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Keeping up with trending styles and accessories is usually an area dominated by the female population. Baby carriers fall into a category of accessories that is often designed with the female population at the top of the potential purchasing list. Most men have two arms, so that is good enough, right? Wrong. There are baby carriers that are specifically designed to keep the male presence prevalent in care for a child. Finding a baby carrier for men does not have to be an endless process involving searching, inventions, or other modifications. Below we’ll detail three top-of-the-line baby carrier models that help bring men back into the picture of child care. Pros and cons of each model will be discussed to better increase knowledge of each individual carrier.
In this article I would like to cover 2 main areas:
- Sharing our 3 best picks baby carrier for you guys
- Considerations in choosing a baby carrier for big dads
So, let’s jump right into it!
So, What is The Best Baby Carrier for Men?
Here is our favorite picks and below we will tell you why!
Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier
This carrier is designed for efficiency and with the active male in mind. Upgraded from the original Ergobaby model, the Ergo 360 allows for an increase in models of child transportation, while keeping the individual carrier comfortable and relaxed. The second coming of the Ergobaby also allows for four modes of transportation: Front-inward, Front-outward, Hip, and Back carrying. Upping the ante on additional forms of transportation, the Ergo 360 helps assist the strengths of the individual carrying the child. It also helps assist in fatigue categories by offering these additional carry positions.
The carrier is made of cotton and is completely safe for machine washing. Two back straps help keep the child’s weight proportioned to comfort. These padded shoulder pads also help reduce the stress on your shoulders and back. The bucket seating attached to the front of the carrier helps keep the baby’s posture with the spine being curved to a “C” position. This positioning is important in newborn spine development. It helps keep your baby’s legs tucked and pulled toward the chest, which reduces pressure on the spine and hips. Just below the bucket seat is the Velcro waistband. This adds support to your lower back and meshes with the shoulder straps to promote stability for you and your child. There is also an extended back panel to help support the child. It can be rolled up or down for differing carrying positions. Inside of the back panel is a hood. This hood is optimal for sun protection, sleeping and other such conditions. The combination of these features makes up for a comfortable carrier for your child.
The Ergobaby 360 is most commonly associated with use by males as it suits a larger framed individual. Men have naturally broader shoulders than women, suiting this baby carrier for men. Each carrier holds its own pros and cons, making the Ergobaby 360 eligible for both likes and dislikes. Below are a few descriptives that work towards making attractive and detractive features of this model:
- Offers extended periods of use without a concern for fatigue or wear and tear on your body
- Compatible with both newborns and infants
- Easy to slip your child in and out of without having to put forth added pressure
- Keeps your child snug and stable, allowing your child to rest or nap
- Very lightweight, reducing discomfort for the user and child alike
- The Velcro waistband creates a headache with the noise it makes and the amount of effort it requires to fasten
- Sometimes difficult to adjust and put on for one person (a second pair of hands is almost necessary to ensure proper use)
- No areas for storage or carrying additional items your baby may need
- Added discomfort to some carrying positions if carrying a larger child
You can find bellow Marta and Brock’s review for this great carrier:
And here the price of this A carrier here!
Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier
Our second baby carrier for men is the Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier. This carrier is optimal for use in carrying your baby from newborn to infant stages. The design helps promote use throughout the growth of your child, adding intrigue to the 4-in-1 uses it employs. It allows you to carry your child in four positions: Facing-inward (with both a narrow and wide seating options), facing-outward, and a back carry. The facing-inward methods help compensate for the size of any baby.
This model has two back straps the contain sufficient padding for carrying your child. These back pads contain adjustable straps that utilize a pulley system to tighten or loosen. Once tightened or loosened, these straps lock and hold their form through the duration of usage. The back pads are attached to the seat with the use of clips, which can also be adjusted for comfort and stability. The seat is padded for comfort and utilizes the adjustment feature to compensate for the size of your child. This diminishes the use of an infant stabilizer or insert. A waist belt is included and attached to the back pads. This waistband can be adjusted through the use of a buckle feature. The buckle holds tightness just like the clips do. This model is optimal for ensuring your baby remains stable throughout duration of usage. To keep you and your child protected from drooling or any other messes, the Infantino Flip has a wonder bib on the upper portion of the seat. It functions on both the inward and outward facing positions, providing support when inward and conventionality when outward.
The Infantino Flip, while increasing the conventionality of a baby carrier, also denotes some minor issues with usage. Below we’ll go over a few of the pros and cons of this model.
- Lightweight and breathable for the child and carrier
- Versatility and adjustment value add intrigue to the usefulness of this model
- Can be used over a long period of time and does not lose functionality with the growth of your baby
- Many different ways of wearing make for a comfortable carry no matter the situation or occurrence
- Back straps may cause irritation as they extend across the chest rather than straight down the shoulders
- Padding on the shoulders is thin, making long trips or travel a hassle
- The drool cover is loosely attached and will fall off under certain circumstances
Melvin shared with us his opinion about Infantino Flip Advanced Carrier and here is his thoughts:
Our rate for this carrier is A- and here is the price!
Infantino Sash Wrap and Tie Baby Carrier
Our third model is the Infantino Sash Wrap and Tie Baby Carrier. This model is designed to promote comfort for the use and child alike. Containing no buckles, the Infantino Sash Wrap and Tie allows you to adjust the wraps and ties to fit your body size and target areas of strength. Functionality and versatility are the main talking points of this model. It can function with three different carries: facing-in, hip, and backpack. The outward-facing option is not available with this model. Versatility comes into play with the multiple wraps available to the user. You can add support underneath the seat or create a tighter grip around the spinal region of the carrier. The possibilities allow for an endless combination of uses, bringing ultimate control to the user’s hands.
The padded back straps are formed in a crisscross method that meets across the center of the abdomen. Extending from the shoulder pads are the wraps. These wraps continue the use of the crisscross method as they cross on the seat. The wraps meet at your waist, where you can then tie them to your standard. These wraps are adjustable across the entire seat, meaning you can move them up or down to add support in areas you deem necessary. It is recommended to add support to the child’s spinal area during the newborn stage and work your way down the seat as the child grows. The ties can be adjusted to your liking and the tightness will have no effect on the infant being carried. This provides you with the carrying control and stability you need to outlast long trips or carrying periods.
The Infantino Sash Wrap and Tie carrier holds many features that will attract the user. Other disadvantages could turn users away from this product. Below we’ll look at the pros and cons of this model.
- Very easy for the user to put on. The loose hanging straps contain plenty of length to allow someone to strap this on without an additional set of helping hands
- No readjustment needed with the wrap and tie method
- The versatility in usage allows the user to adjust the wraps to their likeness or with the growth of their child
- The shoulder padding is thin but form fits to your body maximizing the comfort throughout the duration of your carry
- The wraps are rather long which can attract dirt or other particles; makes a trip to the cleaners a frequent occurrence
- Larger chested and larger upper bodied individuals may cause their child to experience a little discomfort in their positioning
- This model does not allow the user to use the outward-facing carry
Bellow, Rachel showing us how to do a front and back carry with this carrier:
This 3rd place carrier deserve also an A- , it’s a good one but for us the first two carriers is better. You can check what other buyers said about it here!
Best Baby Carrier for Big Dads
As we get older our metabolism slows and we may have a harder time shedding the pounds. It is only fitting that the larger dad has a baby carrier that will suit their physical needs and compensate for their size. Below we’ll detail some qualities for the best baby carrier for big dads and why these features stand out to the user.
Ring Slings are Commonly Used as Baby Carriers
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If you are larger in size, there are a few things you want to consider. Most of these slings reach an average size around 75 inches in length. Most come in a one-size-fits-all fashion, but most times this is not the case. The 75-inch length leaves you with little wiggle room in adjusting for your personal comfort. These slings leave a tail of fabric once tightened and it becomes extremely limited for the larger user. Look for a model that exceeds 80 inches. This will give you plenty of space to adjust and won’t bring discomfort your way. Shoulder size is another factor you’ll want to target with ring slings. Broad and wide shoulders will require a wider fabric, while narrower shoulders will work better with a narrow fabric.
Secondly, we have baby wraps
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Baby wraps work in a similar fashion as a sling would. The difference between a wrap and a sling is the fabric that extends all the way around your torso. Wraps come in two different fabrics: woven and stretch. The woven fabric carriers should be used with caution, as they will not stretch over time or during uses. The stretchy fabric helps compensate for your size and helps ensure that your baby is gripped with the right amount of pressure. Look for a larger wrap as the one-size-fit-all models won’t always compensate for the larger individual.
Our third carriers are of the soft structured variety
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These models are often difficult to predict due to where the carrier sits on the individual. Usually the user will lean towards carriers that contain extra length in the back straps or in the waist belt. This will normally suffice, but it lacks concern over where the child sits on the body. When browsing soft structured carriers, look for models that have perfect fit adjusters. These adjusters help with padding adjustment and areas where the waist band will sit. Finding a model with these adjusters is your best bet, but if you have the opportunity to try on these soft structured carriers, do it! It will provide you with additional knowledge with attributes you may have left out when making your decision.
The last item that is tailored towards the larger user is Mei Tais. Mei Tais are baby carriers that use a padded seat and wraps with ties to secure. The length of these wraps usually falls in the 80-inch range, making it a highly-suggested target for larger users. in my opinion if you are looking for that kind of carriers, Infantino sash wrap and tie is good for plus sized parents.
Our final advice is, you should try any of this carrier before buying any of them and there is a way for that, babywearingin, The member of this non-profit organisation are hundreds of active parents who can offer support and advice with choosing a baby carrier and more, like these groups who organize library weekend that can be open to all, with carriers available to try. All what you need is a Facebook profile and checking this map to find groups in your area.
Have you tried any of this carriers? What were the results? Share with me your answers by commenting below!