As an avid outdoor mom, one of my ESSENTIAL pieces of gear is a comfortable child carrier. My first was a fabric carrier that only allowed me to carry my child in the front. I liked the carrier but once my daughter got to be about 9 months old, carrying her weight in the front threw off my balance when we were hiking. So it was time to buy a different carrier. My next carrier was a framed carrier. We have loved this carrier and continue to use it. This is probably a common story among parents who crave outdoor adventure; always buying new gear as your child grows. But what if there was one carrier that would fit both a newborn and toddle and was comfortable for carrying both?
Baby Bjorn’s newest carrier is the One Outdoors and they designed it for parents who love outdoor adventure. The added comfort of a hip belt makes it ideal for long outdoor excursions and, here is the best part in my opinion, this also allows the child to be carried in the front or back. So whether you have a newborn or toddler, this carrier is comfortable and practical.
But don’t let the name fool you, even if you aren’t an avid outdoors mom or dad this an extremely versatile carrier. When our kids were small we used our carrier at the store, park, around the house and we even took it in place of our stroller on road trips to save room in the car. Imagine being able to bring a small carrier instead of a stroller to the zoo or fair? With the added support of the hip belt, it makes all of these activities more comfortable for longer periods of time.
Now it’s time to get outdoors…
Kids To Parks Day is this Saturday, May 21st. Already, over 400,000 people have pledged to get outdoors this Saturday. To encourage families to spend more time outdoors Baby Bjorn is giving away a One Outdoors carrier (these haven’t even hit the shelves yet) to one lucky Outdoors Mom reader. Enter using Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post.
But here are a few more reasons I love the One Outdoors carrier:
Safety – Hip dysplasia is a deformation or misalignment of the hip joint. While this can be congenital, it can also be caused by over-restrictive baby carriers. The One Outdoors carrier is designed to be hip safe. You can carrier your child facing toward or away from you and not worry about their safety.
Ease of Use – One of my first concerns was how am I going to get a child onto my back with a soft carrier. I do it all the time with my framed carrier but it is really hard to do it by yourself without a frame on the carrier. But this carrier’s design allows you to insert the child in the from position then, with the carrier on, rotate the carrier to the back carrying position. It take a little practice but it is simple once you get the hang of it. It was surprisingly easy even with a 3 year old.
Comfort – I have always considered my framed carry comfortable. After long hikes my hips would be sore from the carrier but I loved hiking and it was the most comfortable option I could find at the time. Something I immediately noticed about the One Outdoors was that with the framed removed my hips could sway naturally and there wasn’t a bar rest just above my hips (the bar is covered by the hip belt but it was still uncomfortable after a while).
Another thing I immediately noticed and liked about the One Outdoors is that the kids sits right against my back. Duh, I know. But in my framed carrier my kids doesn’t sit directly against my back. Which means when he/she moves I tend to sway with them. Think of the effect an out-of-control trailer has on a vehicle. When my kids were small this wasn’t a big deal but as they have gotten bigger I have noticed that it throws me off balance at times. Might be hard to imagine if you haven’t used a framed carrier but believe me when I say keeping my balance was much easier with the kid snug against my back.
Size – The One Outdoors is larger than the original Baby Bjorn baby carrier; has to be, it has an extra strap. But it is much smaller than my framed carrier. It even comes with a handy carrying case which makes it soooo much easier to tote around or keep in the car.
Lighter – The One Outdoors is much lighter than a framed carrier but not much heavier than a fabric carrier. They use light weight, water and dirt resistant fabric that dries quickly but is still durable.
Storage – This carrier is much smaller than a framed carrier and the carrying case makes storing a breeze. This one of my biggest complaints about my framed carrier, it is large and awkward to store and transport.
You only need One – This carrier has a built-in infant insert that will fit a newborn safely but unzips to hold a toddler. You will only need to buy ONE carrier. Not a newborn carrier, then a larger one as the child grows. The One Outdoors will take care of every stage between 0 and 3 years.
What I miss:
Carrying Capacity – There is not much storage in this carrier for extra items; you know, diapers, wipes, camera, etc. The do have a pocket for a cell phone, snack or keys; probably not all three at once. They also have loops sewn in to the shoulder straps meant to be used in conjunction with a carabiner clip to hang a water bottle. I am used to my framed carrier, which allows me to carry a lot. If you are headed on a long hike, you will most likely need to figure out a way to carry another bag or bring someone else to carry said bag. Lucky for me my son is old enough to carry a small, lightweight bag.
Sun Protection: One feature that I immediately loved about my framed carrier was the built-in sun shade.
It’s Giveaway Time!!!
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