The 12 Best Toddler Carriers for 2022

WHAT’S THE BEST TODDLER CARRIER?

Top Picks from our Experts:

Best for 12 months+: Manduca XT and Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier

Best for 2yrs+: Tula Toddler Carrier and Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier

Best for 3yrs+: Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier and Easy Feel Extend Plus

Best for Back Carrying: Cococho

Most Lightweight: Izmi Toddler Carrier

Best for Hip Carrying: Scootababy

Best for Plus Size Mums: Easy Feel Extend Plus and Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier

Best for Petite Mums: Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier and Manduca XT

Can you carry a 2 year old in a carrier? Is there a carrier for a 3 year old? Can you put a 4 year old in a carrier? Yes, Yes, and Yes!

So what are the best toddler carriers and preschool carriers for 2022? Which is the right one for your family? Well, as I explained in Do I Need A Toddler Carrier? the most important thing is that your carrier fits both your toddler – and you.

How you adjust your carriers is just as important as which one you buy. That’s why my team and I offer a FREE 15-minute video fit check with every purchase from Wear My Baby, to make sure you’re safe and comfortable.

The 12 Best Toddler Carriers and Preschool Carriers

1. Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier from £139

Lenny Lamb Preschool carriers are the most adjustable toddler carriers on the market. They fit children from 15 months to 7 years, and mums from a UK size 6 to 24. They’re buttery soft and come in a wide range of exquisite designs, colours and fabrics, and work for front and back carrying.

They’re less bulky than most preschool carriers, thanks to light padding on the waistband and shoulder straps. When front carrying, shoulder straps can be worn rucksack (‘H’) style, or crossed in an X position for total versatility – meaning you’re guaranteed to be able to do this one up easily on your own.

The Lenny Lamb Preschool gives a great, high back carry too. Max weight for this one is 30kg/66lbs.

2. Tula Toddler and 3. Tula Preschool Carriers £129

This popular toddler carrier – and the sized-up Preschool version – are real classics; simple to use rucksack-style carriers for front and back carries from around 2-4 years (Toddler) and 4-8 years (Preschool), they do what it says on the tin – and do it really well. 

They offer a sensible level of padding to the shoulders and waistbands and they fit a wide range of adults – not ideal for Very petite mums, who are likely to find the waistband too deep and bulky.

 We love how simple and supportive they are- and the huge range of gorgeous prints it comes in. Superb as back carriers, really nice as front carriers too.

4. Manduca XT from £149

I adore the Manduca for 1month-olds up to 3-year-olds, making it ideal if you’re looking to carry a baby and a toddler! With very similar features, function and fit as the Lenny Lamb Preschool Carrier, the Manduca XT will easily fit Dads, and Mums from a UK size 6 to 24.

The body panel is neatly height adjustable with its nifty zips, so your toddler can either snuggle in or ride with their arms out. Just like the Lenny Lamb Preschool, it’s an all-around, brilliantly universal toddler carrier for front and back carrying.

Can’t choose between the two? Then pick the one you like the look of best: after all, you’re going to be wearing it!

5. Easy Feel Extend Plus Carrier £154

THE most long-lasting carrier on the market, this ingenious carrier adjusts to fit 1.5-year-olds up to age 7, 8, or 9 yrs and beyond! Whilst most families won’t need to carry for this long, the Easy Feel Extend Plus is deliberately designed to consider families of children with additional needs.

Made from strong-yet-soft woven Ikat cotton fabrics, this really is the ultimate carrier for comfort and longevity. This is a fairly bulky carrier with wide shoulders straps and waistband, so it’s best for average to plus size parents. Max weight is 29kg (54lbs).

6. Izmi Toddler Carrier £60

The larger version of the ultra-light Izmi carrier; suitable for front, hip, and back carries.  I love that this toddler carrier is width adjustable to fit from 7-9 months to around 2.5 years, and it’s amazing value at just £60.  It’s the most lightweight option around, with zero bulk.

The squishy waistband is super comfy and the unpadded shoulder straps make it extra compact – and perfect for keeping in your bag just in case those little legs get tired. This great option if you like the feel of wraps but need a quicker, easier option for your toddler.

As there is zero shoulder padding, this will generally be worn for shorter periods than other toddler carriers.

7. Integra Size 2 from £89

Another super lightweight toddler carrier, with a simple design with an unstructured waistband.  Suitable from about 18 months, these carriers are easy to use for front, hip and back carries and comes in a huge range of gorgeous fabrics.

There’s also a Preschool / Size 3 version for use from 3-4yrs+. It’s worth noting that these are IDENTICAL to the now-discontinued Connecta Toddler Carriers; same design, just a different brand name. These are okay as back carriers, but really excel as super comfy front carrying.

8. Cococho Carrier £159

This one is unlike anything else on the market – and it’s brilliant. Unlike most soft structured carriers, you load and secure baby into the carrier first, before putting the carrier on your chest or back.

This gives you loads of reassurance when you’re getting to grips with back carrying and it’s a brilliant, lightweight alternative to more cumbersome framed back and shoulder carriers.

The Cococho is great for front carrying, too. You can use it from newborn, but it’s ideal from 3-4 months to at least 3 years.

9. Beco Toddler Cool Carrier £115

A firmly padded toddler carrier with an extra firm waistband, and soft, breathable mesh body panel. The Beco toddler is suitable from around 2.5years to 5 years and for front and back carrying.

10. Isara The One from £139

Another adjustable carrier to fit children newborn to 3-4 years, and very similar to the Manduca XT.  It’s height and width, and comes with extra width extension panels to take you through all your years of carrying. A great option if you’re looking to carry two, or three, babies and toddlers of various ages.

The Isara is perfect if you love woven wrap fabrics and comes in a range of gorgeous, super-soft woven fabric designs. Fits all wearers, and is especially good for petite wearers who find other carriers don’t cinch down tightly enough.

11. LittleLife Traveller S4 Carrier from £129.99

This is a superb back carrier, ideal for babies from 6 months old to 24 months. It’s mega practical: essentially a rucksack with two big compartments – one for your stuff and one for your baby. Perfect for long walks when you have lots of things to carry.


Your toddler will sit high on your back so they get a good view, but not so high that you feel unbalanced. Unlike big heavy framed hiking carriers, this truly fits mums and dads comfortably.

12. Scootababy £79

If you want to carry a heavier child on your hip (from 5 months to 2/2.5 years) then you won’t find better than the Scootababy (£79). Its padded waistband and stretchy, spreadable shoulder strap will take the strain so your back and arms don’t have to. Much like a ring sling – but comfier for longer periods.

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Updated April 2022.

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Hannah Wallace

Hannah Wallace

One of the UK's top babywearing consultants, Hannah founded Wear My Baby in 2014. She has worked with over 10,000 families and has trained with Slingababy, the School of Babywearing and L'ecole A Porter.

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