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682 of 684 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2004
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I have never bothered to write a review before, but in this case I feel compelled. I have 3 daughters and own almost every type of carrier that exists, including the front carrier, the sling, the backpack thing, the side hip thing, you name it. I was forever in search of the perfect, every-scenario, comfortable-yet-practical carrier. I found it in this one. My youngest is 7 months old and - no kidding - has been in this wrap every single day since she was one week old. First of all, it's the most comfortable carrier you'll ever wear. The soft t-shirt type material does not create a single pressure point, the babies weight (mine is about 16 lbs)gets evenly distributed, and there is absolutely no back ache like with other carriers. It's versatile. As an infant they are cradled inside in a lying down or diagonal position, then, upright and facing in. Later, as with my baby, on the side hip position. They can also face out or ride on your back. All this with the same tie, which, I might add at this time, is not complicated once you do it 2 or 3 times. it takes about 20 seconds to get on. When baby is in it, they feel the same thing they felt in the womb - weightlessness, warmth, and the familiar pattern of your everyday movements. They are either quietly alert or asleep. On the outside, it looks like you're wearing a little cozy cocoon. You can nurse with it on. I take my baby to work and I wore her constantly as an infant while having my hands free. now she crawls around but gets in the wrap when she is tired or fussy and it's instant gratification for both of us. Not a day goes by when I'm not approached on the street by strangers asking about this wrap. I thought I had to spread the word even more. Makes a terrific baby gift. You will not regret this purchase.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2005
I felt compelled to write because of the reviews I read before buying this wrap. I was almost turned off by the moms who said this was so difficult to put on. Well, don't let those comments deter you! I just bought it tonight and it took about 5 minutes to get on. I've had it for a couple of hours and my one month old baby has been nursing/sleeping in it the whole time. I'm a mother of 3, and like one of the other moms who wrote, I've tried every type of carrier. The others aren't bad, but this is by far the most comfortable and versatile. It's really great if you're nursing-much better than a traditional sling. It's also the only one that allows you to sit comfortably (like I'm doing now). TRUST ME, it is not hard to master. I can't imagine needing a video to figure it out. So glad I ignored the more negative comments. As far as wear and tear, I'd rather buy one of these every month than one of the $80 carriers.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2005
The first day I got it - I was cooking mac & cheese while nursing my infant!!! This is the best baby sling - period. Once you get the hang of it - it's a breeze to put on - but it will take a few tries to get it routine. But between the verstility - carry front, back, foward facing, inward facing, on the hop, lying down - it's amazing. It's the ohly baby sling that holds the baby tight - close to you, so it is truly hands free - youdon't have to worry about baby slipping or falling out. I have 3 herniated discs in my back, and I can wear this baby sling all day long with no pain. It's simply wonderful!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2005
I just had my third child, and until now have not found a baby carrier I can use. The traditional kind ('Snugli' style) were murder on my back. The higher-priced raved-about sling carriers (like the 'OvertheShoulderBabyHolder') never felt secure, hurt my shoulder, and by the time I got my daughter in it, she was just as miserable! I have wasted a lot of money on carriers that I never could use, so I was very skeptical when I purchased this one. I used this the first time because my baby wants to be held at the most inconvenient times, and it worked! She was comfortable, I was comfortable, and able to go about my business. Today I used it going out to the store - it was much easier to take her out of the carseat into the wrap and then back into the carseat than to carry the carseat around. It does not hurt my back or shoulders one bit and is incredibly secure and supportive of the baby (enough to give me the use of both arms). Also comfortable enough to keep on all day and use as needed! This is such a good product it's shocking!! I am extremely happy with it, and so is Emma :)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2004
This is a great product! My son loves it and we are both very comfortable in it. Putting it on takes a little longer than a regular sling or carrier, however once it is on you won't be in a rush to take it off. Other websites sell it in light grey, red, and tan which are better colors in you live in a hot climate. One nice feature is that if my son falls asleep in it ( facing-in position) I can move the straps to give him more head support and block the sun without taking him out. This is a big plus for me.

UPDATE-I wrote the above review when my son was 7 wks old. My son is 6 1/2 months old now and 16 lb and this is still working great. This is one of the only items I am still using 6 months after his birth. I wash it regularly and it is holding up well. I've found it is much more pleasant for both of us to use this rather than the stroller or baby carrier. He feels more secure and I have less stuff to tote. It is not the best choice for running lots of short errands in a row, but for outdoor outtings, the mall, and grocery shopping it is perfect.One tip make sure to avoid twisting the fabric when you put it on. The flatter and wider the straps the better the support. I also find it best to wear it with a tank top or other fitted, button/zipperless shirt.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2006
Finally, a highly intellectual person(s) has invented a way of saving our poor, aching backs! The Ultimate Baby Wrap is my MIRACLE! I originally bought a different carrier, but it was quite uncomfortable for my ribs, shoulders, and back...so, I returned it. Then, I read all the wonderful reviews of the Ultimate Baby Wrap and thought I'd give it a try...I can't rave enough about it! I have no more aches and pains. My 4 month old son wants mommy to carry him 24/7, but, as much as I love to hold him, my spine was starting to give way. Now, we can have all the mommy and baby bonding time, yet still have my hands free to water the lawn, fold the laundry, and even type this letter as we speak. Also, we recently took the baby to Disneyland and I carried him in the Ultimate Baby Wrap for about six hours, and I still felt great at the end of the day with literally no pain in my spine or shoulders (just sore feet from walking all day). I highly recommend this to every parent...Just give it a try and I really think that you, too, will love this product as much as I do. It truly is a lifesaver!

PROS:
1) 5 in 1 carrier positions (sling for newborns, tummy to tummy, facing out, side/hip carrier, and even carry on back)...this is the only carrier you'll ever need to buy, and it takes less than a minute to wrap around you.

2) Lightweight t-shirt type material that comes with a carrying sack for easily storing in diaper bag.

3) Bottom-end of wrap has loop-rings to tie material through, so, when you need to take it off, there are no tight knots to undo.

4) Evenly distributes weight so NO MORE aching backs or shoulders for parents.

5) Soft and stretchy, yet supportive for baby, with no buckles for their poor little heads to rub against (seems much more ergonomically comfortable than some of the other carriers)

6) Great price!!!!

CONS:
1) Not that it's any big deal, but it would be nice to have a better variety of colors to choose from rather than navy, black, or gray. Possibly some earth tones would be pretty (olive, taupe, etc).

2) Must hang dry or else it will shrink dramatically. So, when you wash it, you have to wait a day before using it again. I had hoped that the material was pre-shrunked, so we could just conveniently throw it in the dryer after every wash.

3) Some may find that it's not very convenient time-wise to watch instructional video, but, I highly recommend that you do to get the maximum benefit out of your wrap (it's a very short video, only 5-minutes).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2005
At first, I loved this carrier. It feels very secure & comfortable for the baby & you. I had struggled with back pain using the Bjorn & my baby just kept getting heavier. (She's now 19 lbs at 5 1/2 months.) Since this distributes the weight over my hips and back, it's much more comfortable. It's very versatile, too - also unlike the Bjorn. I like being able to carry her on my hip. The only thing is that it is basically just an extremely long scarf of t-shirt fabric. While it's easy to put on at home, it's not something you want to try to mess with in a parking lot because there is just no way it's not going to drag on the ground while you get into it. (Especially if you're 5'1", like me!) Plus, the fabric attracts particles, so watch out for pet hair! I actually got mine in black from another web site, but I'd recommend the heather gray, instead of either the navy or black. The pet hair & fine debris just shows too much!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2005
This is the best money I have ever spent! I have a very high-maintenance baby who likes to be held, a LOT. I have spent lots of money trying different things and I am THRILLED with this wrap. It took a few tries to get it feeling secure and tight, but after three or four tries, this one is my FAVORITE. It beats out the more expensive carriers by FAR! It is the most comfortable for my back (my baby is about 20 pounds now) and does not pull at my neck muscles like the brand name carriers. I did watch the included video to really get the right way to put it on, i found the tighter I wrap it around me, the more snug the baby is and that feels good. I would highly recommend this to anyone! I have never taken the time to write a review before, but having searched and searched for six months for a comfortable carrier, this was worth reviewing! I could go on and on about this carrier!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2005
I just had my 3rd baby and someone gave this carrier at my shower. At first, I was thinking that I would return it because I already have 3 other carriers that I used with my older two... that being said, I always complained about how much the others hurt my shoulders, neck and back. I read some reviews about this wrap and decided to give it a try. I have to admit that when I opened it up I almost put it away before even trying it. It looked a little weird and I wasn't quite sure it was worth all the fuss. I stuck in the video and watched it for 2 minutes and decided to try it. It took me about 5 minutes the first time to figure out how to make it comfortable for me and my daughter but after a little fiddling I put my daughter inside. I walked around and tried it out... checking out it would feel... LITERALLY, within seconds my daughter was asleep. I realized that this gave her a cocooned "womb-like" feeling and she was so happy and relaxed. The next day I put it on to go for a walk with my family and again, she was asleep in minutes. I walked for about an hour and when I got home, realized that I wasn't in ANY PAIN at all. The carrier didn't pull on my shoulders at ALL!!!! I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah, just for fun put my 18 month old inside also and he loves it as much as the baby!!!! I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS CARRIER!!! Oh yeah, after the 2nd day I was able to whip this carrier on in about 30 seconds flat. It's way easier than any of the others... it just looks a little intimidating, but if you try it on it's AMAZING!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2004
I was really into this wrap when I saw someone wearing it. I looked so comfortable. I received it as a baby shower gift. I have worn it about 4 times. It is a real pain to put it on because it's very long and very stretchy. Although, it was easy to learn to put it on, it is not a quick process. I especially don't like that when I get out of the car to put it on, the ends drag on the floor until I get it all wrapped up. If I know I'm going to be out for a while, I'll just put it on at home.

However, once I have it on, it is so comfortable and I feel like my baby (3 weeks old) is very comfortable in it. The most comfortable fit and the one that feels the safest is tummy to tummy. It's extremely easy to get the baby in and out of it and I love that feature. I like how close the baby is to me and that it feels more like I'm carrying her than the Baby Bjorn does. But the Baby Bjorn is so much quicker to put on, however, not as easy for me to get the baby out of it.

12/27/04 After my initial review, My baby seems to HATE the wrap whenever she's awake (she's now 2 1/2 months). I have tried to use it almost everyday because I really like it. I have tried using it to calm her down at night and she fights against it, like it's too tight. If she's already asleep though, it's not a problem. In addition, I have tried to nurse her while wearing it and it is difficult to do. Her nose gets all smooshed up against my breast and she can't breath. I have to get her head out of it which defeats the purpose of "discreet" nursing. Also, if you're wearing one of those nursing tops that you have to lift up, you can forget about it. You absolutely have to wear one that opens on the side. I have passed the 30 day return period, but I think I will keep it for when she is older and can maybe use it in the other positions: hip carry, forward facing and back carry.

One more thing: although this was great for my shoulders, my lower back hurts alot after I wear this. It definitely doesn't offer any back support for me. The baby bjorn seems to offer more support for me in this area.

6/25/06: Just an update. I never did get around to using the wrap in the other positions because I discovered the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder. It's a sling. Not very stylish, but it was the absolute best thing I have used. My daughter is 3 months away from her 2nd birthday and I still use it to carry her on my hip. I know that most young mothers want something more hip and slylish, but in terms of comfort, a traditional sling takes the cake. I have had no shoulder or back problems using this. I've also used a pocket sling and loved that for it's compactness and availbility in cool fabrics, but I found I had to keep upsizing as the baby got older so that she and I would both fit in it.
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