The Best Lightweight Baby Carriers for Travel

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Last update: January 9th, 2024 at 04:46 pm

The Best Lightweight Baby Carriers for Travel

The Best Lightweight Baby Carriers for Travel

We never took a flight with one of our babies without having a lightweight travel baby carrier with us. Even though we always also had a travel stroller with us, it was nice to have another option if our child was fussy during a long delay at the airport. There was also the odd occasion where our gate checked stroller was returned back at the luggage carousel rather than at the gate, and it just gave us a Plan B.

In my opinion, the perfect baby or infant carrier for travel is lightweight, has a soft shell (so it can be easily be tucked away), has breathable fabric, is easily washable and has solid back support. While an infant sling is also very easy to travel with, it can be a little warm for a baby if you are traveling to a hot destination or if you are looking for the best baby carrier for summer. Also keep in mind that dark colors absorb more of the sun’s energy than lighter colors, and thus can be hotter.

Important note: If you are researching airplane baby carrier options, please be aware that infant and baby carriers (or slings) are not permitted for use during takeoff and landing. This can be frustrating if your baby is nicely asleep in their infant carrier when you get on the plane. I recently sat next to a woman on a plane who was not asked to remove her baby from the infant carrier she was wearing, but I think it was simply because the flight attendant did not notice (and the mother certainly was not going to alert her to this fact). Lap babies (not in a paid seat) are expected to be held in a parent’s lap during takeoff and landing. If you have purchased a seat for your baby, you have the options of either securing them in a Cares Air Safety Harness (the only FAA certified harness for babies that can be used during takeoff and landing) or an FAA certified travel car seat. For our top recommendations, please see this post on the best travel car seat options.

So, with that cleared up, let’s get back to what your are looking for. With no further ado, here is our list of the best baby carriers for travel for 2018.

1. Ergobaby 360 Mesh Baby Carrier – From < $180

Ergobaby Performance Mesh Travel Baby Carrier

Claim to fame: The Ergobaby 360 Cool Mesh panels keep you and baby from getting too hot.

Claim to fame: The Ergobaby 360 Cool Mesh panels keep you and baby from getting too hot.

Ergo 360 Mesh Baby Carrier Features:

  • Good from 4-36 months (12-33lbs) or start with newborn infant insert (sold separately).
  • 4 /5 stars by reviewers on
  • The Ergobaby travel 360 mesh carrier is machine washable.
  • Cooler for you & baby with soft, lightweight & durable mesh – a good summer baby carrier.
  • Ergonomic for baby: baby is cradled in a natural M position.
  • All Carry Positions Included: Face baby in or out. Wear on the hip or back as baby grows.
  • Extra wide waistband and padded shoulder straps for parent comfort.
  • Easy breastfeeding & UPF 50+ tuckaway baby hood for sun & wind protection
  • Custom Fit: Easily adjusts to fit multiple wearers from petite to larger body types (waistbelt adjusts 26-52″, shoulder straps 28 to 46”)
  • Reviews and further details about the Ergobaby 360 Mesh Carrier here.

2. Baby Bjorn Carrier One Air Mesh Baby Carrier – From < $219

Claim to fame: Can be use from infancy (without insert). Mesh fabric makes it one of the best baby carries for hot weather.

Features of the Baby Bjorn Mesh Carrier

  • 4. 5 / 5 stars by reviewers on
  • Multifunctional front and back baby carrier provides you with 4 different carry positions.
  • Perfect for infants – no insert needed.
  • Inward-facing comfort – ergonomically designed for both you and your growing baby.
  • Outward-facing option –  (Minimum 5-months-old).
  • Easy back carrying – (Minimum 12-months-old).
  • Ergonomic design, adjustable, with generously padded shoulder straps and waist belt.
  • Machine washable.
  • Suitable for newborn 8-26 lbs (3.5-11.5kg) forward facing; 33lbs (15kg) inward facing/back carry.
  • 100% polyester mesh outer, cover for leg position zip: 100 % cotton.
  • Reviews and further details about the Carrier One Baby Bjorn Air here. 

3. Boba Air Lightweight Baby Carrier for Travel – From < $70

best baby carrier for travel

Claim to fame: Loved by travelers, this is our #1 top selling lightweight baby carrier.

Features of the Boba Air baby carrier for travel:

  • 100% easy to clean nylon.
  • 4 / 5 stars by reviewers on
  • Front and back carry options.
  • Sleeping hood and pocket.
  • Compact and self storing.
  • Comfortably fits heights 5’0″-6’3″.
  • Waistband range: 27″-55″.
  • Body of carrier rises 16″ to accommodate growing child.
  • Ultra lightweight – 0.7 pounds/330g.
  • Suitable for children 15-45 lbs (7-21kg).
  • Reviews and further details about the Boba Air baby carrier here.

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3 Responses

  1. […] transportation. If you have a little one in tow, bring along a baby carrier, a compact but durable stroller, and a harness/leash for those days when your child needs to run […]

  2. […] 28 to 46 inches. “Cooler for you & baby with soft, lightweight & durable mesh,” says Pint Size Pilot. “It’s a good summer baby […]

  3. Emma
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    I use this carrier daily and love it. It’s so easy to put on and take off, and it’s great that it packs down to carry.

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