In honor of last month (National Baby-Wearing Month), we will be discussing baby-wearing in the next couple of posts.
While I love using a stroller and there are definite times I prefer them, I have enjoyed the many benefits of baby-wearing and have always brought my carrier along in the stroller basket for those times my baby needs to be close to me. When my 3 year old son was born, we purchased a pricey Baby Bjorn (for those early months) and a framed backpack carrier (for when he outgrew the weight limits of the Bjorn). What’s so great about baby-wearing?
- Bonding for parent and baby
- Comforting and soothing for the baby (easy view of parent, familiar smell, and naturally rocking motion)
- Allows parent to do chores, shop, etc. without worrying about baby. Or in my case, I have had two babies that do not like to be put down. Without a carrier, I would have gotten nothing accomplished for the first several months of their lives.
- The baby can experience the world from your viewpoint
We have known about and owned Infantino products, like their wrist rattles and vibrating teethers, for a couple of years now; however, I never knew that they had infant carriers. Infantino is actually launching three new carriers to their fabulous line, and I had the opportunity to review one of them: the Balance Ergonomic Baby Carrier
- 2-in-1 carrier (facing-in front position for younger babies, and a backpack option for older children)
- 8-35 pound weight limit
- Seriously padded straps that are easily adjustable
- Lumbar support
- Ergonomic design
- Even distribution of baby’s weight
- Cozy for baby and with a natural sitting position (the baby sits in the carrier in the same manner as s/he would be carried in a parent’s arms – hug position)
Watch the demonstration video.
What did I think?
Had this 2-in-1 product been available 3 years ago, we might have not purchased both of the carriers that we did. My 3 year old is still under the 35 pound weight limit, and though I haven’t had the opportunity to try him in the carrier, I can certainly see myself doing it. The “seat” is appropriately sized for an older child.
It’s bulkier than the Baby Bjorn (and of course less so than the framed backpack carrier), but it seems to be more comfortable for the baby. The “pouch” area is softer and much more forgiving but still very supportive of the baby’s back.
Designed for the long haul! We took Balance Carrier with us when we visited a pumpkin patch amusement center this weekend, and I almost contemplated not using it – I thought it would strain my back and shoulders after the prolonged use like my Bjorn does. However, I was more than pleased. I can tell you that even with my history of back issues, I felt absolutely no strain or heavy load whatsoever, even after the several hours of use on my 21 pound infant.
I was impressed with the softness of the inner patterned lining and the quality and thickness of the padded straps on the shoulders and lumbar region. It’s feels luxurious and much more comfortable compared to my Bjorn and was almost half the price! But, it did take me an afternoon of use to get used to the shoulder straps – though I knew they weren’t, I couldn’t help feel like the straps were going to fall off of my shoulders.
Though I can certainly do it by myself, it is considerably more difficult to hook the top buckle by myself. You also cannot use the backpack option without an additional adult there to aid in fastening the child in.
Although it was more convenient and comfortable to have her in the facing-in position when she was napping, she was really pressed up against me and not very free to move (she’s a wiggly baby that does not like to be restricted or confined in any manner). I do think that if she were a little older, she might have not been so restricted. She’s just in that inbetween (what I call “awkward”) stage…not a tiny baby that likes to be huddled in and not quite big/tall enough to be able to get her arms fully out of the “pouch.” So for that reason, I wish there was a facing-out option. I think my little girl would have enjoyed the freedom and being able to look out the other direction.
Since it accommodates older children, the “pouch” or seat is long. I can only speculate (not from experience) that a tiny baby would get swallowed up in that “pouch.”
At Infantino we like to keep it simple. We think babies and moms are pretty cool just the way they are. So we design captivating, no fuss, products that promote fun and discovery for baby without sacrificing style and comfort for mom. Our diverse product line includes unique toys, fun puzzles, interactive shopping cart covers, travel items, supports, and fashionably comfortable carriers. Though our product line is extensive our goal and purpose to please babies and moms remains focused.
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