Carrier: BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Active
Weight: 8-26 lbs
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Bottom Line: Nice that child can face in or out, but uncomfortable. A similarly featured, but better carrier is the Beco Gemini. If you’re willing to sacrifice outward facing option, the Boba 4G is even better.
Pros: I initially decided I wanted this carrier, because I had heard of BabyBjorn even before I had kids (from watching the movie Knocked Up). Reading reviews, the main complaint was that it could become uncomfortable on the back as the child got heavier. The lumbar support in this Active version was supposed to fix that, which it probably does to some extent. Another advantage is that the kid can face outward or inward and the seat length is adjustable as the child gets taller. Lastly, probably the best thing about a BabyBjorn carrier is that it is from a well-established company that makes a high quality product. Since my husband prefers to wear our young babies outward, since there is no milk in the other direction, and it’s easy to get on and off, this is actually his go-to carrier even after 3 kids for the first year of life.
Cons: Despite the quality of the manufacturing, the design of the BabyBjorn is still flawed in my opinion. Even with the lumbar support, I find it uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Despite trying a couple different methods of attaching the clips, when the baby is small (under 9 months or so), the head support still flips up into the child’s face occasionally when facing outward. Also, I am fairly small (5’3″, 110 lbs) and I am not able to adjust the straps such that it fits me adequately. (Close, but not quite.) The backpack-type straps were always slightly loose despite pulling the straps as tightly as possible.
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