When I found out I was pregnant for the first time after infertility issues, I was so thrilled at the thought of being a mommy. I was in love with everything “baby,” and I constantly scoured the lists of “must-have” items, top registry lists, and other baby equipment. Of course a stroller was on every list, and my husband and I spent a whole day registering for items to go with our new stroller we had picked out.
When it came time for my baby shower, I of course got the stroller along with the travel system, just as I had expected. What I didn’t expect to get, however, was possibly one of the most important baby gifts to me- a handmade ring sling from a close (baby-less) friend. What I REALLY didn’t expect to get, was my eyes opened to a whole new world beyond the strollers and the “lists.” That simple heart-felt, homemade gift opened my eyes to what I consider my now semi-crunchy life style, and of course, to babywearing.
Here’s one of my earliest babywearing photos with my homemade ring sling when Aiden was around 5 months old. (Yeah, I’m in a giant tub of corn… that’s what we do in Indiana!)
Since that point, my collection of babywearing goodies has grown considerably. Recently, I was given the opportunity to grow my collection even more with the “cream of the crop” in the babywearing world- the brand new BABYBJÖRN Carrier One.
The BABYBJÖRN Carrier One is a multifunctional front and back baby carrier that’s designed to be the only ONE carrier that you need. It’s ideal for those babywearers looking for a comfortable, ergonomic design that grows along with your child, and provides a variety of positions to carry your child in.
For me, as a mom with three kids ranging from 3 ½ years to 7 weeks old, a really awesome feature of the Carrier One is that it has the ability to comfortably and safely hold each of my children (hello to no more hauling around multiple carriers to fit multiple kids!). To put this to the test, we tried the Carrier One out first with Aiden, who was at the top of the weight and height limits.
Even though none of my other traditional carriers would ever support a child this size, the Carrier One absolutely did the trick! The shoulder straps and the waist belt have a ton of padding, so nothing was too uncomfortable on me, and they were incredibly easy to tighten and loosen with one hand. The seat position of the carrier is also nice and padded, and all seams were outward facing to avoid rubbing. The shoulder straps on the child are made adjustable, so I was able to loosen them to the max and comfortably fit his shoulders. I was impressed that I was able to get him in the back carry position completely on my own. The Carrier One came with step-by-step instructions on how to place the child on the front, and in one swift motion, transfer them to your back. And if you’re anything like me (I ALWAYS lose directions!), you’ll be happy to know they have printed all of the steps out on a tag hidden inside the front of the carrier.
Next, we tried out Reese (almost 2 years old, 31 lbs), and he fit just as perfect. I was able to again adjust his shoulder straps, and my husband was able to get him in and out of the carrier completely on his own. Another great thing to mention here is that my husband is super supportive of me babywearing, but was never into wearing a kiddo himself. Apparently my printed slings and soft wraps weren’t exactly his thing J. However, with the Carrier One, he was just as excited to wear the boys as I was. He liked that it was very neutral and structured, and actually agreed to go on a walk while wearing one of the boys in it.
Surprisingly enough, the Carrier One was also versatile enough to fit our little 7-week-old Ezra just as well as the big boys. It’s made with a few unique features that have those brand new littles in mind too.
First, the adjustable shoulder straps near baby’s face have a nice thick padding so they don’t rub on their sensitive baby skin. You use those straps to adjust the head support panel, to ensure that baby’s head and neck are secure.
The Carrier One also has a special zipper system that allows the entire carrier to be shortened for small children. For the bigger boys we kept it zipped on the large setting, and for Ezra we used the newborn setting. This is one of the reasons that the Carrier One can be used from birth through 3 years without any special newborn pieces or inserts.
The Carrier One has another special zipper for the leg positioning. For small babies and forward-facing carrying (we at Happenings of the Harper Household don’t recommend forward-facing carrying, but the Carrier One IS able to be used as a forward facing carrier), the leg position can be changed into a natural leg position via a simple zipper system.
I was also able to comfortably nurse in the Carrier One at the park by just unlatching one of shoulder straps (very important to a mom-on-the-go chasing two other little boys around!).
One of the last features that I enjoy about the BABYBJÖRN Carrier One is how compact and neat it is when not in use. You simply fold in the straps, roll it up, buckle the waist belt, and tighten. (No more wrangling multiple straps or folding yards and yards of fabric just to stuff it in the back of the van or stroller and watch it unfold the minute I put it down!)
We were so excited to add the BABYBJÖRN Carrier One to our collection, and some of our family has even mentioned that they would like to try it out at our Disney trip planned this Christmas (share the babywearing love!) and wear the kiddos around the parks.
Starting in October, BABYBJÖRN will begin selling the brand new Carrier One, but they are also currently available for pre-sale from one of the retailers listed here on their website. Also check out the website to see videos describing the new Carrier One in detail and how to properly fit and wear your carrier (note that as my husband and I are certainly not toothpicks, but, uh *fluffy*, the carrier was able to fit us both well and had room to expand more). You can also follow BABYBJÖRN on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on new products! Plus one lucky reader is going to win their very own Baby Carrier One. To enter fill out the entry form below. Happy babywearing!