Why the Whole Family Loves Our New Baby Carrier
BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors Review – I was gifted the product in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’m hugely aware of the importance of getting outside and enjoying nature and the fresh air – as well as moving. I advocate it for both myself and the girls (their dad is still a big gym-goer) and – come rain or shine – it’s something we enjoy as a family most weekends. That’s why I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors (affiliate link).
Since I had my babies, I’ve unwittingly let the gym slide. Completely. I really don’t get any formal exercise these days unless you count walking Elfin to sleep in her pushchair – when Pixie acquiesces, and running around after my children. (I also have the reflexes of a ninja when it comes to saving fingers from door hinges.)
I look forward to a time when I’ll be able to return to the gym and in the meantime I relish our weekend adventures geocaching or heading out for a relaxed stroll through the woods. Of course pushchairs are not entirely conducive and so we prefer to carry Elfin. I had a fabulous fabric carrier for when she was tiny which I adored, but as she approaches her first birthday (gulp, sob), it’s just no longer as suitable as it once was. I needed something more structured with better support for both of us.
BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors Features
The BabyBjörn One Outdoors carrier is ideal for several reasons: it can be used by both myself and my husband; it can be used independently, ie. without the need for assistance in getting the baby in situ (even for back carrying); its breathable, quick-drying material means it can be used in all weather; and it’s comfortable for all of us. It can also be used in multiple carries meaning that Elfin can be a part of the fun or face in to us for a snooze when she’s tired.
When the carrier arrived, I was slightly intimidated by the various straps and thought I’d need to read a handbook to figure out how to use it safely! But it quickly became apparent that it’s really intuitive and actually quite simple. There are instructions (as you’d expect), but in the event I didn’t need to read them all before using it for the first time. That said it’s definitely worth a read to ensure you’re using the carrier correctly to ensure your baby’s comfort and safety – in terms of ergonomics the company has really come on and now features clever zips to provide the correct level of support for your baby’s developing hips – for every position offered by the carrier.
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has tested BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors and acknowledges it to be “hip-healthy”.
I’m especially reassured by the fact that all BabyBjörn carriers are designed in close cooperation with medical specialists, such as paediatric orthopaedists and neonatal doctors.
Safety is obviously critical to any product I’m going to use for my baby, but once that’s been established then there are additional aspects which can make life easier and more comfortable:
- Flexible head support which can be easily adjusted depending on the baby’s age and position;
- Inbuilt infant insert;
- Thick, padded straps;
- Sturdy, pressure-relieving waist belt.
- It even features a very handy little storage compartment big enough to hold your keys and bank cards!
And mine is in a beautiful turquoise colour which I love!
Another aspect I’m very impressed with is that the carrier can be used right up until around three years old – this is fantastic and will be so useful for our family. We’re going on holiday soon and we’ll undoubtedly get a lot of use out of our Babybjorn carrier; potentially even from Pixie! She’s over three now, but she’s always been very slender and light for her age. So if we’re out and about and she’s tired then I’m sure it would be feasible (for daddy) and I already know she’d love to try it out, so watch this space…
But, as with any baby product, the ultimate test is how much the baby likes it! And it’s a definite hit with Elfin.
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