Ah, vacation time! When you’re thinking about your precious little get-away, all you see is tropical waters and palm trees. Since you’re a parent now, the time of reading in sunchairs and drinking cocktails is over. You may, however, spend quite a bit of the day in the water.
Something we consider indispensable here at Travel Gear for Kids is a waterproof baby carrier. Especially when you have older kids, you’ll want your hands free to play in the water with them.
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If you are in a hurry: we recommend the Beachfront Ring Sling as the best waterproof baby carrier for pool or beach fun!
Below we’ve listed the best water baby carriers in a comparison chart for an easy and quick view. When you read on, you’ll find an information guide which will help you decide which infant water carrier would fit your family. Furthermore, we’ve reviewed the 3 outstanding carriers for babywearing in water for each baby carrier type.
THE BEST WATERPROOF BABY CARRIER: COMPARISON
|NAME||IMAGE||TYPE||AGE RANGE||CARRYING POSITIONS||PRICE|
|Beachfront Baby Wrap||wrap||8-30 lbs (3.5-13.5kg)||front||$$|
|The Breezy wrap||wrap||8-35 lbs (3.5-16kg)||front||$$|
|Wrapsody WrapDuO||wrap||7-35 lbs (3-16kg): water use|
7-25 lbs (3-11kg): land use
|Beachfront Baby Sling||ringsling||8-30 lbs (3.5-13.5kg)||front, hip||$$|
|Biubee Water Sling||ringsling||7-35 lbs (3-16kg)||front, hip||$|
|Vlokup water ring sling||ringsling||8-30 lbs (3.5-13.5kg)||front, hip||$|
|Integra Solar||soft structured carrier||size 1: baby|
size 2 toddler
size 3: pre-schooler
|Boba Air||soft structured carrier||15-45 lbs (7-20kg)||front, back||$$$|
|Bitybean Ultracompact Baby Carrier||soft structured carrier||8-45 lbs (3.5-20kg)||front, back||$$|
Do I need a water baby carrier?
Sure, you can choose to bring your normal baby carrier, but it won’t dry quickly and walking around with a wet carrier all day, isn’t our idea of fun. Furthermore, holding your baby while in the water is not an easy task. There are, however, baby carriers specifically designed for water use and/or hot weather.
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When you’re traveling with a small child, using a waterproof baby carrier for showering is a great idea too. That way you don’t have to drag a portable baby bath and you don’t have to be afraid of slippery accidents.
A baby carrier that is suitable for the water reduces the risks when it comes to swimming or bathing your baby while traveling (or at home!). It is an indispensable item in your suitcase!
What do I look for in a water baby carrier?
The most important component of a water-friendly baby carrier is its fabric. It should be made from a mesh fabric or polyester, as these dry quickly. For that reason waterproof buckle carriers don’t have padding, making them less comfortable for general use.
Especially the buckle carriers combine their waterproof-ness with a lightweight. Furthermore, ring slings are made of a rather short piece of fabric and tend to be lightweight of themselves. So, there really is no reason not to put an additional water baby carrier in your luggage.
The next criterium is UV protection. If you’re going to use the carrier on the beach, you’ll spend a lot of time in the sun, which can be damaging to your baby’s skin. Make sure to pick a waterproof infant carrier that offers sufficient protection from UV rays.
And last but definitely not least is the comfort. A baby carrier (regular or a waterproof carrier) should always be ergonomic, both for the one carrying as for the child. Popular water baby carriers as the J
Which type of carrier do I choose?
If you have a preference for a wrap, ring sling or a buckle carrier, you should be able to find something you like, as all three types come in a waterproof version.
Feeling a bit flabberghasted? Take a look at our extensive guide to the best baby carrier for travel. In here we explain a lot more about the different ways of babywearing and which one will suit your family best.
For water use, we would personally opt for a water ring sling as it is so easy to put on and off. However, you’ll probably try to keep one hand on your baby’s back (as experience has learned us you often do with ring slings). So, if you really need to use both of your hands, it might be smarter to opt for a wrap or a buckle carrier.
BEST WATER BABY WRAP
Beachfront Baby Wrap
The Beachfront Baby Wrap was designed by work at home moms and features a mesh fabric that’s capable of keeping you and your baby cool in the heat.
Thanks to the mesh fabric it is a lightweight baby wrap for summer, which makes it a great travel companion as it can be used both in and out of the water.
It is a stretchy water wrap carrier that can hold children from 8-30 lbs (3.5-13.5 kg), however since it’s stretch you might not be comfortable wearing bigger kids.
The Beachfront Baby Wrap Water is available in 3 sizes: a standard, a petite and an XL (depending on your t-shirt size) and a whole bunch of different colors.
The Breezy Wrap
The Breezy wrap is a cotton-mesh waterproof baby wrap that was designed to be used in the heat. It is lightweight (only 13.3 oz/380g) and comes with a carry bag, so you can toss it into your diaper bag and set off.
Although it states that it has minimal stretch, it is wrapped the same way as a stretch wrap (where you put your baby in after wrapping in contrast to the way you wrap a woven wrap). For shorter periods of time (like water play), you’ll be fine wearing a child up until 35 lbs (16kg), though we wouldn’t recommend that for a couple of hours.
Thanks to the mesh fabric, it doesn’t get heavy when wet and it dries very quickly. This makes it the perfect wrap for a day at the pool or beach! Furthermore, it is machine washable, so you can get rid of the salt from the ocean easily.
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The Breezy water baby wrap is (at the moment) available in black, grey and red.
This wrap was specifically designed for water and sports use and has been re-engineered recently.
This waterproof baby carrier is made from the same fabric (with 100% recycled yarns!) as a running shirt and is therefore very comfortable for traveling in hot weather and playing in the water.
The new design is super lightweight, super soft and offers sun protection.
As it is a stretchy wrap you can only use it as a front carry. Like the Wrapsody Hybrids, the stretch is only one way, which makes it slightly less stretchy compared to other stretchy wraps. BUT you’ll be able to wear a bigger child without sagging and that’s a big plus!
The Wrapsody WrapDuO is available in the original blue version or as the new black pearl.
BEST WATER RING SLING
Beachfront Ring Sling
Like the Beachfront Baby Wrap, the Beachfront R
Should you bring an everyday carrier for your trip as well, this baby water sling is your best choice in waterproof carriers!
It can hold children from 8-30 lbs (3.5-13.5 kg) and is available in 3 sizes: a standard, a petite and an XL (depending on your t-shirt size) and a whole bunch of different colors.
We consider this the best water baby carriers! Even as a regular lightweight baby carrier for summer, it’s a great choice.
Biubee Water Sling
The Biubee Water Sling baby carrier is made from a mesh fabric and is designed to be used in and outside the water. The rings of the waterproof baby sling are made from plastic, which suits the water use.
It fits children from newborn to 35 pounds (16 kg) and is only available in a lovely rich blue.
Vlokup Baby Water Ring Sling Carrier
This 100% polyester mesh baby carrier for water might be one of the cheapest on the market, but it still makes true on its promises.
It is very similar to the Biubee, except that it has metal rings instead of plastic ones. The former sounds sturdier, but we are unsure whether metal combined with water is such a great idea?
It is available in 14 bright colors, so you will definitely find one to your liking.
BEST WATER BUCKLE BABY CARRIER
The Integra Solar is the perfect waterproof baby carrier for pool fun or a day at the beach!
It’s cotton-like feel fabric blocks 95-99% of the UVA and UVB
The Integra Solar is perfect as a hot weather baby carrier and to use in the water (ocean, pool, light rain or shower). But it is so versatile and comfortable that you can actually use it in all seasons.
The baby carrier comes in 3 sizes, making it the only waterproof toddler carrier and goes even up to preschool years! Size 1 is suitable for babies from birth until about 2,5 years. Size 2 will suit toddlers from 18 months up until 3,5 years. While size 3 is for the bigger kids from 3 to 5 years.
We are completely in love with the Integra Solar. It is definitely the best waterproof soft structured carrier on the market. In contrast to the other baby carriers for water use, you can use it as your daily (travel) carrier as well.
If you are looking for the ultimate lightweight waterproof baby carrier, look no further. The Boba Air weighs only 0.7 lbs (300g) and you can store it in its own zipper pocket!
It can be used to carry on the front and on the back. The 2017 new edition has mesh shoulder straps and padded leg openings for your little one. As it is made of 100% nylon, it can be used both inside and outside the water.
The Boba Air can be used from 15-45 lbs (7-20 kg) and is available in black and grey.
Bitybean Ultracompact Baby Carrier
The Bitybean water carrier is very similar to the Boba Air. It only weighs 8 oz (230g), so it’s easily tucked away in your beach bag.
Like the Boba you can wear your child both on the front and the back. The Bitybean water carrier is however somewhat less comfortable at the shoulder straps and waist belt. Made from 100% nylon, you can perfectly use it in the water.
This waterproof baby carrier for swimming can be used from 3 months/8 lbs (3.6kg) to 45 lbs (20kg) and is available in black, grey, red and a very bright yellow.
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