What are the differences between all of the top baby carriers on the market, and how do they fit your individual needs and lifestyle? Do you prefer the comfort and customization of a wrap? The simplicity of a Mei Tai carrier? Or perhaps you want the adjustability and ease of a soft-structured carrier? Compare these top carriers to see which one is best for you and your baby.

Moby Wrap

Price: $45

The Moby Wrap is a favorite among moms because it gives both baby and parent that "tenth month" feel -- with baby being close and secure to mom while mom gets to look and feel pregnant once again.

Moby Wrap

Baby Hawk

Price: $89-$99

The popular Baby Hawk Mei Tai carrier has no buckles or adjustments; it simply fits to your body by wrapping the long straps around your waist, shoulders and back, making it ideal to transfer from mom to dad and back again without the need to adjust straps and buckles each time.

Baby Hawk

The stretchy and breathable cotton fabric can be wrapped to create over five different carry positions without the need for buckles or straps.

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  • Birth to 35 pounds
  • Single piece of 100 percent cotton
  • Easy to adjust
  • Womb-like feel for newborns
  • Easy to use while breastfeeding
  • T-shirt feel for parents
  • Distributes baby's weight throughout your whole body
  • Customizable carry positions

Choose from premade carriers or customize your carrier with your choice of fabrics and colors.

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  • Birth to 40 pounds
  • Soft, semi-structured body
  • Attached padded head support
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Can be used in a front-carry position facing inward, back-carry position and hip-carry position

Britax Baby Carrier

Price: $130

The soft structured Britax Baby Carrier gives parents multiple options for long-wearing carrying and comfort.

Britax Baby Carrier

BabyBjorn Carrier

Price: $185

The BabyBjorn Miracle Baby Carrier is the latest and greatest carrier design from BabyBjorn.

BabyBjorn Carrier

This versatile carrier features the CarryLong system, which distributes baby's weight across your shoulders, back and hips, making for a more enjoyable ride for both baby and parent. With the use of the additional Seat Extender Insert, the Britax Baby Carrier grows with your child by creating a wider seating area.

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  • Birth to 32 pounds
  • Can be used in a front-carry position, facing inward and outward
  • Removable newborn insert
  • Washable, 100 percent cotton bib to keep the carrier cleaner
  • Slip on design for ease and safety
  • Pouch-like seating for child safety
  • Distributes weight for extended-wear comfort

It's almost as if BabyBjorn took all parents' favorite BabyBjorn features and put them together in one carrier. The Miracle Carrier boasts an ergonomic waist belt, adjustable and innovative lumbar support, precise height adjustment guide and fabrics free of chemicals and allergens.

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  • For babies eight to 26 pounds
  • Can be used in a front-carry position facing inward and outward
  • No infant insert required
  • Lumbar support can change baby's weight distribution while in use

Stokke MyCarrier

Price: $250

The Stokke MyCarrier Baby Carrier grows and transforms with your child -- literally.

Stokke MyCarrier

ERGO Baby Carrier

Price: $115-$120

The Original Ergo Baby Carrier is ergonomic for both baby and parent.

ERGO Baby Carrier

With the included back carry attachment, you'll be able to carry your child in three different carry positions well through his or her toddler years. In addition to the ergonomic waist belt and seating position for baby, the removable lumbar and back support gives parents even more ways to distribute baby's weight while riding in the MyCarrier.

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  • For babies eight to 33 pounds
  • Can be used in a front-carry position facing inward, front-carry position facing outward and back-carry position
  • Happy Hips technology for inward-facing positions
  • Small storage pockets
  • Breathable organic cotton

The padded shoulder straps and padded, structured waist belt help to distribute baby's weight across the parent's hips and shoulders. The Ergo Baby carrier also seats baby in an ergonomic position, which distributes the baby's weight between his or her hips and thighs.

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  • For babies seven to 40 pounds
  • Can be used in a front-carry position facing inward, back-carry position and hip-carry position
  • Optional Heart2Heart infant insert for newborns
  • Adjustable, attached and storable sleeping hood
  • Zippered front accessory pocket

Boba Carrier 3G

Price: $120-$125

The Boba 3G Carrier gives babies and toddlers a comfortable and ergonomic place to sit.

Boba Carrier 3G

The padded straps, padded waist belt and adjustable settings allow parents to customize the fit both before and during use. The longer body provides additional comfort and support for baby while the storable sleeping hood disappears out of sight into a zippered storage pocket. Removable footrests give additional support to baby's hips and thighs while riding in the front- or back-carry position.

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  • For babies seven to 45 pounds
  • Can be used in a front-carry position facing inward and back-carry position
  • Multiple adjustments for custom fit
  • Storage pockets
  • Shoulder strap holders to keep a purse or diaper bag in place

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live.Mom.work Chidester May 14, 2012
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Ergo Baby! I love the thick straps & the waist. It's comfy, even with my 30 lb hunk of love!