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.
BabyBjorn Mini Review
Pros: Simplistic, best for newborns, fits different-sized wearers
Cons: Shorter lifespan, no supportive waist strap
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|Pros||Simplistic, best for newborns, fits different-sized wearers||Easy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, affordable||Comfortable, easy to adjust, useful pocket||Budget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry||Machine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economical|
|Cons||Shorter lifespan, no supportive waist strap||Hang to dry||Hang to dry, rough fabric||Size specific, no adjustability||Harder to use, lots of fabric|
|Bottom Line||A simple and comfortable baby carrier that's a great choice for younger or smaller babies||Easy to use, comfortable sling to wear and sit in||Easy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softer||Inexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle||Budget-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%)|
|Parent Comfort (35%)|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (10%)|
|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
Lg: 1.04 lbs
|Packable Size||Medium||Small||Small||Small||Small (5.5 yards in length)|
|Fabric||100% Cotton||58% Bamboo
|Cotton, Polyester||100% Cotton||95% Cotton
|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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Review Team
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