Baby carriers have no gender limitations, but social norms could imply that babywearing is the domain of the Mother. But what you will find is that most Dad’s love babywearing too!
Making the most of that stronger frame makes sense and it is a great chance for your baby to bond with the Dad in much the same way he has bonded with you.
Dad will get to experience the nurturing closeness that Mom gets all the time, and as long as you have not bought a hot pink baby carrier then Dad will most likely be happy to help out.
We have done the legwork to find the baby carriers on the market today that have been designed with Dad in mind. This means dark colors, and masculine looking prints.
In this article we will review the best baby carriers for Dad:
- Baby Tula Ergonomic Carrier With Navy Camouflage
- Mission Critical Cayote Baby Carrier
- Beco Soleil Baby Carrier
- Thule Sapling Elite Child Carrier
- MiaMily Hipster Plus Baby Carrier
- Onya Baby Outback Baby Carrier
Do We Need Baby Carriers for Dads?
As mentioned above, appearance is the first hurdle. If it looks girly, he will not want to wear it. We have stuck to very conservative colors and stay away from anything resembling a floral print!
Color is unlikely to be something that Dad is seeking out – except maybe the army patterns we have found – but it can definitely be a turn off for him if there are bright patterns covering the carrier.
Dad’s don’t want to muck around with a baby wrap, or anything more complicated than the equivalent of throwing on a backpack – or front pack in this case based on the baby’s position. Simple, easy to use and adjust will be the winner here.
Some cool features will also get Dad excited. Any kind of unique hands-free functionality will be a winner. Even the old key ring or water bottle attached to the waist belt… Coz you know, Dads like to look cool like that.
With Dad in charge of the baby transport, you can most likely sustain longer days out.
Carrier Features Suitable for Dads
Robust material with lots of storage will allow you to go further, for longer. If you are an outdoor family keep this in mind as you read through this article.
Anything that will not jump out as girlie is generally best for Dad to carry your baby.
You can probably forget about ring slings and wrap carriers too.
A ring sling has the appearance of a carrier designed for breastfeeding and carrying on a hip that the guys may not have. The extra cloth draped over him is probably not a winner for him.
So we have stuck mostly to the soft structured carriers, and included one back pack.
Why Dads Should Use Carriers
I don’t want to recount all of the general benefits of babywearing. Chances are if you are here you know them already.
Instead, let’s look at why the man of the house should be getting involved and carry your baby as much as they can.
Traveling Everywhere Is Easier
Have you ever tried navigating public transport, or worse, an airport with a stroller? It sux!
If you have a toddler they may be reaching a size where you are struggling to hold the weight for any length of time. Bring in the man muscles! It solves this issue and you are again an agile and mobile family.
Plus you know they are always safe, and cannot run off anywhere.
A lifesaver when anywhere crowded.
Want to go off the beaten track? The physical demands of babywearing can be a real limitation on your own and as a result, you never get too far away from your car.
Want to go for a trek, Dad is the man!
Need to carry a baby, a picnic, a couple of fold-out chairs? How are you going to do this without Dad?
Get him involved, and open some new doors!
In the early years of a child’s life, Dad misses out on a lot of stuff. He is biologically cast aside from so many activities and is often the support person in the background.
Being able to strap them into a position that resembles something associated with that motherly bond just feels good. It is a closeness that Dad’s do not often get to experience.
You may find that once he experiences this, he is likely to jump at the chance to have this close time with the little one.
Best Baby Carriers For Dad of 2023
The ultimate man baby carrier! The navy camouflage pattern just says it all.
Aside from that, you will find a well built and functional baby carrier. If you purchase one of the larger designs then you can push the weight limit right up to 60lbs!
That is an insanely heavy load that would (mostly) be the domain of the Dads.
This could see the same carrier last you right up until late toddler years and still not be near the weight limit. The longevity of use can put the price point into some perspective and offer value.
Now Baby Tula is one of the more popular brands out there and they have a lot of colors to pick from. The camo is likely to be less popular so keep an eye out for availability. A manly alternative is the Camosaur design – which looks like green camp from a distance but a compilation of dinosaur prints up close.
- Awesome camouflage pattern Dad will love
- Can be purchased in a range of sizes that can accommodate up to a 60lb load
- Longer use = Value for money
- Machine washable
- Compatible with an infant insert for newborns
- A higher price point
- The buckle will be hard to reach for less flexible man
This testosterone fueled design and military color theme will have Dad frothing to show off when out and about!
Army style camouflage by look, but also military-grade in design and quality.
The durable fabric will stand up to just about anything that you could conceive doing with a baby strapped into the seat… Which for the safety conscious is probably not all that much, but the quality element would ensure longevity of use and value for money.
There is MOLLE webbing allows for accessories to be attached easily. Enabling a hands-free parenting toolkit to be carried around if desired.
Despite the heavy looking material, this baby carrier has excellent ventilation to ensure your child is comfortable. The shoulder straps are also exceptionally comfortable. The liner is also removable and is easily machine washable.
You also have the option to purchase a connectable daypack in the Balance Kit pack.
- The wide and adjustable waist strap should see it fit guys of all builds
- Strong material with great ventilation
- The camouflage design is awesome!
- Machine washable
- For a well built carrier we expected a higher weight capacity than the 35lbs specified.
- The material could be too rough for sensitive baby skin
- Larger babies have trouble getting comfortable in the seat
As we back away from the macho, masculinity saving army colors we now look to simple black and a well functioning baby carrier.
Sleek and compact – this carrier is an easy choice for Dads.
It is simple yet functional. It is easy to put on and off. It comes in solid colors that can match any type of clothes or outfit.
The baby’s seat is roomy and it has a sturdy and high back panel that can efficiently support your baby’s back. The ergonomic design also offers good support for Dad’s back.
You can use this carrying in a number of different positions – frontal inward, frontal outward, hip carry and backpack carry.
The pockets on the waist belt area are also great for easy access with a full load.
- Detachable hood and bag make for easy storage
- The 45 pounds of capacity should get you plenty of runway to maximise use
- The waist pockets, keyring and toy clip are convenient extras
- Infant insert to be purchased separately
The Thule Sapling is a top of the range frame carrier built for the outdoors designed to be used as a backpack. It is great for Dads who love camping and hiking trips with their baby.
The adjustable back panel provides a safe and comfortable environment for your baby. The seat is ergonomically designed for full support and can be adjusted as well.
Rarely will you find a Dad who is excited at the prospect of carrying around a diaper bag. This carrier comes with plenty of storage space and should fit all you need for your day out…. including lunch!
The padded shoulder straps and exceptional weight distribution will allow Dad to handle a big load with this baby carrier, and go the distance when out on a hiking trail. The lumbar support and quality of straps are outstanding. This will help avoid back problems in the future.
It has a detachable backpack for a snack, feeding bottles, diapers, and extra clothes.
You will also find handy zippered pockets just about everywhere so you can carry and access items like smartphones and keys easily.
- Storage pockets everywhere!
- Ultimate comfort for you and your baby
- Durable material that is built to stand up to long hikes and outdoor trips
- A much higher price point, but it is built for heavy duty use
- Rain cover is to be purchased separately
This Swiss-designed carrier met all the criteria of a Dad carrier. It has no complicated buckles or straps, comes in a solid color, simple in design and of course, functional.
It is lined with a mesh fabric that’s great for the summer and if the weather is cold, it has a dual layer option that can keep your baby warm.
This carrier has tons of storage areas which is great for dads on the go. There’s a place where you can put your smartphone, car keys, and wallet.
- Swiss built premium quality
- Designed according to the Hip Dysplasia Institutes guidelines
- Comfortable and breathable design
- Drool pad to be bought separately
- The stitching around the hip seat can tear if placed under too much stress
We had to throw this one on the list due to some good old ingenuity that Dads would really appreciate. This clever design allows you to transform this from a carrier into a seat that you can attach to a chair to hold your child securely in place.
A much better option than using your belt to keep your child from falling off a chair on a day out!
You will find a stack of other useful features such as a key clip, chew fabric, lots of pockets for storage, and a hood to snuggle your baby in at nap time.
The waistband is wide and quite supportive, with great ergonomics and suitable for the solid build of a man. The padded shoulder straps are also comfortable and are designed to reduce fatigue and even out the weight distribution.
- Clever multifunctional design
- Lots of convenient features
- 45lbs weight limit so this will last you well into the toddler years
- More suited to users with a larger frame
- As with any buckle carrier you need to get your settings right to be comfortable
We have reviewed some of the best carriers for babies and Dad will no longer have any excuses not to get involved if you purchase one of these manly carriers. Dangling a carrot like the navy print in front could also win you some brownie points along the way. And once he does start he will be hooked!
Plus, ladies still look great in camo colors anyway… So our pick of the best baby carriers for Dads is the Baby Tula with the navy camouflage print.
You can enjoy the rest that comes with offloading that (portable) baby weight on to the man. But don’t get too comfortable, they will be clamoring for you in no time.
For More Information On Dads And Baby Carriers
Check out some more of our posts where Dad can be particularly useful.
If you are traveling with your baby then having Dad carry the load will help you navigate airport security a bit easier. While the above baby carriers will do the job, we have also looked at the best baby carriers to use while traveling.
We also take a look at the forward-facing position that some baby carriers feature. A baby may be more receptive to this with Dad, whereas with Mom they just want to cuddle. So we have also put together a list of carriers who accommodate this front-facing position so they can explore their surroundings a bit more.