The Best Baby Carriers to use in Water

Using a Water Baby Carrier also by some known as “Body Glove Carrier” can be very useful if you want to cool off on a warm summer day with a baby. Although your regular soft structure carrier could be used it will not dry as quick. You don’t want to walk around with a wet baby carrier all day, you also don’t want to wait all day for your carrier to dry out. The best solution is to use a baby carrier design for water use.

Since most water baby carriers are made from light and airy fabric, you can also use this if you are living in a tropical or hot and humid place.

A water baby carrier provides a secure way of carrying your baby while swimming. There’s no chance for your baby to accidentally slide off your arm while you are carrying him/her in the pool, or in the shallows at the beach.

We will provide some tips on what features to look out for when selecting your baby carrier, and review some of the best choices available in the market.

What to Look for in a Water Carrier

UV Protection

Water baby carriers are meant to be used in beaches and swimming pools and whether you like it or not, the sun is always going to be there. That is why it is important to use baby carriers that can protect your child against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.

Keep in mind that a baby’s skin is sensitive and exposure to the elements like the sun can have detrimental effects.

Dries Quickly

A water baby carrier needs to have a fabric that dries quickly. Study the fabric of the carrier before buying it. You don’t want a fabric that is going to be consistently wet even when you and your baby are already out of the water.

A quick drying carrier will save you a lot of work and packing as well. You only need one carrier on vacations and travels because you can use the carrier in and out of the water. There’s no need to change carrier just because it doesn’t dry quick enough.

Lightweight

This is another key feature of any water baby carrier – it needs to be lightweight. Remember that carrying your baby while both of you are in the water can be challenging and you don’t need any extra weight.

Choose fabrics that do not absorb too much water. Non-absorbent fabric allows you to go in and out of the pool with ease.

Safety in the Design

You will be dealing with material that is intended to get wet. When things are wet, they are slippery. Make sure that the fabric does not turn into a sliperry slurry equivalent or you may be risking your baby in and around wet areas - which usually involves hard surfaces. 

The components will also be exposed to sea salt, or chlorine depending on whether you are at the beach or pool. These are things that a standard baby carrier is not designed to be exposed to and the components could be affected by this over time. 

Cleaning your carrier regularly should negate any deterioration over time, but it is worthwhile paying attention to the condition of the carrier before each use. 

Tips on Using your Water Baby Carrier

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    Remember to keep the posture of your baby in check. Make sure that the back is well supported.
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    Make sure that the chin of your child is always above the water.
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    Younger babies need to be facing you at all times. For older babies, you can carry them facing out but frequent checking and monitoring is required.
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    Avoid backpack carrying in deep waters. You can do these if the water is only above your ankles and below your knees.

Best Water Baby Carriers

The Beachfront Baby Wraps are especially designed beach and water use. The light mesh fabric make this carrier very comfortable for you and the perfect quick dry material for pool or beachside fun. 

With a recommended weight range of 8lbs to 30lbs, you will find this suitable from just a few weeks old to toddler age. 

The carrier comes in three sizes, so make sure you match up your t-shirt size with the recommended carrier size at purchase. 

The beachfront baby carriers are made to carry your child in the optimal position for water conditions, this is very important for the baby’s safety.

The carrier is made of a breath able mesh consisting of 100 percent polyester jersey, this is optimal for quick drying once out of the water.

Please note that this carrier does not protect your baby from the sun, so you will still need a hat and sunscreen to keep you baby safe from the sun.

 

Pro

  • Material meets US safety standards
  • Serged edges to minimize any irritation to skin that wet material can sometimes cause
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    Fast drying light material
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    Also suitable for every day use

Con

  • Need to ensure the size you order is correct for your build
  • Material not as stretchy as regular baby wrap material

This carrier is made from 100% mesh polyester fabric that is non-absorbent and quick drying. This makes it another great carrier to use around water. 

The ring sling style requires a different baby wearing technique, and is an easy one to master for those without much experience. There are no wrapping procedures required. You just hook it over your shoulder and your baby will sit in the pouch. 

It is one of the more affordable water ring sling options, which makes it a very low risk option.

The small carry bag is a neat addition and allows you to fit this snuggly in your handbag on a day out.

This water carrier comes with its own bag so you can keep it away neatly when not in use. 

Pro

  • Silky and strong material
  • Affordable price point
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    User friendly design for smaller babies
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    One size fits all

Con

  • Babies may outgrow this one faster than a wrap
  • A ring sling pouch can be less secure than a wrap or carrier

The BityBean water carrier is awesome for parents who are seeking an alternative to a wrap or sling. The design of the carrier is more structured and closer to a regular soft structured carrier, but is made from lighter material that is suitable for water use also. 

The design allows for multiple carrying positions; front carry, chest way, back carry, cross arm carry and kangaroo style. This allows for some much desired versatility in its use so you can match your baby's preference (and mood) to keep them comfortable and smiling.

If you are to use this in the water you should always be cautious to ensure your baby's air ways are fully visible to you at all times. Keep this in mind when considering what positions you will use in this scenario as there are some serious risks there.

Bitybean is design to carry babies from 3-36 months and up to a maximum of 40lbs (10kg).

The material is made of durable high quality Breathable cotton fabric, perfect for fast drying. Additional features include; adjustable shoulder belt, protected safety buckle, ventilating back pad, adjustable durable wait belt.

Pro

  • Multiple positions available
  • Larger weight capacity for longer use
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    Folds up small for easy storage

Con

  • Hood and fleece accessories must be bought separately
  • The clasp at the back of the carrier is in an awkward spot and hard to reach

With a second recommendation for Beachfront Baby you know they are doing something right! 

This time we have the ring sling style carrier making an appearance in our list. 

With water use there is a risk that the ring component could erode over time. The material used for this specialty water ring sling is made of anodized aluminum. This will make it resistant to corrosion and chlorinated water.

The sling is made of quality breathable althletic mesh fabric that is fast drying and again great for water use.

The recommended weight range is 8-30lbs, the same as the wrap. 

Sizes are also scaled the same way as the wrap with three sizes to choose from; regular, extra-long and petite. So make sure you check the comparable t-shirt size before placing your order.

The regular size is 72 inches long (will fit size small, medium or large). Extra long is 90 inches long (will fit size extra large or 2XL). The petite is 66 inches long (will fit extra small or small).

Pro

  • US manufactured and compliant
  • Durable components designed specifically for water use

Con

  • Again you need to be careful that you order the correct size

For the budget conscious and casual user the Hango will do a reasonable job. The quality does not quite measure up to the Beachfront, but still represents decent value as long as your expectations are realistic. 

Hango is a german ring sling design, and is made from quick dry fabric that is waterproof, light, breathable and fast drying.

Make sure to read the instructions for proper wearing of the carrier to ensure your baby's safety and to avoid any strains on your body. Be sure to spread out the cloth wide across the back to distribute the weight evenly. 

The carrying capacity is 18 kg and can be used for baby's age 0-30 months.

Pro

  • Affordable entry point for casual users

Con

  • Plastic rings that can be difficult to adjust

Final Word

When around water you do not want to take any chances with your baby.

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and safety is paramount. Water and smooth baby skin can be a slippery combination, so you can remove a lot of the risk that comes with being around water with one of these specially designed water carriers.

They are cost effective, light, and will give you peace of mind knowing your little one is secure. Plus most models store well, and dry easily.

A real convenience for your day out at the pool or beach so you can enjoy the sunshine with your little one!