Product Type: Baby Bjorn baby products
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Baby Bjorn Front Carrier
Member Name: SugarSpun
Baby Bjorn Front Carrier
Date: 06/10/09, updated on 06/10/09 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Handsfree, safe comforting and carrying babies from birth to 15 months.
Disadvantages: None that I can think of
The Baby Bjorn has been the single most useful item I've bought for my small monster. Really, that's all you need to know, but to convince you further I'll explain why.
Prams are enormous, and considering how tiny the package you put in them is, they're rather a waste of space. Plus the great joy of having your very own tiny person strapped to your chest makes the extra weight worthwhile.
The carrier is suitable from birth for most babies - 3.5kg or around 7.5lbs is the minimum weight for safety. It has wide straps that cross over at the back and clip in at the front, and a heavily padded front panel that can be folded down for head support if needed for tiny babies. Little legs fit between the back straps and the front panel, and the top of the front panel clips onto the straps to create arm holes to create a safe environment for a small person. It's also fully adjustable so parents of vastly different sizes can use it - my 5'11 husband and my 5'1 self manage fine with one Baby Bjorn, although he's always whinging when he has to loosen it to fit into it.
As well as being adjustable for the parents, babies can sit in it either facing inwards (for small babies who don't have good head control) or outwards for when they can hold up their heads and take a healthy interest in the world around them. The fold-down panel's also useful when you want the little one to be able to see what's happening around them, although when she falls asleep facing outwards it does look rather as though you have a rag doll slumped in the carrier.
It's also very useful for if your baby's finding it hard to settle - mine falls asleep quite happily when strapped to my chest, but I still have my arms free to do other things - and of course to cuddle if needed.
My only concern is that it's only useful up to 12kg - that's only about 15 months old at the most, so what happens after that?! Do I need to buy a pushchair?!
The price is wildly variable but figure £50-70 and shop around for the best deal. It holds its resale value fairly well, too.
Summary: An essential purchase if you plan to take your baby anywhere.
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