Best Baby Carrier for Summer – The Best for Hot Weather

best baby carrier for summer

Have you found your perfect carrier, only to have the season change and realize that you need a cooler option? Or do you live in a place that’s almost always warm and aren’t sure which carrier is for you? You’ve come to the right place! We have put together our favorite hot weather carriers to help you find the best baby carrier for summer for you.

Best Carrier for Hot Weather

The Best Baby Carrier for Summer

Before we dive in, let’s talk a little bit about babywearing in hot weather. For one, recognize that no matter which you choose as a baby carrier for hot weather, you and your baby will still feel warm since your bodies are so close. The idea is to work with your circumstance to find the best baby carrier for hot weather for you, your baby, and perhaps even your partner.

If you love a certain type, like ring slings, you might like to get another ring sling with thinner fabric since you know ring slings work for you. Or, you might use this as an opportunity to try a different type, like a water wrap, especially if you are going on a tropical vacation. Consider also your budget and how long you will need a good baby carrier for hot weather.

Remember

"Special Safety Reminder: Remember that for babywearing in the water, only use a front inward-facing carry so you can insure your baby isn’t swallowing water."

So, without further ado, here are the best baby carriers for hot weather 2018:

1. Gemini Performance Baby Carrier by Beco

The Gemini is definitely at the top of the list for the best infant carrier for hot weather. While a bit pricey, this carrier is made with a 3D mesh panel and added ventilation for a breezy experience.

Features:

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     Foldable padded built-in headrest
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     Padded shoulder straps and waistband
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     Wide smartphone pocket
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     4 carry positions
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     Suitable for babies 7-35 lbs (no infant insert needed)
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     3D mesh panel with extra ventilation
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     Machine washable

How to wear Beco Gemini Cool with a Newborn

Pros:

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    Forward facing carry
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    Fits newborn without infant insert
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    Comfortable
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    Good for year-round as well
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    Adjustable (you could share this with your partner)

Cons:

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    Expensive
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    Some articles have said it is not great for long carries
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    Only comes in one color (the standard Gemini has multiple patterns available)
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    Tri-lock buckles may be difficult to disconnect with one hand


If this carrier is in your budget, it’s a great choice for a cool baby carrier--especially if you prefer the convenience of soft structured carriers.

Gemini Performance Baby Carrier by Beco

2. Beachfront Baby Wrap

If you prefer wraps, you may find that the Beachfront baby wrap is the best baby wrap for hot weather. Designed with summer in mind, you can even wear this wrap in the water without it getting too heavy. One of it’s best features is the mesh fabric--it only stretches in one direction to prevent sagging.

Features:

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     Performance athletic mesh
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     Suitable for babies 8-30 lbs
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     Two-shoulder weight distribution

How to use the Beachfront Baby Wrap

Pros:

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    Super lightweight and breathable
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    Dries quickly
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    Fabric only stretches 2 ways
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    Two-shoulder carry distributes weight more evenly
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    Great for swimming
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    Different sizes and colors available
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    Less expensive

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    May be uncomfortable with older babies since the fabric is very thin
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    Not as versatile as other carriers


This type is the best baby wrap carrier for summer if you plan to be in the water often. Some moms even use them in the shower to soothe a fussy baby who enjoys being in the water. 

Beachfront Baby Wrap

3. Sukkiri Lucky Baby Ring Sling

The Lucky Baby ring sling has a similar fabric to the BeachFront wrap, but is in the ring sling style if you are looking for the best sling for hot weather.

Features:

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     Airy, breathable mesh fabric
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     One size fits all
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     Aluminum rings
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     Suitable from newborn-toddler (they recommend a knotted tie for heavier/older babies)

How to use Sukkiri Lucky Baby Ring Sling

Pros:

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    Different carrying options (when you aren’t in the water)
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    Has a tail for nursing cover, sun hood, etc.
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    Dries quickly
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    Great for swimming
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    One size fits all
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    Different color options
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    Good for year-round use
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    Less expensive

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    One shoulder carry may be uncomfortable for some
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    Heavier/older babies may require knotting the tail around the rings, so you wouldn’t have the tail available for a sun hood or nursing cover


We like this carrier because it has a lot of versatility while still specialized for water excursions as a baby sling for hot weather. You could easily use this as your main carrier (if you like ring slings). However, the fabric is more slippery than other ring sling’s fabric, so you may need to tie the tail into a knot around the rings for extra support for heavier/older babies.

Sukkiri Lucky Baby Ring Sling

4. Baby K’Tan Active Baby Carrier

The Baby K’Tan Active Baby Carrier is essentially a wrap carrier without the wrapping. Baby K’Tan has different types with different fabrics. This one in particular is made with performance athletic fabric to keep you cool in hot weather.

Features:

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     100% polyester moisture-wicking fabric
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     90% UVA and UVB protection
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     Comes with carrying bag
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     Suitable for babies 8-35 lbs
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     Machine washable

How to wear Baby K’Tan Active

Pros:

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    Wrap style without any wrapping involved
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    Moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly
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    UVA/UVB protection
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    Compact
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    Different sizes and colors available
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    Reasonably priced

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    Only one carry position
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    May be tricky to choose correct size (their website has a size calculator)
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    Not sharable between partners of different sizes


This wrap is incredibly simple to use and has no extra fabric to deal with. It’s cool and keeps baby in a safe position for going in the water. However, it may not be comfortable for longer carries since all the weight is distributed across your shoulders.

Baby K’Tan Active Baby Carrier

5. LILLEbaby Six-Position 360 Airflow

The LILLEbaby carrier is similar to the Beco Gemini in that it is a soft structured carrier with multiple carry positions and a 3D mesh panel. The difference is that the LILLEbaby has a bit more padding all over, especially for the lumbar area. It’s also designed to hold your baby until they reach 45 pounds as opposed to 35 pounds, so you may find that this is the best baby carrier for your family if you are already looking to invest in a high quality soft structured carrier.

Features:

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     Suitable for babies 7-45 lbs (no infant insert necessary)
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     Generous padding, including lumbar support
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     3D mesh panel
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     2 zipper pockets
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     6 carry positions
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     Machine washable

How to wear LILLEbaby Airflow

Pros:

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    More carrying positions
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    Great ventilation
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    Suitable for heavier babies (until 45 lbs)
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    Wider seat
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    No infant insert necessary for newborns
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    Lumbar support pad for longer carries
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    15 colors options
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    Adjustable (you could share this with your partner)
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    Good for all-year use

Cons:

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    More expensive
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    Not ideal for use in the water
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    Bulky to travel with


For those who live in a warm climate, this is a great investment as it’s one of the best baby carriers for summer but is also versatile for all year use.  It offers a bit more padding and a wider seat than the Beco Gemini, which makes it more ergonomic for longer carries and heavier babies. It’s also very adjustable so you could share it with your partner and adjust it to your baby as they grow.

LILLEbaby Six-Position 360 Airflow

Conclusion

We hope this list was helpful in your search for the best baby carrier for summer! Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have. If you are still confused on the different types of carriers or just want more information on babywearing, check out our Babywearing Ultimate Guide. 


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