At one week before my due date, I want to complete my baby gear shopping list. The baby carrier is the last thing on my list. Some people have suggested to wait after the baby is born to try them out with my baby boy before I select one. In the meantime, I share my short list.
My husband and I initially wanted a BabyBjörn baby carrier but after reading many reviews and chatting with parents about the fact that it might be uncomfortable for a baby boy, I am leaning towards either Baby Ergo, the Beco Butterfly II or the new Beco Gemini.
If you want to read more about the concerns parents have with the BabyBjörn baby carriers, google “baby bjorn crotch”. Having said that, I know that BabyBjörn is a very popular brand for baby carriers. Therefore, I suppose that many parents must be happy with them. One point that seems obvious when I look at the pictures is that the BabyBjörn baby carriers put more weight on the shoulders of the parent. The Beco Butterfly and the Baby Ergo distribute some weight to the parent’s hips.
I like the fabric choices of the Beco Butterfly II and think that it is more stylish than the Beco Ergo. Plus, The Beco Butterfly 2 seems easier to wear the baby of your back than the Baby Ergo. On the other end, for light outdoor activities, the Baby Ergo or even the BabyBjörn give me the impression that they are more suitable for active activities.
For your information, the Beco Gemini allows you to carry your baby in the front facing out; a position that is not supported by the Beco Butterfly II. Otherwise, they seem to be pretty similar.
Before I make a choice, I would like to hear your thoughts and your experience with any of these baby carriers.
Why, How and When I Plan to Use a Baby Carrier?
But before you share your experience and recommendations, here is how I intend to use the baby carrier. I feel that I need a baby carrier to make my life easier. I plan to use the baby carrier when I go at places or do things where a stroller may be harder to maneuver.
For example, shopping at my favorite local farmers’ market on weekends with my Bugaboo Cameleon stroller with the bassinet base will restrict my mobility. Plus, I would need to go up and down many stairs. Another occasion would be when my husband and I will go hiking in the woods. I do not plan to wear it for consecutive hours at home.
Now that you know my needs, which buckle baby carrier do you recommend and why?