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Looking for recommendations on a budget-friendly carrier that will work on me. (Petite- 5'1) Desperately want to discover the magic of baby wearing but it hasn't happened. Bought the Ergo 360 for my firstborn and hated it; felt like it was putting a huge strain on my lower back even on short walks. Have been trying it again with baby #2 but am still not a fan. I want to avoid shelling out a bunch of money on another carrier but don't want to compromise on baby's (or my own) comfort. Also have and dislike the Moby Wrap as it is a lot of material on me and hot.

  • Nikola
    Oct 06, 2017

    If time permits you could go to a baby wearing international meeting and try on some different options. They can also help you put them on and adjust them.

  • Colleen
    Oct 06, 2017

    Found an infantino carrier at a tj max for like $20. It's lightweight and I love it! Also hated the ergo and moby just like you did... I run warm. Here's a comparable one I found on Amazon because I'm thinking of buying a second Infantino Swift Classic Carrier, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003I867US/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_sq51zbZYVPWXG

  • Lenee
    Oct 06, 2017

    I have a Lillebaby and love it. I have back issues too and it has a pad on the lower back that helps me. I'm also 5' even. Agree with previous poster, find a local Babywearing International group. You can pay a small membership fee (mine is $30 a year) to check out any carrier for free. It's a great way to try all types of different carriers and they make sure you're using them correctly.

  • Maybelle
    Oct 06, 2017

    I'm 5'2" and the Tula has worked well for me.

  • Natasha
    Oct 06, 2017

    LOVE my Lillie baby!

  • Christine
    Oct 06, 2017

    I’m 5’1” and own an Ergo360 and a Baby K’Tan. Definitely take the carriers that you already own to a baby wearing group. They can help you with fit. Maybe what you have can work with a little tweaking.

  • Mirit
    Oct 06, 2017

    I'm 4'10" and I have a baby bjorn that works pretty well and a moby go. I'm on baby #2 and can't remember which one I liked better the first time around but I've worn the baby bjorn a couple times now. It's good for my height issues in terms of comfort of movement because it basically doesn't wrap around my waist and keeps things high on my back, but that results in eventual back strain.

  • Nicole
    Oct 06, 2017

    I wore my boy in a moby wrap until he was big enough to support his own head. About 4 months we switched to a Tula and I LOVED it! It is very adjustable my husband even wore him in it! Now we use a big backpack style carrier. He's 22months but we love hiking and some of the terrain isn't stroller friendly

  • Nicole
    Oct 06, 2017

    Also I am 5'6"

  • Pamela
    Oct 06, 2017

    I'm 5'1" and also hated the Ergo. I liked the Beco Gemini

  • Victoria
    Oct 06, 2017

    If you go to walmart in the fabrics section and find a jersey knit fabric in a pattern you like and get 4-5 yards cut, you can make your own moby wrap for far cheaper than name brand. Plus it makes two if you cut it in half length wise. Thats what i did with mine.

  • Amy
    Oct 06, 2017

    I love my Boba. I have two curvatures in my spine. The most painful one is near my hips so all the other carriers made my back scream in pain. The boba didn't hurt my back at all, even with my son who was suuuuper solid. Lol!! They also make sure that the baby always sits in the correct posture for their hips. Some say they do but when you look at the pictures they have the baby's legs are always dangling. They should be in the sitting posture, if not in the infant kangaroo position. 😊

  • Anonymous
    Oct 06, 2017

    The moby wrap is thick and hot. I got a solly baby wrap and the material is a lot lighter and so soft. I'm so in love with it! The more you spread out the shoulder straps the more it evenly distributes the weight and makes it comfortable. I wear my baby several hours per day because I have a toddler too. They also have amazing customer service and there's an advice instagram page where you can get help with your wrap and how to make it more comfortable for you. They also just started selling shorter length wraps so you don't have to deal with so much material. Love love love solly baby!

  • Jenny
    Oct 07, 2017

    I love Tula. I’m 5’0” so I was also concerned about finding something that would work well and be comfortable for someone short-statured. I had tried two other carriers prior to the Tula and the Tula was hands down the best.

  • Mallory
    Oct 07, 2017

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Infantino Sash Mei Tai! It was only $30 and had been adjusting very nicely now that my son is 26 lbs, but I used it when he was tiny too!

  • Connie
    Oct 08, 2017

    I'm 5'2 and like my solly wrap although it takes a while to get the hang of wearing!

  • Joey Carlton
    Oct 08, 2017

    I'm 5'1" and use an Infantino SSC for long errands and a Maya ring sling for shorter trips or around the house. Both are AMAZING.

  • Aimee
    Oct 08, 2017

    I love my Moby