I recently searched for the best baby carrier for small mom who happens to be a friend of mine. She is of petite body type with a small torso and I succeeded in hooking her up on babywearing, being such a big fan myself. She just didn’t feel comfortable in the carriers that I love as she tried them on. Like most things, a lot of carriers are built for an average sized person, which is what I happen to be. But not everyone is!
If the carrier is not comfortably snug on the parent’s body, the weight of the baby will not be distributed and supported well. After some time the poor parent will get body soreness. Getting back or shoulder pain is not at all what moms and dads want when they are juggling life and taking care of a small baby. Baby-wearing is meant to improve and simplify this process, not complicate it!
We went out on a quest to find baby carriers that fit small body with comfort for both baby and mom. After some research and experimenting we found a range of carriers options that do work well for a petite mom or dad.
Pikkolo by Catbirdbaby – Soft-structured buckle carrier
Pikkolo carrier is great for a small parent as it has wide and well adjustable buckles. It is simple for baby to get in and out. The buckles are easy to adjust every time you put the baby on you. In fact it is so easy and flexible in getting to the right fit, it feels like an upgraded mei tai. The buckles attachment is well secured to prevent snapping off.
Shoulder straps are padded with deluxe memory foam. They feel soft while they molds to fit your body. The straps are crossable and provide great support and weight distribution of the baby on you.
The apron-style belt sits right on the waist, as opposed to padded belts that sit above the hips. You wear this belt is normally above your pants, pants don’t get pulled down!
Stretchable sleep hoodie is included with the carrier, providing needed support for a sleeping baby head. When not in use the hoodie rolls up behind the baby neck, providing extra neck support.
Babywearing Waistband accessory can be added on, It makes the bottom of the carrier more heavy-duty, for better weight distribution around the hips. This may be a good add-on as your baby grows and gets heavier.
Positions: front newborn legs-in, facing inward, facing outward, hip, and back
Age: newbon of 8lb to toddler of 40lb
Material: 100% breathable cotton fabric
Baby K-Tan – pre-folded wrap
This product comes in variety of sizes including Extra Small for petite moms or dads.
It is essentially a wrap, but is already pre-folded, so you can skip getting lost in the long fabric and coordinating all the steps to put it on. It is truly a time saver. You can put on the wrap and get that baby in comfortably in few simple moves.
Age: newbon of 8lb to toddler of 35lb
Material: 100% Cotton (original model)
Variations in fabric:
Baby K’tan ORGANIC – made of 100% organic cotton
Baby K’tan PRINT – made of 100% cotton in few printed patterns
The video below demonstrates the process of getting baby into Baby K-Tan vs plain wrap:
Sakura Bloom – ring sling
An excellent high end ring sling here. Ring slings are great for caregivers with petite body. Sakura Bloom specifically does not have too much excess fabric and supports baby on a small mommy frame really well.
Mom can easily breastfeed her infant in this ring sling.
This sling comes with a detailed and graphic instructional booklet containing good explanations on the proper usage and proper baby positioning.
Sakura Bloom ring slings come in variety of high quality natural fabrics to fit different breathability and warmth levels as needed: linen, bamboo, silk, cashmere.