One of my biggest purchasing regrets what I had the koala was not buying a good baby carrier. I bought a great pram and thought 'I wont be carrying her all the time so I don't need a fancy baby carrier, they all look the same.' A few months later I felt like an idiot.... I'd bought the worst carrier! It was cheap and supported neither of us. I had made two big mistakes in this purchase.
Mistake number one was thinking I wouldn't carry her much. I carried her EVERYWHERE, there's a reason I call her 'my little koala'. I go on a good walk every morning with my little koala tucked in her carrier, baby wearing is a pretty essential part of our daily routine. There were a few months in there too where she hated being in the pram, so I was wearing her all the time.
Mistake number two was thinking all the carriers were the same. They aren't. They really really aren't!
So with my two mistakes in mind, I bought the world's crappiest baby carrier, henceforth known as 'old crappy carrier'. Its painfully uncomfortable for me and unsupportive for her! A couple of months ago, despite my bub barely being 7kg I was about to give up the baby wearing. Then I found my new amazing Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One. I have to say, its out of sight better than the old crappy carrier.
I've been using my Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One for a few weeks now, I walk for an hour every morning and usually put her in the carrier for other outings too (its just easier when you have a clingy little baby). Comfort-wise it is so supportive. I love love love the big waistband, it disperses the koala's weight so all the pressure isn't straight down on my shoulders. The wide shoulder straps are nice a comfy, they are well positioned on my shoulders so they don't push down on those sensitive pressure points between my neck and shoulders (like old crappy carrier did! Ouch!) Note old crappy carrier in exhibit A... no waist strap + skinny shoulder straps = very sore neck and back!
As for the most important person in the baby-wearing experience - my little koala. She's also super comfy! You may think of the Baby Bjorn as 'crotch danglers'... that is NOT the case with the new Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One, its designed especially to support bubs hips with a wide base and little zippy things that convert from mummy facing to outward facing. Importantly, it also ergonomically designed to prevent hip dysplasia. When the koala is facing me, her legs sit in a seated position, so its like I'm always getting a hug from her.. awwwww..... Old crappy carrier was a 'crotch dangler' and I felt awful every time I put the koala in it! It never seemed like it could be very supportive or comfortable for her. Poor bubby!
|The hubby and our koala modelling the old crappy carrier and wonderful new carrier!|
Functionality - it does the job and it does it well! I was close to giving up on baby wearing with old crappy carrier, walking down to the local shops was painful, let alone wearing her for more than 10 minutes. In the fabulous Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One I feel like I could wear her for hours and there are so many different ways I can wear her! I love that I can wear her on my back and have my hands free to hang out the washing or prepare dinner without little baby hands in the way. I'm yet to try it out because she's still a bit little, but when she's a little bigger I am super keen to try the hip position. My koala loves being outward facing the most right now, the top of the carrier just flips down so she can see the happy world go by. Old crappy carrier was always in her face when she was outward facing which sadly led to a nasty rash on her face where the carrier rubbed, but no such problem with the Baby Carrier One!
I also love that it folds up easily so I can put it in the pram for when bubs had enough 'pram time', instead of being a mess of straps in the bottom of the pram. Plus it adjusts for different sized babies so you can happily put your small baby in it but it's also suitable for a toddler (believe it or not!) It feels nice and sturdy, the clips are strong and bub feels like she's secure.
I'm also loving the pretty silver design of my Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One, although to be fair I'm slightly jealous of the giveaway carrier in Pear (Mint Green) - it is seriously cute! I love the mesh fabric, it feels like it'll be nice and breathable in summer and the silver colour is really versatile. If I had one criticism of the Baby Carrier One, its that I'm a pretty small person and when I adjust the straps so the koala is nice and snug, there is some overflow of the straps that hangs free and can be a bit annoying. That said, when my hubby wears it, he is much bigger than me (6foot 2 and broad shouldered) and he doesn't get any of the extra flappy bits, so the trade off is the it easily converts for different sized wearers.
To begin with it can also be a tad confusing to put on but I got used to it after a few wears and it helped to watch this Youtube video of how to wear the Baby Carrier One. Once you have the hang of it, you can easily put it on without help. Yay!
Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One GIVEAWAY!!
So this is pretty exciting! Baby Bjorn has kindly given me a fabulous Pear (Mint Green) Baby Carrier One to giveaway to one of you. It's valued at $229.95. Seriously you want to win this! But you also want to share it with your friends who also have a baby because they'd also love to win this carrier.
|The gorgeous Pear Baby Born Carrier One - photo courtesy of Baby Bjorn.|
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