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New dads need baby carriers too – and these are the best ones we’ve seen

Every new mom knows that a baby carrier can be a lifesaver. They free up your hands, take the weight off your arms, and allow you to complete tasks easier than if you had a baby in your arms. Strapping your baby to your chest is also a great way to bond with your child and create parent-child attachment. Dad’s need baby carriers too, but they are hardly discussed or advertised as much as carriers for women. If you are a new dad and looking for a baby carrier, we are here to help. If you are a mom and want to get your child’s dad a carrier, we’ve got you covered as well. Whether you are looking for a carrier wrap, a carrier sling, or a framed backpack, it needs to be comfortable, easy to take on and off, and easy on the prints. Many of them come in dad-friendly colors and have pockets for storage. Check out the best dad-approved baby carriers below.

Baby Tula Coast Explore Mesh Baby Carrier

Mom and baby with Baby Tula Coast Explore Mesh Baby Carrier

If you are a dad that is always overheating, this is the baby carrier for you. The mesh panel allows for superior ventilation that will keep you cooler than many other models. This carrier holds babies from seven to 45 pounds and adjusts in three width settings. The carrier also adjusts into multiple positions, including front-facing out, front-facing in, and back carry.

Boppy Comfyfit Baby Carrier

dad and baby with Boppy Comfyfit Baby Carrier

This baby carrier is super simple to put on, so if you are a dad that is always running late, this is the carrier for you. A quick click, strap, and tie, and you are out the door with your baby strapped securely to your chest. There are only two carry positions with this carrier, but if simple is what you are going for, this will work. The carrier holds babies from eight to 35 pounds, is machine washable, and is available in multiple colors and patterns.

Baby K’tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier

dad and baby with Baby K'tan Organic Baby Wrap Carrier

This carrier comes in different sizes for both men and women, so it will never be too tight or too loose. This is also one of the most straightforward baby wraps around in that it has no rings, buckles, belts, straps, or excess fabric. It is effortless to put on and take off and is machine washable. The T-shirt material is super comfortable for your baby as well. It is designed to evenly distribute weight, which gives your back a break. The carrier holds babies from birth up to 35 pounds and is available in a handful of different colors.

MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D Baby Carrier

mom and baby with MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D Baby Carrier

This baby carrier allows for six different carrying positions. The ergonomic design distributes weight evenly throughout your lower back and shoulders, so you won’t be in pain when you take it off. As the name indicates, the carrier makes sure your hips are in an optimal position while carrying your baby, which also helps reduce pain. The carrier comes with dual-layer options, so it adjusts with the weather, and it also has a storage pocket for your keys or phone. It is designed for babies from three months old up to 44 pounds but can carry newborns with an insert.

BABYBJÖRN New Baby Carrier One

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One is one of the most popular baby carriers on the market. It is easy to put on and take off and is comfortable for both baby and dad. It fits newborns up to toddlers aged 36 months in its four carrying modes – newborn, baby facing in, baby facing out, and carrying on your back. There are also two height positions, which make this an ideal carrier for taller people and dads. The padded shoulder straps prevent the straps from digging into your shoulders, and the waist belt distributes your child’s weight evenly.

TBG Tactical Baby Carrier

dad and baby with TBG Tactical Baby Carrier

This baby carrier was designed specifically for guys and is one of the best in the opinion of dads. The carrier distributes weight through the shoulders due to the long and adjustable padded shoulder straps. You can carry your baby facing-forward or backward, and it fits children weighing from eight to 33 pounds. The cotton liner is removable and washable, which is crucial when it comes to spills and leaks. The color choices for this carrier are sure to please dad as well because they range from black to coyote brown, and ranger green to black camo.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

dad and baby with Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Ergobaby baby carriers are rather popular due to their versatile and ergonomic designs. They are comfortable and easy to use with wide shoulder straps and a waist belt that will accommodate larger waists. The carrier can hold babies from seven pounds up to toddlers weighing 45 pounds. The shoulder straps are cushioned, so they don’t dig into the skin, adjustable, and crossable. The material is a lightweight mesh that keeps both dad and baby cool. There is also a handy hood that can be used to protect your baby from wind, sun, or rain and a pouch for holding your phone or keys.

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

dad with Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

This baby carrier is made for active dads and their small companions. The carrier is a backpack-style carrier that is best for babies that can sit up on their own (usually around six months old) and can carry kids up to 48 pounds. There is a safety harness system that is color-coded, so getting your baby in and out of the seat is simple. The seat and footrests on the carrier are height adjustable, so it grows with your child, and there is also an integrated headrest with a wraparound chin pad. The mesh net between the baby seat and your back will keep you both cool, and there are tons of storage pockets. The frame of the carrier folds up for easy storage when not in use.

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