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With baby number 2 well on the way, I have been sorting through mounds of baby stuff from when I had my son. One of the things that I have come across and is firmly on the 'save' pile is this baby carrier from Baby Bjorn. I'm pretty sure that I will get even more use from it this time round, having a toddler as well as a baby to look after.
WHAT IS IT?
A baby carrier is effectively a mode of transporting baby without a pram/buggy. It is a similar idea to a baby sling in that it straps to the parent and baby fits inside. This leaves baby securely strapped to mum/dad/other adult and the adult with both hands free for other tasks.
The Baby Bjorn carrier seemed to be one of the most popular on the market when I was looking to purchase a baby carrier three years ago and it had some fantastic reviews. It cost me around £45 at the time, it currently retails at £51.99.
THE BABY BJORN
The carrier has two large straps for over the adult's shoulders - like a backpack - and one around the waist too. Attached to these is a large, thick fabric baby support, with a wide head support, that clips onto the adult section in four places. This is a very simplified description but if you look at the picture above, this will give you a clear idea of the shape and size of the carrier.
This particular carrier appealed to me as baby could face towards the adult and be fully supported when it is very young and, as it gets older and likes a bit more stimulation, it can look outwards at the scenery etc. Our carrier is a black fabric carrier but I have also seen it in blue and red. It also comes in three fabrics - cotton for comfort against your baby's skin, mesh for a more breathable fabric in warmer weathers or organic cotton. The carrier is suitable for use from newborn or when your baby weighs at least 8lbs. It can be machine washed at 40 degrees.
When unpacking from the box, the carrier looked a little intimidating to me. There were all sorts of straps and clips that I thought were going to take forever to do up. Whilst reassuring that baby would be safe, supported and secure, I was looking for something that I could put on quickly and I wasn't sure this was going to be it. The instructions provided with the carrier however were clear and pictures provided detailed so it was easy to figure out how to put this on. Once put together once, you are also able to leave partially fastened so that it is even easier to put on the next time - so that the carrier remains attached on one side and all you have to do is secure the adult straps, place baby in and clip the other side of the carrier. This makes the carrier much less of a puzzle and surprisingly quick and easy to put on. I found that this was simple enough to do myself when my son was little and facing me but as he got bigger, heavier and with stronger legs it was a little harder to simply 'slip' him in to the carrier. It was always easier if I had help in doing so but I did manage it my myself too - I just needed to negotiate him into position with a bit more strength, determination (and time!).
The clips fastening the carrier together feel very secure and I was always confident that my son was comfortable and secure in here. The straps around my waist could be tightened easily by pulling on what look like surplus flaps of the belt at the front. These make the carrier look a little unsightly in my opinion (they don't look like they should be there!) but they are certainly functional and make it easy for you to adjust the carrier to your needs when baby is on board.
It was easy to convert the carrier from being set up to carry baby facing inwards to outwards - when my son was around 4 months of age - as the carrier part that was supporting the head can simply be folded and clipped down.
For me, this was quite comfortable to wear. Obviously as my son got heavier it was more noticeable that I was wearing it but it was never uncomfortable. All the straps are thick and well cushioned so do not dig in or rub in anyway. My back felt adequately supported and not strained and I could easily adjust the straps to suit me as I lost my baby weight. It felt like the weight I was carrying was evenly distributed with no strain placed on any particular part of my body.
I tended to just use this for short tasks or trips. When my son was very young he went through a stage where I couldn't leave the room so this was a godsend for me to actually get anything done! For example trips to the washing line where this left both my hands free to do the job. For walks, this came in handy when travelling over tough terrain that may have been a challenge for the pram or when I didn't want to make the pram up from the car. I can definitely see me using this for baby number 2 when we do the preschool run. An added benefit of this is that baby can share your warmth and can be wrapped up in a snowsuit etc in the carrier with arms and legs free to move around rather than be wrapped up in a blanket.
If, by chance, my son went to sleep when in this, it was easy to release him from this without waking him as it can be unclipped from both sides whilst supporting baby's back with your hand and lower him into his cot/moses basket.
MY OVERALL OPINION
The baby carrier is well made and easy to use. It fits nicely and is adjustable so fits onto whoever is wearing it regardless of shape and size. My son always seemed very happy in here, particularly when a very young baby and it meant he could be carried close enough to hear my heartbeat for great lengths of time - something that was very calming to him. He also suffered with wind and this was a great way of keeping him upright after a feed and helping him remain comfortable, without carrying his weight in my arms. He always looked comfortable and content and when he moved onto facing outwards he seemed to love the view from his high up position.
The carrier washed up well at 40 degrees and showed no ill effects from this - no bobbling or fading. Being black in colour, ours didn't show the dirt much anyway but, as with all baby things it is always good that it can be washed and freshened up - particularly as it is likely to have been dribbled on.
I do think that this is rather pricey for what you get (the RRP is actually around £75 which is even more so!). Essentially it is just a strong padded fabric with a few well placed clips. However, like most parents I wouldn't put a price on my baby's safety and this is certainly very secure. I really have nothing negative to say about this - it does exactly as you would want it to. Very good product.
Even before I had my kids I knew I wanted to get one of these baby carriers. I had seen people with them and I thought they were a great way of carrying around your baby, especially if you want to go for walks in the country or be hands free. This is one of the items we bought in John Lewis before our first baby was born. It was quite expensive, around the £80 mark but we knew we would get use out of it. We bought the classic carrier in red because we didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl so red was a perfect colour for us.
According to the Baby Bjorn website, "We have believed in closeness for many years. As early as 1973, we launched our first baby carrier. It was designed to carry baby heart-to-heart to provide optimal closeness between baby and parent from birth. Today, the Baby Carrier Original is a treasured classic the world over. It also has a special place in our own hearts as it has grown into an entire family of baby carriers, allowing millions of children and parents to enjoy that essential closeness every single day."
A Baby Bjorn is very easy to put on and wear and I actually find it quite comfortable. The carrier has straps at the back which go over both arms and shoulders of the parent, much like a rucksack would but then obviously your cargo is at the front not the back. The nice thing is that the straps are adjustable and so both my husband and I could wear it, we just had to pull the straps a bit when I put it on and release them a bit when he put it on. There is a little cross over section at the back where the straps go and I found this made the carrier really comfortable to wear. Also once your baby starts getting a bit bigger there is a section where you can lower the carrier to accommodate their increasing weight and the weights are actually written on a little instruction label on the carrier.
Baby Bjorn say that, "Our baby carriers allow you to enjoy the closeness between you and your child while your hands are free to do other things. Full freedom of movement for you, closeness and security for the both of you." I really loved the closeness I had with my kids when I was wearing this. When they were very young they would often fall asleep in this carrier when I was walking around and it was lovely to be able to kiss their head and whisper to them.
Once you have strapped this carrier to your back its then fairly easy to get your child in although it does need a bit of practise in the beginning. The nice thing is that you can do it by yourself although it is easier with two people. The baby puts their legs in the holes either side and then they have their arms over the top and then there are plastic slides that slide into the side of the carrier and then a round button that clicks into place. The carrier always seems safe and secure and I have never had a problem with the baby falling out or becoming uncomfortable. The nice thing is you can put the baby facing outwards if they are awake and want to look out or you can have them facing you if they are sleepy.
This carrier proved invaluable when we took a trip to America the other year. I travelled by myself and this was great in the airport as I could carry my baby in this and I had my hands free to pull my suitcase and handluggage. My husband found it very useful and carried around the baby all over Alcatraz in San Francisco. I often did my housework wearing this too. If you're a parent you must remember there are times in the very beginning when baby does not want to be put down so this is a way to keep them close and still do the chores you need to do!
I would definitely recommend this carrier to every parent.
On my must have list when I was expecting was a baby carrier. After much research and trying on of various carriers we decided to get the Baby Bjorn Active. For us it was ideal as it was about the only carrier we could adjust to fit both my husband and myself as I am a slight 5 4 and he is a burly 6 4.
Why get a baby carrier?
The most important thing about a baby carrier is that it let's you be hands free. This is very handy for getting I to some shops where a pram would be too bulky and is ideal if flying where you really do need both hands free if travelling with just baby and no helpful partner. We have also found it good for walks where again a pram would struggle with the terrain.
The only downside with a carrier is that you cannot see your feet so make sure that there is nothing you can easily trip over lying around.
Once you have made the decision to get a carrier I think the next thing to look for is comfort as you will hopefully be using for sometime and your little bundle of joy is only going to get heavier.
What is the Baby Bjorn?
There are many different types of carrier. Some a sling based but we wanted something more substantial. The Baby Bjorn is a baby carrier that comes in two pieces which you attach together to provide a safe harness for your baby. The back piece is a harness which you put on in the same way as putting a jacket on. The padded front part is then attached to it and you can then put the baby into it and secure the clips.
How easy is it to use?
Naturally safety is of prime concern so I would recommend you get used to putting the carrier on and off a few times before trying it with baby. The design is very good and makes good use of labelling and colour coding so it is easy to see what should go where. The straps are easy to adjust so both you and your partner can use the carrier. The shoulder straps are nice and wide which makes carrying the baby comfortable. When the baby is newborn you need to place them facing towards you with the head support up. If the baby is small there are also leg supports you can use. I was a little nervous about putting my newborn son in but once he was a little older found this to be a good way of carrying him. Once your baby can support their head you can place them facing outwards with the head rest folded down. My teething son likes a good chew on it!
Why Baby Bjorn?
It can be worn by both those of a small and large build so although not cheaper you don't have to buy separate carriers for you and your partner.
It is very comfortable and therefore you can wear it for long periods without it hurting. This is handy when walking in the country or in a park.
It is easy to put on and take off. This is very practical when your baby has fallen asleep in it and you don't want to disturb them.
It can be used for newborn and older babies. The minimum weight is 8 lbs or 3.5 kg and maximum is 26 lbs or 12 kg. The head support provides good support for young babies and the leg adjustment means they sit comfortably.
Both my husband and I have found it to be really comfortable to use and our son loves being carried around in it especially now he can look around as he faces outwards. So far we haven't had any accidents so haven't had to wash it but if the worst should happen then it can be washed at 40c which is reassuring.
It is available at many retailers including Mothercare and Boots. It costs around £69 but do shop around for deals. I got mine in a Boots baby promotion three for the price of two deal.
I can certainly recommend this carrier for all of the above reasons. I am hard pressed to think of any disadvantages although I would suggest you put it on underneath your coat so it is more comfortable and you can wrap your coat around your baby if there is bad weather. In hot weather it can feel a bit warm but these are fairly minor issues and for pure comfort alone I would suggest you buy this. A well deserved 5 stars from me.
We bought a Baby Bjorn and absolutely loved it for the first few months. After 5 months though we had to graduate to something more ergonomically sound. We used it initially when our daughter was only 3 weeks old and she loved it- we used it for walking all over town and hiking all over the downs and she was so sung and happy. I have to say baby wearing is a fantastic way to transport baby! It totally beats pushing a buggy on a busy Saturday morning trying to negotiate through the crowds!
When my daughter reached about 15 pounds it started to become difficult to carry her in the Bjorn. There is a crossbar on the backstraps that are a little fiddly- if you don't position them exactly where they need to be the carrier will really pinch your shoulders and it's not comfortable at all. I also noticed that the heavier she became the more often the fiddly crossbar would actually move while we were out and it's near to impossible to adjust it on your own unless you take the baby out which is a big hassle really.
The baby is also "suspended" basically by their crotch which I can't imagine would be super comfortable.
The pros are that the baby can be facing in towards you or outwards to see the world (after they can hold their head up on their own). My daughter really liked this aspect as she became more aware of her surroundings.
My sister passed on her Baby Bjorn when I was pregnant with my daughter, so this review is not based on the latest one on the market...but I think a lot of my points will still be very valid!
The Baby Bjorn consists of padded shoulder straps which cross across your back and a front pouch for baby to go in. This is nicely padded and has a head/neck support which can be folded down so baby can have a better view of the world.
To put the Baby Bjorn on you put your arms through the straps as though putting a coat on. You then hold baby against your chest, pull the pouch up behind baby's back, secure the fastenings and your off! Once you've done it a few times it is very simple.
I first used mine when walking up to the local post natal group, my daughter was around 6 weeks old. She seemed way too small and didn't really look very comfy! You can use the carrier once baby weighs 8lbs, she was over this weight so that wasn't the problem. She seemed to be all scrunched up in the bottom, she slept all the way so obviously wasnt' too bothered, but I was!
I then used is a couple of times once she was a bit older so I could hang the washing out, but I never really liked using it, even for short periods it would make my shoulders ache and it always felt like she was hanging off me, not snuggled up to me. I tried adjusting it various ways, so I don't think a bad fit was the problem.
When I had my son I tried it again. This time I totally appreciated how advantagous using a carrier could be. Having both hands free to get on with housework, play games with my daughter, hold her hand when out and about was very liberating! I began using it more and more, but found that once he passed newborn stage even using it for short periods of time would make my shoulder ache. After doing a bit of research and speaking to friends I decided to purchase Moby wrap instead. The Baby Bjorn became relegated to the boot of the car. I would use it when dropping my daughter off at pre-school. The walk from the car to pre-school took about 5 minutes so my shoulders could cope with it.....initially! By the time my son was about 4 months old, even doing this short walk would make the top of my back and shoulders ache, and before you start to wonder, my son is not above average weight/size for his age. I gave up using the Baby Bjoin altogether.
My son is almost one and I still carry him. I now use a Babyhawk Mei Tai which I can carry him in for hours without any aches and pains. Both the Mei Tai style carrier and the wrap style carrier hold baby very close to you, the weight of the baby is so evenly distributed across your back that you don't really feel it. With the Baby Bjorn I felt that the pouch you put your baby in hangs off your body, rather than holding baby close to your body. I also didn't like that the part of the Baby Bjorn that goes between baby's legs is very narrow so their legs dangle down either side. With both the wrap and the Mei Tai baby is supported from the inside of one knee to the inside of the other. They are 'sitting' rather than dangling. I don't want to spend too long comparing, but these are points that illustrate why I cannot give the Baby Bjorn 5 stars. Before I stop comparing though I'll just sneak another point in! The Baby Bjorn is quite cumbersome once you have taken baby out. Most Wraps and Mei Tai's will fit in your nappy bag when you're not wearing them.....you have to have a pretty big bag to pop a Baby Bjorn in!
So, yes to Baby Wearing, but I'm afraid it was a no to the Baby Bjorn for me.
I used this Baby Bjorn carrier for both my children - although mine was in a rather old fashioned tartan print several years ago! I will keep this report short and sweet to help you decide if this is for you:
Pros are as follows:
- most importantly it gives you free hands so you have a little more freedom to go about your day doing stuff about the house or for a stroll
- feels secure and comfortable to wear and good adjustment to lift baby up or down
- babies love being in it :-)
Cons as follows:
- a small baby gets all scrunched up in the bottom and looks (in my view) rather uncomfortable so we never used it from birth but waited a few months until our babies could 'fill it' a bit more
- with a small baby comes very little sleep and for me less brain power so I did find it hard to put together even when I took it off with the minimum about of strap releases - for example if someone picked it up and put it down somewhere else it could twist a little then I couldn't work out how to get it back on.
- you have to support the baby when you bend down - eg to pick up a bag as there is a risk it can slide out! Bending at the knees fixes the problem but it's not easy with a baby strapped to your tummy.
With my 2nd child I had a sling (simple one made of cotton like those commonly used in developing countries) and I found it excellent for her as a newborn - comfy, suitable for use during breastfeeding and put her in a natural position for sleeping whilst attached to me on the go. It was fabulous. I'd go for the sling at first then the Baby Bjorn when the baby is about 2-3 months old. Best of both.
I received this as a lovely gift from my sister after my daughter was born and I got a lot of use out of it. It functions as a baby carrier which carries babies from newborns of at least 8 pounds up to 22 pounds. It can also come available in a range of colours. I got mine in simple black but I have seen some people with really funky colours.
The carrier is like putting on a rucksack back to front. The straps cross over your back and this leaves the pouch in the front. At first it can look really awkward to put on but once you know where everything goes it's fine. The baby then sits in the pouch to the front very securely. The are padded straps around your shoulder so if you are walking a long distance it wont cause you discomfort.
I was always nervous that it wouldn't give enough support for my daughter's neck but surprisingly it never caused me any concern. The baby can be placed both forward and backwards but I always had her facing me. It is made of cotton and can be thrown in the washing machine if your baby becomes a bit messy.
At two months my daughter had what we believed to be colic it actually turned out to be gastric reflux and she needed to be kept upright after feeding to prevent giving her heartburn.
After feeding I would place her in the carrier and go about my everyday chores. This was a great ease for her because she could relax in comfort. I also didn't become frustrated by having to hold her for an hour straight after feeding. I also believe that she could hear my heart beat and was close to me that she settled down even more.
This has saved me from hours of holding the baby not being able to get on with housework and I would highly recommend it to any other mothers who have children who have gastric reflux problems or even colic.
It's also handy for going for strolls without the hassle of bringing the buggy. We have used it abroad on holidays too and everyone comments us on how handy it looks.
This is a review for the newest design - The Baby Bjorn Comfort Carrier - retailing at £139.99.
Information from Baby Bjorn's Website:
The ergonomic BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier baby carrier provides optimum support when carrying larger and older children for longer periods of time. The waist belt and padded shoulder straps adjust the weight evenly over both hips and shoulders. The child's leg position can be adjusted, offering extra comfort, and as with all BABYBJÖRN baby carriers, the child can be carried facing either inwards or outwards. The BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier is carefully designed to ensure you can carry your child safely and close to you, and still have your hands free for other things.
The BABYBJÖRN Comfort Carrier has been developed in close cooperation with paediatricians, parents and children. Find out more about what medical experts have to say about our baby carriers.
For children up to the age of 2, from 6 kgs/13 lbs (and at least 55 cms/21 ins) to 14 kgs/30lbs (12 kgs/26 lbs facing outwards).
I had bought the original carrier some time ago, however due to moving house I lost it in storage (Eventually finding it and selling it after buying this new design).
I chose the new Comfort Carrier after carrying out a questionnaire based on our heights, lifestyle, how long and often it would be used etc. I am 5ft 2" and my Husband is 6ft 2" - so for us it was the best option to alternate between the two of us.
This item arrived just before our holiday to Cornwall - where we would be walking lots and spending time on the beach - where you cannot really push a pram/pushchair.
I can honestly say that it was a lifesaver. We were able to go out for the day sightseeing without a car full of baby essentials. My Daughter suffered from Reflux and it has really helped to put her in the carrier after feeds when she is bad. When we swapped over, it was easy to alter the size between the two of us just by tightening the waist band by pulling the sides tighter.
I also think that this helped with my Daughter's teething as she loves to bite on the front part just in front of her face (when she is facing outwards). I suffer with a bad back and can honestly say that this has not aggravated it at all. I always get asked whether my back hurts with this carrier - as people's pre-conceptions is that it will cause a bad back.
I feel that the support from the well designed carrier - evenly distributed baby's weight so it does not cause stress on your own body. I am quite small and have walked around shopping with her in it for two hours - without any aches or pains during or afterwards.
Another pre-conception is that if you fall over, you can hurt your baby. I feel that if you were holding your baby in your arms, you are more likely to hurt them as you would not have your hands free to support your fall. With the baby carrier your hands are free, so if you do fall - which is unlikely - your hands are free to support and prevent any inury. You are also less likely to drop them as they are secure in there.
My Daughter loves the carrier and gets excited when she sees me get it out of the cupboard. She loves being able to look around and loves feeling close to me. I am able to get on with the housework or other chores - without having to entertain her or worry that she is doing something she should not be.
There has been many an evening when teething has made her fretful and putting her straight in this carrier and soothed her and got her to sleep.
I would recommend this product to anyone.
I originally intended to purchase the 'sling' style of carrier for my baby that have become very popular over recent years. However after the 'Infantino' scandal in which 100,000 slings were recalled (mainly in the US) began to drip through to the mainstream press I began to change my mind. A number of infant deaths have resulted from children falling from this style of sling or else suffocating when they were compressed because it was improperly put together.
My priorities then, were to join the baby wearing brigade with all the advantages that it confers in terms of parent-baby closeness and providing 'hands free' contact time whilst being assured of a number of things: that my baby was safe and secure; that i'd put the sling together properly; that I could see (and feel) baby breathing at all times.
The Baby Bjorn is one of the 'original' baby carriers. It's the more recent 'Active' variety that I'm reviewing here, which comes in a number of colourways: blue/silver, black/silver, blue, brown/beige, blue/pink, black/orange, organic (fabric) walnut/beige, blue/black, black/red, green/lime. They look in no way as snazzy as more recent (and more dangerous) sling style models, with a relatively robust looking padded 'baby sheath' sitting on your front (and lined with the second, contrasting colour) and with adjustable nylon straps passing around your waist and criss-crossing over your back.
Can be highly variable, both between websites and colours. Expect to pay in the region of £45 for a brand new carrier in one of the less popular colours (e.g. red and black) on ebay, or maybe £35 used in good condition (indeed one of the big pros about these carriers is that they retain their cost well). Organic fabrics, particularly when purchased from the more expensive retailers (e.g. John Lewis) may set you back almost double the amount, at around £79. Given that it isn't a particularly beautiful product anyway, I'd have been reluctant to spend the latter amount, especially as it is quite expensive in comparison with the market alternatives (M&P provide options for in the region of £25).
Rain / adverse weather covers and dribble bibs are available for £30ish and £9ish respectively. A muslin would function as well as the dribble bib, so this seems an unnecessary expense. And I for one am unlikely to be wandering around with a baby bjorn in adverse conditions (indeed the wrap cardigan functions well if it's a bit chilly, and I'd tend to have an umbrella up in rain.
1. While this is supposed to be suitable for a newborn (at least an 8lb + one) even in the position designed for babies of this age (facing into you) I never felt quite like it offered enough neck support until nearer the three month mark, which was a shame.
2. Second nature to get on and off after just a few attempts and with very straightforward instructions. The only issue is that the different shapes of my partner and I require different 'settings' - so you're either left with constantly adjusting it, or else buying a second one....
3. Only really big enough for a baby up to 9kg / around 6 months.
4. Great for propping reflux-prone babies up after their feeds without causing muscle aches.
5. Provides great lower back support for longer journeys out - I probably managed a couple of hours with a 3 month baby before the start of twinges.
Having a four month old daughter is great fun (when she's not crying...) and so we want her to see and experience as much of the world around her as soon as possible. We therefore wanted her to have more of a view and better scenery than what she could see from her pram alone. This prompted us into looking into getting a baby carrier.
We started off looking for one "on a budget" and scoured eBay for days until we managed to bag ourselves a grey BabyDan carrier for approx £4. It was listed as in excellent condition and had only been used a couple of times. The reason for this became clear when we first attempted to use it. It offered very little in the way of support for either myself or for my daughter and so we made the decision to bite the bullet and get a decent one.
Having read review after review, we opted for the Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Active from Amazon.co.uk for £56 in jet black. On first use it was a little tricky on working out what went where and how it all strapped together. However, after a little research online (we found a very helpful video on the Baby Bjorn website) we had it Sussex out and were ready for our first test run.
- there are many adjustable straps - lower side straps to adjust the waistband, mid side straps to adjust the tightness around your torso and top side straps to adjust how close your baby is to you.
- the main back support cross over strap is also fully adjustable with a slide system to make it larger or smaller.
- the area in which your baby sits is very thickly padded which makes for a comfortable journey. Our daughter hasn't complained once when in the carrier and she usually falls asleep! The shoulder support straps are also well padded which keeps it comfy for you too.
- the seating are for your baby is also fully adjustable, being able to be increased in size as your baby grows (up to 12month I believe)
Obviously with our daughter being so young, we had to start of with her facing the chest in order to give more support. We have only just recently been able to switch her to front facing as her neck is now strong enough to cope. She absolutely loves it!
All in all, this has been one of our best purchases since becoming parents. We find it very easy to use when we don't want the hassle of getting the pram out, or if we are just popping to the shops for a pint of milk. It is well worth spending a little more on a decent one if you think you'll use it often enough. I would highly recommend the Baby Bjorn Active.
As a new mum I am currently reviewing all my baby products as have been using them for with Brad and have found some good and some not so good.
I bought my Baby Bjorn Carrier on Ebay (for £7.75) but they retail at between £50 - £100 depending on which type you get. To be hones I would always look for them second hand - ok mine is a little faded but it will be washed so many times that it will fade quickly anyway and why pay £100 when you can pay £7.75?
If you do feel flush (or have generous friends / family then any of the baby websites - Mothercare, Babies R Us, Bambino Direct, Kiddi care all stock them at varying prices. Try to go through a cash back website to reduce the cost slightly!
i have got black and white but you can get
Black and red
Cream (not sure why - shows the dirt too much)
My sling is black on the outside with a black and white check inside and white piping so looks really quite stylish!
PLUS (and this is a big plus) because I chose a dark, plain version my husband loves wearing it too! (always a bonus so he takes the baby !)
It is made of cotton with padding so is lovely and soft. It can be machine washed and tumble dried although dries quickly if you hang on a radiator too. It is soft on babies skin so should not irritate them.
For little stains I just use a cloth to get them off (again always pick a dark colour it doesnt show the mess!) and if I have a serious vomit situation it goes straight into the washing machine - you can wash it at 40 but I use 30 degree wash.
My sling fits me (I am size 8 and 5 foot 3 tall) and also fits my husband who is 6 foot 4 and broad chested. So as you can probably guess it is fully adjustable. It has a cross strap mechanism at the back and you just adjust the two straps by pulling or releasing when baby is in there so it is really easy to adjust.
Putting baby in and keeping him in
One of the great things about the Baby Bjorn is that it is a "two way" product. When your baby is tiny you put them in facing you and support their head with a fold down piece of fabric . When they are bigger they face away from you and you popper down the head support. This means that it will be suitable for children from birth (they have to be at least 7 lb to go in - up to 25 lb. So one product will last up to 18 months.
The other advantage of this product is that it is very easy to put baby in. Baby is secured by three poppers each side. You can undo these and then do them up when he is in. Very easy to do. You just slip a leg in either side and an arm and off you go!
What is great about this product is that I use it in and out of the house. If I am going out I just wrap him in a blanket inside the sling and then cover him with a pashmina if it is raining and off we go. You can walk places that are really hard to take the buggy to.
The downside? Well if you are out with baby in a sling you have to carry them or hold them when you get to wear your are going.
THe good news? I am typing this with Brad in my Baby Bjorn on my chest - he wouldnt go to sleep anywhere else so it is ok to sit with them on you.
Around the house I wear the sling if Brad won't settle and I need my hands free. He will sleep in the sling whilst I hoover, do the washing and cook. Plus if you need to dance him to sleep you can do some great arm moves.
Surely it is not good for my back????
The Baby Bjorn is designed to minimise stress on your body in particular your back. Brad is now 10 lb 6 oz and he feels really light in the sling. Friends have carried 25lb babies in there and say they are not straining on the back either.
Probably this is better for your back then continually picking up and putting down your baby.
If it is cold (like winter 2009 / 2010) it helps to keep baby toasty warm so they are more likely to sleep. Also if you have a clingy baby you can keep him close and do other things. Dont ask me how to wean the baby off my chest - havent thought that far ahead yet!
Plus as a mum I love having him sleeping on me makes me feel very special (and stops me needing to wear three jumpers too).
A brilliant product - but I will knock one star off for the price. Buy one second hand instead!!!!!!!!
Also make sure that babies nappy is on 100% properly - otherwise watch out for nasty surprises! there is also a vomit down the top risk but live life dangerously!
I purchased the baby bjorn carrier after being diagnosed with pubic symphysis when my baby was 4 weeks old, at the time he was suffering with colic and just wanted to be held. I was advised by my physiotherapist that a sling may help. I did have one that I had been given but I only had it on for a few minuets before my back was aching also my baby seemed really unhappy in it and I felt he would slip out.
I had heard of Baby Bjorn so went to Mothercare who let me try on a few different brands and I found the Baby bjorn by far the most comfortable for me and baby. We did seem to mess a bit in the shop trying to get in on but now that I use is regular I can do it by myself just using knee to support baby.
It is the most expensive sling I have seen on the market but sometimes you just have to pay for quality. I think we paid about £89.00
The carrier is very comfortable and I have used it since baby was 4 weeks old and am still using (baby is 9 months!) I would also like to say that I had a large baby 9 lbs 12 born and have never felt he was to heavy to carry he is just over 20lbs now.
The baby bjorn is very easy to fit with 3 clips, it can be used in many different positions be we have always had baby facing away as he like to see what is going on. It is really handy for using in places you would just not get the pram, we use it a lot to walk the dogs. Baby seems really happy and has been carried for up to two hours at a time!
I will defiantly use this with baby no 2 and would recommend to anyone.
My physiotherapist has said my posture has improved a lot since using this sling, and I feel a lot better for it.
It is so combatable to wear with wide padded adjustable straps which distribute your baby's weight evenly over your body taking the pressure off your back and helping you to maintain good posture.
All adjustments can be done while baby is in carrier meaning it stays really comfortable.
Baby is very secure and in an odd way sometimes makes you feel pregnant again! Your baby is very securely attached to you and there is no way he can fall out whereas with some of the others I would be afraid to let go and therefore it defeats the object of having one.
I absolutely love this carrier.
The best thing is the design. The baby gets to ride very high on your tummy and very close to you. This is brilliant as it is far more comfortable than other slings and also makes the baby feel lighter (remember all the lifting and handling info about carrying a heavy item as close to you as possible to avoid doing your back in?) this is the same principle and baby is kept far more snug up against your body than any other make of sling I have tried.
I had the original version for my 2nd child and this new active version for my latest bundle of joy. How I wished i was aware of baby bjorn with my first - no sling compares to this, infact it was laughable how the sling I had with him he felt like he was toppling out all the time and I kept having to help hold him with my arms!
This is better than the original as there is a lot more back support, I have suffered badly with synthis pubis dysfunction throughout my pregnancy so a very supportive carrier is so essential. This does do the job brilliantly
Also the colours are great - we have the olive lime colourway which is refreshing compared to all the other boring black or navy ones out there.
Very comfy, very practical once bought you will never go back - I promise you!
I used a baby carrier with both of my children, when my son was born we was given a baby carrier but found it uncomfortable and not very easy to use and felt it didn't give enough support.
So whilst out shopping in boots we looked at the different carriers and we noticed the Baby Bjorn front carrier which looked the best and it was reasonably priced at just under £50 and it looked pretty good.
I carried my daughter in a front carrier for the first few months of her life, as I felt this was better than using a pushchair, as I liked having her close and snuggled up to me, it felt like she was more protected and I could see her easily.
The Baby Bjorn front carrier has had a lot of use since I purchased it, I walk everywhere as I don't drive and it is very rare that I use public transport unless it's a far distance that I need to go.
I started using this when my son was about 8 weeks old, and used it up until he was about 10 months old.
To start with baby faces inwards up until 6 months of age, until they have strengthened their back and they are able to support their own weight then they can be faced forward.
I preferred using the carrier as I find it a lot easier to get out and about with, you don't have to struggle to get in and out of shops, and your hands are free. Your baby is kept warm and safe against you and you can keep a close eye on them.
To begin with it looks a bit difficult to use with all the clips, but after a couple of times of using it I found it very easy to use. It is simple enough to use alone, you shouldn't need any help to get little your one in and out of the carrier.
The carrier is very easy to put on and place your baby safely inside, firstly place the main harness strap over both shoulders in a manner similar to that of a backpack so that the straps cross over at the back. Then attach the bottom tabs of the baby holder section to the bottom of the harness, next pick up your baby either facing towards you or away depending upon your baby's age and bring the baby holder section up around them.
There are two pieces at the top of the carrier that you will need to attach to the harness to keep it secure on you, first a long strong plastic pin which slides inside the harness and a clip which either attaches around your baby's head when they are facing you, or can be folded down when they are facing away from you.
It is more comfortable to wear than I thought it would be, it has padded straps and the weight is distributed evenly across your body.
Once my son was strong enough (which was before 6 months) I would have him facing outwards, he liked to be able to see what was going on and was always happy like this. If he was sleeping I would face him inwards as it is more comfortable for him to have his head against me, and also more comfortable for me as his weight would be on me rather than pulling from me.
As he got older I did find it harder to carry him facing outwards as he would pull forwards and the weight would be pulling on my shoulders, so I would only have him in this position for as long as I could cope before switching him around. He could still see what was going on and I could talk to him to keep him happy.
The carrier is very well made, and it is completely machine-washable, which is always good for baby items as they tend to get a bit mucky.
If I took him anywhere where I would need to sit down I could keep him the carrier quite comfortably, although if he was awake he prefers to come out to sit on my knee to see everything. I could simply unclip him from the carrier and take him out with little effort and keep the harness on me under my coat.
It has a built in neck support, and it is padded for extra comfort; it can be folded down when baby is faced outwards so they can have a clear view of everything. It grows with your baby, as you can adjust the carrier using the clips and also the legs can be tightened or loosened to fit your little one comfortably.
The carrier is made from a safe material which is just as well as my little monkey is quite partial to chewing on the carrier.
Also a nice feature on this is that you are able to unclip baby from the carrier keeping just the harness attached to you, which is perfect if you arrive home and your little one is asleep as you don't need to disturb baby too much, making it easy to lay them down.
It is suitable for use for babies weighing from 8lbs - 25lbs.
In the colder months I would wrap my coat around him to keep him warm, and a baby all in one coat fitted under it with ease, keeping me and my baby boy snug and warm, and during the warmer months I didn't get too hot carrying him as the carrier is made from a breathable cotton material, but on the particularly hot days, which we don't get many of those in the UK! I would choose to not use this and opt for the pushchair as I would worry that he may over heat, but as I say that's not many days in the amount of time this has been used.
For the times when I have needed to take the bus to get to hospital checkups and such, I have found it easy to get on and off the bus, and comfortable for the journey too. I have also used this to go on long train journeys.
This can also be used in the home, if you want to have your baby close without having to hold baby, so you have your hands free to do whatever is needed, this is ideal for some parents who like to 'wear' their baby. I haven't used it in the home, I didn't have that intention for it when I made the purchase and had no need for to use it whilst in the house.
There are cheaper carriers on the market and this is a bit pricey but it is worth it if you plan on using it on a regular basis as it is of a very good quality and very well made so it will last until your baby outgrows it.
I have been very happy with this carrier, it has defiantly been worth every penny, and I have had no problems with it. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a carrier.
This carrier has been a real lifesaver at times, it is versatile, comfortable and easy to use. My baby now weighs nearly 12kgs (26lbs?) and is therefore nearly too big for it (though he is an extreme case at 9 months) yet I can still carry him in it for half an hour to an hour without any back pain or problems. The lumber support is really good, you can feel it taking a lot of the pressure away.
We live in an apartment without good lifts in an old city which is not buggy friendly at all. Yet I have not had any fears about taking my very heavy baby out alone. It is easy to put him in and take him out without help, though I do tend to grab him to me and then lift the back over him rather than one leg at a time as instructed.
I have also used it around the house when he is in a clingy mood (esp early on when he had bad colic) and it allowed me to give him a cuddle while keeping my hands free to do light housework etc.
THe only downside was that I found it a little fiddly to adjust when he grew, but this could just be me being a bit rubbish.