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Ease of Use
The Scootbaby is a hip carrier, designed to hold your baby/toddler on your hip, just as you would if you were carrying them by yourself. There is a very comfortable padded hip belt which you fasten into place first. You then hold your baby into place on the carrier on your hip, pull the back up around them and slip the shoulder strap over your head and onto your shoulder. It then has a simple strap which can be pulled with one hand to tighten the carrier and hold your baby in place. It took a couple of attempts to get it right, but I can now put the Scootbaby on in seconds and don't even think about what I'm doing. I really can't emphasise enough just how easy the Scootbaby is to put on and adjust. It's wonderful, and because it's so quick and easy to use, it's perfect for quick trips into shops and on the school/nursery run, when you don't want to spend ages putting a sling on and getting comfortable.
The Scootbaby is very comfortable, both for your baby\toddler and for you. My daughter is over 18 months old and I've worn it for over an hour on several occasions and it always feels just as comfortable at the end as it does when I first put it on. The hip belt is nicely padded and can be tightened up so that most of your baby's weight is carried on your hips. The shoulder strap is padded with beautifully soft fleece, and this can be spread out over your shoulder so that the weight is distributed evenly. This supports your baby as they lean back into the carrier, leaving your hands and arm free as you don't need to support your child.
It also seems to be comfortable for my daughter as she is always happy when I carry her in the Scootababy. I especially like the fact that the Scootababy has a very wide seat for her to sit in, meaning there is no strain on her back.
Although baby carriers and slings are all about carrying your baby, no-one can deny that looks are also an important factor! The Scootababy is very stylish the one pictured is very neutral so that both men and women would be happy to use, so ideal for dad to help too. There are several other beautiful designs available and my favourite is the very funky Picadilly Circus - absolutely gorgeous!
The Scootbaby comes in a small, black drawstring bag. Although the carrier is quite substantial, I was pleasantly surprised by how small it was when folded up, and I found it easy to pack it away into it's bag and keep it in my changing bag / car so that it was always available when I needed it.
Value For Money
The Scootababy costs £66.99, which is slightly more expensive than other slings. However, I do think it is worth the extra money. It is very well made. The baby seat section and straps are beautifully soft and padded, and all the buckles are very substantial - they will certainly last well even if the carrier is worn again and again.
It is so nice to carry my daughter around next to me when we are walking around, and to chat to her and point things out. She always 'chats' back and our walks and shopping trips now are so enjoyable; I would highly recommend the Scootababy.
Verdict: 5/5 - a very comfortable, well-made hip carrier
A hands free hip carrier for babies 5 months to 3 years.