If you want to get outside as a family without the hassle of pushing a pram, a good carrier is exactly what you need. Here’s our review of the best baby carriers for 2020.
This review is focused on baby carriers rather than child backpack carriers, with extra emphasis on the most rugged and outdoorsy options available. We’ve been testing them as a family for the past three years and the best two we’ve found so far are the Mountain Buggy Juno and the Diono Carus Complete.
Below are our reviews of both, with a quick round-up of the other best baby carriers for 2020.
Mountain Buggy Juno – £139
Designed for both babies and toddlers, this multifunctional and award-winning carrier works from newborn right the way up to almost pre-school age. There are four carry options available with the Mountain Buggy Juno – on your chest facing in, on your chest facing out, on your hip, and on your back – giving you loads of handsfree versatility on walks.
You get a width-adjustable seat that you can tailor to your child’s size, a pouch for your hands at the front, a protective hood that acts as a great sun shield and easily adjustable straps so you can tighten and loosen the Mountain Buggy Juno carrier on the move.
It’s available in four colours (black, sand, nautical and charcoal) and comes with a newborn insert so you can use it almost from birth. Without doubt one of the best baby carriers for 2020.
What we love about it: The Mountain Buggy Juno is simple to use, warm, protective and incredibly comfortable for both child and parent. Most of all, we love how well the chunky hip belt takes the weight of your baby, so you hardly feel the weight when you’re carrying them. We’ve walked for hours with a sleeping baby tucked up snugly against our chest. BUY IT
Diono Carus Complete – £150
The Diono Carus Complete was new for 2019 and is one of the most robust and adaptable baby carriers we’ve tested. Described by Diono as a 4-in-1 carrying system, it also comes with a detachable backpack that you can use to stash all-important essentials like nappies, extra layers, and we can confirm it also fits a nice bottle of red wine!
You can wear it from birth with a baby facing into you, from around six months with a baby facing outwards, and then you can switch it around so the child is on your back when they get a bit bigger.
Straight out of the box the Diono Carus Complete takes a little getting used to with plenty of straps and different carrying techniques to get used to, but once you’ve got your head around it you’ll love it. The harness design gives great back support and the straps have slide adjusters so you can position them in the perfect place for your baby.
What we love about it: Apart from how supportive and adjustable it is, we also love the fact the Diono Carus Complete is built to withstand a bit of weather. The integrated hood offers protection from sun and showers, the fabric is water-resistant, and it even has stay-dry zips. We wouldn’t recommend it in a downpour, but it’s designed for year-round use. BUY IT
Best (of the rest) baby carriers for 2020
BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One – £139.99
Ages: Newborn to 3 years old
The Baby Carrier One offers four different carry positions and good back support. A popular choice for dads, and a great option if you walk on everything from pavements to woodland trails. BUY IT
Je Porte Mon Bébé PhysioCarrier – £116
Ages: Newborn to 20kg
Designed to be used in all seasons with a zip-up mesh panel to keep babies cool in summer, one of the standout features of this carrier is the rearview mirror that lets you keep an eye on your little one when they’re strapped to your back. BUY IT
The Boba X – £125
Ages: Newborn to toddler
You get just two carrying positions with the Boba X, but the chunky rucksack style straps make it feel robust and it’s perfect for big heavy babies and toddlers. It seems very heavy-duty. BUY IT