In this post, I have researched and tested more than 30 lightweight baby wraps and carriers available in the market today. I have compared the top-rated brands and have reviewed the very best lightweight baby carriers and wraps you can get for your baby today.
Why get a lightweight carrier?
Carrying the baby around as you get chores done at home or during travel is hard and can leave you feeling hot and sweaty, especially in the hotter months. But with a lightweight carrier, you can have a more pleasant experience where you are not weighed down, and both you and your baby are not overheating even with temperatures running high.
Here on this guide, we have searched and listed the best lightweight carriers that are also easy to use, comfortable, and hip healthy (should have a wide seat that supports the baby’s legs in an M-shaped position to allow proper hip development). We also prefer carriers with convenient features like a hood to cover the baby while napping or nursing and pockets to keep essentials like keys, phone, or wallet. That way, you don’t have to carry extra bags.
Something to note before we start is that if you are looking for a carrier to use during summer, it would be better to go with lighter colors instead of dark colors that absorb the sun’s energy or heat.
Secondly, carriers offer different carrying positions for you and your baby’s comfort. You can use the front-facing in position with an infant or toddler but only switch to front-facing out if your baby has good head and neck control (about 6 months). Back carry can also be used for toddlers above 6 months and works especially great with bigger toddlers and preschoolers.
With that in mind, here are the best lightweight carriers in the market.
Quick comparison table on Best Lightweight Baby Carriers 2021
|Ergobaby Omni 360||Suitable for babies from 7to 45 pounds six carrying positions, Padded waistband and lumbar support, Adjustable seat with three positionsFolds and packs into its pocketSleeping hood||2.2 pounds|
|Baby Bjorn Carrier One Mesh Air||Suitable for children from 0 to 36 months4 carrying positions, Padded waistband, and shoulder straps||2.1 pounds|
|Boba Air||Water-resistant material suitable for toddlers from 15 to 45 pounds, Padded waistband and shoulder straps2 carrying positions; front in and backHood||0.9 pounds|
|Baby K’tan Breeze||For babies from 8 to 35 pounds ready-to-wear wrap individually sized from XXS to XL5 carry positions includes storage carry bag||1.5 pounds|
|Baby Tula Lite||Suitable for toddlers from 12 to 30 pounds, Padded waistband and shoulder straps fold and packs into its own pocket hood||1.08 pounds|
|Lillebaby Complete All Season||For babies from 7 to 45 poundsAdjustable seat with two width setting6 carrying positions, Padded waistband, and lumbar support sleeping hood pocket||1 pound|
|Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Light and Airy||Suitable for babies from 8 to 32 pounds4 carrying position lumbar support||1.41 pound|
Reviews of the Best Lightweight Baby Carriers
Ergobaby 360 is our best choice not because it is the lightest but because it is super easy to use with all the features you would desire in a carrier, and it grows with your baby from birth until they don’t need to be in a carrier (from 7 to 45 pounds). If you can afford it, this carrier is well built with high quality, soft, lightweight, and durable mesh and promises to keep you and your baby cool during hot weather.
It is a versatile carrier that is designed to fit all body types with an adjustable waistband that fits wearers with a waist of 26 to 52 inches and shoulder straps 28 to 46 inches. In addition, it allows you to carry the baby any way you like from front in, front out, side, hip, and on the back and it is super easy to switch positions without removing the carrier.
This carrier is comfortable to wear even for long hours because of the extra-wide padded waistband and lumbar support that evenly distributes weight around the waist and padded shoulders for extra comfort.
It is just as comfy for your baby by keeping them cradled in the ergonomic position that allows healthy natural development of hips.
It also has a tuck-away hood to shield your baby from the sun and wind and also allows discreet nursing.
- Sturdy and durable construction
- Allows multiple carrying positions from front in, front out, and back
- Soft, durable mesh for maximum airflow and breathability
- Shoulder straps can be worn backpack or crisscrossed for comfort
- Wide waistband and lumbar support
- Storage pocket to stash essentials on the go
- UPF 50+ for protection against the sun and wind and discrete breastfeeding
- Not easy to breastfeed when wearing it
If you are looking for a really sleek carrier, none beats the Baby Bjorn, and you can choose the Carrier one version that has a lightweight, breezy mesh to keep you and your baby cool and comfortable on hot days. It also dries very quickly.
This carrier comes in six different mute colors and is suitable to use from birth without an infant insert up to 36 months. The seat is adjustable, allowing you to expand or narrow it to the right size for your baby’s size.
One complaint parents have about carriers with mesh is that they feel rough. You will not experience this as Baby Bjorn carrier one is made with polyester mesh material that feels so soft against the baby’s skin.
The carrier offers four carrying positions: newborn, front in, front out, and back carry. Plus, it keeps your baby in an ergonomic position for proper hip development and has a foldable head support flap for infants and newborns.
The carrier has a wide padded waist pad and padded shoulders, but you can still feel the baby weight on your waist, so it’s not as comfy when wearing for long hours like the Omni, our first choice.
- Sleek design
- Lightweight and breathable
- Super soft material
- Suitable from newborn without an insert
- Hip healthy approved
- Machine washable and fast drying
- No storage pockets
- Some parents wished that the shoulder straps were crisscrossed for comfort
Boba Air is the most lightweight carrier on this list and a top favorite for traveling parents because it is compact and self-storing, which is highly convenient when you are on the move. You can quickly fold it into its hood pocket and throw it into the diaper bag when traveling. There is also an easily accessible front pocket that is big enough to hold a phone, keys, and other small items.
Boba Air is made of 100% nylon and can accommodate children weighing 15 to 45 pounds. It was recently improved, and now, it has padded leg openings to prevent irritation on the thighs and legs to ensure the baby is comfortable even on long trips. Plus, its ergonomic seat improves comfort as well. It also has a hood to shield the baby when napping or nursing.
The nylon material is water-resistant and easy to clean, and although you can’t use the carrier in water at the beach, your baby should stay dry in case of splashes.
Boba Air is designed to fit different wearers with a height of 5’0″ to 6’3″ and waistband range from 27 to 55 inches. They also have waist belt extenders for wearers with a waist above 55 inches. Shoulder straps are also padded for comfort.
- Ultra lightweight and compact
- Improved with padded leg holes and shoulder straps for comfort
- Water resistant
- Adjustable to fit different body types
- Allows nursing comfortably
- Has a hood to shield the baby when napping or nursing
- Reasonably priced
- Cannot be used with newborns and babies below 15 pounds and doesn’t have an insert
- Limited carrying options, there is no front out position which curious toddlers love
- Shoulders straps are too long and wide for petite wearers
- Extra padding on shoulders makes it difficult to pack the carrier into the pocket
Lille Complete All Seasons is the other carrier that does it all, like the Ergobaby Omni, and is infant cheaper. This carrier feels like you are wearing nothing at just one pound, yet it carries infants and toddlers from 7 up to 45 pounds! You adjust the seat to two different widths as your baby grows.
You will love that there is no limit to the number of carrying positions you may want to try as it allows six different carrying positions, including front facing in, facing out, fetal, infant facing in, hip, and back. And, it has a wide seat that provides your baby with an ergonomic position and comfortable seating.
It is also super comfy for the wearer with its wide waistband, lumbar support, and padded shoulder straps, which help distribute the baby’s weight evenly on your back and shoulders. Plus, shoulder straps allow both backpack and crisscross carrying options which are great for extra comfort to relieve any pressure on the shoulders.
Complete all season is the only carrier you need for year-round use thanks to its temperature regulating panels. When it’s hot, you unzip the front panel to reveal the breathable mesh, allowing airflow to keep you and your baby overheating and when it’s cold, you close the zip to trap heat and keep the baby warm.
The Lillebaby Complete Airflow also comes with all the convenient features parents love at great pricing. There is a sleeping hood with UPF 50+ sun protection that doubles as head support when the baby is facing in, adjustable straps that allow breastfeeding while wearing, and a zippered pocket to keep necessities.
If you want a truly cool version, you may want to get the Lillebaby Complete Airflow, which is made of breathable mesh for maximum airflow. It is just as lightweight (1.34 pounds), and all other functionality is similar to the Complete All Season.
- Can be used from infancy to toddlerhood providing great value
- Adjustable seat and back panels grow with the baby
- Ergonomic position is comfy for babies and toddlers and allows normal hip development
- Multiple ways to carry the baby, including hip and front out, which some carriers do not provide
- A lot comfy than other carriers because of lumbar support and shoulder straps with backpack and crisscross options
- Suitable for all season wearing with temperature regulating panel
- Large zippered storage pocket
- Easy to clean, machine washable
- Available in many nice prints
- Complaints about the stitching around the legs being rough and rubbing the baby’s thighs and legs
- You can’t use the pocket when you open the front panel to increase airflow
- Not easy to convert from inward to outward facing positions
For parents who love wraps, our best recommendation is the Baby K’tan Breeze. This is because, unlike other wraps that have just too much fabric to wrestle with, Baby K’tan is designed ready-to-wear. You just get it out of the box and wear it over your body like a T-shirt, stretch it a bit, and pop in the baby in a matter of seconds- no complicated wrapping, buckles, straps, or snaps to deal with.
It is a 100% cotton carrier that is a mixture of half mesh and half jersey, so you know it is totally breathable and will keep you and your baby cool even in hot weather. And, it is so lightweight and compact that you can easily pack it in your purse or diaper when heading out and comes with its own carry bag.
The carrier can be used with babies 8 up to 35 pounds, and it is available in different sizes for different sized wearers from XXS to XL. In addition, it is highly versatile with five different carrying positions with the front in variations and fronts out.
Baby K’tan also has an even cooler version, the Active, which is similar to the Breeze in all aspects from sizes, carrying positions, and pricing, but has a stretchy, breathable, and moisture-wicking fabric that prevents any sweating and keeps your baby cool even in hot weather. Moreover, the Active fabric also provides up to 90% UVA and UVB protection to keep your baby safe from harmful sun rays when you are out in the sun during the day.
You can choose either version depending on your needs as they are both breathable and lightweight.
- Lightweight and stretchy and compact
- Comes ready to wear, no need to wrap
- Safe to use from birth
- Hip healthy approved by International Hip Dysplasia Institute
- Allows discrete nursing
- Allows five different carrying options with front in and out positions
- Comes with a carry bag
- Machine washable and dryer safe
- Since it is individually sized, you may not be able to share it with your family members.
- Doesn’t have much back support, so it might cause soreness on the back with prolonged wearing.
- Some people have a hard time getting the right size
Baby Tula has many great carriers, but the Lite version is the lightest of them all, weighing just a mere pound. It is suitable for toddlers weighing between 12 to 30 pounds and has an especially great fit for petite wearers as the waist goes as low as 23 inches, compared to 27 inches for other carriers.
Tula Lite is a great travel option as, besides the low weight, it also folds compactly and packs into its hip pocket, which is very convenient. Additionally, it comes with a detachable hood to protect your baby from the sun and during naps.
It is made with light, breathable material that is durable and fast drying. It also has a wide waistband to distribute weight evenly on your hips and padded shoulder straps for comfort.
This carrier allows front in and back carry only and keeps the baby in an ergonomic position. And again, it has a spacious zip pocket on the waist to hold essentials like a phone or wallet, which is great.
- Ultra light and compact
- Folds into a pack making it perfect for travel
- Pocket for essentials
- Detachable hood for naps or sun protection
- You may need to buy another carrier to use from birth as this one is for babies from 12 to 30 pounds
- Limited carrying positions, no front facing out
If you are on a budget yet want a lightweight and versatile carrier, Infantino Flip 4-in-1 is the best option. It is the only option in the market at less than $50 with an adjustable narrow and wide seat for babies from 8 to 32 pounds that also has four carrying positions with front-facing in infant and toddler, facing out, and backpack.
At the price point, this carrier doesn’t have much padding, but it has a lightweight breathable mesh that keeps you and your baby cool and comfortable. In addition, it has an ergonomic design, lumbar support, and an adjustable waist belt to fit wearers with different body types.
- Lightweight and breathable
- Multiple carrying positions
- Comfortable with lumbar support
- Provides ergonomic position for normal hip development for the baby
- Machine washable
- Budget friendly pricing
- Doesn’t have pockets
- Padding is limited, not comfortable for wearing long periods
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at MotherhoodHQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at email@example.com.