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Just What I Was Looking For
on September 5, 2011
When our son was born, my sister recommended that we get a Moby wrap for him, which we did and it was fantastic - for a newborn. He loved being snuggled in close like in the womb. Once he was about two months, it became clear that this wouldn't work well for much longer. He started to get squirmy in there and the thing, even with practice, was a pain to put on. So I started looking around for another carrier. I had heard great things about the Ergo, but saw in reviews that by three months, babies want to face out, which you can't do with the Ergo. The Bjorn lets the baby face out, but carries the weight on your shoulders, which I knew would be a no-go if I wanted to carry him for long periods of time. I tried both on at a baby store with him in it and he screamed in both of them. I tried another carrier, the Cybex, which seemed to be just what I was looking for, but he screamed in that too (to be fair, he could have just been having a bad day). Then I saw that Britax was coming out with a carrier, and we've been so happy with their car seats I thought I'd try that one before purchasing something else. I tried it on in the store with the Britax rep who was showing products to the staff and my son seemed to love it right away. After some use, here are the pros and cons of this carrier:
- Ease of Use, Safety and General Design: It's very easy to put on, tighten and adjust. You can do it with one hand, by yourself, and the way the carrier portion clicks onto the straps feels very safe and sturdy. Furthermore, when the baby is in the carrier, before he's secured in place, he doesn't flop all around. When he's facing me, the back part of the carrier cradles his head nicely and doesn't allow it to flop around, which makes it easy for my son to sleep in.
- Fabric and Padding: It's light but sturdy feeling, and the straps are well cushioned. I also like that there's not any fabric, except the harness, between you and your baby which keeps him close but isn't so hot. I also like that you can wrap the carrier up in a ball and shove it in a diaper bag or under the stroller for when the baby doesn't want to ride any more. The fabric is also very soft.
- Outward Facing: My son absolutely LOVES to face out and when he does he LOVES to eat the bib part of the carrier. My carrier came with extra bibs that can be changed out and washed. He will happily stay facing out for a long time, whether on walks, or just around the house while I do things.
- Breastfeeding Possibility: With a tiny bit of maneuvering I can breastfeed my son fairly discreetly while I walk around with him in the carrier.
- Styling: I think it looks very nice. My husband can wear it and not be embarrassed. I have the organic brown because I like the neutral color, but the black would be good too I think.
- Weight Distribution: As it says in the product advertising, about 70% of the weight of the child is on your hips, which is very nice.
- When my son was using the infant adjuster, I felt that the weight wasn't distributed on my hips no matter how I adjusted the carrier. I was worried at first that I had made a wrong choice of carrier, but once I undid the adjuster, the weight went where it was supposed to. It wasn't such a big deal because he was not very heavy, but that would be my major complaint about this carrier.
- When he's facing me, the way the carrier portion attaches to the harness makes it a little hard for my son to see out (although he can), even though it's only a little string that's blocking his view. It's not a big deal because a) his view isn't all that blocked), b) I really only carry him facing in when I want him to go to sleep and c) it allows him to easily look up at me and have a chat or a dance or something, which I love.
In sum, I think this is a great carrier and fit my needs perfectly. I bought one for my sister, who has a son the same age, and she is also loving it.