Carrying a baby on your back is a skill that requires patience and practice, but back carries are so liberating that many people find they’re worth learning. Still, many babywearers have never carried a baby on their back, including many who just find back carries intimidating. And many other babywearers use frame backpacks for all their back carries, missing out on the body-to-body contact, convenience, and usually better ergonomics that soft carriers provide.
There are several soft carriers on the market that have built-in seats (sometimes called swaddle pockets, safety harnesses, or safety seats), allowing you to secure your baby in the carrier, then put on the carrier and baby, for an easier back carry. Some of our members love the Tentoes Click for this purpose. Also on the market are several carriers we haven’t yet tried (but that are on our list): the new Beco Butterfly has a built-in seat, as does the new iHosa chunei and the Mama By Design Calyx. There’s even a wrap with a built-in seat, the Bundleboo.
ETA: There are some reports of problems with the tension release buckles on the new Beco Butterfly and also reports that the buckles will be changed, so it might be best to wait before purchasing a Butterfly.
ETA: See this post re: the safety concerns.
At every meeting, we help parents learn to carry their babies on their backs with lower-tech carriers that don’t have built-in seats, so they definitely aren’t necessary, but if you prefer having the built-in seat, you have several options other than frame backpacks.