The Best Baby Carriers for Men – Complete Reviews with Comparison

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Baby wearing is not strictly just for moms. That’s why we created this list of the best baby carriers for men.

Dads and other men in baby’s life also need and want to use a carrier to carry baby.

They might be a single dad, the primary caregiver or equal caregiver and need to wear the carrier as often or more often than mom.

Or they might be the kind of dad that is the occasional wearer or maybe you need a carrier for uncle, grandad or child minder. Either way, the following is the list of carriers that are best suited to men, in our humble opinion.

Dan and I are both equal caregivers for our kids, so we need a carrier that’s suitable for both mom and dad. So, we’ve included some carriers here that are more suited to men and some that are versatile enough to be good for both.

Note: This list is just for structured carriers and doesn't include wraps, mei tais or slings. 

Comparison Chart

Men's Baby Carrier - Front Baby Carrier - Baby Carrier for Dads - By Mission Critical - Black
Moby Wrap Evolution, Charcoal
Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back Carrier, Black Mesh
Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Ergonomic Baby Carrier All Carry Positions, Newborn to Toddler, Midnight Blue
Gemini Performance Baby Carrier By Beco - Cool Mesh in Navy - Multi-Position Soft Structured Sling w/ Adjustable Straps & Comfort Padding for Infant/Toddler Hip Support
Mission Critical Baby Wrap
Moby Wrap Evolution
Stokke MyCarrier
Ergobaby OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh
Beco Gemini Cool
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Men's Baby Carrier - Front Baby Carrier - Baby Carrier for Dads - By Mission Critical - Black
Mission Critical Baby Wrap
Moby Wrap Evolution, Charcoal
Moby Wrap Evolution
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Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back Carrier, Black Mesh
Stokke MyCarrier
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Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Ergonomic Baby Carrier All Carry Positions, Newborn to Toddler, Midnight Blue
Ergobaby OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh
Gemini Performance Baby Carrier By Beco - Cool Mesh in Navy - Multi-Position Soft Structured Sling w/ Adjustable Straps & Comfort Padding for Infant/Toddler Hip Support
Beco Gemini Cool

Best Baby Carriers for Men Reviews

1. Mission Critical Baby Carrier

Men's Baby Carrier - Front Baby Carrier - Baby Carrier for Dads - By Mission Critical - Black

No men’s baby carrier list would be complete without including the Mission Critical. This carrier is built for men from the ground up. So, you know that it’s male friendly.

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Putting this thing on you feel more like you’re about to go into battle than about to carry a baby for a leisurely stroll. But don’t let this fool you into thinking that its not comfortable – or that it’s not soft for baby.

Some cool features about the Mission Critical Carrier:

  • Sun hood that you can tuck away and there’s plenty of room in that space to use as a pocket 
  • The front of the carrier has a webbing system that you can easily attach things to (like bottle holders, pouches etc)
  • The back of the carrier has that same webbing system (MOLLE), which allows you to attach one of their backpacks too. This makes it easy to wear a backpack and the carrier at the same time, which isn’t usually that comfortable with a lot of carriers
  • There’s a removable liner that you can take out and wash
  • High waist belt and vest like fit increases mobility

That plus it has the option of having baby facing-in or facing-out (front only) and can accommodate babies from 8lbs to 35lbs (roughly newborn to 3 years).

Though, 8lbs might be a little small though as the carrier sits a little low for smaller babies. 

A great option for single dads, if only dad will be doing the carrying or if mom and dad have a separate carrier.

Men's Baby Carrier - Front Baby Carrier - Baby Carrier for Dads - By Mission Critical - Black
  • Front and rear facing baby carrier designed for babies approximately 8-35 lbs.
  • Multi-pocket interior with fully customizable MOLLE front and back panel.
  • Comfortable, ergonomic design for even weight distribution and maximum back support.
  • Adjustable lumbar support to help relieve shoulder pressure.
  • Built in sun shield attachment to create a protective sun barrier for your baby.

What's to like about the Mission Critical Carrier

You can easily attach a backpack to the back which is great if you have lots of stuff to carry and it also balances out the weight. 

What's not to like about the Mission Critical Carrier

There's no back carry option and the hip position of baby in it is questionable.

PROS

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    Can attach a backpack
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    Practical for carrying accessories
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    More masculine looking design
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    Vest like fit and high waist belt for added mobility
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    Comfortable for wearer
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    Sun hood and pockets

CONS

  • No back or hip carry options
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    Questionable as to whether its hip healthy for baby
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    Smaller babies sit a little low in it

2. Moby Wrap Evolution

Moby Wrap Evolution, Charcoal

If you're not concerned about having a manly look, and are happy to wear a wrap, they are a great option for dads. 

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The Moby Wrap Evolution is a one-size-fits all option that is suitable for men to use as well. 

Even though it's not as masculine as something like the Mission Critical above, it does come in neutral colors - like Black and Charcoal. 

The Evolution Moby Wrap is a more breathable version of their Classic wrap, so for those men who sweat more, it's a great option, there. 

You can carry babies from 8lbs to 30lbs and you feel incredibly close to them in this wrap, making for a great bonding experience. 

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Moby Wrap Evolution, Charcoal
  • Adjusts to grow with baby, from newborn to toddler
  • Offers front and hip carrying options
  • One size fits all
  • For babies 8-35 pounds

What's to like about the The Moby Wrap Evolution

Fits a large range of wearers. Keeps baby close. 

What's not to like about the Moby Wrap Evolution

A learning curve for learning how to tie it. Some men might feel too effeminate in it. 

PROS

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    Promotes good hip position when wrapped correctly
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    More  breathable than a lot of other wraps - good for those that sweat more
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    Comfortable for baby and wearer
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    Appropriate for newborns (8lb minimum)
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    Keeps baby close for good bonding experience
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    Reasonably priced

CONS

  • Putting it on is slower/takes practice compared to a structured carrier
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    Some men might feel effeminate in it
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    No facing-out or back carry options
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    No sun hood
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    No pockets or ability to attach accessories

3. Stokke MyCarrier Mesh

Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back Carrier, Black Mesh

Stokke is a lesser known brand, but their MyCarrier is great for moms and dads alike. 

So it's a great option if you want a carrier that works for both. 

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Featuring a very gender neutral design, most men will feel comfortable wearing this carrier without it making him feel effeminate. 

But the design isn't the only thing that makes this carrier suitable for men - it's also highly adjustable and can fit many sized adults, including men. That, plus the mesh version is nice and breathable, so you won't get too sweaty in it. 

Outside of being male appropriate, the Stokke MyCarrier has the other carrier bases covered like: 

  • Being ergonomic and hip healthy for baby
  • Appropriate for babies 7.7lbs to 33lbs
  • 3 different carry positions - front facing-in, front facing-out and back carry

The Stokke MyCarrier is different than a lot of other carriers, in that it has a separate back carrier. Both the front carrier and back carrier can be removed from the main harness and you attach either the front of back carrier to the harness depending on which one you need. 

Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back Carrier, Black Mesh
  • Adjustable to ensure optimal support and comfort for you and your baby
  • Ergonomic and tailor-made design
  • Inward facing, outward facing and back carrying options
  • Acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and medical experts

What's to like about the Stokke MyCarrier Mesh

Breathable material and a neutral looking design coupled with being a safe and comfortable carrier make this a great option for men. 

What's not to like about the Stokke MyCarrier Mesh

With 3 separate parts, could be tricky for some not so technically minded. Read the instructions guys!

PROS

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    Ergonomic and hip healthy
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    Breathable material
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    Highly adjustable to fit men and women
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    Gender neutral designs
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    Separate detachable front and back carriers - each carrier optimal for the position their intended for 

CONS

  • No Sun Hood
  • No Pocket
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    3 separate parts might be tricky for some

4. Ergo OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh

Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Ergonomic Baby Carrier All Carry Positions, Newborn to Toddler, Midnight Blue

The Ergo OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh is a nice breathable version of the OMNI 360, which is one of the most comfortable carriers around. 

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As well as being cool and breathable (great for men who sweat a lot) and super-comfortable, the OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh is super versatile:  

  • Has multiple carry positions (front facing-in, front facing-out, back and hip)
  • Doesn't require an infant insert for newborns
  • Can accommodate babies all the way from 7lbs to 45lbs; and
  •  Can be adjusted to fit many different sized wearers (waist belt adjusts from 26" to 52") 

That last point is great news for dads!

It can also accommodate most moms, so it's a great option to use between both parents. 

Whilst it might not be as manly or gender neutral as the Mission Critical and the Stokke above, it's not super feminine either - provided you pick one of the more neutral designs. 

The OMNI 360 also comes with an adjustable sun hood, a detachable pocket, and is acknowledged as being hip healthy. 

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Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Ergonomic Baby Carrier All Carry Positions, Newborn to Toddler, Midnight Blue
  • ALL-IN-ONE CARRIER: Adapts to your growing baby from newborn to toddler (7-45lbs). All carry positions included, face baby in or out, wear on the hip or back. Baby hood for sun protection (UPF 50+) & privacy
  • COMFORT: Exceptional lower back comfort with padded lumbar support waist belt & extra padded shoulder straps with the option to wear 2 ways: crossed or "backpack style". Waist belt can be worn high or low to maximize comfort.
  • COOL & BREATHABLE: Our Cool Air Mesh collection carriers are made with soft and durable mesh fabric that provides our renowned ergonomic support for baby while allowing for ultimate breathability and airflow
  • EASY TO USE: Easy, one-handed slider adjustment allows you to quickly switch baby to face in or out on the fly
  • ERGONOMIC AS BABY GROWS: Acknowledged as hip healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Adjustable bucket seat supports baby in an ergonomic natural "M" position in all carry positions.

What's to like about the OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh

It's nice and breathable for dads and highly adjustable to fit both men and women of most sizes. 

What's not to like about the OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh

Not super masculine - but not overly feminine either. 

PROS

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    Ergonomic and hip healthy
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    Super comfortable and supportive
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    Versatile in terms of baby's age and multiple carry positions
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    Highly adjustable to fit many different sized wearers
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    Adjustable sun hood
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    Breathable mesh material
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    No insert needed for newborns

CONS

  • Not great for shorter people
  • Quite bulky compared to something like the Tula Free-to-Grow
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    On the expensive side (though only needing one carrier between mom and dad counteracts that, really)

5. Beco Gemini Cool

Gemini Performance Baby Carrier By Beco - Cool Mesh in Navy - Multi-Position Soft Structured Sling w/ Adjustable Straps & Comfort Padding for Infant/Toddler Hip Support

The Beco Gemini Cool is Beco's more breathable version of their popular Gemini carrier. 

Which is great if you're a man who needs something more breathable.

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Like the Ergo OMNI 360 above, its not ultra masculine, but it's not super feminine either. Unless you're looking for something really manly, it's acceptably neutral, in our opinion (Dan has confirmed he's cool with it!) 

The Gemini cool features the following carry positions:  

  1. Front facing-in
  2. Front facing-out
  3. Back
  4. Hip

It's a sleeker less bulky alternative to the likes of the Ergo OMNI 360 but offers similar versatility. 

That plus its hip healthy, comfortable and suitable for newborns without the need for an infant insert. 

Gemini Performance Baby Carrier By Beco - Cool Mesh in Navy - Multi-Position Soft Structured Sling w/ Adjustable Straps & Comfort Padding for Infant/Toddler Hip Support
  • HAPPY BABY, HAPPY PARENTS - Beco brings you only the very best in baby carrying quality! This remarkable Soft Structured Baby Carrier is not only versatile with four different carry options, but amazingly comfortable for both you and your little one. That paired with unmatched durability is why we're the premier choice in ergonomic baby carriers!
  • FOR YOUNG AND "OLD" - When you buy Beco, you're buying for years to come! Our innovative little carrier is designed to support your child from newborn to toddler (7-35 lbs / 3.5 - 16 kg) without worry. You don't grow out of Beco, because we make sure that we grow with you.
  • CLOUD 9 - With superior padding in our adjustable straps (23" - 45") and ergonomic comfort support for both you and your child, you can say goodbye to back pain and other hip and shoulder related carrying issues. Best of all, with the added padding by the leg holes, you can rest assured that your little tyke is sitting pretty in style and comfort no matter how you carry!
  • GUARANTEED - With so many options to chose from, we know that picking the right carrier for you can be a harrowing venture. That's why we offer a full LIFETIME GUARANTEE on every carrier we sell! If for any reason our sling doesn't meet your expectations, just sent it back our way for a full no questions asked refund!

What's to like about the Beco Gemini

The Gemini Cool is light  and breathable, but also very versatile. 

What's not to like about the Beco Gemini

The carrier doesn't have a sun hood. A downside if you live in a sunny climate.  

PROS

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    Ergonomic and hip healthy
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    Breathable Mesh material
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    Multiple carry positions
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    Sleek and low profile
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    No insert needed for newborns
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    Comfortable
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    Newborn head support
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    Gender neutral enough, design

CONS

  • No sun hood 
  • Pocket is a bit inconvenient
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    The mesh material isn't the softest
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    Not ultra masculine

FINAL VERDICT

There are a lot of versatile carriers today that can adjust to fit a wide range of wearers. So, men are being thought of. But not all carriers can accommodate men and some are better than others. 

The list above highlights what we consider to be the best baby carriers for men, currently. 

We have tried to select carriers that are: 

  • Breathable
  • Fit men well
  • Aren't too feminine looking
  • Are otherwise good carriers

If you're really looking for a masculine looking carrier, then the:

  • Mission Critical Baby Carrier; and
  • Stokke MyCarrier

Both fit that bill well.  

If you're not too concerned about that then the:

  • Moby Wrap Evolution;
  • Ergo OMNI 360 Cool Air Mesh; and 
  • Beco Gemini Cool

Are also great options. 

Check out the links under each carrier above for more information, current prices and availability. 

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