Types of Baby Carriers

What are the different types of baby carriers?

With jargon such as buckles, meh dais, woven wraps and ring wraps, add in the vast amount of different styles and choices, it can be confusing to know which one to choose. It is good to know the difference between each type of carrier so you can make an informed decision on which style is best for you and your little one.

So what is the difference between each one, and what are the pros and cons? Let’s take a closer look.


Made simply from one long piece of fabric that you wrap and tie around your body to secure your baby. These are very popular with parents as they offer an unrivaled closeness and snug fit, they are extremely versatile, plus they tend to be a cheaper option. However, it does take a bit of skill and practice to get the technique right and they do take a little longer to put on than other options.

Soft Structured

Also known as buckle carriers, these are the most popular style for their ease of use. They all have a soft padded structure that supports your baby and is secured around your body with buckles and adjustable straps. They are quick and easy to put on and easily adjustable, you can be good to go in a matter of a few clicks and pulls in the right places. However, they do tend to be a little more expensive and bulkier than some other options.

Ring Sling

A ring sling is a piece of fabric that threads through two rings, forming a loop. The sling goes over one shoulder, and you fasten it by pulling the fabric through the rings. The design makes it very quick and easy to put on and off. But they can become uncomfortable for long periods of time.

Mei Tai

A hybrid carrier with the comfort and closeness of a wrap with the convenience and ease of a buckle carrier. A Mei Tai carrier is shaped like a soft-structured carrier but secured with straps similar to a wrap, there are sometimes the addition of some buckles too. These are a great mix of the favourite features from two popular carriers, but they do still take an element of practice to get right.

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