Choosing the Best Buckle Carrier for Your Child: a comparison chart

We’ve tried to include answers your most persistent questions about our buckle carriers in the chart below. If you’d like to us include anything other information, or if we’ve missed anything, please contact us!Please note that this chart does not include information about the ERGO Stowaway or Boba Air carriers, which are really in a different class.Also, to compare the different types of ERGO Baby Carriers, click here.

 

Buckle Carrier Comparison Chart
ERGO Baby Carrier Pikkolo Baby Carrier Beco Gemini Baby Carrier Beco Soleil Baby Carrier|Beco Baby Carriers Boba Carrier Tula Baby Carrier

Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco Gemini

Beco Soleil

Boba Carrier

Tula Carrier

Ease of Use/Learning Curve Front Carries: Easy
Back carries: Moderate
Moderate for both front and back Front Carries: Easy
Back carries: Moderate
Ease of Use/Learning Curve Front Carries: Easy
Back carries: Moderate
Front Carries: Easy
Back carries: Moderate
Front Carries: Easy
Back carries: Moderate
Long Carries Great Great Great Long Carries Great Great Great
Easy On/Off Great Great Great Easy On/Off Great Great Great
Nursing Ok Good Good Nursing Ok Ok Great
Back Carry Yes Yes Yes Back Carry Yes Yes Yes
High Back Carry No Yes No High Back Carry No No No
Hip Carry Yes Best Yes Hip Carry Yes No No
Forward-Facing No Yes Yes Forward-Facing No No No
Newborn Use Yes but requires separate infant insert Yes Yes Newborn Use Yes but requires separate infant insert Yes Standard Tula can be used with newborn, but requires separate infant insertToddler Tula cannot be used with newborn.
Toddler Use Yes Yes Yes Toddler Use Best Best Best
Ergo Carrier Pikkolo Carrier Beco Gemini Beco Soleil Boba Carrier Tula Carrier
Hot Weather Use Standard/ Organic: Ok Performance/ Sport: Best Good Ok (padded body makes it warmer than some other carriers) Hot Weather Use Good Best Good
Good for Short and Petite Sizes? Usually not, especially if you are narrow-shouldered. Best Good, although some find the body too long for comfortable back carriers. Some very small people find the waistbelt too big. Good for Short and Petite Sizes? Good, although some find the waistbelt too big. Good. Okay. Some petite wearers rave about the Tula, others find that the inability to cross straps means it doesn’t fit as well. Some also find the body too long.
Good for Tall and Plus-Sizes? Yes, especially the Sport. Can also purchase waist extender to add inches. Yes Somewhat, but if you are both tall and plus-sized, another carrier will be a better choice Good for Tall and Plus-Sizes? Yes Yes Yes. The extra strap length in this carrier means it definitely fits taller and plus sizes. Straps adjust at the shoulders and unmder the arms for a better fit.
Sleeping Hood Hood shaped to hold baby’s head, attached (except on Sport), several levels of height adjustament. Hood-shaped to hold child’s head, attached Attached headrest instead of sleeping hood. Snaps down to front of carrier when not in use. Sleeping Hood Shaped to hold baby’s head, detachable (snaps) Hood-shaped to hold baby’s head, detachable (snaps), adjustable. Hood-shaped to hold baby’s head, detachable (snaps).
Can the shoulder straps be crossed? No Yes Yes Can the shoulder straps be crossed? Yes No No
Ergo Carrier Pikkolo Carrier Beco Gemini Beco Soleil Boba Carrier Tula Carrier

Body Width (measured at base)

14″ Adjusts from 8″ to 13″ 7″ at narrow setting, 13″ at wide setting Body Width (measured at base) 16″ 14.5 Standard: 14.6″Toddler: 18.9″
Body Height (from top of waistband) 13 15″, 17″ with support belt 15″, 18.5″ with headrest up Body Height (from top of waistband) 17″ 16.5″ Standard: 15.4″, Toddler: 17.7″
Shoulder Strap Length 23″-45″ Shoulder Strap Length 23″-42″
Waistbelt length 26″-55″29″-55″ for Performance32-55″ for Sport 16″-54″ 28″-57″ Waistbelt length 28″-60″ 25″-58″ 27″-59″
Ideal Weight Capacity 45 lbs 20 lbs (without support belt), 45 lbs with belt 35 lbs Ideal Weight Capacity 45 lbs 45 lbs 45 lbs for the Tula Standard No max specified for the Toddler Size!
Weight of Carrier 1.52 lbs for standard, 1.21 for Performance/ Sport 1.5 lbs Weight of Carrier 1.5 lbs 1.7 lbs
Ergo Carrier Pikkolo Carrier Beco Gemini Beco Soleil Boba Carrier Tula Carrier
Choose this carrier if: You want a rugged and comfortable carrier that works well for both parents.You do a lot of hiking or day trips. The extra padding on the ERGO makes it very comfortable for long carries.Your child is already 6 months or older. .You want a carrier with pockets.You are not petite or very narrow-shouldered.You want extra matching accessories, such as a backpack.Your child hates to have his arms restrained.

You want a carrier that is quick and easy to get in and out of.

You want one carrier to do it all: from birth to toddlerhood, in a variety of carries.You want the flexibility of a mei tai with the convenience of buckles.You want a carrier that is customizable to your child. Shorter with a narrower base for little ones, and wider and taller for your toddler.You have small baby who wants to be able to see everything.You want your child to be able to face forward.You want to be able to cross the shoulder straps for front carries.You want a carrier that is quick and easy to get in and out of.

You are petite or narrow-shouldered and find that other carriers are too big and bulky for you.

You want one carrier to do it all: from birth to toddlerhood, in a variety of carries.You want a sleek, trim carrier.You want a carrier that is versatile and customizable to your child: shorter and with a narrower base for little ones, wider and tall for your toddler.You want to be able to cross the shoulder straps for front carries.You want your child to be able to face forward.You want a carrier that is quick and easy to get in and out of. Choose this carrier if: You want a carrier that can work for newborns but is extra supportive and comfortable as baby grows.You want to be able to cross the shoulder straps for front carriesYou want a carrier that is quick and easy to get in and out of.Your child is already a heavy toddler or preschooler.You want extra matching accessories, such as the Carry All bag and patterned sleeping hood.You want a carrier with built-in storage (pocket, key ring and toy ring)You are petite or narrow-shouldered and find that other carriers are too big and bulky for you. You want a carrier that is customizable and can be used from newborn through toddlerhood.You want a carrier for an older toddler or child.You want a carrier with a high back to support tall babies, toddlers and even preschoolers.You want a carrier with built-in storage (pockets)You love the concept of footrests with your carrier.Your shoulder bag always falls off when you use a baby carrier – the Boba has a strap to keep your bag in place!  You want a carrier in cute, modern fabrics, that is super comfortable.You want a carrier that offers a great seat for both younger babies and older ones.You want a carrier for an older toddler or child.You want a carrier for a big kid (Tula Toddler)You want some storage on the carrier.You want to share the carrier with peoople of very different sizes.You do a lot of hiking or day trips -this carrier is very comfortable!

You want to be able to adjust the room in the top of the carrier, to bring baby in closer, or let them lean back.

 

Ergo Carrier Pikkolo Carrier Beco Gemini Beco Soleil Boba Carrier Tula Carrier
Features you will love: Easy to use.Attached chest strap provides extra support for back carries and never gets lost.Pocket on carrier body can fit a diaper and wipes, plus your wallet and keys.Matching accessories provide extra storage. Customizable for different size/age children and wearers. Can be made shorter or longer, narrower or wider.The only true buckle carrier that can do a high back carry.Versatile.Optional support belt adds extra support for carrying heavier children.Dual Adjustable Straps. Customizable for different size/age children and wearers. Can be made shorter or longer, narrower or wider.Very versatile – lots of wearng positions.Slim-fitting design looks great.Dual Adjustable Straps. Features you will love: Easy to use.Customizable with Carry All bag and different sleep hoods.Wide and tall base is very supportive for older kids.Infant insert comes in cute patterns.Dual Adjustable Straps.Toy ring, key ring and pocket on waistband add extra storage options.Padded headrest and padded leg openings for baby’s comfort and support. Long carrier body provides great back support as baby gets older.Innovative footstraps support toddlers feet and legs.Dual Adjustable Straps. Adjustability in the shoulder straps (both on top and under the arm) mean youLots of room in the top of the carrier, allowing some wiggle room for your baby, while still holding them close!Pocket on the waistband.Beautiful stitching and quality, cute modern fabrics.The Toddler Tula is one of the biggest carriers on the market – perfect for preschool children and even older kids with special needs!Flexible waistband is very comfortable and not as stiff as some other carriers.Tula makes “Room to Grow” extenders to convert the Standard to a Toddler size!
Ergo Carrier Pikkolo Carrier Beco Gemini Beco Soleil Boba Carrier Tula Carrier
Possible Downsides Base of carrier is too wide for some small babies.Not ideal for newborns due to need to use infant insert, which is bulky and can feel awkward.The short body isn’t as supportive for kids who are “leaners.”Some wearers find the padding in straps and body overly bulky.Hip carry is less comfortable.No forward facing carry. The variety of options can be intimidating at first.Slightly greater learning curve compared to ERGO and Beco.No pocket or accessories. No pocket or storage options.Slightly greater learning curve, due to versatility.Some petite people find the Gemini uncomfortable for back carries.Most people need two hands to unsnap the safety buckles. Possible Downsides No forward facing carry.Infant insert needed for use with newborns up to about 15 lbs. Some people like a more structured body.Fewer patterns.Pockets are small and there few accessories.No hip carry or forward facing carry. Straps cannot be crossed in back.Nor forward facing carry.If your child is a “leaner,” you may not love how much room this carrier has for child to wiggle around.

 

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4 Responses to Choosing the Best Buckle Carrier for Your Child: a comparison chart

  1. Jez March 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks for the comparison table. Very useful. We went for the beco gemini because it could be used in multiple positions, its stylish, and it will last for a few years.

    • Laurel April 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Glad you found it useful, Jez!

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