The 8 Best Baby Carrier for Preemies or Small Babies


Two of the best baby carrier for preemies or small babies is the Didymos and Nesting Days. See more options below.

I almost lost my daughter at 24 weeks. It’s a long harrowing story but I knew if ever I could and I needed to, I would babywear her in a heartbeat. But I digress.

I have researched the best possible baby carriers for preemies, even checking the parent’s recommendations from certain Facebook groups and popular forums. With all that information, I believe below are the top and safest baby carrier options for preemies.

But first let’s shed some light into babywearing premature babies.

Can you put a preemie in a carrier?

Yes, if the baby meets the eligibility criteria for babywearing such as:

  • Stable and predictable: off the ventilator, stabilized breathing and no more extended periods of difficulty in breathing
  • Can be easily moved and carried
  • Can feed from bottle or breast, without supplemental tube feeding
  • Baby’s lines wires, cords, and other medical devices are secured and protected

How many pounds is considered a preemie?

Babies that are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered premature babies. They usually might weigh 5 pounds (2.26kg) or even less.

How Can Babywearing Help Premature Babies

Babywearing can have the most profound effect on premature or low-weight babies. 

There is a method called the Kangaroo Mother Care, where infants are held skin-to-skin by parents or a caregiver. This practice started as a way to keep a premature baby stable. 

This recognised practice is backed up by research conducted worldwide. Leading neonatal centres use it as it is proven to have a positive effect on preemies.

Kangaroo Mother Care can be conducted through babywearing and can have the most profound effect when done under expert care and a supportive and nurturing atmosphere.

Benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care

  • Increases oxytocin production, which lowers your infant’s tress and reduces anxiety in parents/ caregiver
  • Facilitates and increases bonding and attachment between you and your baby
  • Enhances brain development for your baby
  • Promotes healthy sleep for infants
  • When paired with breastfeeding, prevents infection and improves infant’s weight
  • Improves baby’s digestion
  • Reduces infant’s crying during the first year

Tips on Babywearing Your Preemies

  • You must have a full discussion and guidance from your primary nurse or doctor. They might not know enough or that much about babywearing but they know your babies’ stability, capabilities, limitations, and how safe and secure the wires, tube and devices should be
  • Your must know how to protect your baby’s lines, wires, cord and medical devices.
  • You must be attuned to your baby’s signs of distress and how to read their monitors.
  • You must be knowledgeable in babywearing. You must have the skills and the confidence in wrapping and unwrapping your infant. 

Best Baby Carrier for Preemies or Small Babies

Nesting Days

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pic from Nesting Day website
  • Safety

Created by a postpartum doula, Nesting Days is intended for a prolong Kangaroo Mother care method , with your baby in only a diaper for maximum skin-to-skin contact. 

It is designed for the unique needs of preemies and newborns, meeting their ergonomic needs for better support and development.

  • Baby Weight

Nesting Days do not specify an age limit. But they cater to a large audience with premature babies. For babies under 8 pounds, it is recommended that you get the advice of your health professional

It’s also suitable for babies up to 18 pounds.

  • Comfort

Its lightweight fabric conforms to one’s body, distributing baby’s weight evenly. Their fabrics are also PH neutral, have no irritating dyes or chemical finishes. 

It doesn’t sag and retains its shape even after many uses.

Nesting Days wraps also come in different sizes, from XS to XXL.

  • Ease of Use

You don’t need to worry about complicated wrappings, buckles, straps or harnesses. 

It’s quite fuss-free to put on. 

There’s an easy-to-follow video available on their website teaching exactly how to put it on with ease and comfort.

  • Positions

You can use the Nesting Days in 1 carrying position – facing in.

  • Extra

It’s machine-washable and you can also use it when breastfeeding. It is also a gentle body shaper for postpartum mom, providing support to her abdominal muscles while still being soft enough to wear over a c-section.

ProsCons
Can be used for the Kangaroo Care MethodOnly 1 carrying position
Highly adjustable – can share with a different sized adultExpensive
Easy to put on and take off (once you’ve gotten used to it)Limited use – can only use until your baby is 18 pounds
Comfortable and cozy material
Machine-washable
Budget-friendly
Comes in different colors and patterns
Can breastfeed in it

Didymos

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pic from Didymos website
  • Safety

The Didymos has a Kangaroo Care Top that has been field-tested in hospitals over a thousand times since 2007. It’s been developed in cooperation with the neonatal unit of Stuttgart’s Olga Hospital in Germany, meeting the hospital’s high standards in the process.

You can comfortably wear the Kangaroo Care top right before your spinal anaesthesia and after giving birth, your baby can be placed immediately on your chest, safe and snug in the Kangaroo Care Top.

  • Baby Weight

This is specifically made for preemies in mind and can be used for the Kangaroo Care Method.

  • Comfort

Its material is made of 94% Viscose; 6% Elastane, making it a soft, comfortable, and elastic wear, holding your baby securely on your chest.

  • Ease of Use

It’s much easier to put it on and take it off, without affecting the placement of tubes and cables. There’s no buttons nor buckles to worry about and no velcro straps either, which can be loud and might startle your baby.

  • Extra

It comes in various sizes, from S (36/38) all the way to XL (size 48/50). You can also easily reposition your child for breastfeeding and you can even use this for babywearing twins. It’s also machine washable and suitable for tumble drying.

ProsCons
Developed in cooperation with the Stuttgart’s Olga Hospital in GermanyHard to find US reviews as most customers are from Europe
Field-tested in hospitalsCan only be used for a limited time only
Suitable for use immediately after birth with proper guidance
Highly adjustable – can fit any different sized adult

Boba Baby Wrap Carrier 

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pic from Boba website
  • Safety

The Boba Baby Wrap’s stretchy material offers the right amount of elasticity, providing a womb-like feeling to your baby.

It’s certified by health care professionals of International Hip Dysplasia Institute, distributing your baby’s weight evenly, offering back support to the wearer, and supporting your little one’s natural ergonomic position.

  • Baby weight

This is suitable though for babies weighing at least 8 pounds (can carry up to 35lbs).

Some moms have used this for their premature babies weighing 2.3 – 2.5 kg, even at 1.8kg without any trouble.

  • Comfort

It’s made of 68% Viscose from Bamboo, 25% Cotton, 7% Spandex, providing a cooling and soft feeling while maintaining the right amount of elasticity to securely hold in your baby.

Parents are less apt to get tired from carrying their baby in the Boba Baby Wrap and can also help to encourage practicing the Kangaroo Mother Care method for a longer period of time in the comforts of their home.

  • Ease of Use

The Boba Baby Wrap has a learning curve but once you’ve mastered securing its lengthy fabric (5.5 yards) around your body, carrying your baby everywhere hands-free will feel amazing.

You can also share this with any adult of various sizes, since it’s a one-size-fits-all wrap and easily stretches and accommodates every body shape and size.

  • Positions

You can carry your baby in a front inwards position.

  • Extra

It is machine-washable and spots clean with ease. It’s also easy to store and carry and comes with several color options.

ProsCons
Considered as “hip-friendly” by the International Hip Dysplasia InstituteTakes some time to learn proper wrapping technique
Highly adjustable – can share with your partner Extra fabric is difficult to manage – needs to be tied or stuffed to avoid touching the ground
Grows with your baby – from newborn all the way to toddlerhoodHot to wear on warm days
Can be used as a nursing cover/while breastfeedingMight be hard to carry heavier babies
Budget-friendlyOne carrying position only
Machine-washable

Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier

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pic from Baby K’Tan website
  • Safety

The Baby K’Tan wrap has a patented double-loop design, for a safe and secure baby-wearing experience. Parents can easily tuck their baby’s head into the Baby K’Tan wrap for better support.

It also provides ergonomic positions for your baby, giving them proper head, back and hip support for their development.

  • Baby weight

This is suitable for babies weighing at least 8 pounds (can carry up to 35lbs).

Some moms have used this for their preemies weighing 6lbs. 

  • Comfort

This is one of the most popular baby carriers, with its breathable and lightweight 100% natural cotton material.

It wraps and contours around your back diagonally in an “X” shape, fitting your waist smoothly and comfortably.

It’s soft against the skin and doesn’t feel bulky nor frilly, making it comfortable for both you and your baby,

  • Ease of Use

It’s also super easy to use and super convenient to put on solo! Once you’ve gotten over the learning curve of using it, it’s as uncomplicated as wearing a t-shirt – you just slip it in, put in and out the baby and slip it out.

There are no buckles, bands, straps, or long fabrics to wrap to worry about, which makes it a very fuss-free baby carrier. You can carry your baby hands-free, without having to constantly adjust and hold your little one to feel extra secure.

The only drawback about the availability of different Baby K’Tan sizes is that you cannot adjust it to fit a different sized adult.

  • Positions

You can carry your baby in five different positions – front inwards, front outwards, hip carry, “kangaroo position” and “explore position” https://www.babyktan.com/baby-carrier-instructions/

  • Extra

The Baby K’Tan is easy to store and carry as it’s made very compact and lightweight. Some moms have used it when breastfeeding although it might take some time getting used to it. 

It’s also machine-washable.

ProsCons
Easy to put on and take off – great for fussy babiesNot adjustable – if you order the wrong size, you can’t adjust it 
5 carrying positionsNot shareable – can’t share with anyone as it’s based on the size of the buyer
Certified “hip-friendly” by the International Hip Dysplasia InstituteParents complained that it’s hard to carry their babies weighing 20lbs and up
Budget-Friendly Some also said that the fabric is too hot for babies
Various sizes available starting at XXS
Can be carried and stored easily
Machine-washable

Hana Wraps

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pic from Hana Wraps website
  • Safety

The Hana Organic Baby Wraps are stretchy baby wraps that offer full head and neck support to your baby. Its material is sturdy and strong yet comfortable enough to keep your baby safe and secure.

It’s ideal to use for the Kangaroo Mother Care method.

Your baby’s weight is evenly distributed over the whole back and shoulders, in contrast to many other baby carriers that have thin straps that dig into the shoulders. 

  • Baby Weight

It is exceptionally suited from birth (2.8kgs) and recommended till 9 kgs.

Some moms have used this for their preemies weighing less than 2kg.

  • Comfort

It is made of 68% bamboo, 28% organic cotton, and 4% elastane, making it a strong yet comfortable and snug wear.

Your baby will almost instantly go to sleep when carried in the Hana Wrap. It’s comfortable to wear even for longer periods of time.

  • Ease of Use

Once you’ve gotten past the learning curve of using it, it can be so easy to put it on. It’s so convenient to use, especially if your fussy baby can’t wait to be carried and worn.

  • Extra

This can fit up to sizes 14 UK, 40 EU. This is also machine washable. You can also breastfeed discreetly in it although it might take some practice to do it confidently.

ProsCons
Easy to put on and take off – great for fussy babiesCan only be used until your kid is 9kg
Highly adjustable – can share with your partner Only 1 carrying position
Budget-friendlySome parents have complained about how hot the material feels, especially during the summer
Machine-washableOthers said their babies keeps sagging
Comes in different colors and patterns
Can be carried and stored easily
Can be used while breastfeeding

Moby Classic Baby Wrap

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pic from Moby website
  • Safety

The MOBY Wrap’s material evenly distributes your baby’s weight across the hip and back, alleviating any back or shoulder pains.

Moms have used this for their preemies without any issue, even with all the tubes and wires attached to their baby.

  • Comfort

This wrap is made of 100% cotton, making it a soft and breathable fabric, perfect for use in hot climates and warm weather.

  • Ease of Use

If you have gotten the hang of wrapping it, it could be super easy to use. It’s comfortable enough for your baby to immediately sleep in, while you keep yourself hands-free to do work and chores and run errands.

Some plus-size moms also shared that it’s quite comfortable to use, even if they are large-chested.

  • Positions

The Moby Classic Baby wrap can be used in the following carrying positions – newborn hug, hug hold, hip hold, kangaroo hold, pregnancy sling.

  • Baby weight

It’s suitable for babies and toddlers weighing from 8 – 33 lbs.

  • Extra

It’s machine washable.

ProsCons
Highly adjustable – can share with a different sized adultLearning curve for wrapping
Certified “hip-friendly” by the International Hip Dysplasia InstituteMight be difficult to quickly take out and put back in your baby
Multiple carrying positionsSome parents have complained that the material can feel warm
Budget-friendlySome said the material stretches out after some use
Machine-washable
Comes in different colors and patterns
Can breastfeed in it

Solly Baby Wrap

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pic from Solly Baby website
  • Safety

The Solly Baby Wrap has the right amount of stretch so your baby won’t be sagging on it over time. It also ensures your baby’s weight is distributed evenly across your body, reducing any back or shoulder pains.

This carrier will allow you to hold the baby in a relaxed and curved position which is necessary for their healthy growth. 

  • Baby Weight

You can only use up until the first year or up until your babies weigh 25 pounds. 

Some moms have used this for their preemies, weighing at 5lbs, with no trouble. 

  • Comfort

This wrap carrier is made of water-absorbent Lenzing fiber so you and your baby won’t feel hot or sweaty when wearing it. It’s well suited for summer or all-around warm weather.

Its material also feels much softer than cotton, making it very snug and comfortable for your baby to sleep in. 

Some moms have been raving about how it soothes their colicky and fussy babies, even helping their little ones with gas and reflux, when they’re worn using the Solly Baby Wrap.

You can wear this for hours on end because of its cozy and lightweight fabric.

  • Ease of use

Its 5.5 yards fabric is designed for wearers of all sizes, perfect for plus size moms weighing 270 lbs and large dads as well.

If you’ve gotten over its learning curve, you can easily tie it around your waist and upper body to create a snug and strong seat for your baby.

  • Positions

You can only use it in 1 way carrying position – facing in.

  • Extra

It comes in amazing designs and prints that moms and even dads will love. You can quickly fold the wrap and store it in the pouch when it is not in use.

ProsCons
Highly adjustable – can share with a different sized adultLearning curve for wrapping
Certified “hip-friendly” by the International Hip Dysplasia InstituteOnly 1 carrying position
Easy to put on and take off (once you’ve gotten used to it)Has baby weight limit of 25 lbs
Machine-washable
Lightweight and compact – easy to bring on trips
Budget-friendly
Comes in different colors and patterns
Can breastfeed in it

Wrapsody Hybrid Wrap

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pic from Wrapsody website
  • Safety

The Wrapsody Hybrid Wrap is a comfortable, lightweight, and affordable wrap that is in compliance with the CPSIA act of 2008 and all other applicable standards/acts/bans, making it a safe baby carrier.

In addition, the dyes used in their wraps are ISO-9001 certified and free of heavy metals and similar toxins. 

  • Comfort

It is made from a lightweight cotton jersey, which is soft yet strong. It is hemmed for extra support, offering better security.

Some moms have high praises about its super comfortable material, even using it while they’re pregnant. You can even use this in hot climates and still feel snug and cozy.

  • Baby Weight

It is recommended for use from newborn up to 35lbs(16kg).

  • Ease of Use

This wrap is a one-size-fits-all so your spouse or any other different sized adult can use it with ease and comfort.

Its tapered tails so the wrap is not bulky when worn.

  • Position

You can carry your child from birth through the toddler years, on the front, hip, or back. 

But be reminded but that only the upright, facing in position is recommended for preemies or very small babies.

  • Extra

It’s machine washable and can also be used while breastfeeding. It also has a beautiful range of amazing patterns and styles that moms will love.

ProsCons
Easy to put on and take off – great for fussy babiesLimited carrying position 
Grows with your baby – from newborn all the way to toddlerhoodSome parents have complained about how hot the material is
Highly adjustable – can share with your partner Others are also complaining about how they can’t use it for bigger babies (18 pounds)
Budget-friendly
Machine-washable
Comes in different colors and patterns
Can be carried and stored easily
Can be used as a nursing cover/while breastfeeding

Related: The Best Baby Carrier for Petite Moms

Takeaway

It’s scary, intimidating and awfully stressful but babywearing your premature baby, under the right guidance and proper circumstances, can be life-changing and life-saving. 

Just always remember to take extra precautions and consult with your doctor or primary nurse and a babywearing expert on how to better handle your baby.

It takes some time to get used to it but with enough practice, adequate research, and proper guidance, you’ll be able to babywear your baby with confidence.

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The purpose of this article is informative. It’s not a substitute for medical consultation or medical care. The author of this article does not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here.


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