When it comes to structured carriers, it doesn’t get much easier than the BabyBjorn Original Carrier. Put your arms through the straps – in the same way you’d slip on on a hoodie – and two snaps later, your wee one is secured and ready to go with no assistance. If your baby falls asleep, it’s just as simple to slide him out and into the crib for a longer nap. The front-facing position lets older babies see the world, but isn’t recommended until five months old.
This is a great carrier for shorter stints, but can really make your shoulders and neck ache over time. There’s no waistband to help distribute the baby’s weight and the shoulder straps aren’t padded. (The BabyBjorn Miracle Baby Carrier offers better support for longer periods of babywearing.) Note: This carrier works for babies up to six months old, but once your bundle gets bigger you’ll have to purchase another carrier.