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3-in-1 carrying system 

The Diono Carus Essentials is the must-have 3-in-1 carrying system, lovingly engineered for urban adventures, and the freedom to roam. This essential carrier has a detachable pod for baby, which can be positioned on the front or back of the harness. Acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, with adjustable leg support to grow with baby*, Carus features a ‘close to me’ touch pocket at the front to allow you to comfort baby.  The Diono Carus Essentials is engineered for all adventures, wherever life takes you.(*An infant insert is included for babies weighing 7-12lbs/3.2-5.5kg – otherwise suitable from 4 months).

parent facing

on your back

world facing

Up to approximately 120 lbs.

features overview

why parents love me

birth to back

more supportive


hands free

As someone who owns several different baby carriers and uses them all the time, I was so excited to try this one for all of its unique features. To put it simply, this carrier is amazing. Every detail is so well thought out and functional. And comfortable!! As an active family, I’ve had a hard time finding a carrier with great back support and this one truly is the best I’ve tried. I really can’t say enough good things about this baby carrier. Myself, my husband, and my baby all love it!


product specs

product specs

Height – 22.8″/58cm

Width – 19.29″/49cm

Depth – 0.39″/1cm

care & maintenance

Machine wash cold; lay flat to dry

material composition

Fabric – 100% Polyester

Foam – 100% Polyethylene


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parent facing from birth up to 33lbs


back carry from 12lbs

world facing

why parents chose me

birth to back

designed to carry children from birth up to 33 lbs / 15 kg

hip healthy

wide bucket seat and adjustable leg supports grow with baby

touch pocket

close-to-me pocket on the front allows parent to comfort baby

adjustable pod

easy slide fasteners and durable clips allow superior comfort and maximum support for baby

freedom to roam.

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What age can I start carrying my baby in the world facing mode in my Carus Essentials Carrier?

We recommend that you carry your baby in the facing-in position until they are at least six months old. Your baby’s neck, back and hips will then be sufficiently developed for you to be able to carry them in the facing-out position as well.

How long can I use my Carus Essentials Carrier for?

The Carus Essentials is suitable for use from birth up to 3 years old, 7-33 lbs. / 3.2-15 kg.(includes infant insert designed for babies 7-12 lbs. / 3.2-5.5 kg)

What is the difference between the Carus Complete and Carus Essentials?

Yes, all Diono car seats provide reinforced side impact protection, and some models offer the increased protection of an adjustable head support. Currently, there is no U.S. or European regulatory side impact testing requirement. A manufacturer can make the claim of “side impact safety” without meeting any standYes, all Diono child car seats (with integral harness) are certified for use on aircraft.ard. Diono’s radian rXT and monterey XT models were side impact tested to the widely accepted German standard established by ADAC, Europe’s largest automobile club.