When you are pregnant you want to be prepared with all of the items necessary for the baby and yourself before the baby arrives. One of the items you may be looking to purchase is a baby carrier. With so many on the market this can be a difficult task. This is a stressful task because if you are a first time parent you have no clue what items you will use exclusively and which items you might only use once. Plus some items are expensive and you only want to buy those items once. In the last three years I have tried out over a handful of carriers with my two kids, so I think I am now able to compare and contrast multiple different brands, price points, and styles.
The latest carrier that I have been using is the new BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One. It is being advertised as a must for those who want to vary the way of carrying for long periods, the Baby Carrier One is all you need and I think that is pretty accurate.
Purchasing a baby carrier when pregnant is difficult, because trying on a carrier for size and comfort with a baby bump, and without a physical squirming baby will not give you an accurate feel. So, I am here to try and give you the best idea of how the new BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One works for me and my lifestyle.
Baby Bjorn Carrier One Review
I am a second time stay at home mom, who lives in the city and travels by airplane with the kids often. I use a baby carrier on a daily basis, my husband uses a baby carrier a few times a week and our babysitter uses a baby carrier a few times a week. It is best if we all can use the same carrier without too many adjustments when transferring the baby back and forth. It will also be best if the baby carrier can be used from birth to toddlerhood right from the box without any additional attachment purchases. With all those facts in mind here is my baby carrier checklist for all carriers that I review.
Is the carrier price point under $150?
No, the new BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One is priced at $199.
Is it easy to put the carrier on by yourself?
Yes, I don’t need any help putting on the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One. It has one buckle that needs to be attached around the waist and two upper connectors to secure the babies head in. It does take a few try’s to get used to putting the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One on. It kinda goes on like a tee shirt, and one false move you can be a tangled mess. But, once you have learned the trick it is a very easy to do by yourself.
Are the straps easy to adjust when transferring between different users?
Yes, this is probably my favorite features of the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One, it allows multiple users of different sizes to use the same carrier. The straps adjust similar to a backpack. One strap around the waist, one on each shoulder and a back strap connector that can be moved up and down based on personal comfort (this back strap is the hardest of the four to adjust). Once you set the babies size up initially you will not need to adjust the settings until the baby grows.
Can you wear the baby on your back with this carrier?
Yes, this is an upgrade to the previous Babybjorn carriers. The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One is intended to be the only carrier you will need allowing multiple carrying positions and weight options.
Can this carrier be used with an infant?
Yes, the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One is for children 8 pounds up to 33 pounds and 21-39 inches. Plus there’s no need to buy or attach an infant insert! With a newborn you just use a zipper for higher-up positioning. This means no additional infant piece that can be lost if you chose to have another child.
Can you easily breastfeed while wearing the carrier?
Not really, the baby is very upright with little wiggle room, and if I need to start loosening straps and un-connecting snaps I would rather just remove the baby from the carrier altogether. Plus There is a mesh screen separating their belly from mine making the task quite difficult but not impossible.
Is the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One bulky?
A little in the front because the material is thick and supportive, the carrier also has heavily padded shoulder and waist straps. With that said it is not uncomfortable to wear, it is more structured and stiff for securing and supporting the baby. You can easily sit back and relax while wearing the carrier and not feel a bulk. It is very sturdy.
Is it weather appropriate?
The thickness of the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One made it a bit hot during the peak of the summertime heat, but for the other weeks of the summer and the cooler seasons the carrier would be ideal. It does not have a rain/sun shield so I had to buy a hat for the baby. I can also easily wear a jacket over the carrier to keep myself warm during chilly days.
How versatile is this carrier?
It is very versatile, you can carry the child facing inwards towards you front loaded (recommended until baby is five months old), facing outwards front loaded (the baby must be able to hold their head upright by themselves for this position), or forwards facing back loaded (after twelve months old).
Comfort for me?
I have a horrible back, and babywearing is not ideal for me, but I continue to do it everyday because it is easier to get around the city with an infant and a toddler if I am wearing the baby. With that said no carrier is extremely comfortable when strapping 16 plus pounds on. The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One is comfortable while I am wearing it but once I take it off in the evenings my back is a bit sore, but I blame that on the baby not the carrier.
Comfort for baby?
Yes! The first time I put the baby in this carrier she did not cry. I think she likes the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One because she feels snug, secure and can see a bit out of the top. Many days she takes one of her naps in the carrier when we are on the go with the toddler.
To read all of the technical specifications and instructions of the BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One you can go to the BabyBjorn web page. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will try my best to answer them for you.
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There is nothing really strange about Kristin Strange. In fact, she has led an interesting life; born in California, she went on to live in San Diego, Australia, New York City, Hong Kong, and now has settled down with her husband and two kids, for now, back in the Big Apple. On her blog, My Strange Family, Kristin keeps her readers updated on the life of a stay-at-home mom and wife living in the city. From topics about her traveling husband, how to be a tourist in your own city, with kid-friendly events happening around New York City. Plus product gear reviews, to get tips on how to travel easier with a family of four. So if you’re an adventurous family too, or want a glimpse of how a family lives in the city, check out her Strange family blog.
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