Best Baby Carriers Australia 2024

With over a decade of experience guiding countless new parents through choosing and fitting the best baby carriers for their body, baby and budget.

This guide is designed to help you work out what overall type of carrier you are looking for as well as recommending a few of my favourite carriers and brands, to help you to make informed decision.

If you’re still unsure feel free to reach out for a personal recommendation! I’m always happy to help!

Understanding Your Options

The first step is to identify the best baby carriers to suits your needs. While there are many types available, three main categories readily available in most baby stores are stretchy wraps, hybrid carriers, and buckle carriers.

For this guide, we’ll focus on the most readily available carriers, ideal for beginners who might not have access to in-person assistance. However, the babywearing world offers a wider variety! Woven wraps, ring slings, hip seats, and Mei Tai carriers are all fantastic options as well. 

Please note that the age ranges mentioned are based on my personal recommendations and might differ slightly from advertised age ranges

Stretchy Wraps

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Stretchy Wraps are made from a long piece of soft, stretchy fabric similar to a T-shirt. It’s wrapped around your body in a specific way to comfortably hold your baby close.


  • Cosy Comfort: The soft, stretchy fabric feels natural and comfortable for both you and your baby, like wearing a T-shirt with your little one attached.
  • No Fuss, No Buckles: There are no bulky buckles or padding to deal with, making this carrier a simple and lightweight option.


  • Learning Curve: Mastering the wrapping technique takes some practice to achieve a secure and comfortable fit for both you and your baby. 

Carry Positions:

This carrier is typically used for front inward carrying only. Although you can scoot them off the side when you’re eating/drinking.

Age Range:

Stretchy wraps are best for newborns up to approximately 6 months old.

Best Stretchy WrapRRPSale PriceFabricKey Benefit
Moby Elements Wrap $79$59Poly/CottonAffordable, soft and lightweight.
Boba Classic Wrap$89$79Cotton & ElastaneTwo-way stretch for ease of use

Hybrid Carriers

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Hybrid carriers bridge the gap between soft stretchy wraps and structured buckle carriers. They come in a variety of designs, some are more wrap-like, while others offer additional straps and buckles for increased support and easier use.


  • Comfort and Support: Hybrid carriers provide a comfortable fit for both you and your baby, with the soft fabric conforming to your body and the straps and buckles offering ergonomic support for your back and baby’s hips.
  • User-Friendly Design: Compared to wraps, hybrid carriers are generally easier to put on and adjust, making them a convenient choice for busy parents.


  • Versatility vs Specialisation: While hybrid carriers offer a good balance, a dedicated wrap or buckle carrier might provide a better fit for specific needs or preferences. (In some cases buying a wrap AND a carrier might be the best choice in the long run)

Carry Positions:

Most hybrid carriers support both front inward facing for newborns and front outward facing for older babies with good head and neck control.

Age Range:

The suitable age range for hybrid carriers can vary depending on the specific design. Generally, they can be used from birth up to 18 months, with some accommodating newborns better due to their wrap-like qualities.

Best Hybrid CarrierRRPSale PriceFabricKey Benefit
Moby Easy Wrap$129$90CottonSoft and super easy to use
Pognae Step One$159$129Poly/cottonLightweight and easy to use
Ergobaby Embrace$179$149Poly/Rayon/ElastaneSoft and supportive

Soft Structure/Buckle Carriers

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Soft Structured Carriers are the most popular type of baby carrier you’ll find in stores. It features padded shoulder straps, a supportive waistband, and a comfortable panel that securely holds your baby close to your body.


  • Effortless Use: Buckle carriers are known for their ease of use. With buckles and straps, they’re quick to put on and adjust, making them ideal for busy parents.
  • Versatility for Every Stage: Many buckle carriers offer multiple carrying positions, allowing you to carry your baby facing inward, facing outward, on your hip, or even on your back as they grow.


  • Cost Factor: Buckle carriers can be more expensive compared to other options like wraps.
  • Bulk vs. Newborn Comfort: The structured design might feel a bit bulky for a tiny newborn.

Carry Positions:

The specific carry positions available will depend on the model, but buckle carriers often support:

  • Front inward facing (for newborns)
  • Front outward facing (for babies with good head and neck control)
  • Hip carry
  • Back carry

Age Range:

Soft structured carriers are generally suitable for a wide age range, typically from a few weeks old up to 2-3 years old.

Best  Baby CarrierRRPSale PriceFabricKey Feature
LILLEbaby ELEVATE$279$245Linen/CottonNatural fabric & great value
Tula Explore$299$279CottonBeautiful range of colours & patterns
Ergobaby Omni Breeze$349$279PolyesterOptimal forward facing
Ergobaby Aerloom$399$299Recycled PolyesterEco-friendly support without bulk.

Moby Elements Wrap


The Moby Elements Wrap offers a budget-conscious option for babywearing. Made from a soft, lightweight, and breathable poly-cotton blend, it’s a comfortable choice for both you and your baby.

  • Affordable: This wrap is a great value for parents on a budget.
  • Comfortable: The soft, breathable fabric provides a cosy feel for carrying your little one.
  • Weight Range: 3.6kg to 15kg
  • Material: 65% Polyester/35% Cotton

Who should consider this wrap?

The Moby Elements Wrap is a good choice for parents looking for an affordable and comfortable way to carry their baby in the first few months. However, if you’re interested in a wider range of carrying positions or a more luxurious feel, you might want to explore other wrap options.

Full Moby Wraps Review

Boba Classic Wrap

The Boba Classic Wrap boasts a unique two-way stretch fabric, making it highly adaptable and potentially easier for new parents to achieve a comfortable and secure fit for their baby. Unlike some wraps that primarily stretch top-to-bottom, the Boba Classic stretches generously in both directions. Although it sounds counterintuitive, more stretch = easier to get a tighter fit.  

  • Two-Way Stretch: may make it easier for beginners to find a snug and supportive fit for their baby.
  • Weight Range: 3.6kg to 15kg
  • Material: 95% cotton with 5% elastane

Who should consider this wrap?

The Boba Classic Wrap is a good option for new parents looking for a user-friendly wrap with a forgiving two-way stretch fabric. This can be helpful when first learning the wrapping technique for a secure and comfortable fit.

Moby Easy Wrap

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The Moby Easy Wrap lives up to its name by offering a hassle-free way to babywear. It combines the cosy comfort of a stretchy wrap with the ease of putting on a T-shirt.

 Moby Easy Wrap At A Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 15kgs
  • Positions Offered – 2 positions: parent facing, forward facing
  • Material Used – 100% cotton
  • Best for – parent who want to use a wrap without the wrapping

While the Moby Easy Wrap leans more towards a wrap experience compared to some hybrid carriers, it incorporates two key features that might appeal to parents:

  • Pre-tied Wrap Panel: Unlike traditional wraps that require tying techniques, the Easy Wrap simplifies the process with a pre-tied “wrap” section. This can be a confidence booster for parents who might find tying a wrap daunting.
  • Waist Buckles: The inclusion of waist buckles adds an element of structure and security that some parents might prefer over a pure wrap design.

These features combined with the soft, stretchy fabric (similar to a regular stretchy wrap) create a comfortable carrying experience for both parent and baby.

Additional Benefit: Forward Facing Option

Unlike some stretchy wraps, the Easy Wrap allows for forward facing carrying. This can be a bonus for parents who want to keep their older babies engaged with the world around them.

Check out our full review of the Moby Easy Wrap here.

Pognae Step One Air

The Pognae Step One Air, the version I reviewed, impressed me with its incredibly lightweight and breathable material. Unlike any carrier I’ve felt before, it’s almost reminiscent of a swim carrier in terms of weight. This makes it an ideal choice for hot weather and warm climates. An added bonus is the 85% UV protection offered by the Air version.

Pognae Step One At A Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 13kgs
  • Positions Offered – 2 positions: parent facing, forward facing
  • Material Used – Poly/cotton
  • Best for – Parents in a warmer climate looking for a super easy wrap/carrier hybrid

Despite its ease of use the Pognae Step One Air comes with what might be the most comprehensive and helpful instruction manual I’ve encountered for a baby carrier. The detailed instructions and clear explanations demonstrate the thoughtfulness and care put into the product by the Pognae brand. This manual sets a high standard for the industry.

Check out our full Pognae Step One Review

Ergobaby Embrace

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I am completely in love with the fabric on the Ergobaby Embrace. It is the softest fabric I have ever felt on any  baby carrier ever. The feel of this fabric is just divine.

At A Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 11.3kgs
  • Positions Offered – 2 positions: parent facing, forward facing
  • Material Used – 100% cotton

The Ergobaby Embrace is a soft structured carrier designed specifically for newborns, typically suitable for up to 6-12 months old. Here’s why it might be a good fit for you:

  • Newborn Comfort and Support: The Embrace provides a cozy and supportive environment for your little one, promoting closeness and comfort in those early months.
  • Simple to Use: Designed for ease of use, the Embrace is a great option for new parents who might be unfamiliar with baby carriers.
  • Budget-Friendly Choice: Compared to some carriers, the Embrace offers a more affordable option, making it an attractive choice for parents who plan on using a carrier primarily during the newborn stage.

Who should consider the Ergobaby Embrace?

  • New parents seeking a user-friendly carrier for their newborn.
  • Parents looking for a comfortable and affordable babywearing solution for the first few months.
  • Parents who might upgrade to a different carrier as their baby grows.

Check out our full Ergobaby Embrace review here.

LILLEbaby Elevate

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The LILLEbaby Elevate is a new addition to their carrier line, boasting several thoughtful upgrades. It caters to parents seeking a blend of comfort, style, and user-friendly features.

LILLEbaby Elevate At a Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 20kgs
  • Positions Offered – 4 positions: parent facing, forward facing, hip, and back carry.
  • Material Used – Linen outer and soft cotton inner lining.
  • Best for – parents looking for a soft, breathable, premium looking carrier. 

Premium Materials for Year-Round Comfort:

  • Breathable Linen Shell: This beautiful fabric offers a stylish look and comfortable carrying experience throughout the year, making it potentially suitable for various climates.
  • Soft Cotton Lining: The hypoallergenic cotton lining provides gentle comfort for your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Leatherette Accents: Stylish leatherette details add a touch of luxury to the carrier’s overall design.

Enhanced Usability Features:

The Elevate incorporates several updates designed to make babywearing easier:

  • Simplified Panel Width Adjustment: A zip-down and tuck-in system allows for effortless adjustment of the panel width to fit your growing baby.
  • Magnetic Chest Closure: The convenient magnetic closure on the cross-shoulder straps streamlines the process of putting on and taking off the carrier.
  • Customisable Head Support: The 3-way adjustable headrest offers a more personalized fit for your baby’s comfort and neck support.
  • Integrated Bottle Holder: A clever bottle holder on the lumbar support provides easy access to drinks or other small essentials while babywearing.

Who Should Consider the LILLEbaby Elevate?

The LILLEbaby Elevate is one of the best baby carriers for parents looking to a balance of comfort, style, and user-friendly features. The premium materials and thoughtful design updates make it a great option.

Tula Explore

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Tula, known for its focus on design, offers a stylish alternative to the Ergobaby Omni carrier. While both carriers boast similar features like multiple carrying positions and a wide weight range, the Tula Explore stands out with its impressive Colour and Pattern Selection. Tula offers a wider variety of colours and patterns compared to most brands readily available in Australia, allowing parents to express their personal style while babywearing.

Tula Explore At a Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 20kgs
  • Positions Offered – 4 positions: parent facing, forward facing, hip, and back carry.
  • Material Used – 100% Cotton (or Cotton with Polyester for the Mesh version)
  • Best for – parents wanting unique patterns. 

Aside from the fact the Tula Explore comes in every colour in the rainbow – including actual rainbows – they’re not just beautiful, but beautifully made. Although the carrier might feel a bit stiff initially but softens over time, like your favourite well-worn shirt.

Optimal Forward-Facing Position:

One of the reasons the Tula Explore is a popular choice is its ability to provide a safe and comfortable forward-facing carrying position for your baby. The carrier encourages the recommended “M” leg position for optimal hip and spine support.

While some carriers, like the Ergobaby Omni Breeze, prioritize a more streamlined design for forward facing, this can come at the cost of a smaller panel. The Tula Explore achieves a similar level of ergonomic comfort without sacrificing the carrier’s long-term usability for different carrying positions as your baby grows.

Read our full review of the Tula Explore here. 

Ergobaby Omni Breeze

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 Ergobaby has been the most popular brand of  baby carriers in Australia for about the last decade. They are some of the most expensive carriers on the market as well. Are they worth the price tag? It’s hard for me to say, but I will say that in my opinion, the  Ergobaby Omni range (including the Ergobaby Omni Breeze), without doubt is the most optimal  baby carrier for forward facing. 

Ergobaby Omni Breeze At a Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 20kgs
  • Positions Offered – 4 positions: parent facing, forward facing, hip, and back carry.
  • Material Used – 100% Polyester (Omni “Breeze” version – Omni “Dream” is 100% Cotton)
  • Best for – Optimal Forward Facing.

The  Ergobaby Omni Breeze Omni Breeze is suitable for newborns, has a weight capacity of 20kgs and offers all four carry positions – parent facing, world facing, hip and back carry. I would say that you could reasonably use the  Omni Breeze until 2 years or beyond, especially if you’re using it in the back carry position.

As you would expect from an Ergobaby carrier, the Omni Breeze is ergonomically designed for both parent and baby.

For Parents, the shape and structure is designed to evenly distribute Baby’s weight across your body without putting excessive pressure on your back or shoulders. It has a wide supportive waistband and lumbar support, and padded shoulder straps. You can also easily cross the straps at the back if you prefer a tighter fit, especially if you have narrow or sloping shoulders. 

For Baby, the  Omni Breeze provides knee to knee support in the optional “M” leg positioning in all carry positions – including forward facing, which is something not many carriers achieve, and in my opinion none as well as the Ergo Omni range. What I mean by “M” position is  Baby’s knees are elevated higher than their bottom to ensure a more natural seated position in the carrier rather than legs hanging straight down. This is recognised as a healthier hip position for Baby

Full Ergobaby Omni Breeze Review

Ergobaby Aerloom

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As an overall impression, the Ergobaby Aerloom is one of the most premium carriers on the market – which is reflected in the price point. As you’d expect from an  Ergobaby carrier it’s very comfortable,  well made and ergonomically designed. It also features a unique contoured knit fabric, which isn’t something I’ve ever seen on a  baby carrier before.  

 Ergobaby Aerloom At a Glance

  • Weight Range – 3.2kgs to 15kgs
  • Positions Offered – 3 positions: parent facing, forward facing, and back carry.
  • Material Used – Polyester containing 87% recycled plastic
  • Best for – Petite parents. Or Eco-conscious parents. 

The Ergobaby Aerloom is made from a unique “FormaKnit” fabric, meaning it’s made from knitted fabric rather than woven fabric. Knitted fabric has a little more stretch and also can be knitted into curves, so it is more comfortable and moulds to the shape of your body. Also because of the innovative FormaKnit fabric the  Ergobaby Aerloom is super lightweight. Another big reason to choose the  Ergobaby Aerloom is it’s designed to be an eco-friendly  baby carrier and is made from 87% post-consumer recycled polyester. In fact, 26 recycled water bottles go into each and every Ergobaby Aerloom. 

Additionally, the Ergobaby Aerloom is my go to recommendation for petite parents wanting to babywear with a bigger baby or toddler. While it’s still absolutely suitable for bigger and taller parents as well, the Aerloom waistband flips in and under in a way that allows a taller child to be carriers by a shorter parent (or parent with a short torso)

Full Ergobaby Aerloom Review

Still haven’t found the best baby carriers for you and your family? Check out all past best baby carriers guides.

Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. Rachel is obsessed prams, car seats, carriers and all things baby. She has worked in the baby industry for several years, for both suppliers and also in a retail setting and has developed a passion for connecting parents with the right products to make their lives easier. When Rachel isn't playing with prams she's enjoys crocheting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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