Top Baby Carriers for Dads

Top-Best-Baby-Carriers-for-Dads Review

Kokopax Top Pick

The Mission Critical Baby Carrier

A front carry baby carrier that looks like a reinforced flack vest with a baby carrier incorporated into it, this is for the father who wants to look like a “dad” and not mom. The fit is ideal for dads as most of the weight is supported by the back and upper shoulders rather than the waist-belt as seen in many other popular carriers.

The material is really heavy-duty, albeit soft on the inside and can be worn with the baby face inwards  or outwards, depending on their stage of development. There are even a ton of MOLLE straps and loops that can be customized with additional pouches, binky tethers, etc.

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EDITOR’s CHOICE – The Mission Critical Baby Carrier

EDITOR’s CHOICE – The Mission Critical Baby Carrier

A front carry baby carrier that looks like a reinforced flack vest with a baby carrier incorporated into it, this ...

User Rating: 3.55 (1 votes)
2 Moby Wrap Cotton Baby Carrier

Moby Wrap Cotton Baby Carrier

A wrap rather than a carrier in the conventional sense, the Moby Wrap Cotton baby Carrier swaddles your baby snugly ...

User Rating: 3.4 (1 votes)
3 Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh 3 Position Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh 3 Position Baby Carrier

This carrier is perfect for active dads thanks to its moisture-wicking mesh lining that helps the baby as well as ...

User Rating: 3.6 (1 votes)
4 Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

The Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier (for use from baby to toddler (15-45 lbs) is soft-structured, durable and ...

User Rating: 3.35 (1 votes)
5 Boba Air Baby Carrier

Boba Air Baby Carrier

At a mere 0.7 pounds, the Boba Air gets big plus points for being ultra lightweight. And it can be zipped and ...

User Rating: 3.25 (1 votes)

 

Most people initially buy carriers because it seems like the done thing. However, soon they come to realize that it is the best piece of equipment any new parent could gift themselves.

Why?

Because only new parents know the angst of not being able to do simple tasks like grabbing a coffee or doing the laundry while carrying their precious little bundle of joy.

Freeing up your hands to do these chores while still keeping your little one nestled as close and safe as possible is the best feeling in the world. And you no longer have to dawdle along pushing a stroller.

And it’s not just the moms that are doing the carrying nowadays. Unlike previous generations, today’s new fathers are a lot more involved in parenting and love being able to spend time with their newborns.

Unfortunately for them, however, most carriers on the market are targeted towards the female of the species – bright colors, frills and lace, and covered in cute teddy bears, hearts and flowers!

And even if our ultra-macho men acquiesced to wearing these “fru fru” feminine little carriers, the fact is that not many baby carriers are made to fit 6 feet (or 200 pounds) of muscles and maleness.

Top Baby Carrier Reviews for Dad

Keeping all this in mind, we trawled the marketplace looking for baby carriers made with the man in mind. Here are the few good options known for their quality, comfort levels and safety and ranging from $50 to $250 dollars.  

EDITOR’s CHOICE – The Mission Critical Baby Carrier

The Mission Critical Baby Carrier

A front carry baby carrier that looks like a reinforced flack vest with a baby carrier incorporated into it, this is for the father who wants to look like a “dad” and not mom. The fit is ideal for dads as most of the weight is supported by the back and upper shoulders rather than the waist-belt as seen in many other popular carriers.

The material is really heavy-duty, albeit soft on the inside and can be worn with the baby face inwards  or outwards, depending on their stage of development. There are even a ton of MOLLE straps and loops that can be customized with additional pouches, binky tethers, etc.

The Mission Critical Baby Carrier

A front carry baby carrier that looks like a reinforced flack vest with a baby carrier incorporated into it, this is for the father who wants to look like a “dad” and not mom. The fit is ideal for dads as most of the weight is supported by the back and upper shoulders rather than the waist-belt as seen in many other popular carriers.

PROS:
  • Can secure your baby by yourself
  • Designed for babies approximately 8-35 lbs and fits waists up to 64″
  • Well made and durable
  • Designed specifically with the man in mind.
  • It holds everything and the zipper panels on each side are a game changer.
  • Has a built in diaper pad.

CONS:
  • Cannot be worn on the back. Only front-carry.
  • Since this carrier is designed specifically with the man in mind, it is not very comfortable for the women and ends up squishing their chests. As a result, you will need to buy a separate carrier for the mom.


 

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Boba Air Baby Carrier

Boba Air Baby Carrier

At a mere 0.7 pounds, the Boba Air gets big plus points for being ultra lightweight. And it can be zipped and stashed anywhere… yes, anywhere – from your diaper bag to the glove compartment of your car.

Made out of durable nylon material, the carrier comes with front and back carry options for children in the weight range of 15–45 pounds (approx 7-20 kg). There is also an integrated sleeping/sun hood.

Boba Air Baby Carrier

At a mere 0.7 pounds, the Boba Air gets big plus points for being ultra lightweight. And it can be zipped and stashed anywhere… yes, anywhere – from your diaper bag to the glove compartment of your car.

PROS:
  • Light as a feather.
  • Can be folded and stashed easily thanks to its unique self-storing design.
  • Durable and perfectly portable
  • Great for the summer months when it is hot and humid

CONS:
  • Not suitable for infants between 7-15lbs (approx 3.5-7kg)
  • Straps are not padded, which makes it more portable, but they tend to dig into the shoulders and back if worn for long durations/outings.


 

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Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

The Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier (for use from baby to toddler (15-45 lbs) is soft-structured, durable and water-resistant. Extremely versatile, the carrier can be worn in 3 carry positions – front, back & side (hip) and features an integrated chair harness which transforms almost any adult chair into a safe seat for your baby.

Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier

The Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier (for use from baby to toddler (15-45 lbs) is soft-structured, durable and water-resistant. Extremely versatile, the carrier can be worn in 3 carry positions – front, back & side (hip) and features an integrated chair harness which transforms almost any adult chair into a safe seat for your baby.

PROS:
  • Ergonomic and soft-structured baby carrier
  • Water-resistant, 100% rip-stop nylon exterior
  • Topseller for warm climates thanks to its air-mesh lining
  • 3 carry positions – front, back & hip.
  • USP: An integrated chair harness that can transform any adult chair into a safe seat for your baby

CONS:
  • Newborns will need a Baby Booster infant insert that is sold separately.
  • Pockets not as accessible once the baby is in the carrier.
  • Not made for ladies with curvy hips/backs and smaller waists, so you will need to invest in a separate carrier for mom.
  • Some find the buckle system complicated and difficult.


 

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Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh 3 Position Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh 3 Position Baby Carrier

This carrier is perfect for active dads thanks to its moisture-wicking mesh lining that helps the baby as well as the caregiver stay comfy and cooler. On the flip side however, though breathable and lightweight, there is no pocket to store your phone or money or keys if you are out exercising. As with all Ergobaby Carriers, it holds your baby in an ergonomic, natural sitting position and its durable synthetic exterior makes for easy washing and quick drying.

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh 3 Position Baby Carrier

This carrier is perfect for active dads thanks to its moisture-wicking mesh lining that helps the baby as well as the caregiver stay comfy and cooler.

PROS:
  • The waist belt is very stiff and provides excellent back support.
  • Chest strap slides easily on a “track” that’s on the shoulder straps – better than any other carrier on the market
  • Easy to clean.
  • Sun cover comes in handy once baby falls asleep.

CONS:
  • Smaller babies (between 7 lb (3.2 kg) and 12 lb (5.5 kg)) must use the Ergobaby Infant Insert -sold seperately
  • Cannot be used for babies under 7 lb (3.2 kg) even with the Infant Insert
  • No pockets or storage space whatsoever— so nowhere to put a phone, or even any money, let alone a spare diaper or feeding bottle for the baby.


 

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Moby Wrap Cotton Baby Carrier

Moby Wrap Cotton Baby Carrier

A wrap rather than a carrier in the conventional sense, the Moby Wrap Cotton baby Carrier swaddles your baby snugly and can be used from the day you bring your baby back from the hospital. It’s also very soft and stretchy and hence extremely comfortable to wear. The width of the fabric also allows it to distribute the baby’s weight evenly.

Moby Wrap Cotton Baby Carrier

A wrap rather than a carrier in the conventional sense, the Moby Wrap Cotton baby Carrier swaddles your baby snugly and can be used from the day you bring your baby back from the hospital.

PROS:
  • While it looks difficult to put on, the instructions are easy to follow.
  • Easy to clean (machine washable and dry-able) and there are no parts that can be broken or lost.

CONS:
  • Tends to get a bit too hot as ventilation is limited.
  • Some may find that it takes too long to put on and take off.
  • Needs to be put on at home as it is difficult to put on in the compact space of the car or in public/outdoor spaces where you would not feel comfortable with the wrap touching the floor (parking lot, garden, park, etc)

 

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