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BabyBjorn Mini Review

A simple and comfortable baby carrier that's a great choice for younger or smaller babies
babybjorn mini baby carrier review
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Price:   $90 List | $99.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Simplistic, best for newborns, fits different-sized wearers
Cons:  Shorter lifespan, no supportive waist strap
Manufacturer:   BabyBjorn
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Oct 26, 2022
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  • Child Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8.0
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 5.0

The Skinny

The BabyBjorn Mini is a soft structured baby carrier that works for babies weighing 7-25 lbs, ranging from 0-12 months of age. It offers two different carry positions, facing in and out. The Mini is lightweight, minimal, and less bulky than those with more complex designs, making it more straightforward and user-friendly. Those with a less-is-more mindset may like this baby carrier for younger babies. From our testing, it fits a range of wearers differing in sizes and feels more comfortable while moving about than some structured carriers. However, it doesn't have a supportive waist strap and has a shorter lifespan than other contenders. But, whether you're traveling with your baby, accomplishing chores around the house, or chasing after your toddler, the Mini provides arm freedom while keeping your infant close and secure.

Editor's Note: We created the BabyBjorn Mini's gear review on October 18, 2022, as a new selection in our carrier lineup.

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Pros Simplistic, best for newborns, fits different-sized wearersEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, affordableComfortable, easy to adjust, useful pocketBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dryMachine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economical
Cons Shorter lifespan, no supportive waist strapHang to dryHang to dry, rough fabricSize specific, no adjustabilityHarder to use, lots of fabric
Bottom Line A simple and comfortable baby carrier that's a great choice for younger or smaller babiesEasy to use, comfortable sling to wear and sit inEasy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softerInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassleBudget-friendly wrap that is comfortable but harder to use
Rating Categories BabyBjorn Mini Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap ComfortFi... Baby K'tan Original Boba Wrap
Child Comfort (25%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Parent Comfort (35%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Ease of Use (30%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
Ease Of Cleaning (10%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
10.0
Specs BabyBjorn Mini Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap ComfortFi... Baby K'tan Original Boba Wrap
Min/Max Weight 7 - 25 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 7 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (7 lbs - 25 lbs)
Facing Out (5 mo. - 25 lbs)
Facing In (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)
Facing In (0 - 3 mo)
Facing Out (3 - 6 mo)
Hip Carry (6 mo - 35 lbs)
Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Weight 1.02 lbs 0.9 lbs Sm: 0.92
Lg: 1.16 lbs
Sm: 0.89
Lg: 1.04 lbs
1.41 lbs
Packable Size Medium Small Small Small Small (5.5 yards in length)
Fabric 100% Cotton 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
Cotton, Polyester 100% Cotton 95% Cotton
5% Spandex
Hood No No No No No
Storage Options None Pocket on the tail Zippered pocket on the tail Pouch on the belt. Storage Pouch
Other Features & Notable Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 None Available in two different lengths, standard and long Azo Dye-free None
Included Accessories None None None None Storage Sack
Care Instructions Machine wash warm separately, mild detergent, gentle cycle, and drip dry (no dryer). Do not use chlorine bleach or fabric softener. Iron only at low temperature and never iron trim. Machine wash cold, hang dry Machine wash cold, hang dry Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

Our Analysis and Test Results

BabyBjorn is a family-owned company that was established in 1961. With safety and simplicity as driving forces, they strive to design products that make everyday life easier for families with young children. BabyBjorn has a variety of gear, including baby carriers, baby bouncers, travel cribs, bathroom products, and more.

Performance Comparison



babybjorn mini baby carrier review - the babybjorn mini is less bulky than some other structured carriers...
The BabyBjorn Mini is less bulky than some other structured carriers in the lineup.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Baby's Comfort


Not every soft structured carrier works well at accommodating newborns, but from our testing, the BabyBjorn Mini seems to fit the bill. With smaller babies, you can create a cozy fit. You can lengthen the baby's panel to accommodate your baby's growing torso and ensure enough head and neck support behind their head, which is easy to adjust.

The BabyBjorn Mini is minimal in design, with fewer features and...
The BabyBjorn Mini is minimal in design, with fewer features and straps than some contenders. Those who like simplicity may like this option for newborns.
The carrier's material and structure allow the head and neck support...
The carrier's material and structure allow the head and neck support to fold down or up easily.

You can pull and widen the fabric under the child's bottom, but sometimes it's not wide enough for older and heavier children, causing their legs to dangle. A healthy hip position involves the baby sitting in an "M" shape with knees higher than their bottom and legs supported from knee to knee. Therefore, we believe this carrier is more suitable for newborns and not as optimal for older or larger babies.

babybjorn mini baby carrier review - our 4-month-old little tester enjoyed the babybjorn mini.
Our 4-month-old little tester enjoyed the BabyBjorn Mini.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Parent's Comfort


The Mini is more comfortable for the wearer than many competing options, and only a handful of other carriers score higher in this metric. The carrier is lightweight and doesn't have as much padding, making it less bulky compared to some other structured carriers. It doesn't have a supportive waist strap, which has pros and cons. Without the waist strap, you have more mobility while wearing the Mini, and we enjoyed how unrestricted this carrier felt while testing. This design also fits a wide range of wearers, including those of all shapes and sizes.

However, some parents enjoy having a supportive waist strap to relieve pressure or distribute the baby's weight better, especially as their baby grows and becomes heavier. This carrier has a maximum weight of 25 lbs, and if you have concerns about the lack of a supportive waist strap, this lack of waistband could be a dealbreaker.

Ease of Use


The BabyBjorn Mini's simple design makes it more intuitive and easier to use than other options. It's easy to put on and take off by yourself without complicated straps, buttons, or features getting in the way.

The parent positions the straps of the Mini before connecting the...
The parent positions the straps of the Mini before connecting the panel.
The clips on the Mini say "left" or "right" to help the setting up...
The clips on the Mini say "left" or "right" to help the setting up process.

The panel has color-coded slots (below left) and an easy-to-understand tape measure-like section (below right) to adjust the panel to your baby's size. The straps are incredibly easy to reach and adjust smoothing, making adjustments on the fly easy without assistance.

The BabyBjorn Mini has color-coded slots that make the design easier...
The BabyBjorn Mini has color-coded slots that make the design easier to use.
The Mini has a tape measure-like adjustment to help set the child...
The Mini has a tape measure-like adjustment to help set the child panel to your child's size.

The front section opens so you can easily get your baby in and out, and we had no trouble with this process. The BabyBjorn website also has helpful video tutorials showing the different babywearing positions, adjusting the settings, and more.

babybjorn mini baby carrier review
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

Ease of Cleaning


The BabyBjorn Mini isn't the easiest to wash. According to the manufacturer's instructions, it should be machine washed separately on warm before letting it air dry. Depending on the climate where you live, air drying this carrier can take time, leaving you without a carrier for outings with your baby.

Should You Buy the BabyBjorn Mini?


Having a baby carrier that does the newborn stage well can be a game-changer. Between the Mini's simplicity and comfortable fit, we think it's an excellent option for the beginning months of your baby's life, as long as you're okay with its shorter lifespan. We also think it is good for parents of varying size as it seems to fit a variety of body types well.

What Other Baby Carriers Should You Consider?


If you want a baby carrier that will serve you longer than the Mini, we suggest looking into the Nalakai Ring Sling. It's easy to use, easier to clean, and has a longer lifespan than the Mini, all for an affordable price. If you want an all-in-one soft structured carrier, look at the Tula Free-to-Grow, which works from newborn to toddlerhood.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Review Team
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