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Review: 3 of the best baby carriers for travelling families

Emma Castle road tests three unique baby carriers to find out which one is the best for you and your baby.

Cuddly and cosy

Ergo Baby Lightweight Aura Wrap, RRP $99

This stretchy, comfortable rayon wrap is made from eucalyptus and acacia fibre that can take up to 13.6 kilograms in weight. The initial process of figuring out how to tie the wrap is a bit like origami, but once you get the hang of it (and get your baby’s limbs in the right holes), this is a very comfortable way of carting your little bundle around. It can get a little warm, body to body, so would be ideal in cooler climates. It is also more of a strolling-around-a-holiday-resort type of carrier as it’s not supportive enough to climb Kilimanjaro in.

OUR VERDICT: Absolute winner for short-range walks or cuddling at home. Very comfortable and seems to disperse weight very evenly. The major upside is portability as it folds down to nothing.

Structured and Sleek

Ergo Baby Cool Air Mesh Omni Mesh 360 Carrier, RRP $299

If you are planning on taking your baby overseas, or on any kind of outing that will require a significant amount of walking, this carrier is an excellent choice for both baby and you. Made from quick-dry polyester with breathable 3D air-mesh panels, it is perfect for warm climates and active lifestyles. This comfortable carrier can hold anything from a newborn to a 20-kilogram toddler, on the front, facing inwards or outwards, or on the hip or back . It is a bit tricky to figure out how to put it on initially, but the Ergobaby website features a number of tutorial videos to help you ace this process. Once you’ve got the knack, it’s a winner.

OUR VERDICT: This is a very versatile carrier that is small enough to pack down for trips, but sturdy enough to provide the necessary support for longer walks or sightseeing.

Ergo baby cool air omni mesh

Ergo Baby Cool Air Mesh Omni Mesh 360 Carrier

First class

Phil and Ted's Escape, RRP $249

This is the big mama of baby carriers, literally and figuratively. It is by far the most practical option if you plan to go hiking as both you and bub will be comfortable. This is essentially a very sophisticated backpack. There is a zip up/zip off daypack for everything you need to take with you, as well as sturdy and secure seating with ventilated mesh panels. With lots of padding, it could get a little warm for you and your child if you are doing anything strenuous in a warm climate. The Escape is not suitable for newborns as there is no neck support but can take up to 18 kilograms.

OUR VERDICT: The most comfortable but also the bulkiest of the carriers. Worth the investment if you’re planning on doing anything even remotely intrepid.

This article appeared in volume 55 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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