Everyone has a different idea of what price is considered cheap and expensive. But this is the list of what we consider to be the best cheap baby carriers.
More specifically, this list covers carriers that cost less than $100.
There are compromises that have to be made, when looking at cheaper carriers, so which carrier is right for you will depend on what you are willing to compromise on. What that is, most likely depends on your own personal situation.
You might need to compromise on, (including but not limited to):
- Carry positions
- Ease/speed of Use
- Weight range of carrier
We've tried to choose options below that compromise on different things, so that, hopefully, there is one that will suit you well.
What we have also tried to do, is not compromise on things that we consider crucial, regardless of budget, like:
- Being hip healthy
- Being quality built and safe for carrying baby
This is a list of what we see as the best "good" cheap carriers - not just the cheapest we could find. They had to be under $100 - but they are also what we consider to be the best options under $100.
Best Cheap Baby Carriers Under $100 Reviews
1. Babjbjorn Baby Carrier Mini
The One is a great option, in that under $100 range, if you're willing to compromise on carrying positions and only need a carrier to carry your baby whilst they are still small.
The Mini can carry babies right from when they're newborns (minimum 7lbs) and up until they reach 25lbs.
It's pretty much a newborn specialist carrier - but it's perfect for that job - and you can keep carrying your baby until they are roughly 1 year old, but you're not likely to be comfortable carrying them until they are 25lbs, as there is no waist belt.
But if you need a carrier just for that first year, and your budget is tight, then this is perhaps the ultimate.
One of the best things about this carrier (and Babybjorn carriers in general) is how easy it is to get baby in and out of. If ease of use is at the top of your list, then the Mini is definitely worth considering.
What's to like about the Mini Baby Carrier
Super easy to use, and really comfortable for smaller babies.
What's not to like about the Mini Baby Carrier
You're not likely going to be able to use it after a year.
2. LÍLLÉbaby Essentials
The Lillebaby Essentails is Lillebaby's simplest carrier - but its also well priced and probably the most versatile carrier in this price range.
For anyone looking for a carrier for their baby for under $100, for a baby that is already 15lbs, and aren't concerned about not having the facing-out option, the Essentials is likely the ideal carrier for you.
The Essentials carrier provides good even weight distribution and a generous amount of padding, to make it one of the most comfortable carriers going around.
It's also highly adjustable to fit a wide range or wearers and versatile in the sense that it has 3 different carry positions:
- Front Facing In
In addition to those things, it has the distinction of:
- Being hip healthy for baby
- Having a sun/sleeping hood and a generous pocket
- Being Easy to adjust the straps
- Ability to carry babies between 15lbs and 45lbs
With an infant insert it can accommodate babies from 7 to 45lbs but without the insert it's suitable for babies 15lbs to 45lbs. And getting the insert would take the price over $100.
The all-seasons model also has the advantage of being cool and breathable in the summer and warmer in the winter months. The Essentials also comes in an Original model, which isn't as breathable for the summer, but is also a little cheaper.
It's basically a lot of things that the Babybjorn Mini isn't, so if you:
- want your carrier to carry a bigger baby
- want a hip and back carry option
- want a sun hood and pocket; and
- don't need it for newborns; and
- don't need a facing out option,
then this is the option to go with.
- ERGONOMIC AND HIP-HEALTHY: Hip-healthy for baby with an adjustable seat, provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby's body.
- 4 CARRY POSITIONS: 4 versatile carrying positions including newborn front*, front, back and hip. Ideal for babies and toddlers weighing 7* - 45 lbs (*Newborn position with Infant Insert sold separately).
- COMFORT: Baby's weight is evenly distributed between the parent's hips and shoulders. Soft and durable 100% cotton cradles baby in supportive comfort.
- PRACTICAL: Machine washable, breathable mesh hood for protection or privacy while nursing, large cargo pocket, dual adjustments, generous padding, 3-way adjustable straps and more
- ALL SEASONS: Featuring an exclusive temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for baby's warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh.
What's to like about the LÍLLÉbaby Essentials
Great price for the comfort and features and highly adjustable fit.
What's not to like about the LÍLLÉbaby Essentials
Requires a, sold separately, infant insert for carrying babies smaller than 15lbs.
3. Infantino Mei Tai Baby Carrier
One of the cheaper carrier types is the Mei Tai (aka Meh Dai) and the Infantino version is even cheaper than most Mai Tais.
So, if you're budget is super tight, it's a great option, that has many benefits.
The Infantino Mei Tai, like most Mai Tais, keeps baby nice and close to you, whilst keeping them in a hip healthy position.
Whilst not as easy to learn to use, or as quick to put on, as most structured carriers, they are a little easier/faster than wraps, IMO.
And they fit to your body size, so in that way they are super adjustable for the user.
You can carry your baby on the front facing-in or on the back with the Infantino Mei Tai. You can also use it to hip carry.
The carrier is rated from 8lbs to 36lbs but perhaps more realistically, you would want your baby a little bigger than 8lbs and probably no bigger than 25lbs, IMO.
- Sash, Wrap and Tie Mei Tai Design Damask Style Pattern
- Features Detachable Hood Protects Baby and Extra Wide Padded Straps
- Three Carrying Positions : Face to face, Hip Hugging, Backpack Style
- Adjustable Lumbar Support helps relieve shoulder pressure
- Designed for Babies & Toddlers weighing 8-36 lbs (3.6 - 16.3 kgs)
What's to like about the Infantino Mei Tai Baby Carrier
Inexpensive and adjusts to the wearer's size well.
What's not to like about the Infantino Mei Tai Baby Carrier
No facing out option, can't carry for extended periods and fabric isn't as breathable as we would have liked.
4. Boba Wrap
The great advantage of using a wrap, apart from being really affordable, is that you wrap it to yourself, so it fits to your size easily.
We've chosen the Boba here as its our favorite and its really affordable. But most wraps will come in at under $100.
The Boba wrap is a quality wrap that keeps baby nice and close and snug.
Whilst, there is a bit of a learning curve to begin with, once you've got it down, it's a great way to carry baby. And (at least when its not too hot) you can tie it once in the morning and leave it on - it's kind of like a piece of clothing when babies not in - not something you'd do with a structured carrier. Then it's nice and quick to get baby in and out of throughout the day.
Some other great points for the Boba Wrap are:
- Soft and stretchy material
- Material free from dyes and chemicals
- Easier to breastfeed in, compared to a structured carrier
- No straps, buckles or anything else that could make it uncomfortable
- Good for babies hips (assuming you tie it correctly)
- Easy front and infant tying styles suit the way you move
- Machine washable for the easiest of cleans
- Hands-free adventuring in a variety of colors and patterns
- Soft, stretchy material made of 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex for flexible comfort that lasts
- Free from any harmful dyes or chemicals; Breastfeeding-ready any time and anywhere
What's to like about the Boba Wrap
Keeps baby nice and close and you can wear it all day for quickly getting baby in and out throughout the day.
What's not to like about the Boba Wrap
A steeper learning curve for putting it on and longer to do initially, compared to with a structured carrier.
5. Baby K'Tan Breeze
Finally we come to the Baby K'Tan Breeze.
The Baby K'Tan breeze is a wrap and has all the benefits of a wrap, with one distinct difference. It's already mostly pre-tied, making it faster to put on and easier to use than a standard wrap.
The Baby K'Tan Breeze comes in 6 different sizes - XXS to XL. So you don't get the one-size-fits most of traditional wraps, but you do get an easier/faster usability.
One great thing about having different sizes though, is that you don't have any issues with excess fabric or issues with putting it on outside in wet conditions.
And you can carry right from newborn all the way to roughly 3 years old. Not sure I'd want a 3 year old in it - but it still accommodates a good range of baby sizes.
Besides that it comes with all the benefits of a wrap:
- Keeping baby nice and close
- Soft comfortable fit with no straps of buckles
- Suitable for breastfeeding
It's not quite as cheap as most other wraps, but it's still a super affordable baby carrying option.
The Breeze version is more airy and breathable for wearing in the hotter summer months.
What's to like about the Baby K'Tan Breeze
It comes pre-wrapped, making it faster and easier to set up. The Breeze model is also better for summer than the Original Baby K'Tan Wrap.
What's not to like about the Baby K'Tan Breeze
Since it's not one-size-fits-most, getting the sizing right is important but can be tricky.
If you're looking for a cheap baby carrier, then one of the above should hopefully suit your needs. Assuming your budget is somewhere between $40 and $100.
There will always be some compromising, when it comes to cheap baby carriers. This list has tried to offer a variety of options depending on the compromises you are personally willing to make.
This list has also tried to keep certain things uncompromising, like baby safety and sticking with carriers that promote a hip healthy position for baby.
If you need a carrier for a newborn and aren't concerned about having a facing out option, then the:
- Boba Wrap; or
- Baby K'Tan Breeze
Might be your best options.
If you want that facing-out option (and the easiest experience possible), then the:
- Babybjorn Mini
Is your best bet.
If you want to carry bigger babies and don't need it for a newborn, then the:
- Lillebaby Essentials
Is a great option.
If you're budget can't even extend as far as $50, then the:
- Boba Wrap; and
- Infantino Mei Tai
Are your best options.
Thanks for checking out the list, and I hope this has helped you to find a carrier that is suitable for your budget and your other considerations.