Lots of choices in baby carriers
They can be front packs, back packs, slings or wraps, but it seems that no one can do without some sort of baby carrier. This is one item that we’ve used quite a bit, especially when traveling (which is typically by plane). When I did some homework on the topic, my criteria was that I wanted something that could be used right away and for as long as possible. It was also important that both my wife and I could use it comfortably – both physically and emotionally.
Extra back support extends the life of the carrier (as well as your back’s)
So based on that, slings just didn’t work me (see exhibit A on why). We ultimately gravitated to the front carrier style Baby Bjorn (Ed: I can’t figure out how to do umlauts on the web) although others were also interesting like the Ergo series. In choosing which particular Baby Bjorn, we went for the Baby Bjorn. Our child is now 19 months and we just used the Baby Bjorn on our last trip. My wife is 5’4 and had no problems carrying our daughter around in it. Granted, it’s probably the last time we really use it on a trip, but it’s served us quite well.
Cost: Medium / High
Value: Fairly valued
Lifespan: Up to 26lbs/12kg (19 months in our case)