Baby carrying is wonderful for baby/parent bonding, baby development, and for getting things done or walking with baby in public.1
Many petite moms want an ergonomic carrier that’s comfortable for them, but still adjustable enough to be used by the other parent when baby-carrying is shared.
We’ve found and reviewed the best baby carriers for petite moms that are both versatile and comfortable.
Based on quality, customer reviews and the best fit, we recommend the Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier.
|Top 5 Best Baby Carriers for Petite Moms||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Baby K'tan Original Baby Carrier||Multiple size options, No excess fabric, No wrapping, No rings or buckles, same fit each wear||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Beco Gemini Baby Carrier||Crisscross straps option, Extra padding for baby's legs, 4 carrying positions, Built-in headrest||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier||6 carrying positions, neck support pillow, adjustable waist, removable hood, variety of designs||♥♥♥♥♥|
|You + Me 4-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier||4 carrying positions, can change adults without removing baby from carrier, built-in baby headrest, breathable mesh lining, lightweight||♥♥♥♥♥|
|SUNVENO Hipseat Baby Carrier||Crisscross straps, stool carrying positions, waterproof, hood, four pockets for storage, 90-day warranty||♥♥♥♥♥|
The Best Baby Carrier For Petite Moms
Baby K’tan ORIGINAL Baby Carrier
The Baby K’tan ORIGINAL Baby Carrier is a baby wrap that is considered a “no-wrap baby wrap.” It is available in over 15 colors and designs including Floral Garden, Navy Stripe, Sweetheart and Black (pictured). It is designed for babies weighing 8-35 lbs.
Unlike many baby wraps that involve literal wrapping of fabric around the body, this wrap simply slips over the body (like a t-shirt) and is ready to be used. Because of this design, adults do have to select a specific size that will fit them and there are sizes available for petite moms. The sizing aspect does take away the flexibility of allowing other adults to carry baby unless they are of similar size.
Baby can be held in multiple positions such as sling, front facing in, front facing out, and hip carry. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has acknowledged this carrier as “hip-healthy.”³ Parents love that you get the same fit every time you use it plus it doubles as a modest nursing cover.
Our favorite part: A wrap feel and carry without the fuss of wrapping!
- Available in multiple adult sizes
- No excess fabric
- Without rings/buckles
- No wrapping
- Acknowledged as “hip healthy”
- Same fit each wear
- Doubles as nursing cover
- Can’t share carrying with others unless adults are similar size
If you don’t want to deal with physically wrapping a baby carrier around you, the Baby K’tan ORIGINAL Baby Carrier is your best bet!
Beco Gemini Baby Carrier
The Beco Gemini Baby Carrier is a comfy all-day use baby carrier. It is available in over 25 different colors and designs including Cool Mesh Lemons, Forest Critters, Llama Drama Day and Cool Navy (pictured) and is designed for babies weighing 7-35 lbs.
This baby carrier offers four carrying positions (face in, face out, hip and back carry) and includes adjustable straps for a good fit regardless of height. The straps can be worn like a backpack or for additional support and comfort, worn in a crisscross fashion.
Baby’s seat is able to be adjusted as they grow and there is extra padding around the leg area of the carrier so that baby has a comfortable and safe seat. A waist band extender is provided by Beco if needed for adults.
Our favorite part: Being able to cross the straps for better support and comfort!
- 4 carrying positions
- Built-in headrest
- Crisscross straps option
- Extra padding for baby’s legs
- Variety of colors/designs
- Waist belt extenders available
We love the Beco Gemini Baby Carrier most for it’s crisscross straps, ease of use and variety of colors/designs.
Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier
The Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier is a 6-in-1 carrier that be can be used for years! It is available in multiple designs including Everblue, Bloom, and French Marigold (pictured) and designed for babies weighing 7-45 lbs.
To accommodate infants up to toddlers, this carrier’s width can be adjusted three ways. Extra padding is included on the shoulder straps and around the leg holes so that baby’s legs don’t get irritated or uncomfortable. To add to comfort when baby is little or sleeping, this carrier includes a neck support pillow!
Six different carrying positions are available including front facing (infant), front facing (baby), front facing (toddler), forward facing, back (baby), and back (toddler). Parents who are petite say that this best baby carrier fits them wonderfully and adjusts well for taller adults.
Our favorite part: Beautiful designs and comfortable!
- Variety of designs
- 6 different carrying positions
- Neck support pillow
- Adjustable waist
- Removable hood
- Higher priced
The quality, comfort and beauty of the Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier is great but you will probably spend more on it than you would other baby carriers.
You+Me 4-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier
The You+Me 4-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier is made of stain-resistant fabric and includes a 2-in-1 bandanna bib. It is available in Grey Mesh and made for babies weighing 8-32 lbs.
Use the narrow seat setting (infants) for carrying front facing-in and switch to the wide seat setting for older children and carrying face out (6+ months) or on the back. For a perfect fit, even for petite moms, the seat, shoulder straps and waist belt are all adjustable. The 2-in-1 bandanna bib can be used on the baby or on the carrier.
Because of the way this carrier holds the baby, it is easy to move baby (while in carrier) from one adult to another.
It is possible that a longer baby may not have enough neck and head support in this carrier. Some parents have complained that the head support part isn’t very sturdy.
Our favorite part: How easy it is to transition baby from one adult to another without taking them out of the carrier!
- 4 different carrying ways (back, front facing-in, front facing-out, back)/grows with baby
- Built-in baby headrest
- Breathable mesh lining
- Included bandanna bib
- May not work for long length babies
We love how easy it is to transfer baby to another adult (regardless of height) and share the carrying when using the You+Me 4-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier.
SUNVENO Baby Hipseat Ergonomic Baby Carrier
The SUNVENO Baby Hipseat Ergonomic Baby Carrier features unique ways of carrying your baby. It is available in gray, blue, black and pink (pictured) and is designed for babies ages 6-36 months.
With carrying positions such as waist stool, waist stool with a shoulder strap, waist stool with a back strap and front-outward, adults are able to carry baby in new ways that help protect baby’s hips. Shoulder straps cross on the back of the adult to help with weight distribution.
The waist band is adjustable to fit petite sizes and larger sizes. Parents love how they no longer have back pain carrying their little one when using the SUNVENO baby carrier. Plus, it’s comfortable and safe on hips for baby.
Our favorite part: The crisscross straps and versatility of carrying that is different from other baby carriers.
- Crisscross straps
- Stool carrying positions
- Mesh front pocket
- Hood for weather protection
- Four pockets for storing belongings
- 90-day warranty
- Only one hands-free carrying position
The SUNVENO Baby Hipseat Ergonomic Baby Carrier is a comfortable choice for freely carrying baby but not the best option if you want to be hands-free all the time.
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Mini in 3D Mesh
The BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Mini in 3D Mesh is a smaller carrier suited for newborns and lightweight babies. It is available in multiple colors including Dusty Pink, Pearly Pink, Navy Blue, and Anthracite (pictured) and is designed for babies weighing 7-24 lbs.
This baby carrier is a “mini” because it’s suggested use is only up to 24 lbs. in comparison to many (non-mini) carriers that go up to 35 lbs. Parents say that this carrier is great for the first year but after that, it doesn’t work quite as well unless you have an exceptionally small toddler.
Baby can be worn facing in or facing out. The soft mesh material helps keep baby and adult cool while carrying without removing comfortability. For better support, this carrier allows adults to wear the straps in a crisscross fashion on the back.
Our favorite part: The comfortable mesh fabric!
- Adjustable seat and straps
- 2 carrying positions
- Straps can cross on back
- Mesh fabric
- Carries only up to 24 lbs.
- Not much support once baby gets bigger
If you’re looking for a baby carrier specifically for the newborn stage, the BJORN Baby Carrier Mini in 3D is a great choice for petite moms and baby!
Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier
The Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier has buckles under the arms that help with taking on and off. It is available in multiple colors and designs including Dandelion, Marine, Pink Grey and Galaxy Grey (pictured) and is designed for babies weighing 12-45 lbs.
Petite adults are able to use this baby carrier well since the waistband and shoulder straps both adjust nicely. Baby can be carried three different ways (front facing, back or hip). The Hip Dysplasia Institute considers this baby carrier as being hip healthy which is comforting for parents!
Parents love the wide waistband and comfortable leg holes for baby. In addition, they find putting on and taking off the carrier is easier with the buckles located beneath the arms. This carrier isn’t necessarily for newborns unless you buy a booster for it.
Our favorite part: Buckles under the arms help moms put the carrier on and off without needing a second person to help.
- Adjustable waistband and shoulder straps
- Zippered pocket
- UPF 50+ baby hood
- “Hip healthy” acknowledgement
- Buckles under arm to make putting on/off easier
- Infant booster not included
The Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier is easy to get on and off when you’re alone but it’s not suitable for a newborn unless you purchase an infant insert.
Nalakai Luxury Ring Sling Baby Carrier
The Nalakai Luxury Ring Sling Baby Carrier is a eco-friendly baby carrier from the company formerly known as Pura Vida Slings. It is available in over 18 colors including Light Sea Green, Ocean Tide, Beach Stripe, and Earth Mama Cream (pictured) and is designed for babies weighing 8-35 lbs.
With a lightweight material blend of bamboo and linen, baby can be carried comfortably without getting too hot or too cold. Another perk of the bamboo is that it comes with UV protection, keeping baby more protected from the sun’s rays.
As for adjusting to fit baby and adult, there’s enough fabric to fit all carriers. Any extra fabric can be useful as a nursing cover or as a pillow for baby when they’re wanting to take a nap.
Our favorite part: The many ways of adjusting plus all the benefits of the bamboo material!
- Promotes natural womb-like position
- Lightweight bamboo and linen material
- Can also serve as a nursing cover
- 5% of profits go to charity
- Safe for baby hips
- Easily portable
- Adjustable and fits all body sizes
- May be a learning curve when wearing for first time
Get past the how-to-wear part and you’ll love the versatility and soft material of the Nalakai Luxury Ring Sling Baby Carrier.
9-in-1 CuddleBug Baby Wrap Sling + Carrier
The 9-in-1 CuddleBug Baby Wrap Sling + Carrier is a ring- and buckle-free baby wrap available in Black, Blue, Grey (pictured), Light Blue, Pink, Red, and Yellow. It is made for babies weighing 2-35 lbs.
Made of 95% French Terry Cotton and 5% Spandex, this baby carrier easily adjusts for petite moms and for holding babies of various sizes. There are nine different ways of carrying with this sling: newborn hold, breastfeed carry, front carry, side carry, back carry, cross carry, hip carry, kangaroo carry and the side sling position. This baby carrier can also serve as a nursing cover!
Some parents have complained that it is difficult to put on correctly at first, but once the wrapping technique is learned, it’s a wonderful baby carrier. The wrap is a thicker fabric, so while it helps retain heat on cold days, it may make baby and adult hot on warm days.
Our favorite part: The nine various carrying positions!
- Nine ways of carrying baby
- Buckle- and ring-free
- Portion of purchase goes to Guatemalan charity “Long Way Home” (provides schools for communities in need)
- Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty
- Comfortable for mom and baby
- Learning to wrap properly
- Thick fabric
Once the wrapping technique is learned, the 9-in-1 CuddleBug Baby Wrap Sling + Carrier is a comfortable and snug way to carry baby, even for petite adults.
LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier
The LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier is a 6-in-1 baby carrier with adjustable straps and waist band. It is available in over ten colors including Caribbean Sea, Charcoal Berry, Grey Frosted Rose, and Stone (pictured) and is designed for babies weighing 7-45 lbs.
This product is known for being a 360-degree baby carrier offering six different ways to carry baby (fetal, facing in, facing out, hip, toddler in and back carry) depending on baby’s weight. It also includes a zip-down mesh panel to cool baby off on warmer days. For petite moms, the straps can not only be adjusted for a better fit but they can cross as well.
Some parents love how this baby carrier fits with the additional lumbar support but many parents have complained that the seat is not comfortable for baby’s legs, causing baby to cry when in use.
Our favorite part: The 360-degree wearing concept that’s all in one.
- 360° babywearing (6 different ways)
- Front zip-down breathable panel
- Large pocket
- Removable hood
- Adjustable side panels
- Baby seat could hurt baby’s legs
- Difficulty switching to multiple positions
Unless the complaints of the baby seat being uncomfortable for baby’s legs are due to user error, we do not recommend the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier.
Meinkind Baby Carrier
The Meinkind Baby Carrier is a 2-in-1 carrier that faces baby inward or outward. It is available in Dark Grey and designed for babies weighing 8-33 lbs.
With this baby carrier, the shoulder straps and the waist belt can be adjusted to fit adults whether tall or petite. The waist belt is wide to provide lumbar support and the air mesh feature helps keep baby and adult cool to prevent sweating.
If you’re looking for multiple ways to carry baby, this is not the best option since it only offers two ways (front facing in and front facing out). Parents say that the Meinkind carrier is comfortable for babies and adults!
Our favorite part: A quality baby carrier that is very reasonably priced!
- Adjustable waist belt and shoulder straps
- Breathable mesh
- Inexpensive price
- Only two ways of carrying (front facing in or front facing out)
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced and simple baby carrier that is comfortable, the Meinkind Baby Carrier is a great choice!
Boba Baby Wrap Carrier
The Boba Baby Wrap Carrier is one size baby wrap that’s available in multiple colors and designs including Boho, Sangria, Dark Blue, and Grey (pictured). For babies weighing 8-35 lbs.
With the Boba wrap, adults are able to create a custom fit for their baby for every wear and as baby grows. There may be a learning curve initially when trying to learn how to wrap around the body successfully. Since it is a one size wrap, this carrier can be used and shared with any size adult – even petite moms.
The only catch is that with all the fabric this wrap has, there will be extra fabric that will need to be tied or stuffed to prevent from hanging and touching the ground. The extra fabric also makes the adult and baby hot on warm days.
Our favorite part: Creating a custom and comfortable fit for adult and baby!
- Custom fit every wear
- Can use as a nursing cover
- Spandex keeps the wrap’s shape
- Comfortable material
- Hot to wear on warm days
- Lots of extra fabric
- Learning curve with wrapping technique
The Boba Baby Wrap Carrier offers flexibility with the fit, which is a plus, but the extra fabric could be a pain if you are petite.
Kids N’ Such 4 in 1 Baby Wrap Carrier and Ring Sling
The Kids N’ Such 4 in 1 Baby Wrap Carrier and Ring Sling is a one size baby wrap that can be used with or without rings. It is available in Charcoal Gray and designed for babies weighing 8-35 lbs.
This cotton/spandex carrier can be worn in four different ways: sling carry, front facing in, hip carry, and as a post-partum belly band. There is a lot of fabric that comes with this wrap which has caused petite women to complain of fabric dragging the ground when they’re trying to use the wrap in public.
In addition, the thickness of the fabric is great for cool days but on warm days, it makes adult and baby hot. Being able to use this baby wrap carrier with or without a ring is a nice option. The wrap can also serve as a modest nursing cover.
Our favorite part: The option to use rings or do without.
- Can also be used as a belly band
- Can use with or without ring
- 4 ways of wearing
- Doubles as nursing cover
- One size fit
- Thick fabric
- Excess fabric
- Only one color available
The Kids N’ Such 4 in 1 Baby Wrap Carrier offers the versatility of using a ring or not. For petite women that are new to baby wraps, this option might have too much excess fabric to be user-friendly.
Buying Criteria for Baby Carriers for Petite Moms
Think about what climate you’re going to be wearing a baby carrier in. If mostly cooler, fabric shouldn’t be an issue but if warmer, consider purchasing a baby carrier with lightweight or mesh fabric to keep you and baby cool.
Another thing to consider, mostly for wraps or slings, is if the fabric includes spandex. Some spandex is helpful for getting the perfect fit while still being comfortable to wear.
Length of Fabric
There’s no need to worry about this with traditional carriers, but for baby wraps or slings, you’ll want to consider how much excess fabric may be left after you wrap the carrier around yourself.
Excess fabric can typically be wrapped or tucked in to avoid hanging on the ground but if you’re petite, you may have more excess fabric to deal with.
Consider where you can adjust straps to fit you the best.
Some carriers have a couple of adjustable straps whereas some others have multiple. Adjustable straps that are under the arm, like those on the Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier are convenient for taking the carrier on and off without a second person to help you.
Are you wanting a place to keep your keys, phone, or something for baby? Check for baby carriers that include pockets such as the SUNVENO Baby Hipseat Ergonomic Baby Carrier.
Leg Hole Openings
Leg hole openings tend to be a “make it or break it” baby carrier feature- they’re either comfortable for baby or not. Check for padded leg hole openings so that you know baby’s legs won’t get rubbed or irritated when you’re wearing them.
A perk of baby wraps and slings is that you don’t have to worry about leg hole opening irritation.
Do you want a lot of options with carrying baby? If so, look for baby carriers that offer multiple carrying positions such as LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons or the Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier that both offer 6 different carrying positions.
If you’re probably only going to carry one or two ways, you can go with something more simple or with a baby wrap/sling.
If you’re in the business of wanting to share-carry baby, make sure the baby carrier you purchase is suitable to fit both you and another carrier who may be a different size.
Most baby carriers offer adjustable straps to make this easy. Beware of carriers such as the Baby K’tan ORIGINAL Baby Carrier which is a sized carrier (not adjustable or one size fits all).
Will you be carrying baby for long periods of time? Consider this and the size of your baby before purchasing a baby carrier without the right support.
Look for padded shoulder straps, a wide waist-belt and the ability to cross the back straps (like the Beco Gemini Baby Carrier).
No one wants a sore and aching back!
Length of Use
Most carriers are able to be worn from newborn stage to toddler stage (or up to 35 lbs.), offering up a long length of use. If this is what you’re aiming for, watch out for baby carriers that are designed more for newborn babies such as the BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Mini in 3D.
FAQs About Baby Carriers For Petite Moms
Is it safe to use baby slings and wraps?
Yes, baby slings and wraps are safe to use as long as you’re using them correctly and making sure baby can still breathe as they are pressed up against you. There are actually lots of great benefits to baby wearing with wraps and slings!³
What is the best baby carrier for a short torso?
Any baby carrier that offers adjustable straps should fit a short torso well! For example, the Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier is well-liked by petite adults.
What size baby is the baby carrier made for?
Here’s a breakdown of each baby carrier and their weight/age restrictions:
9-in-1 CuddleBug Baby Wrap Sling + Carrier: 2-35 lbs.
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Mini in 3D Mesh: 7-24 lbs.
Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier: 8-35 lbs.
Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier: 7-45 lbs.
Beco Gemini Baby Carrier: 7-35 lbs.
Boba Baby Wrap Carrier: 8-35 lbs.
Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier: 12-45 lbs.*
Kids N’ Such 4 in 1 Baby Wrap Carrier and Ring Sling: 8-35 lbs.
LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons Baby Carrier: 7-45 lbs.
Meinkind Baby Carrier: 8-33 lbs.
Nalakai Luxury Ring Sling Baby Carrier: 8-35 lbs.
SUNVENO Baby Hipseat Ergonomic Baby Carrier: 6-36 months
You+Me 4-in-1 Ergonomic Baby Carrier: 8-32 lbs.
*Cannot carry infant unless using infant insert
For older or bigger kiddos, our best baby carriers for toddlers list has a bunch of recommendations and reviews.
What is a good extra petite baby carrier?
For an extra petite build, the Baby K’tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier is the best bet. It is sized to fit and comes in sizes as small as XXS (or size 0).
Do I need another person to put the baby carrier on?
It may be difficult with some baby carriers to clasp the buckles by yourself if they are located in the top-middle of your back. Carriers such as the Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier feature buckles under the arms to make taking the carrier on and off easy without a second person to assist.
Will I (or baby) get hot wearing a baby wrap?
Unfortunately for petite adults, there tends to be a lot of excess fabric after wrapping around the body.
Wraps such as the Boba Baby Wrap Carrier, will probably make you and baby warm on warmer days.
A wrap with less fabric, such as the Baby K’tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier is a better option.
Is it safe to wear baby in just a diaper?
Yes, if the fabric around baby is soft and padded. Traditional carriers with leg hole openings and buckles could irritate baby’s skin or make baby uncomfortable.
A baby wrap or sling would be a better and more comfortable option if you’re planning on wearing a diaper-clad baby.
Does the baby carrier have good back support?
Baby carriers with wide waistbands help with lumbar support. In addition, baby carriers with shoulder straps that can cross over each other offer the best support up top. The Beco Gemini Baby Carrier is a good example of quality back support.
Does this baby carrier require an infant insert?
All baby carriers, wraps and slings are able to carry infant babies without an insert with the exception of the Ergobaby Multi-Position Baby Carrier. Unfortunately, an infant insert must be purchased and used with the Ergobaby carrier to carry a baby weighing less than 12 lbs.
For petite moms who want a close-to-perfect fit without dealing with excess fabric and want a comfortable seat for baby, we recommend the Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier.
If you want a carrier to fit a small frame or a bigger frame, go with the Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier. It has cute designs, great reviews, and lots of adjustability.