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Compare Baby Buckle Carriers

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 CarrierWrapsody Stretch HybridWrapsody Breeze WrapWrapsody: Duo Water WrapRiver Beco Soleil Baby CarrierBoba Carrier
Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco GeminiBeco ButterflyBeco SoleilBoba Carrier
Ease of Use/Learning Curve

Front Carries: Easy

Back carries: Moderate

Moderate for both front and back

Front Carries: Easy

Back carries: Moderate

Easy

Front Carries: Easy

Back carries: Moderate

Front Carries: Easy

Back carries: Moderate

Long CarriesGreatGreatGreatGreatGreatGreat
Easy On/OffGreatGreatGreatGoodGreatGreat
BreastfeedingOkGoodGoodOkOkOk
Back CarryYesYesYesYesYesYes
High Back CarryNoYesNoNoNoNo
Hip CarryYesBestYesNoYesNo
Forward-FacingNoYesYesNoNoNo
Newborn UseYes but requires separate infant insertYesYesYesYes but requires separate infant insertYes
Toddler UseBestYesYesYesBestBest
Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco GeminiBeco ButterflyBeco SoleilBoba Carrier
Hot Weather Use

Standard/ Organic: Ok

Performance/ Sport: Best

GoodOk (padded body makes it warmer than some other carriers)GoodGoodBest
Good for Short and Petite Sizes?Usually not, especially if you are narrow-shouldered.BestGood, although some find the body too long for comfortable back carriersBestBestGood.
Good for Tall and Plus-Sizes?Yes, especially the Sport. Can also purchase waist extender to add inches.YesSomewhat, but if you are both tall and plus-sized, another carrier will be a better choiceYesYesYes
Sleeping HoodHood shaped to hold baby's head, attached (except on Sport), several levels of height adjustament.Hood-shaped to hold child's head, attachedAttached headrest instead of sleeping hood. Snaps down to front of carrier when not in use. Shaped to hold baby's head, detachable (snaps), 2 levels of height adjustabilityShaped to hold baby's head, detachable (snaps) Hood-shaped to hold baby's head, detachable (snaps), adjustable.
Can the shoulder straps be crossedNoYesYesNoYesNo
Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco GeminiBeco ButterflyBeco SoleilBoba Carrier

Body Width (measured at base)

14"Adjusts from 8" to 13"7" at narrow setting, 13" at wide setting13"16"14.5
Body Height (from top of waistband)13

15"

17" with support belt

15"

18.5" with headrest up

16"17"16.5"
Shoulder Strap Length23"-45"23"-45"23"-42"
Waistbelt length

26"-55"

29"-55" for Performance

32-55" for Sport

16"-54"28"-57"24"-57"28"-60"25"-58"
Ideal Weight Capacity 45 lbs20 lbs (without support belt), 45 lbs with belt35 lbs45 lbs45 lbs45 lbs
Weight of Carrier

1.52 lbs for standard

1.21 for Performance/ Sport

1.5 lbs1.5 lbs
Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco GeminiBeco ButterflyBeco SoleilBoba 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 a heavy toddler or preschooler.

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.

You want a carrier designed for newborns that works with toddlers, too.

You have trouble getting your child into a back carry, or you feel uncomfortable with doing it by yourself.

You'd like to be able to put your child in the carrier before putting it on, or transfer baby between wearers without taking baby out of the carrier.

You want the extra security provided by a safety harness even if it means extra time getting baby into and out of your carrier.

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

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 carries

You 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!

 

Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco GeminiBeco ButterflyBeco SoleilBoba 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.

Detachable infant insert makes Beco a snap to use with infants, then easily converts to a carrier for older children.

Safety harness makes back carries easy to achieve, can put baby in before putting on carrier.

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.

Ergo Carrier

Pikkolo Carrier

Beco GeminiBeco ButterflyBeco SoleilBoba 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.

If you are already comfortable with carriers, you may find the safety harness a hassle.

Older children's shoes can get tangled in the straps when loading up.

There is fabric between you and baby.

No hip or forward-facing carry.

Most people need two hands to unsnap buckles.

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.


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