Why I won’t recommend this carrier.

About a year ago I was sent a carrier to try and review. I never published a review, because I didn’t want to bring it to the attention of my audience. I tried it out, I took a few pics (with my petite 20mo), and then it was forgotten about. It would have stayed that way, except that I fell across a write up on Babyology which praised it to the high heavens, and I thought “Uhhhh, that’s not ok. Some impressionable new parent who wants a really easy carrier is going to buy one of those and… It’s not good.”

Because honestly, I can tell you how to carry your kid around (in a khanga, a selendang, a TABLECLOTH or an infantino mei tai) just fine for a lot less dosh. Or I can hook you up with a carrier (try a little frog, Yaro or Lenny lamb woven) for the SAME price which will get you from newborn to ow ow ow get off me you’re too heavy to go on my back now.

I am the first to admit Babywearing is a skill, but I think it’s a tool for the parenting kit that is worth acquiring- whether that’s how to adjust your ergo, tie your Mei tai, learn the art of a ring sling or dive into the frequently fiddly art of wrapping. With some time, effort and know how, there is a carrier for every budget, skill base, and body type. However…

When you put a OSFM (wearer and child) UNadjustable and very difficult-to-make-ergonomic carrier which doesn’t meet TICKS guidelines in my hands and tell me “That’ll be $79,” I’m going to laugh at you.

Yes, this is a very compact carrier (so is a ring sling, or a short piece of woven fabric like linen that can be tied with a slip knot in a rebozo) Yes, there’s a version that can be worn in the water (oh, hey, you can buy water ring slings for $50, or sport mesh for $10, or a hybrid water wrap for the SAME price). Yes, you “can” use it from 5-15 kgs. My child is currently 14kgs. I could get her (a compliant and happy wearee) IN but not out (I resorted to laying her down in the bed and wiggling out backwards. I tried it with an 8 kg demo doll and there was no way we met safe wearing guidelines (snug, close enough to kiss, etc). If you really know what you’re doing, you “can” get an “M” position and nice seat. It’s not easy. Apparently it can also be used for front-facing carries. Based on the position of the leg in the hip socket in an INWARD facing carry, I didn’t go there.

Here are the stats: I’m an Australian size 10. 5″6, 36-29-38 or thereabouts depending on the day of the month. Pictured is my 8kg doll, my then 20mo and then the same child a year later, nearly three and 14 kgs. The carrier states its suitability from 5-15kgs. The piece that supports the child’s back is sewn in one side and velcroed in on the other and has limited adjustability (especially if you and your child are on the petite end of the spectrum).

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What’s the verdict? Don’t buy this. I found it basically useless. There are better options at this pricepoint which easily meet TICKS (see below!) Happy shopping

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Author: Chelsea

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4 Comments

  1. Thankyou for doing this, as soon as I saw them on Babyology I shuddered.

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  2. Wow, thanks so much, goes to show how silly some of these “carriers” are.

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  3. Thank u for your truthfulness! I did get suckered in to buying a $60 slingy-thing that i put miss 2mths in twice. I couldnt see her, she kept turning her face in towards me and my mummy-instincts screamed no! I wish any unsafe-unTICK friendly carriers would disappear off the face of the Earth and save poor bubbas from their hip dangling, choking agony and save us from witnessing their pain. Ps I love my ergo and have just purchased my very first Kokadi-sqwee!!!!

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  4. Scary! It reminds me of when I see Mom’s out and about with baby K’ tan and they don’t have the cumberbund part on.

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