When I saw the price tag of the ever-popular, celebrity-backed Artipoppe baby carriers, I immediately went on the hunt for some Artipoppe dupes.

Artipoppe is one of the most popular name-brand baby carriers currently on the market, not only for their quality but because they look good. Like really good. But their stunning looks come with hefty price tags – up to $3,800

And honestly, the crazy price tag is probably another reason why they’re so popular. It’s shocking!

If you can spend that chunk of change on an official Artipoppe Zeitgeist baby carrier, more power to ya.

But if you’re looking for an affordable alternative, I have 7 Artipoppe dupe recommendations.

Best Artipoppe Dupes

Benefits of Baby Wearing

Back in 1986, there was this cool study in a journal called Pediatrics. It found that when 6-week-old babies were carried around for at least three hours a day in a soft carrier, they cried and fussed 43 percent less overall and 51 percent less in the evenings.¹ 

Another study from 1990, published in Child Development, found that moms who got cloth carriers right from the start were super responsive to their babies.²

wearing my cute little guy
My cutie patootie in a cloth wrap

Plus, their babies formed stronger connections compared to moms who got plastic baby seats. So, basically, carrying babies in soft carriers is awesome for both the baby and the mom!

I personally have always used baby carriers (and, more recently, the Tushbaby hip carrier) in order to get things done. My youngest boy is a total velcro baby, and these carriers and wraps can give you the peace and quiet you need to get chores around the house done.

Last but not least, according to “A Beginner’s Guide to Babywearing,” babywearing is a big mood-booster for parents:

“When baby is happy, parents are typically less stressed and have increased oxytocin secretion (the love hormone!), which helps with postpartum mood.”³

The struggle now is finding the right baby carrier, and that Artipoppe one is cool but very expensive. Let’s take a closer look.

The Artipoppe Zeitgeist Carrier

The Artipoppe Zeitgeist is a luxury baby carrier from Artipoppe, located in the Netherlands. 

Designed with an emphasis on safety, timeless style, and comfort for both mom and baby, the Zeitgeist offers three carry positions: 

  1. Front carry facing out
  2. Front carry facing in
  3. Back carry
Artipoppe Zeitgeist

These carry options give moms and dads on-the-go a ton of versatility and freedom to carry their bundle of joy safely as they age. 

The Zeitgeist is also famous for its cross-strap design, which distributes the baby’s weight evenly, making it extremely comfortable for parents to wear for long periods. 

Why Artipoppe Is So Popular

Because the Artipoppe Zeitgeist is everywhere now, a lot of people think it’s just one of those newer, hipper brands to suddenly break into the mainstream, but the company has been around since 2012. 

As for why it’s suddenly so popular in the United States, it’s because it’s been seen on superstars like Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajwoski, Mandy Moore, Claire Danes, and Kylie Jenner. You can see celebs wearing it here.

Despite its popularity among celebrities, and by proxy, influencers, the main reason why the Artipoppe Zeitgeist carrier is a great option for parents is because it really is a quality product. 

zeitgeist marron

Online reviews consistently rave about its breathable, cool mesh fabric, versatile carrying options, and ability to safely transition from newborns to older babies. 

Artipoppe’s Unique Prints

Artipoppe’s carriers come in a variety of patterns, including swans, houndstooth, and leopard print. One of the big selling points of the Artipoppe Zeitgeist is that it offers unique patterns to match every personality. 

It’s the fashionista of the baby-carrying world. 

It’s no surprise many parents say the Artipoppe Zeitgeist is the “baby carrier of my dreams.” 

As I mentioned above, it does come with a hefty price tag. 

So if you’re looking for the best Artipoppe dupes that won’t break the bank, here are 7 brands worth checking out. 

Chekoh Baby Carrier

In my opinion, the Chekoh-brand baby carrier is one of the best Artipoppe dupes out there, both in terms of quality and available prints like this Kennedy Clip 2.0. 

chekoh carrier artipoppe dupe

Chekoh offers a quality product that, at most, will set you back $181, which I don’t think is too bad considering the amount of use you and your kiddo will get out of it until they turn two.

Each carrier offers two carry modes, including chest-to-chest and back carry. The seat can be adjusted to accommodate three unique size positions. These size positions can be adjusted on the waist belt, so it’s pretty versatile as your baby grows. 

This Australian-based brand is known for creating carriers that mold around both you and baby. They’re even touted by the brand as being safe for wear while recovering from a C-section, as they don’t sit low near your pelvic area. This is a huge benefit for my C-section mamas looking for style and comfort. 

One of the things I appreciate the most about the Chekoh baby carrier is they offer a lot of different styles, in addition to carriers like the Cove Sling and Des Fleurs Wrap

Des Fleurs Wrap
Des Fleurs Wrap

These other styles are made with breathable bamboo fabric. 

Sakura Bloom Scout

For my minimalist mamas who still want the same name-brand appeal as the Artipoppe carrier, I recommend the Scout from Sakura Bloom. Price-wise, these are pretty much on par with the mid-range Artipoppe soft structured carriers, ranging anywhere from $240 to $480. 

scout sakura bloom artipoppe dupe

Like the Artipoppe, the Scout comes in a range of colors and prints, like stripes and quilted patterns, but nothing too flashy.

Out of all the best Artipoppe dupes on this list, the Scout is probably the simplest outside of the Ergobaby Omni I’ll talk about later. 

What I like most about the Scout is that it’s very body-inclusive, which makes for easy wear while heavily pregnant and while breastfeeding. It also comes with a removable sleep/sun hood, which is great for changing weather patterns and just overall versatility. 

If the price scares you (which is fair), keep in mind that the Scout can be used until your kiddo reaches toddler age.

So, though it’s a pricy investment to make, it is one that is designed to last an incredibly long time, even surpassing the Artipoppe, in my opinion, as that one is only designed to last through your child’s first two years. 

Conversely, the Scout can safely hold a child weighing up to 45 pounds, which is usually around four years old. Assuming they have traditional growth spurts, you’re likely to get more bang for your buck with the Scout toddler carrier. 

Ergobaby Omni

Ergobaby has been around for 20 years and is probably one of the brands most synonymous with baby carriers. Most of the moms I know have either owned an Ergobaby carrier or currently still do, and honestly, it’s for a good reason: they’re soft, breathable, ergonomic, and AFFORDABLE. 

Ergobaby Omni has three baby carrier options available: the 360, Dream, and Breeze.

Though similar, each one offers something special, like the Omni Dream is made from 100% cotton and has expandable side pockets, while the Breeze has received marks for being #1 in airflow due to its softFLEX mesh. 

omni breeze baby carrier

However, be warned that the mesh might be too rough on your baby’s skin, so this may be a better option for the winter months. 

Price-wise, these are also probably the most reasonable, costing between $179 – $199. However, you can get them cheaper on Amazon. Amazon prices fluctuate, but on occasion, you might find this one for around $118 – and it’s eligible for Prime One-Day shipping. 

With the price tag comes limited design options, which is not the case with the Artipoppe branded baby sling, so if you’re looking for style, this one is focused more on functionality than anything else. 

My one downside to the Ergobaby carrier, though, is they’re not always the most comfortable for your baby, depending on their age. Sometimes, when you try to adjust the straps to bring your baby closer to you while resting in a forward-facing position, the more their head may slide into an uncomfortable position. 

If you opt for the Ergobaby, I’d wait until they’re a couple of months old, as I don’t think it has carry positions that are necessarily super newborn-friendly. 

Lillebaby 

As far as versatile carriers go, I can’t say enough about the Lillebaby carrier, as they have carriers that grow with your kiddo – up to 60 pounds – and they don’t cost more than $150, which when looking for the best Artipoppe dupes, is a big, big deal. 

lillebaby carrier

In terms of style and prints available, these are a lot more kitschy than the kind of artsy ones you see on genuine Artipoppes, but they do come in a variety of breathable fabrics like solid mesh, organic solid cotton, and linen, which I’ve come to appreciate personally, especially on those humid Florida days. 

My favorite thing about the Lillebaby carriers is they’re designed to accommodate the M-position – also a baby’s natural clinging position, which helps develop their hips. For mom, they have extra padding around the shoulders and waist, which makes them comfortable for long wear. 

I think this is the comfiest carrier. Plus, they come in Disney designs, too, so they’re perfect for Disney fans. 

BabyBjörn

In terms of longstanding legacy, the Babybjorn carrier ranks up there with the Ergobaby brand. 

There are a ton of features I love about the Babybjorn carrier: breathable, comfortable fabric, machine washable, reliable, easy to use, and long-lasting. 

babybjorn carrier
Using a BabyBjorn carrier passed down to me from my sister-in-law – it’s still going very strong!

These carriers offer ergonomic positions for your baby, regardless of whether they’re in a front-facing or back-carry position.

Their Baby Carrier Harmony, which I recommend, has four carrying positions up until they turn one and are then able to be switched to a back carrying position. 

babybjorn harmony

My only downside to this Artipoppe dupe is the shoulder straps aren’t always super comfortable for me. Lumbar support is lacking when compared to the others on this list. 

Still, that might not be a total deal breaker, considering the generally favorable reviews this product has. I recommend scheduling a fit consultation with the company so you can get the right option that suits your lifestyle.

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

Is the Infantino Flip nearly as stylish as the Artipoppe? Absolutely not, but for less than $40 and highly rated, it’s a great alternative. 

You can shop this brand at your local Walmart and Target, as well as Amazon. This includes their limited prints, too, which are priced between $28.47 and $32.63. 

infantino baby carrier artipoppe dupe

The Infantino Flip has a soft, breathable fabric and can be easily adjusted based on the height and weight of the wearer, so it offers a lot of versatility.

Keep in mind that the breathable fabric is more for your baby than it is for you, as the material can get a little hot after extended wear. It also has a lot of clips, which can be a little frustrating, especially if you’re trying to leave your house fast. 

Still, for the price tag, this one is hard to beat. However, I wouldn’t put it on the same level of quality as an Artipoppe or BabyBjörn. 

Tula Free-to-Grow

In terms of finding a great Artipoppe dupe, I think it’s hard to beat the Tula Free-to-Grow.

They combine the bold prints of an Artipoppe but with the price tag of an Ergobaby. This Prowl one is so cute – and very on-trend right now, just like the Artipoppe! 

tula baby carrier

Though the Free-to-Grow can creep up in price (their signature handwoven carriers cost $760), they’re relatively affordable and offer great comfort and quality thanks to the chest strap, padded shoulder straps, and adjustable hip straps.

And because it doesn’t need an infant insert, it’s easy just to put the baby in and go. 

It also accommodates a wide range of sizes, including up to 4XL, so it’s the closest dupe designed for front carry that’s extremely body-inclusive. 

Artipoppe FAQs

Why is Artipoppe controversial?

In 2022, Artipoppe came under fire for their marketing campaign that said, “Motherhood is Easy.” 

The ad, which, at the time, was plastered on the side of a tram with a photo of a mother sitting down on the toilet, barely clothed except for her baby in the Artipoppe baby carrier. 

Though the ad was ultimately trying to reference the ease of using the Artipoppe baby carrier, many moms (rightfully) pointed out that no aspect of motherhood, including breastfeeding, having little time for themselves, and recovering from pregnancy, was easy.

They considered the Artipoppe ad a trigger. 

The real controversy, however, resulted from Artipoppe’s response to the backlash. Like many brands facing controversy, they failed to engage with any negative comments from customers. 

This mishandling of their Instagram led to a Change.org petition being created, urging the company to apologize to their customer base and issue a more realistic but still empowering message of motherhood. As of publication, the petition has 124 signatures. 

Who are Artipoppe competitors? 

Artipoppe’s top competitors are Lillebaby, Happy Baby, Ergobaby, and Sakura Bloom. 

In terms of both price and a sling baby carrier that’s styled similarly to Artipoppe, I’d say that Sakura Bloom is their biggest competitor.

However, all these backpack baby carriers offer great weight distribution and hip carry, so though they’re competitors, they all rank pretty evenly in this category. In fact, all of them have been deemed hip-healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. 

Are Artipoppe carriers worth the hype?

Are the Artipoppe carriers worth the hype? Honestly, probably not. I’m just not sure I’d say they make the best baby carrier, but let’s quickly go through the pros and cons.

First, let’s discuss the pros, with the first one being that the Artipoppe carriers are extremely pretty. This Artipoppe Zeitgeist Monogamy in cotton has a hold over me, and they are made with impeccable quality from the types of fabrics that they use to the adjustable neck cushion.

The Artipoppe’s cross-strap design is also great for putting the baby into the carrier easily, and for distributing their weight evenly, which #iykyk can be a huge bonus for reducing back strain. 

For those reasons, I like the Artipoppe. However, the price is a big deterrent. This Zeitgeist Argus Bolivar in Vicuña and cashmere costs $3,800 – an exuberant price for something your child will eventually grow out of. 

Of course, the quality of high-end fabric like Vicuña (which is animal fiber that is produced every three years, making quantities extremely limited and very much in demand) brings me to my second point. Your baby is going to have diaper blowouts, and most of these materials require either spot or dry cleaning. 

Even at the lower price points, between $370 and $750, that’s a lot of money to spend on something you can’t just toss in your washing machine.

Sure, these carriers have multiple carry options, which is great as your baby ages, but are they the most practical choice for everyday moms? I’d argue that they’re not. 

Is Artipoppe Hip Healthy? 

Yes, the Artipoppe is considered very hip-healthy and has been considered as such by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, specifically the Ring Sling, Baby Wrap, and Zeitgeist Baby Carrier. 

Conclusion

What are your thoughts on these Artipoppe dupes? Do you own any of these baby carriers or have plans to buy one of them in the future? 

Let me know in the comments, including if you would shell out $3,800 for an Artipoppe carrier!


Sources

¹Hunziker UA, Barr RG. Increased carrying reduces infant crying: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. 1986 May;77(5):641-8. PMID: 3517799.

²Anisfeld E, Casper V, Nozyce M, Cunningham N. Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment. Child Dev. 1990 Oct;61(5):1617-27. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1990.tb02888.x. PMID: 2245751.

³Sinclair, Care, and Jennifer Lee. “A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BABY WEARING: Babywearing looks so easy and serene, but all the buckles and straps, or yards of drapey fabric, can be intimidating. Here’s what to buy–and how to use it.” Today’s Parent, vol. 38, no. 4, Sept.-Oct. 2021, pp. 37+. Gale General OneFile, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A693675744/ITOF?u=18551_mcpls&sid=ebsco&xid=aeccda32. Accessed 11 Jan. 2024.

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