There are now a huge number of buckle carriers that are adaptable for carrying newborn babies without wraparound inserts, which can be very warm and tricky to use correctly. These can be a convenient and quick way to carry newborns and beyond, and are great for people who struggle with the idea of long fabric wraps.
The methods of adjustment differ between carriers and this article shows you some of these ways to help you decide what will work best for you and your family.
Buckle carriers come with a huge range of different features, and everyone is looking for something a bit different, so we have compiled a comprehensive table of carriers with a list of features so you can see which carriers do what you need.
Buckle carriers in particular, all fit slightly differrently- a bit like jeans, whilst two shops may sell size 12 jeans, the width in the legs and waist and their length and style will all differ- so just like you wouldn’t buy a pair of jeans without having tried them on, it is worth trying out the buckle carriers that appeal to you before buying them, as they can be an expensive investment if they are not a comfy fit for you! All of the carriers in this table are available to hire from us and many are available on Try Before You Buy. When you hire from us you get a discount code off retail orders to ensure you get the best deal.
Our “Why carry your newborn baby” article includes lots of reasons that people have given for carrying newborn babies.
You may also find our article on “What’s ‘the best’ sling for a newborn?” helpful.
Width setting adjustments
Adaptable buckle carriers either feature a narrowable panel width, or use a booster cushion to create a higher and narrower seat within the carrier.
Panel Length Adjustment
The height of the panel on unstructured buckle carriers, such as this Integra Baby Carrier, and Connectas, is shortened by having a deeper apron seat.
Whilst other carriers use drawstrings, and webbing adapt mechanisms, or have panel extenders the lengthen the panel for older babies.
Here we have listed all the adjustable carriers available across It’s A Sling Thing and all their features. We hope you find it useful when deciding what might be the right carrier for you! Scroll across to view all the features and let us know if there’s something you think we’ve missed!
|Insert Free||In-built panel cinch||In-built panel shortening||Waistband Structure||Crossable Straps||Ruck Straps in Front Carry||World (Forward) Facing Possible||Hip Carry possible||Dual Adjust Buckles (tighten forwards or backwards)||Lumbar Support||Padded Straps||Hood||Suitable up to age||Available to hire from It's A Sling Thing||Available to Try Before You Buy from It's A Sling Thing||Available to Buy
from It's A Sling Thing
|Integra Baby Carrier Size 1||Yes||Using accessory strap||Yes-Using depth of apron seat||Unstructured||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Lightly Padded||Yes- in-built||18months-2 years (larger sizes available after this age)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mamaruga Zensling||Yes||Yes- panel gathers along waistband||Yes- webbing adjust||Structured||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Lightly Padded||Yes- in-built||up to 2 or 3 years||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ergobaby OMNI 360||Yes||Yes- velcro tabs with suggested positions||Yes Using button down panel||Structured||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes- fixed||Padded (firm)||Yes- in-built||2 years||Yes||Yes|
|Ergobaby Adapt||Yes||Yes- velcro tabs with suggested positions||Yes-Using button down panel and bucket seat deepening press studs||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes- fixed||Padded (firm||Yes- in-built||2 years||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tula Free-to-Grow||Yes||Yes, 3 positions secured with press studs||Yes- webbing adjust||Structured||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||Padded (firm)||Yes- detachable||Up to 2 or 3 years||Yes|
|JPMBB (Je Porte Mon Bebe) Physio Carrier||Uses booster cushion and neck support||Uses booster cushion for newborn width ergonomic position||Yes- webbing adjust (and booster cushion to add additional height)||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Padded (firm)||Yes- in-built mesh hood||Up to 3 or 4 years||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Beco Gemini||Yes||Yes-two position options using press studs||Yes- Buckle up panel extender||Structured||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Medium padded||No||18 months||Yes||No||Yes|
|Storchenwiege Baby Carrier (Half Buckle carrier)||Yes||Yes, using webbing adjustment||Yes- using toggle adjustment||Structured||Yes||No||No||Yes||Tie shoulder straps||No||Lightly Padded||Yes- in-built||2 years||Yes||Yes|
|Bimbi Mini||Yes||Yes, using cord to gather panel secured with a knot.||Yes- webbing adjust||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Padded (soft)||Yes- detachable||Up to 2 or 3 years||Yes||No||No|
|Boba x||Yes||Yes- incremental adjustment using velcro||Yes- webbing adjust||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Padded (soft)||Yes- detachable and in zip away pouch||Up to 4 years||Yes||No||Yes|
|Lenny Lamb Up||Yes||Yes- gathers along waistband secured with velcro||Yes- webbing adjust||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Padded (soft)||Yes- detachable||Up to 3 or 4 years||Yes||No||Yes- via preorder|
|Pouchlings Unstructured baby carrier||Yes||Using accessory strap||Yes-Using depth of apron seat||Unstructured||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Lightly Padded||Yes- in-built||2 years||Yes||No||No|
|Boba 4G||Use Booster cushion||Uses booster cushion for newborn width ergonomic position||Using booster cushion to give baby extra height inside panel||Structured||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||Padded (firm)||Yes- in-built||Up to 2 (or possibly 4 with stirrups)||Yes||No||Yes|
|Izmi Baby Carrier||Uses Booster cushion||Yes- using velcro in 2 suggested positions.||Press stud extender panel |
Using booster cushion to give baby extra height inside panel
|Kibi||Yes||Yes using toggle adjust and press studs||Yes-webbing adjust||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||Padded (soft)||Yes- in-built||Up to 5 years||Yes||No||No|
|Beco 8||Uses Booster cushion||Uses booster cushion for newborn width ergonomic position||Using booster cushion to give baby extra height inside panel||Structured||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes- removeable||Padded (firm)||No||Up to 2 or 3 years||Yes||No||Yes|
|Emeibaby||Yes||Yes- using rings to adjust panel width||Yes- using rings to adjust panel height||Structured||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||Padded (firm)||No||Up to 2 or 3 years||Yes||No||No|
|Soul Anoona||Yes||Yes- using press studs and webbing adjust||Yes-webbing adjust||Structured||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Medium padded||Yes- in-built||2 years||Yes||No||No|
|Manduca||Yes||Using accessory strap (Manduca Size-It)||Yes- Zip down panel shortener||Structured||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Padded (firm)||Yes- in-built||Up to 2 or 3 years (with panel extender)||Yes||No||No|
|Connecta Baby Sized||Yes||Using accessory strap||Yes-Using depth of apron seat||Unstructured||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||Sold separately||Lightly Padded||Yes- in-built||18months-2 years (larger sizes available after this age)||Yes||No||No|
|Lillebaby Complete||Yes||Yes- using press studs||Yes, using buckle clipped panel extender||Structured||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes- removeable||Padded (firm)||Yes- detachable||Up to 3 years||Yes||No||No|