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Best Baby Carrier For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Baby Carrier at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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Moby Wrap UV 50+ SPFBABYBJORN OriginalBabyHawk Mei TaiBabyBjorn Original Black MeshMaya Wrap
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Additional Info
Breathable Fabric
Mesh Fabric
Features Needed
Easy to take on and off
- No buckles, snaps or fasteners
- Single hand application and removal
- Using both hands, the wrap can be applied easily
- Single hand application and removal
- Single hand application and removal
Ergonomic Design
- Distributes weight evenly
- Pediatrician Recommended Posture Support
- Lumbar support
- Pediatrician Recommended Posture Support
- Lightly padded
Machine Washable
- Machine washable, air dry
- Machine washable, air dry
- Machine washable, air dry
- Machine washable, air dry
- Machine washable, air dry
Multiple Carrying Positions
- Grows with baby
- Ability for baby to face outward
- Facing in, Hip hugging and Backpack exploring
- Both inward and outward positions
- Carries from newborn to toddler in a variety of positions
Features Not Needed
Creative Fabric
- Comes in a variety of colors and designs
- Creative design
- Comes in a variety of colors and designs
Sun Shade
- Optional
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Baby carriers have been slowly rising in popularity to the point where you are hard-pressed to find a baby registry that does not include this convenient contraption. While baby carriers have been around for a while, what’s being offered today varies greatly from what previous generations used to “safely” tote around their babies! At the end of the day, all you really need is a sling that fits your activity level and lifestyle, comes recommended by national safety organizations, and can be easily washed. We have provided a list of some of the most popular slings for your baby that have proven to be safe for infants.

Maintenance
Whether or not your sling can be easily washed is invaluable. All it takes is one bout of spit-up to create a crusty, smelly mess. If a sling only offers hand washing, then don’t even consider it as an option.  

Breathability
A baby carrier is designed to keep your little one snug and close. Combine those cuddles with the hot sun, and you’ve just amped up both of your body temperatures to an unbearable level. Look for a sling that is breathable and won’t turn your baby into a sweaty little bundle of joy.  

Versatility
Babies love to be close to mom until they are ready to see the world. Look for a sling that will grow with your baby. A good rule of thumb is to purchase a sling that easily fit a snug newborn and then allow for an infant to face outward in curiosity. Ideally, the sling should also be able to accommodate a small toddler as well.  

Design
One of the biggest complaints that mothers have is the sore back that often accompanies baby slings. Look for a sling with an ergonomic design that will keep you from feeling hunched over and crooked.

Cute Fabrics
While having a baby carrier that looks edgy is nice, it really doesn't affect the actual product. 

Sun Shades
Some carriers feature a sun shade that can be attached to cover your baby while outside. The same effect can be achieved with a sun hat or a thin towel when necessary.

Rain Covers
Unless you live in a wet area, rain covers are not a necessary accessory.

A Word Of Caution
Not all baby carriers are created equally! To safely carry your infant, follow the guidelines of Baby Wearing International when choosing a carrier. A good carrier holds your child in a position you would naturally carry them in arms in front, on your hip, or for a piggyback ride. 

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When choosing a baby carrier, stick with those recommended by organizations like Baby Wearing International to make sure that you are buying a product that will keep your baby safe. While these recommendations are a guide, the most important thing to consider is whether or not your baby is safely placed, is able to breathe, and is in a non-cramped, natural position.

Features You Need
Easy to take on and off, Ergonomic Design, Machine Washable, Multiple Carrying Positions
Features You Don't Need
Creative Fabric, Sun Shade
What You Should Pay
Between $39.15 - $74.99
Top Of The Line Price
Over $135.00