especially without help, but it can be done and likely gets easier once it’s broken in a little.
Good for: Parents that want to be able to use their carrier in a variety of positions.
(Most options — $$)
Why it’s great: This carrier comes in 8 different colors, so it should be easy to find one that you’ll like. Almost all of the colors are great for dads and won’t make men feel too girly. It also comes in your choice of 3 different fabrics. You can get jersey, cotton, or mesh. The jersey is extra soft and comfortable. The cotton is light and airy. The mesh is completely breathable. This carrier is quick and easy to put on, with straps that criss-cross around your back. Both the seat and head support are adjustable, so you can use this from newborn to about 12 months or whenever your baby weighs 24 lbs.
Keep in mind: This one is great for babies, but doesn’t work for toddlers.
Good for: Parents that are pickier about the fabric and want to choose which kind is best for them.
(Most affordable — $)
Why it’s great: This carrier is the most affordable buckle carrier that still correctly supports your child. The hip seat is angled to position your baby’s legs properly, so they’re comfortable and safe. It has panels that unzip to create extra airflow in the summer months, making sure that neither you nor your child gets overheated. Your child can be positioned in 6 different ways for optimum comfort. It also has a small pocket that will fit your phone or keys and wallet. It comes in 4 different color options, so you can pick one that any dad would be proud to wear.
Keep in mind: You can use the hip seat to help take off some of the weight when you’re cradling your newborn, but otherwise it’s meant for babies 3 months and up.
Good for: Parents that need a carrier that they can afford.
(Best quality — $$$)
Why it’s great: The Ergobaby brand has been around for a long time and is well known for their quality carriers. They are comfortable and durable and will last for multiple children. They also have a great buyback program for eligible carriers once you no longer need it. The adjustable, ergonomic seat is designed to make sure that your child is seated in the proper position. It has padded lumbar support for your back and padded shoulder straps. Your child can be carried facing in or out, on your front or back, or even on your hip. It is quick and easy to put on and take off. This one comes in multiple different colors, making it easy to choose one that a dad would feel comfortable wearing.
Keep in mind: While this carrier is not meant for newborns, you can get an insert that makes it work for them.
Good for: Parents who want the best quality baby carrier.
(Best hybrid — $)
Why it’s great: This one combines the buckle style that most carriers have with a wrap style. You get all the benefits of buckling the waistband, which makes it quick and easy to seat your child in the carrier. Plus, instead of regular shoulder straps, you can wrap and tie on any kind of strap that you prefer. This gives you more options and sizes, while also being extremely comfortable. With this carrier, you’ll be able to wear your baby as soon as they’re born, instead of waiting for them to be able to fit into a traditional carrier. It comes in 4 color options, all of which are darker and geared towards men.
Keep in mind: This will take slightly longer to put on because you need to wrap and tie the straps.
Good for: Parents that want a little more adjustability in the sizing and position of the straps.
(Very Durable — $$)
Why it’s great: This carrier has tons of features at a reasonable price. It can be used in 6 different ways and even has a zippered pocket for your phone, keys, or wallet. The shoulder straps are cushioned and designed in an H shape, which means they won’t slip off your shoulders. It comes in navy blue, making it perfect for dads. The buckles and zippers are reinforced and strong. The super-strong velcro that secures around the waistband doesn’t stick to your clothes. It perfectly supports your child and is easy to get on and off by yourself.
Keep in mind: This one isn’t meant to be used for newborns, so you’ll need to wait until your baby is about 3 months old.
Good for: Parents that want to get the most bang for their buck.
(Best tactical — $$$)
Why it’s great: This baby carrier is compatible with other TBG accessories, so you can add or remove anything that you may need, including bottle holders or pockets. It is made of ultra-durable material and has hooks and loops for attaching carabiners or accessories. It also has a place to put patches, so you can personalize your carrier. Your baby can be facing in or out and this carrier has been certified as hip-healthy. It is easy to adjust and can be used from 8-33 lbs, so it’ll likely work from birth to toddlerhood.
Keep in mind: You’ll have to purchase any pouches or holders separately.
Good for: Dads who want a carrier that allows them to always be prepared.
FAQs about baby carriers
1. Why would I use a baby carrier?
Babies feel safe and comforted when they’re held by their parents. Using a baby carrier allows you to keep your baby close, while still being able to be hands-free. It also distributes your child’s weight, so you won’t have to hurt your arm or shoulder lugging around your baby in their car seat. You also don’t have to push around a stroller, which means you’ll be able to use a cart or have a hand for your other child/children.
2. At what age can my baby be in a carrier?
This will depend on the type of carrier you are using. Most carriers require your child to be around 3 months before they can be properly supported in the carrier. However, there are carriers and inserts for some carriers that will allow you to use them as soon as your child is born. Make sure to read the labels, so you know what the correct age is for your carrier.
3. How long can my baby be in a carrier?
There isn’t really a certain amount of time that your child can stay in a carrier. As long as you’re both comfortable, using a carrier for an extended period is fine. You may not want to keep your child in a carrier all day, but you’ll likely have to take them out to feed them, change them, or use the bathroom yourself anyway. As long as you have your child positioned correctly and they’re not overheating, you should be fine to keep them in the carrier as long as you need them in it.
4. What features should I look for in a carrier?
This will vary based on your own personal preferences. Do you want them to be able to adjust sizing, so you can use them longer? Find one with convertible or adjustable head and waist support. If you want to be able to carry your essentials, you’ll need to make sure the one you buy has pockets or pouches for storage. Do you want your child to be able to face or be in certain positions? Make sure the carrier you choose can safely be used in those positions.
5. What are the safety concerns with carriers?
The biggest concern with baby carriers is that you connect or secure them safely. The last thing you want is for your child to fall out. All carriers have to pass tests to make sure that they will hold your baby, but it is your responsibility to make sure you are using it correctly. You also need to be aware of how your child’s legs are positioned. They need to have their butt lower than their knees so that their hips are in the proper position and won’t be damaged. Also, overheating can be an issue during the summer months. Make sure to either buy one with some sort of airflow system or breathability or don’t use it for long periods of time in the heat.
Using a baby carrier can make your life so much easier when you have a baby. Being able to keep your child close and comforted, while still having both hands free can really be a game-changer. You won’t have to worry about messing with strollers or car seats, which can save time and hassle. Also, babies love to be closer to their parents, so you’ll likely have less fussing and crying to deal with while you’re out and about.
Finding a baby carrier that any dad would feel comfortable wearing can be challenging. Consider the features that you want the most in a carrier and you should have no trouble picking out the one that is right for you and your child.