“ Brand: Mothercare / Carrier Type: Framed / Carrier Position: Front „
I was quite keen to use a sling or carrier and acquired several during pregnancy. It seemed much easier than lugging the car seat about everywhere.
The good: Well, it's better than a sling? Kiddo, who hated slings, sits in this quite happily. It's also easier than lugging him about in my arms - I don't feel like I'm about to drop him while wearing it which is a definite improvement.
The bad: It's not exactly the great success I had it as being in my head..
Problem the first, it's REALLY HARD to get baby in this on my own. There are so many little straps to sort, and you're trying to get a wiggly baby in there without dropping him and.. yeah. Plus you have to alter ALL of them if someone else (IE Daddy) used the carrier since you last wore it. It has to be a two person job. And if I was going somewhere for long enough that it's a two person visit, honestly, I'd probably just use the pram.
Problem the second, all of those things telling you that these totally won't give you backache? They lie. This might partly be my fault - I instinctively lean back while wearing this in case I trip as I'd rather fall backwards than forwards onto him, but I get really bad backache from it (my husband, however, is fine).
It says that this should be okay from newborn, but I wouldn't use it for any baby too young to hold its own head up - it looks very vulnerable and wobbly-necked in there before that point.
The Mothercare Two Way Carrier served our family well.
There are a whole range of baby carriers on the market from slings to two way carriers to three way carriers of many different makes and price ranges.
My husband and I knew a baby carrier would be essential for our newborn baby as we like to get out and about and go for walks.
We bought the carrier at the same time as a whole host of other babies goodies so we were keen to keep the price tag low to prevent heart failure on getting to the checkout.
Therefore we decided to take a gamble and buy Mothercare's own baby carrier as opposed to the other more expensive makes.
We chose the two way carrier because it allowed you to carry the baby on your front facing towards you and facing outwards and that was all we needed. A three way carrier also allows you to carry the baby on your back.
Scrimping on the amount we spent on the carrier actually paid off because it was by no means deficient in quality or comfortableness or durability.
It lasted us until our daughter was six months old and we had to then move onto one of those large hiking type backpack-style carriers simply because she was getting too big and heavy.
This particular carrier is designed for babies up to six months so we were spot on there in our decision it was no longer usable and the weight limit is around 8kilos.
Many mothers of newborns choose to wear their babies in slings but I was concerned about how well supported the baby would be in one of those. At the same time I wanted the closeness of having my baby held right next to me and I found the Mothercare carrier was by no means deficient in this. I could put my daughter in the carrier facing me and have good eye contact with her while she benefited from the warmth of being snuggled up close to me. At a young age she would very quickly fall asleep in the carrier with the motion of my walking and not only did I carry her in it on walks but also around the supermarket as she seemed much happier in this than her car
seat strapped to the trolley or in her pushchair and it was also good when I knew I was going to go into shops in town with quite a few steps, enabling me to leave the pram at home.
As my daughter grew my husband tended to take over the carrying and at about four months we turned her round so she was facing outwards and she got a lot out of being able to look around.
It was only as she turned five months that the strain of her weight on my husband's front carrying her over long distances became too much and we realised we would have to buy a new carrier soon.
I found it quite uncomfortable wearing the carrier by this point as she was simply too heavy. Also her weight started to drag the whole carrier forwards so she ended up almost looking down at the floor as we went along rather than straight ahead and when she fell asleep the carrier just didn't give her any support and her head would be lolling right forward.
The carrier was difficult to put on when we first got it and it took a few times looking in the mirror to work out which buckle went where. There are four buckles to fit. Two at the top to keep your baby's head in place and two in line with the top of the baby's legs to help form the
seat that the baby sits in. But once you have the straps properly adjusted and you get used to putting your baby in and making sure they are secure it becomes quite a simple process.
We bought the carrier for around £30 and it has not shown any signs of wear and tear.
I would advise any new parents to buy this Mothercare version of a baby carrier but just bare in mind - and I would say this is the case with all of them no matter the price tag - there will come a time when your baby simply outgrows it and you will have to invest in a new, heavy duty one.
I decided to look into getting a baby carrier for my baby son when doing the school run with my daughter. Carrying his car seat into the school was putting a mega strain on my back, and taking his buggy in was a non- no (I almost knocked over schoolchildren daily!). So, went onto eBay and won myself this Mothercare one. So, wanted to make my life easier.
I kind of wished I hadn't bothered. It is a gorgeous looking baby carrier, but is absolutely impossible (for me anyway) to get my baby into it without the help of another adult, especially if he is screaming and in his thick winter coat. I gave up and threw the blimmin' thing on the backseat of my car and carried him into the school!
The quality of the item is fabulous, however, and would probably make a great carrier for people with lots of time, or who just want to take strolls with their little one and have someone to help them put bubba in and out.
You can face baby inwards or outwards, which is great for whatever personality your little one may have. My son is particularly nosy, so had this facing out (or at least I tried to). It can be difficult to adjust the straps to fit you, but once you have done it, the carrier fits perfectly.
It has a dribble pad included, so, if like me, you have a particularly sicky baby, this comes in very useful.
It also has Velcro and buckle fastenings, which is meant to make things easier; I did not find this though.
Al in all, I'd say a good idea if you have lots of time and a partner who is around A LOT. If not, don't waste your money!
We bought two carriers for our twin girls, one was a black Mama's and Papa's one, and this was the other. This carrier is suitable for up to 10kg, and we used this for the smaller twin. Although it is designed for use from birth, we did wait a little while before placing her in it, as she was so tiny.
At first, when the girls were small, we used the carrier to carry the baby facing inwards, so it was like we were cuddling them. Then as they got older, we had them facing outwards so that they could see what was going on. This carrier has crossover straps at the back which are adjustable and clip together. The first few times I used it, I found it was awkward doing it up ny myself, and needed someone to do up the straps while I held the baby in place. However, when I got used to it, it was quite easy to do it up by myself.
The baby is secured in the carrier by four small clips and then velcro straps over the top of these - which adds extra security and prevents baby from undoing it while they are in it!
There is a small white 'bib' attached, but we found we didn't really need it, and it wasn't in quite the right place anyway. The dummy holder is very useful, and stopped our girls from launching dummies across the street when we were out!
Public transport is a nightmare for parents of small babies at the best of times, but with twins it's even worse! As well as two babies and a giant buggy to get on and off a bus / train / etc, you also have to carry a mountain of accessories and food. Using these carriers meant we weren't restricted by escalators, narrow doorways or cramped aisles. Using this product gave us the freedom to travel where we wanted with our children, and it was also good for going on walks (perhaps just for thjose with strong shoulders!). The shoulder straps are padded, which does help, but as the babies got heavier, I found myself getting back pain and headaches - then we knew it was time to move to the buggy full-time!
This was a very useful product, I would recommend it for parents who do a lot of travelling but don't want to use a buggy all the time. The price was reasonable, and one of the cheaper ones we looked at.
Cushioned seat and leg holes / Wide cross over padded shoulder straps / Dribble bib and soother holder attached / Machine washable / Suitable from birth to 10kg (approx. 12 months)