13 Frugal Babywearing Tips (Finding A Baby Carrier On Sale & More)

  • Baby wearing is totally doable even when you’re on a budget
  •  We’ve rounded up 13 top tips for saving money on baby carriers
  •  Find out where to find second hand carriers in great condition
  •  Bonus video: How to make your own DIY baby carrier

Are you expecting a baby or planning to start trying to have a baby soon?

Have you recently had a new baby?

Is parenting turning out to be a lot more expensive than you had planned?

Even with all of the best budgeting intentions, many families are often surprised by just how pricey it really can be to have a baby. But just because babies are costly doesn’t mean you can’t provide your little one with some of the best experiences around, right?

Right!

If you’re thinking of getting started with babywearing but can’t seem to figure out how to find a baby carrier on a budget, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll help you learn about where to find cheap baby carriers for sale so you can cut back on the expense of purchasing one brand new. Although this may just be one aspect of raising your child, it helps to save money wherever you can, especially when you have a new little one in the family!

Take your time and look through our tips to find the best baby carrier on sale to suit your needs. And if you have time to get started before your baby is born, even better! The more time you can take looking around for the best deal, the better off you’ll be when it comes to finding a suitable baby carrier on a budget.

Our tips are tried-and-true from parents and caregivers just like you who have been through the process of raising a child on a budget. Although they might not all work for you, you’re sure to find some advice here that can help you start babywearing no matter what your spending situation might look like.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

13 Tips for Saving Money on Baby Carriers

Below are 13 of our favorite tips for saving money on baby carriers. Whether you’re looking for free baby sling carrier options or just searching for suggestions for how to save a little money on a purchase that can sometimes be quite costly, take a look at the ideas below and see which ones work best for you. You may be able to incorporate more than one of them into your babywearing plan if you get creative about it, too!

1. Shop Secondhand 

Looking for used baby wraps for sale is probably the number one way to find a great low-cost carrier of just about any style or design. Thanks to social media, there are tons of incredible ways to find a secondhand baby carrier. You can start by looking at some of the more obvious methods, such as checking classifieds in your area or going to yard sales in your neighborhood. However, if you find you aren’t having much luck this way, don’t hesitate to take your search online instead.

  • Facebook is full of groups of moms selling their secondhand items either locally or from elsewhere in the country. Although you may end up having to pay shipping if you buy from someone who doesn’t live within pickup distance, this is still generally a much more affordable way to buy your baby carrier than buying straight from the company or even from a local store that may have new items in stock.
  • Craigslist can also be another great option when shopping for secondhand carriers online. They are often listed at reasonable prices and should be within driving distance from you if you’re looking at your local Craigslist board.
  • As with any online transactions, if you plan to meet someone in person to purchase your carrier, make sure to take someone with you and meet in a public location during the day. Although most of these items do come from legitimate moms and dads, it always pays to be careful just in case.


2. Hand-Me-Downs

There’s nothing wrong with a hand-me-down! If you have friends or family members who have children in the past few years, chances are good they already have a baby carrier available they’d be willing to either give you or sell you for a very reasonable price. If you feel nervous about asking, you can always start by offering to buy the item, and your friend or family member may be happy to just give it to you anyway.

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  • You don’t have to limit yourself to only hand-me-downs from people you know well, either. If you’re part of a church, club, or organization, why not ask the other members if anyone has something they’d be willing to part with for a discounted price, too? Chances are good, if you ask around enough, you’re sure to find someone who would like to free up some space in the garage or attic by giving you a baby carrier they aren’t using anymore.
  • If you do receive a carrier as a hand-me-down and it holds up throughout your months or years of using it, consider paying it forward and giving it (or another pricey baby item) to someone else in need when you’re done with it.

3. Gift Registries: 

There are always great opportunities for gift registry use, and you don’t have to restrict yourself only to stores that may be too expensive for people to want to buy from, either. You can set up a gift registry at all sorts of different stores, including Target, JC Penney, Babies R Us, and many other popular places to find baby items—including baby carriers. If you get started shopping for your little one before he or she is born, you can always add a baby carrier to your wishlist at one of these registries for your baby shower. This way, even if one member of your family or group of friends can’t afford to buy the item for you, several may pitch in together and give it to you before your child is born.

  • If you are adamant about wanting a specific baby carrier on your registry, try not to crowd it with too many other wishlist items that people may prioritize over the carrier. With only a couple of big-ticket items on your list, you’re more likely to receive the ones you’re looking for without people getting distracted or feeling as though they can’t afford all the pricey products you’d like to have for your little one.

4. Coupons and Gift Cards 

Finding a sling rings coupon code can be a little challenging, but no matter what type of baby carrier you’re looking for, you’re sure to come across a coupon at some point or another. Look around online for coupon codes, but don’t forget to check the sale papers that come in the mail or as part of your weekly newspaper, too. These can be great ways to find excellent deals on new carriers for sale at some of your local stores, especially at times of the year when sales are a little low.

  • Gift cards may also help you purchase the item you’re looking for without having to spend the full price yourself. If you get gift cards for holidays and birthdays, save them up so you can use them all at once on a pricey item like a baby carrier. And if you get gift cards for stores you can’t use, try trading them with people online for ones you’d rather have. There are plenty of communities where you can do this, or you can sell the gift card for a slight discount and still get back most of the money you would have had from it in the first place.

5. Sales and Clearances 

Baby stores, department stores, and big box stores regularly have tons of sales that can help you find the perfect baby carrier at a reasonable price. Look around for sales specifically catering to baby products or clearances on items that may just be “last year’s model.” You may also find sales for certain brand names at different times of the year, too, depending on where you look. During the times of the year when stores make fewer sales overall, they may be looking to unload extra stock and may put their overstock items on a significant clearance, too.

  • Don’t forget about Black Friday! Although you may not want to think about dragging yourself to a store at 4 am to try to stand in line for a baby carrier, if you’re willing to get out there and fight the crowds, this can be one of the best times of the year to pick up a carrier at a heavily discounted price. Other holidays may help you find your carrier on sale, too, so don’t forget to shop around days like President’s Day or during the week or so after Christmas to see what kinds of deals might be available.

6. Generic Brands 

You may have your heart set on a Moby wrap, a LILLEbaby carrier, or a Tula baby carrier. After all, these are some of the most highly-touted, well-recognized, and beloved baby carrier brand names on the market, so they must be the best, right? While these are definitely quality brand names that make incredible products time and time again, there’s no reason why you can’t get the same type of quality from another more generic brand name, too. Shop around for lesser-known brand names and you’re sure to find discounts and deals you’d never be able to come across when you’re looking at the popular brand names.

  • When shopping for generic brands, don’t be put off if you don’t find a lot of product reviews. You may only find a handful, but as long as they’re positive ones, there’s no reason not to give a generic brand a try.
  • Always make sure you can find some contact information for the brand you’re thinking of buying from. Even if it’s generic, there should be some way for you to get in touch with the company if you have any questions or concerns about anything.

7. Bundles and Gift Sets​

To save money on your baby carrier purchase, why not take a look at bundles and gift sets? You may think that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend more money on something even more expensive like a full set of babywearing items and accessories, but actually, if you need all of the items included in a gift set, you can save quite a lot when purchasing them as a bundle. These sets usually include a carrier as well as other useful items, like a hood, blanket, drool pad, zipper pocket, and sometimes even extra attachments that can allow you to convert your carrier to something else.

  • It can be easy to get drawn in by gift sets that look like they come with a lot of bells and whistles, so make sure you examine each individual piece of the set carefully. Is it something you really need? Is it something you’re going to use or at least try to use? If not, or if you’re on the fence about something, you may want to pass up this particular gift set and wait around for something else to show up that includes items you’re more likely to need or want.

8. DIY Carriers​

Following secondhand carriers, DIY carriers are probably the second most popular method of saving money on a baby carrier. Some types of carriers are much easier to make on your own than others, but if you know a little bit about sewing, you can usually put together the perfect carrier to suit your needs and even to match your specific sense of style too. You can find all sorts of guides and walkthroughs for making DIY carriers when you look online, and you may be able to find some in sewing pattern books as well.

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  • To make the perfect DIY carrier, you’ll need to pick the type of carrier you want to create. You can make a wrap style carrier much more easily and with the least possible expense, but if this isn’t the type of carrier you want, you’ll just end up wasting money on fabric and thread. If you prefer a ring sling, you’ll need to purchase baby-safe rings (not the type you can find in a craft store) and may end up spending a little more overall. Some thrifty moms and dads have even made Mei Tai style carriers from placemats! It all depends on the type of carrier you want and the amount of money in your DIY budget.

9. Multitaskers and Convertible Products​

Do you think you want to try babywearing with a ring sling and with a wrap both? What about a soft structured baby carrier and a wrap you can tie in a rucksack position when your child gets big enough to ride on your back? It can get very costly very quickly if you’re trying to buy more than one type of baby carrier for your babywearing needs, so make sure you pick one that can multitask or be converted into a different style altogether if need be. For example, many types of wraps can be converted quickly into ring slings or vice-versa. Some soft structured carriers can be worn in front and back carrying positions to give you everything you’d be able to find in a wrap carrier and more.

share your carrier with another adult member
  • As a side note, if you want to share your carrier with another adult member of your family, make sure you buy one that can fit everyone who will be using it. This way, you won’t have to spend more money on a second carrier for your partner or for Grandma, for example.
  • Make sure you also buy a type of carrier that everyone will want to use and will be physically able to use. Once again, if you’re going to share with Grandma, she might not be able to tie a wrap-style baby carrier without help from someone else. In this situation, it may be best to choose a shaped ring sling or a soft structured baby carrier so everyone can share comfortably.

10. Online Promos and Deals

If you don’t mind ordering a baby carrier from an online store, you can often save a lot of money by waiting around for promos and deals from online shops. Even a store that has a physical location—like Target, for example—also has an online store that may offer different deals than the ones you might find in the brick-and-mortar stores. Although it may seem a little annoying, you can often find out about these deals by signing up for the newsletters from these types of online stores.

  • Don’t forget about flash sales! Many stores, especially the smaller ones, tend to have flash sales now and then to either unload overstocked products or simply make room for new ones that may be coming in soon. Check your favorite stores frequently because you never know what type of good deals you may find in the form of a flash sale.
  • Even some of the more expensive brand names like Moby sometimes have flash sales and other big clearance sales that could help you save money on one of these great products. Just bear in mind that, since they are very popular, they may sell out quickly so you’ll need to be on top of things and ready to buy right away if you notice a store like this getting ready to have a sale.

11. Parenting Groups​

Are there any local Mommy-and-me or Daddy-and-me parenting groups you can join in your area? What about support groups and networking clubs for parents-to-be? If there’s anything like this where you live, take part in at least one of these clubs or groups to get the most out of making friends with other parents around your own age. This will also give your baby someone to play with when he or she is old enough for playdates, but in the meantime, you’ll be able to speak to others who may have some items they aren’t using and that they would be willing to sell or give to you.

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  • Many parents try babywearing and find that it doesn’t work for them. If there are some parents like this in your local group, they may want to unload the baby carrier they themselves spent a lot of money on, and they will probably be more likely to let you buy it at a discounted price.
  • Many of these groups will also have regular flea markets or group sales where everyone can come together and sell or trade lightly used baby items. If your group doesn’t have an event like this in place already, you can always suggest it or even organize it yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up at a regular meeting or outing and let people know you’re looking for a baby carrier!

12. Borrow Before You Buy​

Like we’ve already mentioned, lots of parents and caregivers buy brand-new baby carriers with the best intentions only to find that they just aren’t working out. Maybe their baby is too squirmy for a wrap-style baby carrier or too heavy for a ring sling, or maybe the wearer in question has a bad back or sore shoulders that just don’t get along well with the particular style of carrier they’ve chosen. Whatever the case may be, they could have saved a lot of money by trying out one of these carriers for a little while before making a purchase—but you can avoid making that mistake! Borrow a baby carrier in a style you’re interested in before you decide to buy one. Try it out for a week or two and see if you think it’s something you can get used to. And if not, you can always move on to another style and give it a try instead.

  • If you’re having trouble finding someone to borrow a carrier from, don’t forget social media! Facebook groups can be a great place to find someone willing to loan you a carrier for a little while.
  • Once again, if you’re part of a local parenting group or club, you may also be able to borrow a carrier from someone in this organization. In fact, parents in these groups may be willing to trade different styles of carriers between each other so everyone who is interested can try them all out.
  • Don’t forget about asking your friends, family members, coworkers, church members and anyone else you may know locally!

13. Farmer’s Markets and Craft Shows​

Last but definitely not least, craft shows and farmer’s markets are both excellent places to look for handmade baby carriers for sale. While farmer’s markets tend to be places where vegetable, meat, dairy and egg vendors usually set up shop and sell items from farms and gardens, it’s not uncommon at all to find craft vendors at these locations as well. Many farmer’s markets have entire areas sectioned off for use by craft vendors who live in the area, and it’s easy to find vendors who work with textiles and fabrics and make baby-safe products at most of these markets.

  • Craft fairs and shows are very similar, but you’re even more likely to find a vendor selling DIY baby carriers at one of these venues. Just remember that you may end up paying a little more for a handmade item at a craft show because of the cost of renting the booth in the first place.
  • If you’re still interested in finding a handmade baby carrier but don’t have an event like this to visit locally, don’t forget about Etsy! Many sellers on Etsy create beautiful and high-quality handmade carriers at a fraction of the price of some of the brand name store bought ones.

While it’s not always easy to find a free baby wrap sling or other incredible deals like these, there’s no reason why you can’t make the most of a limited budget and find a great baby carrier at a discounted price by following the tips above. Take your time shopping around and looking in some of the best places to find an affordable carrier to suit your needs.

Note: If you will be purchasing a secondhand carrier or receiving a hand-me-down from someone, do a little research and make sure that carrier hasn’t been recalled. Ensure that it still remains up to date with current babywearing safety standards. Always wash and dry any secondhand carriers to remove any strange smells or contaminants that may be present.

If you will be making a DIY carrier or buying one from another handmade source, do the same research. Find out what other customers have said if you’re buying a handmade carrier. If you’re making your own, take your time, don’t cut corners, and be sure to use all the types of fabric and thread recommended by the specific guide you’ll be using.

No matter which type of carrier you purchase, always triple-check it for safety before use every time!

Conclusion

Now that you know a little bit more about how to shop for your baby carrier and where to look for the best baby wrap carrier sale products, you should be well on your way to figuring out how babywearing can fit into your budget. Fortunately, after you purchase your carrier, there isn’t a lot more you need when it comes to babywearing other than a few optional accessories that could make things a little easier (like a portable zippered pocket pouch for your phone and keys!). For the most part, you’ll just need to figure out where to get your carrier at a good price and your babywearing budget should be set.

While you’re figuring out your close baby carrier best price options and solutions, don’t forget to try applying these tips to other aspects of raising your child, too. After all, the strategies listed above are beneficial no matter what type of baby products you need to buy, from cribs to clothes to carriers and everything in between! You may even be able to try some of these methods when it comes time to stock up on baby food or baby-led weaning food items, too. Even if you’re feeling stressed about money, remember that there’s always a way to budget for your baby without have to sacrifice experiences you want to have with your little one.

Don’t forget to speak to your friends and family members to ask them about their own methods for babywearing (and parenting) on a budget, too. While not everyone may have advice that will work for you, a lot of times, you can get some great tips from the people closest to you.

Last but not least, if you find yourself struggling to figure out your budget for your little one time and time again, you may need to sit down and write up a specific budget and spending plan for your family. You may even want to enlist the help of a financial planner to get the most out of this experience, but there’s also tons of information to help you do this on your own if you research it online as well.

With the right tips, you should be able to try babywearing with your little one no matter what your carrier budget might be!

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