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Wearable baby carriers are all the rage these days, and I get why. They can help free up your hands to juggle multiple tasks while still keeping baby close. I’m a big believer in multitasking, especially when I don’t have to sacrifice my baby’s safety to do so, so I knew I wanted a wearable baby carrier when I was preparing for my son. I just didn’t know which one, so I experimented and researched.
In the mommy blog world, Ergo Baby is by far one of the most popular brands of wearable baby carriers. I, however, just didn’t have the coins to justify spending upwards of $100 for an accessory. (That’s on the low end, by the way. Prices get closer to $200 on the high end.)
If you’re like me and want to try a carrier that’s a bit more inexpensive, you may want to consider one of these Ergo alternatives:
Boba vs. Ergo:
A Boba wrap will run you about $40, but note this is a wrap, not a carrier. That can be a bit intimidating, so you might want to practice a bit before trying it on your newborn. Tying the wrap is actually pretty easy, and the stretchy spandex material is very comfy. My son and I loved this wrap. I do have to warn you though, it gets way too hot in the summer time for this thicker wrap. So you may want to bypass this wrap if you live in a warm-weather state. Because of the comfy spandex, you also have to tie it a bit tighter to avoid sagging.
Moby vs Ergo:
The Moby is pretty similar to the Boba in terms of price and use. It has a bit less spandex and uses a lighter fabric, so it may work better in the summer or in warm-weather regions. As an alternative to Ergo, it doesn’t disappoint.
Baby K’tan vs Ergo:
To opt out of the intimidation factor with wraps all together and still get the look of a wrap, you may also want to try a Baby K’tan at about $50 a pop. This one is a breeze to use. It’s nice a light-weight, and I didn’t get too hot in it during those Georgia summers.
I took my first plane ride with my son using this wrap. And although our airport experience was disastrous, the wrap gave great support. It’s by far my favorite wrap for travel purposes mainly because it’s so easy to take on and off.
My ultimate favorite:
I have to say the Baby K’tan takes the top spot in my book for affordable baby carriers. It’s just the perfect blend of function, style and comfort, not to mention ease of use. But test a few different brands out, and see which one holds up. That’s the beauty of Amazon. You don’t even have to leave your home to experiment. Buy something that works best for your family.