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Baby Carriers for 18 to 36 months

Best Baby Carriers for Toddlers 18 to 36 months old

Patapum Baby and Toddler Carriers in front and back carry positionsEighteen months to 3 years old toddlers are a busy bunch. They seems to have endless amount of energy to explore and play all day long. Most of the time, they will be running from point to point, looking for new things to play. Although they still need a lot more sleep than adults, very often kids of this age would be fighting to stay awake just to play a while longer.

As they do not quite follow instructions very well at this age, carrying them is one of the only way to keep them from running all over and hurting themselves or to help them get the nap that they need. For this, a good ergonomic baby carrier can be a life saver for parents especially those with back problems.

At 18 months, most kids would be weighing between 9 to 14kgs. By the time they are 3 years old, their weight would be going up to between 12 to 18kgs. That is definitely not an easy weight to be carrying around using just your arms for long periods of time.

The key features to look out for for toddlers of this age when it comes to baby carriers are their weight distribution efficiency and the height of the carrier panel. An ergonomic baby carrier with an efficient weight distribution system should allow a babywearer to carry a toddler easily over 15kgs without straining their back at all. The height of the carrier panel is important as toddler start to grow taller and inadequate coverage of their back when they are in the carrier can be dangerous as the child can arch their way out the baby carrier. This is particularly crucial when the child is carried in the back carry position because the babywearer would not be able to see what is happening and react in time.

The ergonomic backpack carriers would be most suitable for carrying kids from 18 months to 3 years old. Their ergonomic structure ensures efficient weight distribution and depending on the back panel length, can safely carry toddlers from 2.5years old to 6 years old (This age guideline is based on the average size Asian child). Although most ring slings and pouch slings can still be used safely with toddlers of this age range for short period of carrying or for purpose such as discreet breastfeeding, we do not recommend any slings if you expect to carry your toddler for longer periods, e.g., more than 30mins. That said, using a sling still beats not have any carrier at all but keep in mind that structurally they are not designed for such weights.

The following baby carrier comparison table summarizes the different types of baby carriers that can be use with toddlers between 18 months to 3 years old:-

Carrier Comparison Table for 18 to 36 months old Toddlers


Baby Carrier Weight Distribution Comfortable Weight/child size Limit Ease of Use Additional Remarks
Backpack Carriers Excellent
(Hip support & both shoulders)
18 to 22kgs
2 to 6 years old*
(Depending on Carrier brand & model)
Very Easy. See Backpack Carriers page for detail comparison
of our range of Backpack Carriers
Baby Hip Carriers Good
(Hip/waist support but single shoulder only)
16kgs or
up to 2 years old*
Very Easy.
  • Hip carrying is not the most ergonomic position but it is a better alternative to forward facing positions that some carriers offer that require baby to be hung by their crotch which is not good for the baby's spinal development.
Mei Tais Good
(Waist support & both shoulders)
18kgs or
up to 3 years old*
Easy but requires tying.
  • In many ways, most modern backpack carriers model after the traditional mei tai in design. Although comparable in ergonomics, the Mei Tai's long straps make it less managable when used outdoors.
Je Porte Mon Bebe (JPMBB) Wraps Excellent
(All round wrap support)
14kgs or
up to 3 years old*
Easy but requires tying.
  • Combines the ease of use of stretchy wraps with the sturdiness and support of traditional non-stretchy wraps. Ideal for stretchy wrap lovers that wants to continue using a stretchy wrap with an older child.
Ellaroo Woven Wraps Excellent
(All round wrap support)
16kgs or
up to 4 years old*
Steep learning curve. Retying required often.
  • An extremely versatile baby/toddler carrying solution limited only by your skill in using one.
Baby Ring Slings Poor
(single shoulder only)
8 to 12kgs depending on fabric & design Very Easy
  • Still a good carrier for discreet breastfeeding and short period carrying.
* The guideline on the age of child is derived based on an average size Asian child. This can vary according to your child's physique.
Manduca Baby CarriersThe Manduca soft structured baby carrier, designed in Germany, is a baby carrier that is highly acclaimed by babywearing consultants across Europe. The Manduca baby carrier is specially engineered to cater to the needs of newborns & infants (3.5kg) as well as toddlers & pre-schoolers up to 20kg. It is truly a one size fits all baby carrier.
Boba Baby CarriersBoba is an ergonomic Soft Structured Backpack style baby carrier that is intended for toddlers up to 20kg or typically up to about 4 years old. While 1st & 2nd Generation Boba Carriers are pure toddler carriers, starting from the Boba 3rd Generation (3G), the Bobas can also be reconfigured to support infants from 3.5kgs onwards.
Patapum Toddler CarriersLooking for a baby carrier or travel system that is designed for bigger or heavier baby? The Patapum Toddler Carrier is the ideal choice. Besides ergonomically design like the Patapum Baby Carrier, it is one of the only Toddler Carriers in the market. Designed to carry bigger babies and toddlers, recommended for up to 18kgs, this carrier has been safety tested to take weights of up to 28kg. Available in 7 colors - Black, Navy Blue, Indigo, Red, Chocolate, Khaki & Sand.
Ellaroo Wrap, Slings & CarriersThe US designed Ellaroo Soft Structured Carriers thrive on their minimalist design. The Ellaroo Mei Tai is an adaptation from the traditional Asian Carriers. It retains the simple and practical design of the original Mei Tai with enhancement on the comfort level with superior organic materials and longer straps to cater to larger wearers and babies. The Ellaroo Mei Hip is an ingenious adaptation of a traditional baby sling enhanced with hip support, allow more comfort for the babywearer. With ju
Ellaroo Baby WrapsThe Ellaroo Wrap has that just-right stretch, to form around you and baby, without being bouncy. The simplicity of design make this one of the most versatile baby carrier you can find. The Ellaroo Wraps are woven for Ellaroo by a cooperative of weavers in Guatemala. These hand woven cotton are highly breathable, comfortable to touch and extra gentle to baby skin. Most suited for use with newborns onwards to 35lbs (16kg).
Baby Ring SlingsBaby ring slings are one of the most versatile baby carriers available on the market. Suitable from newborn onwards, they are most suited for nursing babies and breastfeeding mothers as it facilitates discreet breastfeeding. Fashioned after the Indonesian Selendang, it is made simply from a stretch of cloth (material range from cotton, cotton blends, silk, linen, linen blends to synthetic mesh) and a pair of rings made from nylon or metal.
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