The power of balance
The ERGObaby Original Carrier has numerous design features that may sway parents looking for a multifunctional carrier. A detachable insert keeps newborns snug as well as safe, and as the baby grows, the carrier can be adapted to the child's age and worn on the front, back or hip position. It's also designed to support the correct sitting position for a baby, carry the baby close to the body, as well as balance its weight on the hips and shoulders of the carrier. The carrier is made from 100 per cent organic cotton, so it also allows breathability in a hot climate. HK$1,100 at Bumps to Babes, units 14-18, 21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 25525000, and 5/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 25227112.
On the shelf
The Hippychick Hipseat is essentially a bum bag with a padded foam shelf for children to sit on, except it is designed to support the weight of a toddler on the hip without straining the back. The Hipseat has a back-supporting belt that redistributes weight from the neck, spine and shoulders to the waist, hips and pelvis, supporting the child's weight from underneath. In addition, the belt contains inside pockets for such essentials as money, mobile phone and credit cards. The seat can be used for children aged six months up to toddlers. HK$425 at www.babycentral.com.hk 
As snug as a hug
The Naforye Hug Helper carrier is designed for newborns and toddlers weighing up to 16kg, or about 30 months old. Four carrying styles accommodate the hug position close to the chest for newborns, upright front and upright back, and the kangaroo position for children over a year old. The carrier has an inner air-flow system to maximise air circulation. Available in several colours including purple, brown and pink or mint and grey. HK$429 at 0/3 Baby, shop 61 and 62, Level 1, Discovery Park Shopping Centre, 398, Tsuen Wan, tel: 24998230, and G08, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 21109036.
Out in front
The Techno carrier by Maclaren is a one-position front carrier for newborns and babies up to around 11kg. It comes with a removable pod insert that is used for newborn babies and other features include quick release buckles operational with one hand and a centre shoulder and back harness. It comes with accessories including a removable bottle holder and shade blanket. Available in black and champagne, navy and pale blue or coffee brown and powder pink combinations. HK$649 at Maclaren, shop 2010, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 22951618.