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When it comes to baby gear, we're all about the less is more philosophy—but we absolutely cannot imagine #momlife without our baby carrier.

Why? Because baby carriers are incredibly useful in the newborn days and well beyond. Have a colicky baby who just won't settle? Pop her in the carrier and hold her super close. Overtired little one needs a nap but refuses to sleep, and all you can do is think about the 22 things that need doing around the house? Strap him to you and get it done, mama. Don't feel like pushing a bulky stroller but still want to take baby along on your latest family adventure? Babywearing FTW yet again 🙌

From wraps and slings to more structured carriers, there are a lot of baby carriers options on the market, and we know it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out which one is right for you.

For the purpose of this story, we did a deep into the soft, structured carriers, which offer a great comfort and convenience. Probably the most popular babywearing option among parents today, SSCs can be used in lots of different carry positions, have adjustable, padded straps, and can often be used from infancy well into toddlerhood.

Lots of brands have how-to videos that show you exactly how to properly fit the carrier, how to take baby in and out, and more; they're a lifesaver and we can't stress enough just how helpful they can be. And speaking of fit, be sure you're practicing healthy hip positioning whenever you're wearing your baby; the International Hip Dysplasia Institute can show you how.

Now that you know the basics, it's time to figure out which carrier is right for you. We've tested them all so you don't have to, and below are our five favorites. Happy traveling, mamas!

1. LÍLLÉbaby

Why it's our fave: They don't call this carrier the Complete for nothing! Featuring unmatched lumbar support, six carry positions, and pretty much any other feature you could ever want, we can't say enough amazing things about LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons. Whether you're looking to inward face your newborn, outward face your older baby, or back carry your toddler (or do all three on the same day, like one of our mamas recently did!) the Complete delivers on all fronts and keeps you comfortable along the way. We love the unique bucket seat on this carrier, as well as the adjustable side panels that make finding a healthy hip position for your little one easy. We also love the extendable back panel—it easily folds down and buckles upwards to provide extra head + neck support, so you'll never feel like your babe is unsupported or hanging out of the carrier. The shoulder straps even adjust two ways (either in an "X" shape across your back, or backpack-style) and have extra padding; it's almost impossible not to be comfy in this carrier!

More to know: This carrier is a fan favorite, with nearly 1,500 positive reviews on Amazon and 1,300 on Nordstrom. (Oh, and it's got a slim zippered pocket for storage, too!)

Weight accommodation: 7 to 45 pounds, no infant insert needed

$150

2. Baby Bjorn

Why it's our fave: Why mess with perfection? Launched nearly 50 years ago by a family-owned company in Sweden, Baby Bjorn's Baby Carrier Original is the OG of soft, structured carriers, and it still holds up today! We love that there's no trickery with the "Bjorn" (as most parents call it!)—no confusing wraps, cords, buckles or tethers—and you can easily take it on and off by yourself. Ideal for ages newborn through 12 months old, babies can face inwards or outwards (starting at about five months old) in this carrier, which you wear on the front of your body. The carrier, which is, FYI, super sturdy, also features an adjustable support panel to keep rolling heads and necks safe. We also love how compact this one is—roll it up and shove it in your diaper bag, under your stroller or in your suitcase and voila, you're ready to hit the road.

More to know: The cult-favorite is also the cheapest on our list!

Weight accommodation: 8-24 pounds, no infant insert needed

$78.96

3. Baby Tula

Why it's our fave: One of the most comfortable structured carriers we've ever used, the Baby Tula Explore is a versatile, fully adjustable, and easy-to-use carrier that comes in more beautiful designs than we know what to do with. This carrier truly shines when it comes to creating a custom fit—there's an adaptable panel that adjusts in both width and height to fit your baby at any stage, as well as fully adjustable shoulder straps and waistband to create just the right fit for whoever's doing the carrying. And it's incredibly versatile to boot, allowing for baby to face inwards and outwards when being carried on the front, but back carrying is an option, too.

More to know: A pocket on the front is great for pacifiers or your phone, and Baby Tula also offers an Ergonomic Toddler Carrier that our editors swear by.

Weight accommodation: 7 to 45 pounds, no infant insert needed

$179

4. Ergobaby

Why it's our fave: If you're heating up at the mere thought of having your baby pressed up against your chest all day, we have the carrier for you! The Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh is a lightweight carrier is made from breathable mesh that easily lets air flow in and out, keeping you—and your little one—cool all year round. Like many of the other soft, structured carriers we love, this one offers four carry positions and is really easy to get the hang of once you've practiced a few times. It's also easily adjustable and does a great job distributing baby's weight so you'll never have to worry about back or shoulder pain.

More to know: The carrier is breastfeeding-friendly thanks to the sun-shielding hood that it comes with.

Weight accommodations: 7 to 45 pounds, no infant insert needed

$180

5. MiaMily

Why it's our fave: A Swiss company founded by two moms, MiaMily's Hipster Plus 3D Baby Carriers features up to nine different carry positions—meaning you'll get plenty of life out of it from birth well into older toddlerhood. Like all things Swiss, the 3D seat is ergonomically designed to both properly position your little one's hips and distribute her weight evenly for a comfortable carry. The Hipster also features a zippered seat pouch, which we found to be just the right size to fit everything you need for a diaper change on the go.

More to know: The carrier comes with two teething pads (for those extra drooly days!) and a foldable tote.

Weight accommodations: Newborn to 44 pounds, infant insert sold separately here

$128

6. Bonus: Mamapod 

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Why it made our list: Invented by a mother and engineer after a tiring trip wearing her 18-month-old baby around Disneyland, the Mamapod Baby Carrier stands out because it offers mama an extra 'leg' when she needs it. It features a fold-out seat, shoulder straps, a padded waist belt, and—here's where things get interesting—a detachable support pole that is intended for intermittent use on longer-carry days, like an amusement park day that includes a lot of standing in lines. (Get it? Mamapod, like 'tripod!') Our editor who tested it admittedly felt a bit hesitant about the support pole at first, but she changed her mind when it helped her prep dinner for her fam, holding her nine-month-old and avoiding the typical accompanying back strain. And the good news is that the pole weighs less than a pound and can be stowed at the seat pocket or parked around the waistband.

More to know: To simplify your carry, you can detach the shoulder straps and turn the Mamapod into a zippered fanny pack that has a fold out seat perfect for placing toddlers that you're carrying on your hip!

Weight accommodations: 12 to 45 pounds

$139

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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.

$16

Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.

$24

Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!

$15

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on so many people's lives, and mamas everywhere are feeling it especially hard. The outbreak has been an especially scary time for pregnant women who worry about getting the support they need during this already challenging time.

At Motherly, nothing is more important to us than helping mamas everywhere feel supported and empowered from the very beginning of their motherhood journey. That's why we took two major steps toward helping pregnant women everywhere feel more confident right now:

First, we wrote the pregnancy + birth book you deserve.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama provides evidence-based, women-centered support for every stage of your journey, from trying to conceive to caring for your sweet new baby.


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We all know dry skin is a real thing, and since we've been washing our hands a lot more recently (thanks, coronavirus) and dousing them with anti-bacterial gel, they are much drier than usual. Combine that with the cool air and our hands feel like we're rubbing a piece of paper on our cheek.

As we're social distancing, we have a bit more time on our hands these days so we've given these hand creams a test drive to find what best works to keep moisture in.

Here are 10 of the best hand creams for combating dry skin, according to our editor:

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

Did you know that this classic hand cream is sold every 2 seconds around the world? Honey, almond extract and coconut oil are blended with shea butter to protect and moisturize the driest hands. We also love the natural, smoky nutty scent that lasts between hand washes.

$29

Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

This sweet-smelling cream is infused with rose of Jericho—also known as resurrection plant—and trehalose and sea haricots, which work hand-in-hand to help skin recover from extreme dryness. Just massage into hands as needed, apply as often as necessary.

$26

EltaMD so silky hand crème

EltaMD so silky hand cr\u00e8me

If your hands are scaly and rough to the touch, you'll love that the silky-smooth texture of this cream is very soothing. It seriously feels like butter. It also helps maintain moisture for up to 12 hours even after hand washing. Keep in your pocket to reapply during the day.

$19.99

Moroccanoil hand cream

Moroccanoil hand cream

Sure it's great to keep hands hydrated, but if they leave your hands feeling greasy and sticky, that may not be for you. This lightweight formula features argan and avocado oils plus cocoa, shea and mango butters that leaves your hands super silky and smooth.

$24

Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

You don't have to spend loads of money on a good hand cream. This drugstore favorite helps heal dry skin and forms a protective barrier against the elements. It's also non-greasy, fast absorbing, steroid-free, fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin—even little ones.

$7.29

Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Plump, tone and tighten the skin with this cream that's clinically proven to treat eczema and dry, cracked skin on hands. A dermatologist-led clinical study found that after just one week users noticed a 111% increase in skin moisturization. Now that's a super-healer we can all get behind.

$18

Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

The cool thing about this cream is that it allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. It's also made up of a blend of botanical oils and wax derived from olive oil to soothe, moisturize and condition skin. We're obsessed!

$23

lano hand cream intense

lano hand cream intense

This silky hand cream is so good it's considered 'the hand cream for hand cream experts' because its primary ingredient, lanolin, is secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. A 2017 study indicated that lanolin can reduce water lost through the skin by 20 to 30%. Now that's impressive!

$14.95

Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

We must admit that an annoying feature of most hand creams is that they take forever to absorb. It seems like you're rubbing for hours, only to discover that it's sticky and the smell is annoying. This balm, which is one of Aesop's most popular products, instantly softens hands and cuticles with its blend of sweet almond and coconut oils, as well as cocoa and shea butter. Try it on your roughest hands for a quick moisture boost.

$30

La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

This face and hand cream helps nourish and soothe dry skin, as well as visibly irritated areas like cracked knuckles and dry cuticles. What's more? The formula is non-sticky so you can apply it all day without feeling icky.

$14.99

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