I am a huge babywearing advocate and have tried several different carriers and wraps. With so many options available it can be hard to find "the one". Some carriers require the addition of a newborn insert, others don't allow for front carries, and each parent or caregiver may want something a bit different. BABYBJÖRN, an innovator in baby products since 1961, has just released a brand new carrier that's designed to be the only carrier you'll ever need. Allow me to introduce you to the Baby Bjorn Carrier One.
photos adapted from BABYBJORN
BABYBJÖRN just released the Baby Carrier One on October 1st, but I had the opportunity to test this product (at no cost in order to facilitate this review) before the official release date. I own several soft structured carriers that are ergonomically designed for both caregiver and baby, so I was interested to see how the Baby Carrier One would compare. I've done a lot of research about babywearing and hip dysplasia so I was thrilled to hear that the Baby Carrier One was developed reflecting the advice of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
Baby Bjorn Carrier One
Baby Carrier One is BABYBJÖRN's first carrier that will allow you to carry your child on both your front and your back. Prior to this, their carriers limited you to front carrying your child, either inward facing or outward facing. The Baby Carrier One allows for four different positions so you and your child can decide what works best for you.
The Baby Carrier One is designed for newborns to children up to 3 years (8-33 pounds and 21-39 inches). You will start off with the optimal newborn position for babies 0-4 months, wearing your baby higher up on your chest, closest to your heart for maximum bonding. No infant insert is required so no additional cost or pieces to deal with. Once your baby is a bit older, you can continue wearing them inward facing in an optimal ergonomic position for both baby and caregiver, or you can wear them outward facing once they reach 5 months old. I know there is a lot of discussion about hip dysplasia and outward facing carriers, but according to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, "The risk of hip dysplasia or dislocation is greatest in the first few months of life. By six months of age, most babies have nearly doubled in size, the hips are more developed and the ligaments are stronger, so are less susceptible to developing hip dysplasia." Of course, you'll want to discuss this with your primary care provider if you have concerns. New to the BABYBJÖRN range of carriers is the back carry that you'll be able to accomplish with the Baby Carrier One. In one simple motion, you'll be able to place your toddler on your back unassisted (more on this later).
How to use your Baby Carrier One:
Assuming you're purchasing this carrier for use from day one, you'll start off using it in the optimal newborn position. The Baby Carrier One features an adjustable height that's adjusted via a zipper on the interior portion of the carrier. The photo below shows the carrier laid out with the main portion of the seat unhooked and hanging downwards.
You can see that there is a mesh flap with a label that reads "Newborn Position" If using the carrier with your newborn (minimum 8 pounds and 21 inches) you'll make sure the height is set here so you can carry your little one higher up on your chest. If using with an older infant (ages 4 months and up), you'll adjust the carrier's height to the Baby Position. To do this, you'll just unzip the carrier seat and move it down to the Baby Height label and zip it in place. That's it - your carrier has gone from newborn to baby height. You can now bring the front portion (seat) of the carrier up and hook it into place to start babywearing.
The Baby Carrier One has 4 unique buckles: 2 head support buckles and 2 safety buckles. The buckles can be a bit tricky to get used to at first, but once you get the feel of it, they are really easy to use. You'll know they're secure when you hear an audible click. There is a release button to unlock the buckle, designed so your baby can't undo it accidentally.
Unlike other carriers I've used, the Baby Carrier One doesn't have a chest clip that you unbuckle for taking your carrier on and off. The yoke stays in place, although it is adjustable, and you just slip your baby carrier on as if you're pulling on a sweater.
The waist belt is adjustable up to 62 inches. In the photo above, I wanted to show the carrier in place but completely unbuckled. The main portion of the carrier is hanging downwards in front of my legs. You can see the height adjustment system and fabric that your baby will be resting against inside the carrier. This is a little different than some soft structured carriers where your baby is right up against you when you're wearing them. As I said before, there is no chest clip and the yoke does not come undone. You simply adjust it by sliding it up or down along the cording and width wise by pulling or releasing the fabric tab.
Once you have the carrier in place and the yoke positioned properly, you can grab your little one and get ready to start babywearing! Depending on which position you're going to use is going to determine the best way for you to insert your child in the carrier. There is a great video below from BABYBJÖRN that shows you the best way to load your child into the Baby Carrier One.
Let's talk about the features of this carrier that have been designed with you and baby in mind:
The Baby Carrier One was designed to be an ergonomic carrier with maximum comfort. As a caregiver, you will enjoy the shaped, padded adjustable shoulder straps and padded waist belt. These are truly the workhorses of the carrier and when used properly they will distribute your child's weight evenly to prevent fatigue, even during prolonged periods of use.
Your child will enjoy the soft, safe fabric of the Baby Carrier One. The main body of the carrier is 60% cotton, 40% polyester, the lining is 100% cotton, and the waist belt lining is 100% polyester). All of the fabrics are gentle and safe for baby, guaranteed to be free from hazardous substances and approved according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1 for baby products. The main section of the carrier features a sturdy, adjustable head support that can folded down for ourward facing mode.
The Baby Carrier One has been developed with the help of pediatricians to ensure proper support for your growing child's head, spine, and hips. The seat of this carrier is padded for baby's comfort and the height is adjustable so the carrier will grow with your child. Even the head support is adjustable and can be folded down as needed. There is also a fantastic feature on the Baby Carrier One that allows for forward facing carrying - adjustable width for leg positions. As you can see in the photo above, there are leg position zippers under the seat of the carrier. Just unzip them to allow for your baby's legs to hang in the "normal" leg position. This position can be used for babies 5-15 months (in the photos above my little guy is 15 months and 26 pounds). Just fold down the adjustable head support and your baby will have an unobstructed view of their surroundings. Or, you can choose to carry your little one inward facing in a wide leg or "frog-like" position (pictured left above).
Once your child is 12 months or older, you can back carry using the Baby Carrier One. Without the ability to unbuckle the chest clip, getting your child onto your back can seem a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, BABYBJÖRN has put together this awesome instructional video that shows how to get your child onto your back completely unassisted.
Here are a few photos of me demonstrating a back carry. You can see my little guy is in a wide leg position and very cozy. The yoke is a little higher up but that's where it felt most comfortable for me.
I did forget to flip up the head support for these photos, but normally you'd have the head support fully up for your little one's comfort.
The Baby Carrier One comes with a complete instruction manual that is super detailed and easy to understand. However, if you're out and about and need a quick refresher, the Baby Carrier One has a hidden pocket with fold out instructions! I love, love, love this feature!
Overall, I think the Baby Bjorn Carrier One is a great carrier! I love the ergonomic design and it's very comfortable to wear, even for prolonged ventures. The fact that it's designed to be the only carrier you'll ever need and you don't need any additional infant inserts is a major plus in my book. The versatility is absolutely wonderful, especially if you have a baby that really prefers facing outward. The adjustable leg openings are really innovative and I love that this carrier was created with the help of pediatricians and the with the recommendations of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute in mind.
The only thing that would make the Baby Carrier One even better would be the addition of a few storage pockets. It would be nice to have a place to store your car keys, ID, credit card, and cash for when you truly want to be hands-free with baby in tow. Otherwise, I think this carrier is fantastic!
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Buy it: The MSRP of the Carrier ONE is $199, but you can often get it much cheaper on Amazon.
Disclosure: I received the Baby Carrier One at no cost to facilitate this review. All thoughts expressed are my own and may differ from yours. Amazon links are affiliate links.