Baby Carrier Reviews

If you take one piece of advice from this site, please let it be, pack a baby carrier in your hand luggage. They are invaluable for boarding the aircraft or disembarking the aircraft and keeping you hands free for all of the other baby gear. Furthermore, if you have a long walk to baggage claim, and your buggy needs to be collected there, it is essential. Baby carriers come in all shapes and sizes and some are also available for up to around 4 years old, which is great if you have a tired tot who doesn’t want to walk. Of course these items are also very handy at your destination too.

These reviews are either by myself or frequent flyer Mum’s using their own products.

 Baby Bjorn Active baby carrier– review by me

This versatile carrier can be used forward facing or outward facing when baby is older. I bought this because not only do I have a dog to walk, but also to support my back as I’ve had back surgery in the past. The extra lumbar support has proved invaluable, and I’ve managed to carry both of my daughter’s up to the maximum weight allowance. For travelling, it can squish up very nicely into a regular sized carry on bag. (Also in my carry on bag, I’ve had a spare change of clothes for me, 2 spare changes for her, extra muslins, extra nappies, bag of toys, a book for me( wishful thinking), two books for her and usually my sunglasses case.) So hopefully that gives you an idea of how compact it can be.

The carrier has also been very handy for either boarding or disembarking the aircraft and keeping hands free.

Baby carriers

Baby Bjorn Active

As all airports/airlines vary with their policies of stroller delivery on arrival, (sometimes at aircraft door or baggage carousel or oversize luggage), this carrier proved to be invaluable, especially when I have flown alone with little Miss A

Pros
•Light and compact for hand luggage.
•Easy to use, even if by yourself.
•Supports your back on long terminal walks.

Cons-
• I struggled with a con…Can only use up to 12 kgs /26 lbs , so you will need a new carrier once baby is approximately 15 months old.

Scootababy Hip carrier: Review by Charlotte Fletcher.

Photo courtesy of Scootababy

For bigger babies a hip carrier has been really useful. Most airports have allowed us to keep our buggy with us until we get to the gate, but there have been several instances where we’ve had to check it in and missed out on the first-come-first-served airport buggies. Obviously the babybjorn (or equivalent) is great for wee ones (not least because the airport buggies often aren’t suitable for very young infants) but our hip carrier was a godsend for our chunky 12 month old. It also weighs very little and is less bulky than the babybjorn. It can carry a child between 12 lbs and 37 lbs (5.5 kg–17 kg).

Pros- 
• Light and compact so easily stashes in hand luggage; brilliant for pre-walkers who’ve outgrown the babybjorn; distributes baby’s weight around your waist, hips and shoulders; leaves both hands free for holding onto other children! Can be used as a front, back or hip carrier.
        Photo by Scootababy, showing hip set upCons-
• It’s not a miracle worker so a heavy child will still be difficult to carry for any substantial length of time; initially took a bit of jiggling around to work out how to get the straps optimally positioned.

Ergo Original – Review by Leonor Gonzo

What I really like about it, is that it is so comfortable for the baby and the mum! Perfect for the 3 long haul flights to Australia that we have flown. It keeps baby in the correct position with the legs bent around the parent to support the lower back. It’s very versatile and can be worn a number of ways; facing forwards,on the back and on the hip and is suitable from day one until the weight limit of 45 lb (18 Kgs) I also liked the fact it had various supports, which you can adjust to make it comfortable for your baby. A further advantage is the handy pocket to fit in a packet of wipes and a couple of nappies, and also the hood.

Pros-

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Supports baby well

Cons –

  • It’s a little tough to do up the top strap behind your back, as it’s right in the middle of the shoulder blades and high up! I often get others to help me for that.. However, it is easy to adjust once the baby is in and the higher the baby is the better for your back/shoulders.

 

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baby carrier reviews for travelling. Tried out by Mums on flights. around the world.

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Goed section, but there are so many more carriers, that are more comfortable for you and the baby/toddler. Examples, MaiTei, Manduca, Bondolino. Look up Ergonomic baby carrier and you will find so many different ideas.
    Nonetheless, great blog!

  2. Hi thanks for the feedback. I only write about products I have tried and tested myself, or others have tried. (Obviously it is not feasible for me to buy every product out there.) However, if you have personal experience of one of the carriers you mention, and would like to write a review for the blog, including links, photos and pros and cons, from a flying prospective, I would love to hear from you! It always helps others with a balanced and varied view!

  3. Great blog. Just wanted to say there are lots of carriers out there that are much more comfy for the baby and the wearer than the Bjorn. Some medical experts say the Bjorn isn't good for baby's posture and hips due to the way their legs dangle. The Ergo, Beco, Tula, Boba and Connecta carriers are all a lot better designed

  4. Hi Becci,

    Thank you for your kind words. One of my friends is writing a review of the Ergo. However, if you have used any of the others you mention when travelling/flying, please feel free to contact me if you wish to add your own review with pros and cons please! It would be lovely to have this section full of a variety to inform others. Thanks again 😉

  5. Hi, very useful info here! We are about to fly with an 11 month old from Europe to USA with Delta and I was wondering if they have a lap-belt for a handheld baby(the one that attaches to the adult seatbelt), I do not see this info on their site and thought you might know this detail. And second (and more relevant question for this section of the blog) – what do you think of using a wrap carrier onboard instead of a the regular strap-on carriers? I am really worried if they don't have any safety measures for a hand-held baby, will they at least let me have the baby attached to me via teh wrap during take-off and landing, do you know? Thanks in advance!!

  6. Hi Svetlana,
    American and Canadian airlines do not provide lap belts. Their FAA rules stipulate these cant be used and lap babies must be held for take off and landing. You will not be allowed to use the wrap on carrier during taxi, take off and landing as again these are not FAA approved. If you have a separate or spare seat, then you can use a FAA approved car seat. European airlines and Australian, and many other countries etc, do provide lap belts as their aviation authorities permit them.

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