Updated on March 19, 2021 by Lyric Fergusson
Babies have been worn for many, many years. It is a reassuring feeling to baby, plus, it allows you to be hands free to get things done. Of course, wearing your baby also lets you go on adventures, like hikes and trips to the grocery store. Let’s face it – both of those can sometimes be considered an adventure with a little one in tow. And, that’s ok! Keep in mind that the average size range for baby to be worn in these carriers is around 8-35lbs., although, some can be as low as 7lbs. and some as high as 45lbs.- it’s wonderful to have such options!
From carriers that tie around you to carriers that permit your babe to face forward, front, or backward, here are my top 7 favorite baby carriers for petite moms:
The Best Baby Carriers for Petite Moms
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: This baby carrier has 4 ways for you to carry your little one- infant-style, forward-facing, older baby/toddler-style, and a back carry. Being made out of cool mesh material, you and your little one do not have to worry about getting sweaty or too hot. Plus, it has padded straps. Something really neat about this carrier is that you can take it off WITH baby inside and let your partner have a turn. Want to hear something even neater? As a petite mom, you AND your partner can both wear this carrier, as it is adjustable depending on the grownup. Bonus- it comes with a bandana bib to use on the carrier… or not. One more fun fact- this carrier is machine washable. You will enjoy this feature, seriously.
Keep in mind: You may need to carry in certain positions based on baby’s size (front-carry vs. back-carry, forward-facing, etc.). For example, younger babies don’t have the sturdiest necks in those beginning months, so you would need to carry them inward-facing to you.
Good for: First-time baby-wearing parents.
(Most flexible carrier/sling — $)
Why it’s great: This carrier/sling works well for keeping baby close to you and snuggly! The Boba Wrap also can be used as a cover for you, when nursing. It comes in a variety of colors. And, while the thought of figuring out how to do the actual wrapping for this baby carrier/sling may sound intimidating, it’s really not that bad and only takes a few minutes. It comes with directions and pictures. Those are also on the product page. It has even been known to have the ability to hold twins!
Keep in mind: This carrier/sling comes in one size (about 5 ½ yards long). Being a petite mom, you may just need to tie around your waist again to use up any extra material.
Good for: Petite moms with twin babies. It is also good for petite moms with single babies, as well as a good carrier/sling to share with your partner, so your partner can help you, too.
(Most tailored to grownup’s size — $$)
Why it’s great: The Baby K’Tan comes in different sizes. It also has 5 different ways that you can wear your baby. It is made of 100% cotton, and is made to feel like t-shirt material. It actually even comes with a matching bag that can be used as a support sash. Both the carrier/sling and the matching bag are machine washable.
Keep in mind: This carrier/sling comes in different sizes, so you and your partner may need your own. However, you get a better fit this way.
Good for: Quick on-the-go baby wearing.
(Most adjustable carrier — $$)
Why it’s great: This carrier really fluctuates, at your discretion, that is! The size of this carrier can be adjusted making it adaptable to a wide range of body types- grownups and babies, alike. It also comes with a little light-weight hoodie for rainy weather. This carrier is sturdy and durable, but not bulky. You can wear your little one in a few different positions.
Keep in mind: There are a lot of straps and clasps on this one, but don’t let them deter you. The directions will guide you to help you and your baby get a comfortable fit.
Good for: Petite moms, who want a carrier who can adjust with baby, yourself, and your partner!
(Most storage in a carrier — $$)
Why it’s great: Most carriers don’t include places for you to store things, like wallet, phone, or a little plastic baggie of wipes. However, this one does!! Its mesh mining helps keep air moving during use, which lessens sweating and overheating. This carrier has an anti-slip seat design to keep your little one from moving around while you are. It is considered to have a “hip seat” with “X”-shaped straps for you to lessen the pressure on your back.
Keep in mind: This product may seem like it would take more than one person to help you and baby get situated, but no- you can set this up without an extra pair of hands!
Good for: Petite moms who want the hip seat and/or extra pockets (read this as: you can leave the diaper bag in the car).
(Best Hip Seat Carrier — $$)
Why it’s great: There are six ways to carry your baby with this carrier! Also, there are a ton of different padded areas and supports built in to keep you and your little one comfortable, including lumbar support for you and support for a newborn’s head. You can choose whether to have “H”- or “X”-style straps for your back. This carrier even has adjustable straps to allow for an easier way to nurse your baby.
Keep in mind: It may have a little bit more bulk to it than the other carriers here, but it creates a sturdy support for you and your little one.
Good for: Petite moms, who want lots of support from the carrier.
(Best lumbar support for petite moms — $$$)
Why it’s great: This carrier allows you to do a wide variety of different positions. It has padding, but it is still lightweight (and cotton). The leg openings are padded, which make things more comfortable for your little babe. You can put this carrier in the washing machine. It also comes with a little hood, which you can use for sun/rain protection and privacy for nursing. The wide waistband and shoulder straps (both padded, mind you) provide lots of comfort for you, too.
Keep in mind: Tula’s prints are limited edition, so if you’re in love with one of the prints, try to get it while it’s available.
Good for: Petite moms, who need good lumbar support.
FAQs about the best baby carriers for petite moms
1. When can I start putting my baby in the carrier?
Many baby carriers’ minimum weight begins at 8 lbs. Now and then, though, you can find one where the minimum weight is 7 lbs. Be sure to pay attention to this, if you will be using it with a new baby. Another thing to pay close attention to on the carrier itself is if it can support a newborn’s head/neck, since a newborn can’t do that, yet. If you are interested in wearing your baby as soon as possible, make sure that you have a carrier with good support for an infant and that cute little wobbly head.
2. How long do I want to use this carrier?
Think about if you just want to use this carrier until 35 lbs. or if you would rather have the opportunity to wear your child up to 45 lbs. Different carriers have different maximum weights. So, consider how long you might want to wear your little one and shop accordingly.
3. Is it important for me to be able to breastfeed while using the carrier?
If you want your carrier to help cover you, while breastfeeding, look for it to mention that in the product description before purchasing. Some carriers will definitely be able to keep things discreet for you and your baby.
4. Am I sharing the carrier with a partner or using it solo?
Luckily, these days many carriers are quite versatile, so if you do plan on sharing the carrier with a partner or a caregiver, many carriers will adjust to the different sizes of grownups using it. If it will just be you using it, some carriers are more designed for individual adult size. Either way, you can make it fit you just right!
5. What can I do while wearing the baby in a carrier?
Honestly, there are SO many things you can do, while wearing a baby carrier. You can take walks without a stroller (great for if you have two other little hands to hold while doing so), trips to the grocery store, hikes, shopping trips, and an even more extensive list too long to list here. The point is – you can do a LOT while wearing your baby (even helping a fussy baby get to sleep). One thing to be cautioned about, though, is that – no matter the carrier- always be mindful that you are still ultimately responsible for your baby’s safety during your baby-wearing time. Please use the carrier responsibly and safely. As long as you do, it can be an enjoyable experience for BOTH of you!
6. Which type of carrier do I prefer?
Think about how your baby likes to be held. On your hip? In front? For an older baby, on your back? Also, consider- what calls to YOU more? A sling (fabric carrier) or a carrier with straps and clasps? These thoughts may help you choose a good carrier for you and your baby. Many families even purchase multiple carriers, and wear different types for different occasions! Your choice!
Babywearing has been done for AGES, and there is a good reason why! It helps your hands to be free to get things done, all while still giving snuggles and comforting your baby, who longs to be close to you as much as possible. It can be a truly magical experience! It can help your baby fall asleep, or allow your family to take a hike on a nature trail, wheels-free!
All that’s left to do now is to find the carrier that calls to you and start enjoying the benefits of babywearing!
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