Find the best position for your baby

Carrying is a very personal thing and with all the different carriers and wraps out there you have many different choices and ways to carry your baby. Much of it will depend on your body size and shape, your baby's weight and age, the activities you both do together, and the amount of time you'll typically be wearing. Of course, these are just general suggestions and you should always make sure that your specific carrier is appropriate for the position you choose.

  • Facing-In Position (Infant)
    Suitable for 0-4 months or until baby can hold head up on their own. This holds baby upright while facing you, with baby's tummy touching your tummy, while their legs remain in the spread squat position (also called M position). Some carriers achieve this by positioning infants with legs inside the body of the carrier, supported by an infant insert or wrap-and-tie structure. Other carriers have convertible seats that allow for a reduced width setting to support small infants from knee-to-knee without spreading their legs uncomfortably far apart. With convertible seat carriers, baby's legs are positioned outside of the carrier. Wraps, Mei Tais, ergonomic carriers with inserts and convertible seat carriers can accommodate this position.
  • Facing-in Position
    The facing-in position is one of the most popular, giving great security and comfort as well as closer contact and interaction with baby. Works well with soft structured carriers, such as the wrap, Mei Tai or ergonomic. Facing-in position is considered ergonomic if the carrier is wide enough to support the child in a "seated" position.
  • Facing-out Position
    Once past the newborn stage, when your baby can hold their head up by themselves, they can ride in this facing-out position. Baby's back will lie directly against Mom's tummy. This position should only be used with front carriers that are designed for facing-out positions.
  • Hip Carry
    This is a popular position that fits the body very naturally, letting baby simply straddle one of your hips in a seated, facing-in position. It's also a comfortable position for baby because they can see out and look around while also being able to see your face. Baby can easily snuggle into you and sleep in this position with their head resting on your shoulder. The hip carry can be used with wraps, Mei Tai and some ergonomic carriers.
  • Back Carry
    When baby can sit up on their own, you can use a backpack carrier for this position. Wraps, Mei Tai carriers, framed backpacks and convertible front carriers also allow you to flip the carrier around and carry baby on your back, in a backpack-style position. This can help change up the load on your body and free up your arms to give your babywearing experience a more active approach.