I'll be an auntie REALLY soon, and I'm planning on getting my brother one of those baby carriers where you can 'wear' your child... or have your hands more free when walking/shopping/doing whatever. He and his wife are very active and they also go for walks often and spend tons of time at the dog park with their massive dog, so we've discussed it would be something he'd like.

Price isn't something I'm worried about right now, but as I don't have any kids, I don't have any idea which ones are better/for which age groups/which ones worked for other people...

I seem to like the 'sling' type ones in theory- even though it seems like they would only work for smaller children and or infants. They seem more intimate than those huge braced black backpack type ones.

Did you or your significant other use any of these kinds of things and/or what did you prefer?

thanks in advance,
F