I have always been a babywearer, but a baby carrier is an absolute necessity now that I have three small children!
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I used my Moby Wrap and cheap soft structured carrier with my youngest daughter daily for the first several months, a water sling (I have this one Breathable Baby Carrier with Polyester and Quickdry Fabrics Material, From Germany Design Swing Slings to New Baby Sling Product,indoor Outdoor Travel Cotton Comfort Safety Newborn Infant Child Baby Sling Carrier Dark Blue, and it only cost me $14.69!!) to be able to take a shower without someone killing her and another bargain sling for quick carries. I wrap her in my DIY carrier occasionally, and will do more when it gets cooler. I use my Lillebaby the most, which I will go into more detail about below.
Without her in a carrier, it would be very difficult for me to do the many chores I have to do inside or outside, chase my munchkins around the playground or go anywhere with all three of my small children. Babywearing is a lifesaver for me, but I am not able to afford the expensive carriers we all drool over. All of mine were either used, a gift or deeply discounted. I love babywearing, but my purse is light, like most of you who read this blog. 🙂
I came across a wonderful selection of a variety of cheap carriers on Amazon, and had to share my favorite babywearing bargains with y’all!
I haven’t tried most of these carriers, so you’ll need to look into whether it suits your personal needs or not. I’m only sharing carriers that are priced at around $35 or less when I am looking now, but am not responsible for changes in pricing. I’m hoping the ones I’m sharing will help someone else be able to afford something nice to wear your baby in!
Slings for wearing baby…
Lightly Adjustable Baby Ring Sling Carrier Wrap is a simple option in a nice neutral color for a very cheap price.
Baby Ring Sling Wrap Carrier Grey Rainbow is a beautiful, classy choice that will still appeal to the budget conscious.
Soft structured carriers…
Infantino Flip Front 2 Back Carrier, Black is priced at under $20. This looks pretty versatile, and I’ve seen it recommended as a decent budget carrier.
Evenflo Natural Fit Soft Carrier, Khaki Orange looks like a nice option for wearing your baby at a price that won’t break the bank.
Infantino Breathe Vented Carrier, Grey is also under $20 at the moment. It looks really lightweight and airy.
I have to mention a budget buster, because I use mine daily and it is the most comfortable thing ever! The cheaper version is still above the budget we are talking about here, but it is the Lillebaby Essentials LILLEbaby 4 in 1 ESSENTIALS Baby Carrier – Grey Chevron. I have the Lillebaby Airflow pictured in the collage, and I literally wear it almost daily! It’s amazing! I bought it with coupons and birthday money, but it’s a worthwhile splurge, regardless. This LILLEbaby – The COMPLETE Airflow (Charcoal/Berry) is the one I have for my little chunk of cuteness, and I love that I can even use it for my 4 year old as needed!
Stretchy wrap style baby carriers…
Moby Wrap Baby Carrier, Cafe/Choco is a definite worthwhile steal! I have a Moby my doctor gave me, and I absolutely love it! I used it pretty much daily for the first few months, and it’s so soft and comfortable for me and my littlest! This one is marked down to under $25 and it’s so worth it!
JJ Cole Agility Stretch Carrier, Black, Small appears to be similar to a Moby, which I love for my daughter! I’ve heard these stretchy wraps are not comfortable as your baby gets much past 20 lbs., but I didn’t have one of these with my older children and can’t comment on that personally. It’s a similar, but different, affordable option.
Miscellaneous baby carriers…
Sash Wrap and Tie Baby Carrier is the famous mei tai style carrier. It’s like a hybrid between a wrap and a soft structured carrier. It’s the highest recommended carrier for mamas on a tight budget, so that is saying a lot for it!
CuddleBug 3-in-1 Mei Tai Carrier With Hood is a similar style mei tai that I have also seen highly recommended. I think the name is adorable, for the record!