Best forParents looking for carrier that's ergonomically designed and adjustable for kids and parents
Top BenefitsErgonomic leg position, padded shoulder straps for wearer's comfort
ConsiderationsHas a lot of straps and clips, high-market price
Bottom lineThe Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back is a comfortable carrier that's designed with safe fabrics and for hip-healthy wearing
There are days when pushing a stroller from A to B isn’t the easiest option, which is why baby carriers are an essential part of life with little people. Padded shoulder straps, equally distributed weight and three carrying positions (that allow the carrier to grow with babies from 7.5 pounds to 33 pounds), mean the Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back is a great option that, not surprisingly, our testers found super comfy and secure.
There are a lot of straps and buckles on this particular carrier, but that’s because it offers you the option of carrying your infant front-inward facing, front-outward facing and back carrying (with your child looking over your shoulder). In each position, all those adjustable straps ensure your babe is safe and secure. For front-facing inward (recommended for infants one- to nine-months-old and over 7.5 pounds), you can easily adjust the straps at the legs and sides with a gentle tug. Meanwhile, the padded headrest with breathable sides provides support for babies who haven’t yet developed neck strength.
The carrier's integrated infant support means your baby sits nice and high, which is important for maintaining airflow. Outward facing allows a bit more freedom of movement, but with the headrest folded down and out of the way, you get extra support at the baby’s shoulders. Back carrying offers an inner adjustable seat support to position kids high enough (based on age, with one recommended for nine to 18 months and the lower for 18 to 36 months). It also comes with adjustable side straps and locking carabiner-style safety clasps at armpit height, as well as over-the-shoulder straps to keep your toddler from popping out of the top of the carrier.
In all three positions, the seating pouch has been designed with optimal hip placement in mind, earning the carrier the acknowledgment of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a hip-healthy option. Our editors found the adjustable upper leg support and bum placement to be good, but a lack of foot supports means you might end up being kicked by little feet.
Even the best-tempered baby will make it very clear if they're uncomfortable, which is why many parents think their babes don’t like being worn. Our parent testers had no such issues with the Stokke MyCarrier—one parent noted that the Stokke was the first carrier her daughter actually enjoyed. Our editors gave the Stokke full marks for baby comfort, thanks to the cotton Oeko Tex-certified fabric, ample padding and adjustable head and leg supports. Our parent testers also appreciated this combination, and unanimously agreed that their children had a combination of good support and ease of movement.