Orange Blossom Baby CarrierWeb: BelleBabyCarriers.com

Price: $40 to $60 directly from Belle Baby; $84 to $130 online.

Weight Range: 8 to 35 lbs.

Comments: Looking for a lightweight, easy to pack carrier? Belle Baby carriers forgo all the extra padding to make a lighter, cooler carrier that allows baby to face both in and out. Based in California, they are made of microsuede and mesh with cotton/spandex lining. They offer two collections: the Cruz (more padding at waist belt, shoulder straps and leg openings) and the Fit (no padding). A removable head support comes with the carrier for sleeping babies.

We liked the ergonomic design and how the densely padded straps on the Cruz cross in the back. Buckles are similar to what you see in quality backpacks. An independent waist belt puts the weight on your hips, not your back.

Rating: A-