Weight: 7 to 24 lbs.
Front Carrier Review: Baby Bjorn Mini. Extended baby wearing has transformed the baby carrier market, with more “all-in-one” carriers offering to let parents carry baby from birth to middle school. Ok, that’s an exaggeration—but what if you just want a baby carrier to carry just . . . a baby?
Baby Bjorn decided to go old school with its newest carrier: The Baby Bjorn Mini. This carrier is just made for babies between 7 and 24 lbs. No infant insert or fancy adjustments to fit 3 year old kiddos.
The Mini comes in “3D jersey” (a thick quilted poly-cotton jersey), regular cotton woven fabric or their newest fabric: a softer breathable mesh. The price ranges from $80 to $100 so it’s quite a bit less than a Bjorn One (which runs $140 to $175). The Mini can carry your baby either facing in or facing out.
What does the Mini lack? It doesn’t have a waist belt for back support. But that’s more relevant for carriers designed to carry 25 lbs or more—which isn’t this carriers mojo. One the other hand, if you have back issues, that waist belt may be important even when carrying a lighter weight infant . . . and thus the Mini might be the wrong one for you.
The Mini also has fewer buckles and adjustments (a good thing).
So what do we think of the Mini? We were surprised to see Baby Bjorn release a carrier to accommodate only newborns and infants. The trend in the last few years has been to make carriers that work with ever older children (some even up to four and five year olds!).
But when we thought about it, we think the Mini is a good addition to the line. There are plenty of parents who want to carry their littlest babies to get the benefit of the skin-to-skin contact, but don’t want to do the extended toddler-wearing thing.. We get that. Our only caution: if you have any back issues, the lack of an additional support belt at the hips for parents can eliminate this carrier from your options. Rating: A-