Bitybean Baby Carrier Review and Giveaway!

Before my first daughter was born in 2011, I invested in a soft structured carrier with an infant insert and, when she was a few weeks old, I purchased a cotton-blend wrap. Although I like both of those carriers for different reasons, I ran into two problems with both of them. They both tend to make you hot, especially in the warmer months, and they both don’t fit very well in a standard sized diaper bag. 

When the opportunity to review the Bitybean babycarrier came up, I jumped at the opportunity! It seemed like the Bitybean carrier would address the biggest issues I had with my other two carriers. 

Bitybean is an ultra lightweight, compact baby carrier. It weighs a total of eight ounces and easily rolls up for storage down to about the size of a kid’s water bottle. The Bitybean is made of a lightweight and very breathable material that can be machine washed on the gentle cycle, which is great because spit happens. 

You have a choice of four different colorful gender neutral fabrics. I had a hard time deciding which was my favorite but I ultimately decided on lime green. Bitybean also offers three different accessories— a detachable hood for keeping the sun out or if baby falls asleep, a polartech fleece insert for added comfort and cooler weather, and a belt extender for those who need a little more room.

Bitybean fits kids from three months and eight pounds up to three years and/or 40 pounds. I was able to try my Bitybean on both of my girls, at the extremes of the limits. My eldest daughter Annabelle was just shy of three when I tried the carrier for the first time. She hovers somewhere around 38 pounds. My youngest, Emilia, just turned three months and weighs right around 14 pounds. 

My three year old was pretty excited to try out the carrier with me. The last time I had worn her was about 10 months prior. With the help of my husband, we strapped her into the carrier and took a walk around our backyard. Our first go at it, I didn’t quite get her in there properly, she was shifted off to the side a bit after about 10/15 minutes of use. I hadn’t used the leg straps since she wasn’t really at risk of slipping out and they are only required for infants under 15 pounds. 

For the most part, the fit wasn’t bad at all. I don’t really intend to wear my almost-40-pound three-year-old, but if I needed to, this would certainly work. I didn’t want to wear her much longer than 30 minutes the first time and found there to be a bit of pressure at the chest strap. All this being said, she was eager to try it again a few weeks later. This time we got the fit much better and she was seated in the center, so she didn’t slip off at all. I still found the chest strap to be slightly uncomfortable, but I think that my broader shoulders with larger chest impact that for me. I definitely felt it was more comfortable, and could definitely have worn Annabelle for an hour or more.

I was counting down the days until my newest baby, Emilia, turned three months old so I could try her out in the Bitybean. She turned three months just five days ago, and I have worn her in the Bitybean four out of the five days. I was getting a lot of comments and questions about this carrier, because as far as baby gear goes, this is one good looking carrier!

We have had a pretty mild summer, this week has been the hottest week of the year so far, but the carrier does a good job of keeping my little heat pump cool.

Getting Emilia into the carrier was pretty easy, though I did need help with the chest strap and getting the sun hood in place a few times. She easily falls asleep and I feel I can comfortably wear her for well into a two-hour plus range. The one thing that I don’t love with this carrier and her age is that the top portion hits pretty much right in the back of her head, which pushes her head up against me a little more than I would like, so I make sure she keeps her head turned a bit when she falls asleep.

I really think this carrier is ideal for the a child who is in the 4 to 24 months range and of average weight. I really think I will come to enjoy this carrier even more when Emilia gets a bit bigger and stronger. I definitely see myself wearing her to the park, grocery shopping, and walks around the house.

Things I love:

  • The price point. $60 for the carrier, each accessory is less $20. Shipping is free in the U.S. but there is $15 international shipping.
  • Super lightweight. I don’t worry about my baby overheating in the warm weather.
  • Ergonomic carrying for both parent/caregiver and baby.
  • Small size and fits easily in a diaper bag.
  • Stylish and modern design
  • Can adjust to fit people of different sizes.
  • Chest clips are on a rail, and slide up and down to get a better fit.
  • Very easy to attach the optional hood (and I imagine attaching the insert is just as easy).
  • This socially responsible company is the brain-child of an American dad and works with two non-profit organizations.

Things I don’t love:

  • I wish the shoulder straps were a smidge wider to more evenly distribute weight.
  • There are no current retailers in Canada. However, you can order from their website to be delivered to an address in Canada for a flat shipping fee of $15.

Bitybean has two awesome offers for MSW readers. Readers can purchase a Bitybean carrier between now and Tuesday, September 9th using a 10% off discount code: simply enter #SAY-BITY at checkout. They have also generously offered up one of their carriers for one of our lucky readers to win in your choice of color! 

Winner must complete the first three entries to qualify to win. All other entries are optional. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and can reside anywhere worldwide. Winners outside of the U.S. are responsible for shipping. Contest begins on Wednesday, September 3rd and ends on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Winner must respond within 48 hours. Please check your email or spam box for an email from [email protected] 

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104 Responses to Bitybean Baby Carrier Review and Giveaway!

  1. I wear him wherever we go! He doesn’t like riding in his stroller so our carrier gets lots of use!

  2. I wore my daughter every day. I can’t wait for baby #2 to get all day snuggles again:)

  3. So far just at home, she is 3 weeks old.

  4. Baby’s not here yet, but I would wear him everywhere! Love the closeness!

  5. Pretty frequently. Grocery shopping, zoo , sea world, on the yard

  6. Sarah gentry Moore Reply

    I wear my daughter 1-2 times a week. Usually to the store or to water the plants outside.

  7. What a great looking carrier!

  8. After reading this article, this looks like the carrier to try. I have a couple carriers myself and as mentioned here, they are not the best for packing in the diaper bag because they are so bulky. Thank you for sharing information about this new carrier.

  9. I wear him all the time, house work, shopping, walks, just everything, everyday.

  10. I did not baby wear enough with our first, but I plan on baby wearing with our second so I can have two hands free to chase after the oldest.

  11. I would love to win! It looks like such a breathable material!

  12. I baby wear our almost 14 month old on a daily basis! Mostly around home or when we are off for a short walk to the park or grocery store!

  13. My son loved our ergo but so far my daughter (4 months) isn’t a fan. I’d love to try another carrier to see if it works better for her.

  14. I wear my baby all the time - it keeps her so happy! I have Co ergo carrier. I loved it for my first child (I got it when he was about a year old) but it seems kind of bulky on my newborn. I would love to try this one - it appears that it is much trimmer and has thinner straps.

  15. everywhere! :) mostly on walks and around target

  16. I wear about every day, most often in the kitchen, probably. And, always at the grocery store!

  17. I wish I could baby wear more. My LO seems to hate both of our carriers and can only stand them for 30 or less. We need to find one that works for us!

  18. That seems really cool. I will have to check it out as the ones I have are very bulky

  19. Everywhere…I’d rather wear than push :0)

  20. I used to use carriers all the time with my nieces but they are too big. I now caary kids I nanny for and I love sharing the baby wearing love with friends and families

  21. Baby isn’t here quite yet. Just a couple more weeks. But with our last child, I would wear him every day. Especially helpful when shopping or around the house when I wanted or needed my hands free.

  22. when she’s fussy at home and i need to get work done. or when i’m out and don’t want to haul stroller.

  23. Would love to try this with my chubby 4mo! I have a boba but I have such a short torso it doesn’t fit well… & wrapping h constantly tends to get a bit cumbersome at times.

  24. I don’t have any carriers yet but am in desperate need of one! I’d seriously wear it all day lil man loves to be on me 24 7

  25. I would be using it for our baby due in January to give me an extra set of hands when I go out with my 4 yr. old and 1 yr. old :)

  26. I wear my son all the time! It is especially helpful when we are shopping!

  27. My first little one isn’t here yet but I plan to babywear a lot!

  28. Wearing my son saved all of my sanity during his month of colic. Every night from about 430 till 8, I bust out the moby wrap and it was the only thing that calmed him. I’ve since found out that the moby is to hot, so I’m tdying oUT a soft sided carrier.

  29. I wear my baby almost every day. If we go anywhere in public for shopping or for walks, I have him in a carrier. I like that the Bitybean can hold a toddler on your back!

  30. I wear him everyday! He is ten and a half months old and has never been in a stroller. I wear him everywhere. This carrier would be amazing to have for my mother to use when she watches him since she has trouble using the wraps =)

  31. At home so I can get stuff done :)

  32. I wear my babies almost constantly and my toddler regularly (every couple days until I got pregnant, now just for big walks/travel) using an assortment of carriers, but they’re all so buky, the smallness of this is appealing!

  33. Not sure if my comment posted so trying again…I wore my baby almost constantly and now wear my toddler regularly since I hate strollers!

  34. My first is on the way! Plan to wear my little one all the time!

  35. I wear my baby daily. As she’s now 21mo & 30lbs I wear her mostly hikinh as she’s more independent now & doesn’t want to be carrier or held as often now

  36. I didn’t baby wear my daughter, but plan to this baby due in January!!

  37. I wear my baby everyday, popped in a ring sling just to go between the house and the car to make carrying him and the diaper bag easier.
    Then we do back carries whenever we are out shopping or off on a hike

  38. Not here yet! But would wear them as often as needed.

  39. I love that it’s breathable and it can be used when they’re older!

  40. I wore my son a fair amount but mostly at church and shopping until he was 2. Then he got a little heavy and I got pregnant. I miss wearing him so much though so I can’t wait to wear this baby.

  41. I wear my 4 month old in a linen ring sling or wrap every day… trips to Costco, Target, grocery stores, walking to my oldest’s school, the mall, anywhere. Since the weather is starting to get a little cooler, I’m wearing him on hikes with my oldest. Getting as much snuggling and babywearing in before he gets too heavy for me!

  42. I wear my son every day all over the place. He is almost 2.

  43. I wear my youngest nearly daily. Mostly while hanging laundry!

  44. Thanks for doing this review. This carrier/company is new to me. I am looking for a carrier for my 8 month old that wants to spend every waking moment in my arms. Can you wear a child on your back with this model?

  45. I wear my youngest every day, mostly at home but whenever we go out too. The past month she’s been miserable, 4 teeth came in one right after another! Snuggles make her happy and leave me with free hands to tend to my other two little ones. It’s a win win!

  46. I wear my daughter all the time and when ever we go out! It’s so convenient!

  47. I wear my baby to the grocery store, on walks, when making breakfast. Everywhere! :)

  48. I never had a front carrier I liked- this looks great!

  49. As often as i can. At the store, church, zoo, on walks, to the park, when i take my other kids to school.

  50. I love love love my ring sling. Keep it in the van with me just in case.

  51. Mostly I wear my baby just around the house so I can get some stuff done. My current carrier is way too warm to wear outside in Florida at this time of year.

  52. I wear my baby the most in a ring sling at the daycare I work at.

  53. Home and grocery store in a ring sling!

  54. I wear my baby every time we leave the house. Well, 99% of the time. Once in a blue moon I let her sit in a shopping cart, but only if the 3yo is with us so he doesn’t feel left out and they can both sit together. Usually wear her at the grocery store.

  55. We don´t have little ones yet, we are planning on them for next year. Hubby and I plan to babywear all the time, or well, at least most of the time.

  56. I wear my baby mostly whenever we leave the house, so my hands are free to keep track of my other two toddlers! So at least several times a week.

  57. I baby wear the most when traveling, as strollers can be so cumbersome.

  58. I wear my daughter on our walks to the mailbox(a block away), at bbqs at my moms house, visits to the mall, and anywhere where we will be walking a ton… I have 3 kids 4 yrs and under so i rely on my carrier..i call it my kangaroo pouch lol but sadly my 5 month old chub is getting to big for this one, so we are in the market for a new one..

  59. I wear my lo every day getting things around the house done and keeping up with his older sister.

  60. We use carriers most for hiking or when we are out of the house.

  61. I wear a baby daily! I have 3 ages 3 and under and someone always needs a lift! I baby wear at church, the library, the store, you name it! Love holding my babies close.

  62. Just started carrying my little one and really enjoying it - so much easier to get around! But yes, some carriers can be quite hot, which can be tough in summertime.

  63. We babywear around the house and if we go some where.

  64. I wear my baby about once a week, I wear her mostly at the grocery store , it is easier to shop that way

  65. I wear my guy almost everyday mostly around my house do I can get things done :)

  66. I don’t have a carrier but would love to win so I can start with my baby boy :)

  67. I am pregnant with my first child, so I have not actually had a chance to babywear yet. But I’m looking forward to it!

  68. I wear my baby almost every day. Whenever we go out walks or whenever we are out shopping I wear her and she loves it.

  69. i try to babywear often but the one i have now is not so comfy and it hurts my shoulders

  70. We are working on TTC. Hoping to wear baby everywhere!

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  72. My little one hasn’t gotten here yet, but I plan on wearing him EVERYWHERE!!

  73. I generally wear my son daily, especially when I am trying to get household chores accomplished. I also prefer to wear him for events and gatherings when I need to know exactly where he is. It is also great for errands as well.

  74. I usually babywear when grocery shopping, shopping, cleaning, going for walks, and to babywearing meetings. Many times a week, day, etc.

  75. Now that I have two, I wear more often, especially at the grocery store to nurse while shopping.

  76. I haven’t had my baby yet, but I think I would wear him most while grocery shopping, going for a walk, or at home doing things that require 2 hands.

  77. This sounds fabulous! It sure would be ideal for these hot summers here in South Texas. We’ve been peaking at 109 the past few days, but September is generally the hottest month for us! I:

  78. I wear my little man EVERYWHERE! Therapy for his big brothers, school, while shopping, while doing housework. I wear him often while sorting laundry out. It just sucks that it is so hot here in South Texas. We have peaked at 109 degrees or higher.

  79. Daily!! Home, grocery, library, walks, pretty much anywhere I can and only own a wrap so far so this would be awesome!!

  80. I wear my baby everywhere!park, grocery store, daily walks and hikes. We have yet to find a carrier that is right for us but I think this one would work great for us!

  81. Everywhere!! It’s super helpful at the grocery store!

  82. I wear my baby at least 3 times a week. She is 9 months old. Usually while I do chores, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping

  83. We use baby carriers almost everywhere we go! One of our favorite uses is that I walk my preschooler to school everyday while babywearing my toddler!

  84. I wear my baby all the time, everywhere.

  85. I wear my daughter everywhere! The most helpful is on outing to the grocery store, otherwise I would have no room for DD and DS’s in the cart!

  86. everyday//// while shopping and doing laundry.

  87. Love the look of this carrier!

  88. I wear him a lot when I am by myself with my older son and at church a lot.

  89. Now that my daughter is 2, we only wear a few times a week - usually just on long walks when her legs get tired.

  90. I didn’t discover early enough with my toddler, but enjoy wearing him while hiking. I can’t wait to start with a newborn!

  91. Christina Strapp Lambert Reply

    I haven’t been able to baby wear yet, but I’m hoping to with baby #2. I’m sure I will wear baby #2 doing housework and grocery shopping and anywhere else.

  92. I wear her everyday, especially when trying to encourage her to sleep, or relieve gas, and when we go out.

  93. I wear my daughter pretty much every where!

  94. I wear my 5 month old 22lb big boy as much as possible because he loves it however,I only have a sling :( so this carrier looks awesome and a really nice price point.

  95. I wear my son everyday. Around the house, at the grocery store, library, walks, etc….

  96. Daughter due next month. Want to try this to make it easier to take after both her and my son.

  97. I plan to wear my baby when he is born in December.

  98. Great in-depth article.. This sounds like a 2
    wonderful product, and it is stylish, too.. It is funny that Annabelle likes the rides!

  99. I wear my 4 month old for several hours daily. It’s how I get him to sleep and also manage to work while having a baby.

  100. I wear the baby for an hour or two a day. We love taking walks in our neighborhood, going to the park, and shopping at our local farmers’ market!

  101. I love this, I especially love the way you can go from front (when they’re young) to back (when they are older. Perfect!

  102. I forgot to say… I wear my 5 month old everywhere. I use my current wrap every day. I did the same with my now 4 year old when she was little. So much easier to run errands and also on those nights when nothing else works to get them to sleep, wear them while walking around the house for a bit and before you know it they are out like a light…LOL

  103. Everyday when I am out and about- walking the neighborhood or grocery shopping

  104. Love it

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