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My partner was keen to have a baby carrier, thinking he would wear it, say, if we went shopping etc to save always lugging the pushchair about so we shopped around for a baby carrier that wasn't too expensive but good enough quality to keep little one comfortable and warm and not wear out too quickly. As we had some vouchers for Mothercare we decided to go for their own brand the 3-position baby carrier in black. At the time it was £39.99 but I have seen it reduced by £15 recently. This was at the lower end of the price ranges for baby carriers, with some going to £100+.
For our requirements we wanted one that wasn't too bulky, and could carry baby on the front and later on, on the back so this was an ideal choice.
The Mothercare carrier is suitable from birth to 18 months - in weight terms this is around 12kg. You are advised to use the carrier with the baby front facing, baby facing in, from birth, then they can be turned around to face out from 3 months. The carrier can then be moved to your back form 6 months. The carrier comes in a simply cardboard box with instructions on use.
The carrier is designed to be easy to use, and easy to put the baby in and take out of. However, in theory this may be true, in reality it's not that simple. The carrier has a series of plastic buckles. There is a hell of a lot of buckles and velcro in this carrier just to warn you!
We found that to put the baby into the carrier on your front you needed another person to help, as there was that many buckles and the baby does not slide into the carrier easily. If you want the carrier on your back you literally have no chance of doing this on your own! Once in our son did look comfortable in all three positions. and when he was small would quite happily snuggle down and go to sleep. Facing outwards our son loved looking round and enjoyed being carried as opposed to sitting in the pushchair.
The carrier is comfortable to wear, once you have it on and have figured your way through the series of harnesses and buckled yourself in. The carrier fits well, and is lightweight. It also doesn't sweat you in the summer. The carrier has an added lumber support as well which makes using it even more comfortable.
When using the carrier it easy great. Its comfortable for the wearer and baby. Adjustable as baby grows, a nice quality material and quite compact. However the adventure of getting it on you, and then getting the baby in is a big downside to the product. It's just too awkward and impossible on your own, which means we now rarely use it, which is a great shame!
At a Glance The Mothercare 3-Position Baby Carrier is a great way to get out and about with your baby hands-free, with options for carrying babies up to 18 months on your front or back. Features and benefits for Mothercare 3-Position Baby Carrier - Black Soft lumbar support spreads weight across the body for comfort Suitable from 3.5kg to 12kg (birth to approximately 18 months) 3-position carrier: front positioning facing in from birth, front positioning facing out from 3 months, back position from 6 months. Easy to load and unload baby with the buckle fastenings Free 2 year guarantee Mothercare loves...??this value for money carrier, giving you 3 ways to carry baby as they get older. Parents get padded shoulder straps and a lumbar support and baby sits in a natural reclined position meaning you can both be comfortable for longer.Want to know more?The Mothercare 3-Position Baby Carrier offers comfort, support and great value for money, with options for hands-free carrying of your baby from birth to 18 months. It features wide padded shoulder straps and a soft lumbar support that spreads weight across the body for comfort, as well as a natural reclined position for your baby.The Mothercare 3-Position Baby Carrier is easy to load and unload using the buckle fastenings. Your little one can feel safe and secure facing towards you in the front position from birth (3.5kg), then from 3 months they can face the world in the front position and enjoy the view. From 6 months, you can carry your baby on your back until they are 12kg (approximately 18 months). The Mothercare 3-Position Baby Carrier is washable at 40?C, with a built-in head hugger for extra support. It's a great way to keep your baby close to you, whilst keeping your hands free to get on with your day.Don't forget...Mothercare stocks a great range of travel accessories to make your day trips out stress free. Care Instructions: Machine washable at 40 degrees What's in the box: 1 x Mothercare 3-Position Baby Carrier