Product Type: Baby Bjorn baby products
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Baby Bjorn Front Carrier
Member Name: fergusa
Baby Bjorn Front Carrier
Advantages: Safe and comfortable
Disadvantages: Bit Pricey
We were given a couple of different carriers from friends whose children had outgrown them (BabyBjorn, Babasling and a backpack style one which isn't branded). This one is by far my favourite for it's ease of use and comfort.
The 2 shoulder straps, which are well padded, crossover at the back and can be adjusted at the sides to fit your size/shape. Where they crossover at the back is a plastic "buckle" to make sure the straps don't slip. The adjustable sides are easy to loosen and re-tighten while you are wearing it i.e. you can adjust yourself - you don't need another person there to help you get into it!!!
On the front of the straps are the safety harnesses, which you use to attatch the baby/carrier to yourself/straps. The left and right are colour coded red and blue to make sure you always have the pieces the right way around.
The carrier which sits behind the baby is very well padded and comfortable for baby. It is adjustable from 53cm - 90cm as baby grows (suitable for use between 3.5kg to 10kg). The safety harness has two connection points. The first is a very sturdy plastic hinge which slots into the appropriate part on the shoulder straps, this hinge secures the sides of the carrier (from underarm to seat of baby), the second goes above the shoulder and is a "click" button, the baby's arms come through the gap between the two. Both of these mechanisms are good, safe, reliable harnesses which make the carrier feel very supportive.
Releasing baby is simple - unclick the button and slide the hinge out of the socket. There are also buttons to release the carrier from the straps, so you can keep straps on without having an empty carrier in the way, if needed.
The instructions on how to use are handily printed inside the product and the baby can be facing inwards or outwards (outwards once neck supports head).
I've commented on the comfort of the padded carrier for baby, but I should also tell you how much more comfortable this carrier is than holding onto baby with no support. At 10 months I can only carry baby for short distances without this carrier but we go on long walks with it. One note - you should make sure you are standing upright not letting the carrier "round" your back and pull your shoulders forward, this will hurt your back.
A further safety feature - there are light reflective strips in the outside of the carrier for walking at dusk/in dark.
As I said at the beginning of this review we were given second hand carriers which have been absolutely fine, as with so many baby products you only get a limited amount of time/use out of them. I was a bit shocked when I saw the price of this carrier at £55 in Mothercare, I didn't think they would be quite so much.
Summary: Save up your pennies now to save your back later.