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Best Baby Carrier For Travel Reviews & Comparison Chart 2019

Having a baby carrier in your hand luggage is essential. They are invaluable for boarding the aircraft or disembarking the aircraft and keeping you hands free for all of the other baby gear. They are complete life savers if you have a long walk to baggage claim, and your travel stroller needs to be collected there.

Baby carriers come in all shapes and sizes and baby carriers for toddlers are also available for up to around 4 years old.  Styles of baby carrier include:

  • Front Facing Baby Carrier
  • Baby Back Carrier
  • Baby Wrap
  • Hip Baby Carriers
  • Baby Sling

Slings and wraps are very convenient when you have a young baby. They are snuggled in, nice and cosy and you can pretty much go about about you normal routine with a small person attached to you! A huge bonus is you can also breastfeed on the go – although I did manage to breastfeed with the BabyBjorn too. However, when baby is a bit bigger you may prefer a more versatile baby carrier or even start with one of the following from the start. Lots of places offer sling and baby carrier  workshops or libraries where you can borrow and try what suits you best. It is very much your ow personal opinion but hopefully these insights along with readers of Flying With A  Baby, and from others that have tried them, can help you decide what will best for your next family travel adventure. Please do let me know your recommendations below too and why you loved it.

Best Baby Carrier For Travel Comparison Chart 2019

 
Ergobaby 360Manduca StandardLILLEbaby All seasons ergonomic carrierBaby Tula Free to Grow CarrierBaby Bjorn One
Child Weight LimitsMin 5.5kg to 15kg
(12.13 lbs to 33.1 lbs)
From 7lb if newborn insert is purchased
Min 3.5 kg to 20 kg
(7.7lbs to 44 lbs).
Min 3.17kg to 20.4kg
(7lbs to 45lbs)
Min 3.17kg to 20kg
(7lbs to 44lbs)
Min 3.6kg to 15kgs
(8lbs to 33lbs)
Front Carry
Front Facing OutXX
Back Carry
Hip CarryXX
Hood✓ plus a head rest.X - has a head rest✓ plus a head restX Can be bought separately Baby Bjorn Cover With Hood
PocketsXXX

 

Baby carriers, best baby carrier for travel

Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One

This versatile carrier can be used in 4 ergonomic front and back carrying positions. These include newborn, baby facing-in, baby facing-out and back carrying.  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 and padded shoulder straps have proved invaluable. – 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.

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.

For more information and latest prices, see here.

LILLEbaby All Seasons Carrier.

This is a contender for the best baby carrier for travel as it is suitable for all seasons. For warmer climes there is mesh panel to help with air flow. For colder or windy days there is a hood and adjustable neck support. For your comfort, there is additional lumber support and large padded straps. It can be used in all positions, including hip and is suitable from birth to toddler. (Up to 45lbs)
A Flying With A Baby reader adds, “I have the Lillebaby 6- in-1 complete airflow. It’s great with a larger child since there is extra back support. Also I love the breathable mesh all over so you and your child don’t sweat while walking around. I use it all the time while traveling and very easy to use.”
For more information and prices see here

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 if you buy the infant insert. Otherwise it is suitable from 12.1lbs. 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 hood. This model does not have pockets but the original Ergo does.

Another Flying With A Baby reader adds, “I found the Ergobaby not great for short mums. My body is to short. Baby Bjorn is nice and easy for getting your baby in and out of going through security (though at Singapore I had plenty of security staff keen to help/ cuddle my little munchkin!)”

Ali and Dave from the fabulous Life Of Reilly, also add the following about the Ergobaby 360,best travel baby carrier “Being a travelling family we’ve used a few different types of carriers. We’ve found different types are best for different ages. The slings and wraps are wonderful when they are infants. They’re hugged really tight to you so they can hear your heart beat and feel as if they’re still in the womb. You can also breastfeed on the go. Once they get to be about one I found they were too heavy to wear on my front anymore. The Ergobaby is an essential baby equipment if you ask me. They can go in it up until about 3 years old. It’s all fabric so can pack down to the bottom of a nappy bag or rucksack as a “just in case” your toddler insists they want to walk but their little legs get tired faster then they anticipated, which of course will happen. Despite being all fabric and no metal frame it’s very structured so you won’t get a sore back. Once they get to toddlerhood and you know they’re going to be on your back for a long stretch of time however, we really like the large metal framed rucksack carriers to protect our backs. We use a buggy for site seeing or theme parks but for almost anything off road we love our carriers. They help us to explore hands free with lots of freedom.”

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.

For more information and latest prices, see here.

Baby Tula Free To Grow carrier

The baby Tula is lightweight and flexible with complete adjustments to suit your measurements. The mesh and cool fabric make it ideal for warmer climates. The padded areas also make it comfortable to wear. This baby carrier is suitable from birth up to 44lbs and also for toddler wearing. This travel baby carrier also has small pocket for small items. For sleeping, feeding or sun protection, each baby carrier includes a coordinating removable hood.

For more information and latest prices, see here.

Manduca Original

Popular in Europe (but also available in the USA), the Manduca ergonomic baby carrier offers flexible carrying positions. These include forward facing, back and hip. This soft structured carrier is suitable from birth to approximately 4 year old and can hold up to 20kg. The carrier is made from organic cotton and has an adjustable head and neck rest.

For more information and prices, see here.

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.

Cons

  • 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.

Another option to consider is the new i-angel carrier. Karen from Travel Mad Mum says the,

“The i-angel carrier is a really good all round choice as it can be used from 7-44lbs. It’s ideal for a young baby right up to a toddler, a great product if you want it to last for a long time. It has a lot more structure than the usual carrier because of the hip seat and the straps both around the waist and the shoulders are super thick making it extra comfy, even with a big toddler. The hipseat allows little ones to have a more upright view and I strongly believe this contributes to their development as they can see everything and interact a lot more with others. With a pocket for storing a phone or credit card and a little hood for when they are sleeping or feeding, it’s an ideal carrier for travelling. “
read more details and her review of the i-angel carrier here.

Which baby carrier for travel do you recommend?

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7 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 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 😉

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. What a useful post! We’re beyond the carrier stage now, but I’m sharing this post as it’s brilliant for people with small children.

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