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Sleep Suit Comparison: ErgoPouch vs. Love to Dream

Mummy Confession: For the longest time, I have wanted to try both the ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag and the Love to Dream Sleep Suit. Well, I finally did!

Disclosure: I was not sponsored or compensated for my review here in any way, and the following opinions are my own. This post, however contains affiliate links from which I receive commissions for qualifying purchases. See my full disclosure policy for details.

Many Mums often complain about their children kicking off the blankets, and being cold at night. Sleeping Bags are a great option for little ones who do this. They offer the cozy feel of a blanket without needing extra layers. (Side note: The GroEgg is a great tool for determining what tog to use in a sleeping bag/suit and how to dress Baby for sleep). Sleep suits are like the option of sleeping bags, except they offer one difference: legs!

The main feature that stands out with these sleeping options for babies and toddlers is the fact that they have separated (or able to be separated) parts for the legs. So, if baby can stand or walk, they’re an excellent alternative!

Since these two options came out on the market, I have wanted to compare them, and see which one offers the best sleep for my sleep-resistant baby. After buying them, however, I can see that they are very different, and both great, baby products!

ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag (left) and Love to Dream Sleep Suit (right)

Size: The Love to Dream Sleepsuit is a size 12-24 month size size and the ErgoPouch Sleepsuit Bag is a size 8-24 months. They have been purchased for a child who is around 11Kg and over 75cm tall. He is currently in 12-18 month size clothing.

The Love to Dream Sleep Suit is available in sizes 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 24-36 months, and 36-48 months.

The ErgoPouch Sleepsuit Bag is available in sizes 2-12 months, 8-24 months, 2-4 years and 4-6 years sizes.

Length: Compare: They are generally a longer size to accommodate a range of ages. These suits are supposed to go to around a typical 24 month size.

As you can see, the Ergopouch sleep suit is longer. It is really good for those nighttime chills, but I was keen to get it off in the morning, because of the length (and it’s not quite pyjamas.) It will definitely last for a fair while, as my child’s legs may reach about halfway.

The Love to Dream sleep suit offers the ability to open the legs, and give longer use after the child has outgrown the suit. The design is more similar to a bodysuit or zipper pyjamas, and for a child who fits it better, is probably perfect for just wearing around in the morning as well as at night.

Material: Compare: Both are quality material, and they are made of mainly cotton for a soft feel and sensitive skin. They are both made in a way that allows for baby to not get overheated. Both of the sleep suits are 2.5 Tog Rating,

The Ergopouch Sleepsuit Bag Material

The ErgoPouch sleep suit bag is mainly cotton with a little elastane for the sides to stretch. Great for a baby with sensitive skin! It really feels quality, and I love the quilted like look that seems to keep baby warm. The ErgoPouch is available in different togs, so good for different weather.

The Love to Dream Sleep Suit Material

The Love to Dream Sleep Suit is 100% cotton with polyester filling and polyester mesh under the arms. It is quilted everywhere except the chest, to reduce overheating. I love the quilted feel, and it truly is cozy! The Love to Dream only comes in the 2.5tog (so far), but 2.5tog is good for a variety of seasons.

The Zippers &Buttons: Compare: One suit has three Zippers and a snap button, and one has just one zipper.

Zippers

The ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag has three Zippers. The top zipper goes halfway from bottom to top. The other two give you the option to make it a sleeping bag or a sleep suit with two separated legs. The material at the top covers the zip, and it is secured with a snap button.


The Love to Dream Sleep Suit has one zipper that goes all the way from the top to the bottom. There is fabric to cover it along the top, and the fabric at the bottom allows you  tuck the zipper safely away. One zipper means less to deal with!

Sleeves: Compare: Both the suits are long sleeved which is a draw for me, as Baby often gets cold in the middle of the night.

The ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag has cotton-elastane arms which is different to the more heavy material of the suit, and the hands flip over, which is a giant plus. My little one scratches a lot, and this reduces the damage he can do with those little nails. He has managed to escape them though, so it’s not baby proof.
The Love to Dream Sleep suit has a cotton chest and arms with little polyester mesh under the armpits to help control temperature. This differs to the quilted material of the rest of the suit. The sleeves don’t fold over (at least not on this particular size), so we need to opt for socks over babe’s hands to keep him from scratching.


The Legs: Compare: They both have (the ability to) separate legs. They both have (the ability to create) enclosed feet and have treads on the sole of the sleep suit.

The ErgoPouch sleep suit offers the ability to be used as a sleeping bag, or to zip the legs separate. They are very roomy and baggy, with a fairly generous length for each leg.

If your child prefers a more snug feeling around their legs, the Love to Dream Sleep suit is more fitted around the bottoms of the legs, and the rest is quite roomy. It is similar to a bodysuit, with a lot more space besides the slightly fitted legs. The bottoms of the feet allow for you to flip the fabric over the foot to create a covering as well.

Overall

Mummy Confessions Scale for Sleeping Bags

ErgoPouch Sleepsuit Bag

Easy to put on: 4/5 – The sleeping bag configuration is easy to get on, regardless of the half zip. The sleep suit is a little harder, as I need to convince my child to put his feet on separate sides.
Stays on: 5/5 – No gaps or too big of space that makes it dangerous for sleep.
Easy to change baby in:4/5 – In sleeping bag mode, it is super simple, just needing to undo one zip, but if you have the legs, you need to unzip two Zippers.
Easy to take off: 4/5 – Quite easy. The sleeves make it a little more difficult, but not much, as they stretch!
Appropriate thickness for seasons available: 5/5 – They offer 3 options from 1.0tog to 3.5tog which have corresponding sleeve lengths.
Baby likes it? Loves it! He does get a little tripped up and frustrated since he is still small for it, but he has had better sleep with it.
Material: 5/5 – Great quality and warm!
Sizing: 5/5 – The selection for age ranges are great! I love that it goes up to size 6!

Love to Dream SleepSuit:
Easy to put on:4/5 – Sleeves always make it slightly fun, but otherwise, the full zip makes it easy to get on. Getting the zipper at the top cns be challenging with a wiggly baby.
Stays on: 4/5- Bubs would keep slipping his feet out of the legs and getting frustrated. Otherwise, if I folded the legs out, he was fine.
Easy to change baby in: 5/5 – the fact that the zipper goes from top to bottom means only one zip to deal with and no disturbing baby and trinf to wrestle everything back on!
Easy to take off: 5/5 – no issues at all!
Appropriate thickness for seasons available: 1/5- As far as I can tell, it is only available in 2.5tog which is a good middle range, but it’s the only option. This may be because it has just come on recently.
Baby likes it? He was excited to get it on, but frustrated with the legs if folded over, so we opted for rolling them up and using with socks until he fits it better.
Material: 5/5 – Love the quilting! Love the mesh under the armpits!
Sizing: 4/5 – The 4 sizes is a good range. Up to the age of four.

As far as choosing between them, I can honestly say that they are two different styles, so both great for babies and toddlers, as far as recommending goes, here is what I would say:

Ergopouch Sleep Suit Bag: The Ergopouch is great and plush. It comes in various togs, and the 2.5tog is a great middle (not too warm, not too thin) for autumn and early winter, or if you keep the house 20 degrees or so. You can obviously layer according to the temperature regardless, or choose a heavier or lighter tog, since the range is available. I would choose the Ergopouch for a baby or toddler who likes the feeling of a plush blanket or Doona, or prefers a little more room around their feet. If you need mittens, this has those to cover little hands and add that extra warmth (or protection from scratching). You can use it as a sleeping bag or sleep suit, and it is easy to do a nappy change in the middle of the night without too much disruption.

Love to Dream Sleep Suit: The Love to Dream is quilted and thinner feeling, but still warm and cozy. The one zipper means not too much fuss, and the top to bottom zip means no disrupting baby or toddler in the night to change. The feet flip over for extra warmth, and that means it can possibly be used longer, because the feet can be removed in that way. It’s snug around the feet and bottom of the legs and doesn’t feel like a blanket that bub may wish to kick around. The mesh under the armpits and different fabric around the chest helps for keeping baby or toddler from getting too hot. The pyjama-like design of the Love to Dream Sleep Suit means your child shouldn’t be too fussed to keep it on for a little while in the morning if needed. It resembles an oversized coverall jumpsuit.

I hope this comparison has helped show you the differences between these two very different Sleep Suits! Let me know if it has helped you choose or if you have gone out and bought one because of this review, too! I would love to know that I have helped in some way!

Tree Hut Village: The Parent-to-Parent Lending/Borrowing Community

Mummy Confession: I have a hard time letting go of things I’ve bought for babies, especially the “big ticket” items.

Disclosure: This post is not affiliated, sponsored, or otherwise endorsed by Tree Hut Village.

We’ve all done this, I’m sure. After having one child, and unsure about time between children, we put the car seat, the high chair, and maybe even other  large items in storage. They gather dust and appear useless until needed again for years. It’s either that or sell on buy/sell pages for a few dollars more than nothing

Did you know, though, there is a way to make some extra money off of those unused baby products you’ve packed away in storage, just in case you need it again?

Introducing Tree Hut Village, a parent-to-parent lending community! I’m excited to tell you all about this new platform, and hope you are as excited as I am about this opportunity to help others, and maybe make a little back in your pocket as well!

What is Tree Hut Village and why was this community created?
Why the name “Tree Hut Village”?
How can I participate in this community?
Why should I participate in this community?
Where do I find Tree Hut Village?

Screenshot of Tree Hut Village’s website: Main Page

What is Tree Hut Village and why was this community created?

Tree Hut Village is Australia’s first parent to parent baby equipment
hire platform.^ It is a community designed to allow those who wish to hire their baby equipment to parents.

This initially was designed with traveling parents in mind, as they have the choice to either drag their bulky equipment around in and out of travel locations, or hire from a company. It can be quite a lengthy and expensive process to hire from big companies. Tree Hut Village provides a simple 3 step, all online, process for both lending and selling.

Listing your items is completely free, and there is no cost to start up. Tree Hut Village only deducts a 15% administration fee after you have approved a booking. I have to say that’s amazing, for the fact that they connect you to a community that would otherwise be very difficult to manage yourself!

I love the community that Tree Hut Village has created for parents, and the opportunity to support local families while we travel!

 

Why the name “Tree Hut Village”?

^Tree Hut Village was the name chosen because the creators wanted to express what’s important to them:

– Fewer items go to landfills (“the tree”)
– Enabling giving back to the community (“the hut” stands for tangible things)- that’s why we partnered with charities like St. Kilda mums
– Parents helping parents to travel hassle free or to earn some extra
(“the village”)

Screenshot of Tree Hut Village’s website: Search Feature

How can I participate in this community? Why should I participate?

Firstly, you need to go online and register with the platform, and you just start either listing items you would like to lend (they must comply with Australian standards and be no more than 6 years old), or selecting items you would like to borrow.

The lending process is merely three steps:
1. List an item (it’s completely free!)
2. Approve bookings as they are requested.
3. Connect with borrowers when and lend your baby equipment.

Again for someone borrowing, just three steps required:
1. Search for an item and check its availability.
2. Book and pay via the security of the website.
3. Connect with the lender and confirm pick-up details.

Both lenders and borrowers are able to leave reviews, and the listing will remain active until changed by the lender themselves.

You should participate because it’s a good way to make use of your baby equipment while it is just around collecting dust! Be a part of the community and help others who would like to either trial a product before they buy it, use equipment while they travel rather than hiring elsewhere, or just have an item for a shorter period of time rather than buying it. We all know that baby equipment can be expensive to buy outright, and it’s only used for a small portion of time!

The community is growing, and it would be amazing to see people from all over Australia offering to lend their unused baby equipment in order to help others!

Screenshot of Tree Hut Village’s website: Item listing

 

Where do I find Tree Hut Village?

Tree Hut Village Website: https://www.treehutvillage.com.au
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/treehutvillageau
Instagram Page: http://www.instagram.com/treehutvillage

^Statements sourced from the creator of the platform Tree Hut Village

The Gro Company: GroBag & GroEgg ~ A Review and Overview

Mummy Review: I’m a light sleeper. My babies tend to be ones who roll around endlessly during their sleep hours, making it fun for anyone to keep them sleeping. We had the chance to try the Grobag and GroEgg together, and I’m hoping we’ve turned a corner in a bit more settled and easy sleep, as well as keeping with safe sleeping guidelines.

*Disclosure: I was gifted the Gro Bag and Gro Egg in exchange for my honest review and opinion. This in no way effects what I have written or think about these products. They have also answered a few questions about their products that I had asked below.

As you may have read, we have co-slept in the past, but as the littlest is now all over the place, he can no longer safely be in my bed. I needed to find a way for my baby to sleep safely and soundly throughout the night. When I was given the chance to review the GroBag and GroEgg, I jumped at the opportunity, as I hoped it would bring more sleep for me and for baby!

Enter the Gro Egg and the Gro Bag.

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The GroEgg- A Thermometer & Night Light

GroEgg

The GroEgg is a nursery thermometer which changes colour to indicate temperature, and displays the temperature digitally as well. It comes with a guide as well on how to dress Baby according to the temperature an indicates ideal temperatures. This takes the guesswork out of wondering if baby is too hot or cold! It doubles as a nightlight!
The GroEgg is meant to be used alongside the GroBag, another Gro Company product, as the various togs of sleeping bags are tailored to various temperatures, and alongside to layers in accordance with temperature guidelines. There is a handy guide in the pamphlet as well as on their website for further help.

I found the temperature to be accurate, and have no complaints, as it did display properly as well as change colour according to the temperature. I found it great as a nightlight as well as the fact that I didn’t have to turn a light on in order to read the temperature (or even enter the room). I could just go by the colour displayed and adjust the temperature accordingly.

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As well as the pamphlet inside that talks about the GroEgg, the Egg itself has the colour coding (which are logical choices for colours if you think about it) so you can tell what the range in which the temperature lies, and whether you need to alter it.

The GroEgg is powered by plugging it into an outlet. This does mean cords, and you obviously need to ensure you safely put it out of children’s curious reach. The plug, however, is not attached permenantly, but is removeable from the back. I would love if they offered a cordless option, but from my own experience with rechargeable cordless products, they can’t usually go all night without having to be recharged again anyways.

The GroEgg also comes with cute covers as well, if you prefer the look over just the egg shape. This is definitely a bonus if you are looking for something a little more like an animal shape.

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2.5tog GroBag in a 6-18 months size

GroBag

Upon taking this out of the packaging, I can feel this is made of quality material. The tog thickness is 2.5, so not too thin, but not too thick. Great for the autumn season. It also comes with a thermometer for the 0-6 months and 6-18 months sizes, and information of how to dress your child according to the temperature. So, if you don’t happen to have a GroEgg, you do have this thermometer. Though, it’s far easier to read the GroEgg, especially in the dark.

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Guidelines for how to dress Baby for sleep on the back of the thermometer

The great this about this sleeping bag is that there is no need to use blankets or wonder if baby is warm enough. There is no frustration about your child kicking off the covers and being cold either.

In our experience with it, the sizing was quite generous, and the 6-18 month size fit my child who is in a size 1 as well as my child in a size 2 (but just barely). It helped a lot to regulate the temperature and baby slept a bit deeper because of it. When bub wasn’t teething, he slept very well through the night with minimal wake-ups which was refreshing for everyone! Even my other child loved how it kept her warm and cozy.

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Our house was around 19-20 degrees at 2.5tog GroBag we needed a long sleeve shirt/onesie along with the GroBag itself. This did exceptionally well, and my baby had some nice sleeps. We have liked the GroBag so far, and are hoping in time, it will be a good part of his nighttime routine to indicate that it is time for sleep.

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Adorable patterns available, like this one!

The Pattern– I absolutely love this adorable print, and I believe it is fairly unisex. The hot air balloons and animals is a clever print, and both me and my children were fans.

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The Zippers– The GroBag has two zippers. It zips from top to bottom, not bottom to top like most baby products I’m used to! This means no pokey zipper bits on baby’s face! It also makes it easy to change. The second zipper at the bottom allows for you to have minimal opening when strapping a belt through when baby is in the pram.

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Belt Hole in Back– A small slit which you can easily lace a pram belt through! Minimal opening, so less disturbing for a possibly sleeping bub! It velcros shut, so it’s not an issue when not in use as well.

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Buttons at the bottom– To keep the zippers covered from prying fingers, or just out of the way, there is a little piece of fabric and some buttons to cover them.

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Sleeveless Design– while I first thought, “why sleeveless when it’s more a transitional or winter suit?” It makes sense so that bub doesn’t overheat. You can layer their Grosuit or other clothing according to their guide on how to dress Baby. You can see the full answer to my question here.

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Sizing– The size ranges for the GroBag is 0-6 months, 6-18 months, and 18-36 months. While the sizing may sound a bit ridiculous, it works well. My tall baby fits the 6-18 month size, and so does my middle child (who is a tiny thing way over 18 months). The sizing is generous, which is great, and means you have it last longer! (They even have a 3-6 and 6-10 year GroBag, but it isn’t currently in stock at the moment!)

Mummy Confessions Scale for Sleeping Bags-

Easy to put on: 4/5 – With a baby who just wants to go, it does get a tad difficult, but just because you need to get the zipper together at the top.
Stays on: 5/5
Easy to change baby in: 5/5 – The two zippers make it super easy!
Easy to take off: 5/5 – So simple!
Appropriate thickness for seasons available: 5/5 – They offer options from .2tog to 3.5tog
Baby likes it? So-so. He’s not a fan of sleep.
Material: 5/5 – Great breathable material, not too heavy,  but warm!
Sizing: 5/5 – The three size ranges are great, offering choice for various sized children…especially cool that they have up to a size 10 once stock is back!

Overall Rating of Gro Bag: I definitely rate this 5/5 overall, as all of the options for this Sleeping Bag definitely mean there is one out that that should work for your baby (if they like sleeping bags)!
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Questions I asked The Gro Company:

Why does the GroBag have a sleeveless design?
We believe that Baby Sleep Bags should be sleeveless to aid heat loss and air circulation. (Babies sleeping under traditional blankets rarely sleep with their arms inside). The new British Standard also stipulates that Baby Sleep Bags should be “without sleeves or hoods”. In cooler weather, we recommend long-sleeve bodysuits, in addition to a long-sleeved pyjama top, pyjamas or a sleepsuit.

What else can I use with the GroBag and GroEgg?
You should use your Grobag instead of blankets and sheets. The only other bedding required is a bottom sheet. Grobags are designed to replace blankets and sheets. They come in three tog (warmth) ratings for your individual baby and the temperature of your baby’s sleeping place. Duvets, quilts and pillows should not be used for babies under 1 year old and never with a Baby Sleep Bag. The Lullaby Trust recommend that the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a cot or crib in your room for the first six months. Important: never use your Grobag Baby Sleep Bag with a duvet or quilt.

· Gro-Suit– The Gro-suit is intended for use with a Grobag in cold weather or in room temperatures of 18°C or under. They are most suited to be used with a 2.5 tog or 3.5 tog Grobag.
If your room is under 16°C and you’re using a 2.5 tog Grobag you should add a vest underneath your Gro-suit. However, if you’re using a 3.5 tog Grobag you only need to use the Gro-suit underneath.
If your room is under 14°C you should ideally look to increase the temperature of the room, or use a 3.5 tog Grobag, with Gro-suit and vest.
· Gro Friends (Please remove from a sleeping baby. Soft toys should not be left in a babies cot)
· Gro Egg Shell
· Gro Muslins
· Gro Light
· Gro Anywhere Blind

Which tog do you recommend for which seasons (or where can I find that information)?
We recommend choosing the tog per temperature of the Nursery which is how our Grobags work hand in hand with our Groegg Nursery thermometer product.

We then have our What to Wear Guide available on our website for further assistance on how to dress your little one during sleep.

You can find further information about the Gro Company and their range of products at http://au.gro-store.com

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My Kmart Mini Haul for under $20!

Mummy Confession: I went in to Kmart to look for thermal wear for our future trip to the snow, and I bought other things (in addition to thermal wear)

*Disclaimer: This is not sponsored, affiliate or otherwise promoted by Kmart in any way, and is my totally honest opinion and recommendation

In preparation for our upcoming family holiday, I went to Kmart to check out their winter clothing situation. Maybe that was my first mistake? We all know Kmart lures in deal-seeking mothers and then they lose the plot when they see all the bargains on offer!

It’s always a bad (or great) idea for me to venture into the Baby section. Usually I just check things out, but this time, I found some truly great products that I wanted to share with you! Why? Because, they are a great bargain, and I love saving money!

My youngest has started solids in the last months, and let’s just say all of the bowls, plates, and utensils have done their rounds. I wanted to get some decent, yet not too pricey, replacements. Plus, I will be needing more as one more child to serve or preferably unbreakable dinnerware. Here are some of the deals I found for under $20 total!

Smock Bibs: $5- Rather than bubs covering himself in his dinner, a two pack of these bibs is just $5! They are plastic on the front and have the long sleeves to keep arms clean, too! My only issue is that they only come in one size. They probably won’t fit my baby in a couple more months, as he is gigantic. Saying that, I’m sure they have art smocks for bigger kids in store somewhere. Right? Because Kmart has everything.

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2 Nonslip Plates: $3- With that price, I wanted to buy more, but I just got some to try out. They’re great and don’t slip around on the table! Other brands would be so much more pricey, so I just thought this was too good to pass up! They aren’t completely flat either, so good for my Starting Solids bubba! One thing that would have been awesome as well is if they made a divided plate with the non slip on the bottom, too!

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2 Nonslip Bowls: $3- Again, bargain alert! Such a great find, and deeper than the plate (obviously), I had to try these as well. They have the little non slip bit on the bottom as well, and, again, excellent for my toddler insisting on eating her milk and cereal all by herself!

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20 Piece Disposable Feeding Set: $6- Included in this set are 4 sippy cups with lids, 4 bowls with lids, and 4 snack pots with lids, as well as 4 spoons and 4 sporks (so the total number DOESN’T include kids.) This is a great little set for starting off, especially as we don’t use a lot of food in one go. I love the disposable option, as you don’t feel as guilty recycling a well used product since it didn’t cost as much. It’s a great option to have in the car or nappy bag, too for a “just in case” moment! At the price, they are also slightly cheaper than the alternative. Though, neither brand of the sippy cups would I deem “spill proof.” So if you want spill proof, check out my overview of sippy cups, including some better options.

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They have so much more on offer, but this is all I needed for now, so I had to practise self-control. So, if you are in need of replacing or adding to your plastic wear for toddlers and babies, Kmart is definitely the place to check out first! I love seeing all theyhave on offer, and their Stock is always changing, so you are bound to find something new and great nearly every time you visit!

 

Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors: A Complete Review


Mummy Review
: As a smaller person, carrying a baby in-arms gets exhausting easily. A good carrier for long trips is essential if I don’t have a pram.

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Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors

Disclosure: The following carrier was provided in exchange for a review. This has no effect on my opinion and review and all opinions are my own.

Quick Click Table of Contents for the Overview:
Multiple Carrying Configuration
Adjustable Bits
Handy Extras
Video Overview and How-to-use
Mummy Confession Rating

The Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors is a carrier for newborns up to children the age of three. It is described as the perfect carrier for family days out. I had the chance to try it out indoors, outdoors, and on an adventure through a torrential downpour. I have described a few of the features of the carrier below, as well as how I found this specific feature to work personally. I have also included pictures of each feature so it is easy to find.

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Multiple Carrying Configuration

: The Carrier One Outdoors is a 4 position carrier, allowing for inward front carrying, in addition to special newborn height position, back carrying, and front carrying outward facing as well. It is approved and tested as a, “hip-healthy baby carrier” by the  International Hip Dysplasia Institute.^Baby Bjorn, Bjorn, baby, baby carrier, carrier, babywearing, soft structured carrier, carry them close, back carry

 

 

I could place both my giant infant (10kg) and my tiny toddler (under 15kg) easily into the carrier facing towards me, and my toddler into the back carry position as well. I had to ensure I adjusted the carrier appropriately to take the weight off of the shoulder straps and place them more on my hips. Once I did this, it was a lot easier to manage.Baby Bjorn, Bjorn, baby, baby carrier, carrier, babywearing, soft structured carrier, carry them close, back carry, front carry

 

My infant thoroughly enjoyed front facing in the front, but it did make it a bit harder on my back, because he wouldn’t stop kicking. I believe it’s recommended  not to front face them for too long, as it puts more pressure on your back as well as provides no escape for bub from overstimulation. I found about fifteen minutes was decent. At the same time, my back didn’t feel strained like in other carriers with a different, less supportive configuration.

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Its fairly easy to adjust from forward facing to back carrying as well, which is a nice change from trying to do this with other carriers. (The video at the bottom is a bit better at showing how to go from forward carrying to back carrying)

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Adjustable Bits

Do you know why I love adjustable things? It’s because of the height and build difference between my husband and I. We can both easily wear this carrier with nearly a foot height discrepancy and differing builds. Check out all these parts that make it comfortable to wear for both baby and the person carrying the little one.

Zipper Adjustment For Small Baby and Big Baby/Toddler: Until I read into it, I discovered there was a zipper that I needed to move in order to fit my larger baby into the carrier comfortably. I may have tried to fit my large infant with the newborn insert and wondered why it was so hard. So, just be sure you set the right zipper up before squeezing baby into the carrier! Zippers are well labelled as to the requirements for use, so just unzip from the indicated space and zip to the required size. For tiny newborns, there is also a button and loop to attach on the outside for more cozy carrying.

I use the bottom zipper indicated for a larger infant

Adjustable waist and clip: I found this little detail of the hook for the waist clip completely brilliant! No fussing around with buckles or trying to push together two bits and not able to reach the back to close it properly. One easy hook, adjust the waist properly with the belts, and you’re done. Simply face the mesh portion towards your body, slip the carrier over your head and against your chest, and you are good to get baby fitted into the carrier.

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Back of the Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors

Adjustable Shoulder Straps
Everything about this carrier lets you adjust to your proper fit and comfort. The thicker fabric, with a similar style to the belt, allows you to pull to adjust the shoulder straps. The black portion on the shoulder strap is actually a place to adjust the carrier around your shoulder blades. The black bits slide up and down along the lanyard-style adjuster (as seen in photos). This black strap that goes across your back also adjusts by pulling the black strap to the most comfortable tightness.

Quick release clips: The carrier has four clips which easily attach to secure Baby into the carrier, and also make for a nice and easy quick escape in case you need to put down a sleeping baby, or unload a child after carrying them through a rainstorm. I love this feature, because it means I can transfer a still-sleeping baby from carrier to cot much easier! Anything that makes it easier for mum is amazing!

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The clips quickly release for easy and quick use
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Some positions require you to unzip the bottom like so

Bottom Zipper (for use in certain carry positions)
Sometimes you need to unzip the bottom of the carrier for certain positions (Such as forward facing while wearing baby on the front position). Please refer to the carrying positions guide in the carrier for the appropriate use of these zippers.

Baby Bjorn Teal Strap (for Forward Facing)
Pull on the Baby Bjorn labelled teal strap when forward facing your baby, so they are more comfortable see and their face isn’t covered. I discovered this after wondering why it wasn’t more tailored to facing forward. Upon investigation, this definitely comes in handy. Silly me!

Material

The materials used in this carrier are great! They make a beautiful, breathable and soft carrier for both baby and mum (or anyone else using it)! Here are some of the highlights!

Place baby in the mesh portion of the carrier, leaving mesh between you and baby for a comfortable carry

Breathable Material: The mesh fabric used is great for keeping sweating from Baby wearing to a minimum, and keeping baby cooler. I love the mesh between bubs and whomever is carrying, as that will help with the cooling as well! I found it was great for the warmer weather we have been having, it kept bub and mum both cool enough.

Easy to Wash: Though the fabric is good for repelling dirt and easy to wipe clean, the website says that it can be washed at 40C and dries quickly.^ This is great, because you don’t need your carrier out of commission solely to wash!

Quickly Dries: This material also makes it a lot quicker to dry than the conventional Carriers. I have proven this in my experience through a downpour. The material did repel a bit, so mum and bub weren’t as wet from the carrier as well as the rain itself! It took a few hours to dry before I would wear it again, even in the muggy weather.

Soft, Comfortable, Beautiful Fabrics: One of the first things I noticed- it’s so soft! The gorgeous turquoise colour is a big plus as well! I believe this one comes in either black or turquoise. Though I’m usually in favour of the darker colours, the turquoise is beautiful, and did I tell you it’s soft?! My husband agrees the colour isn’t too feminine or masculine for either mum or dad to wear it. I am personally of the opinion that dads look much better baby wearing. 😜

Handy “Extras”

(I haven’t found in other Carriers)
I love all the great things in just the carrier itself, but in addition to that, you also get these included (and two are part of the carrier itself). I found these all useful!

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Storage/Carry Bag: The first thing I realised removing it from the box is that it comes inside a bag! This makes it so much easier to take along in case you decide to pack it away, it’s easy to do! I was glad it wasn’t an option extra, as I remember needing to find something to carry my Ergo along with us.

Pocket for keys, phone, etc: Another feature that popped out to me was the pocket, which isn’t directly behind baby’s back like other carriers I’ve tried. It’s a separate pouch on the belt of the carrier. It can move around the belt, and be used to hold th excess belt as well. It is made of the same lovely fabric as the outside of the carrier.

Pocket for Instructions/Handy Instructions: Get this, there is a tag with the instructions for the positions the Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors offers! This tag tucks into a handy pocket on the carrier, so, for people like me who get flustered at figuring things out, we’ll have somewhere to look. Such a great idea! I found it especially handy to figure out when I needed to unzip the bottom portion or how to figure the newborn/baby zipper.

Overall, I found that I loved this carrier, and really enjoyed all the features! I was thoroughly impressed with the ease of putting it on, as well as taking it off. My infant now gets excited when he sees this carrier- I’m not kidding! Plus, it has made getting him to sleep a whole lot easier, with less struggle.

I have rated the carrier according to my Mummy Confessions Scale here for a quick glance synopsis:

Overall Carry Rating: 4/5 for me, a short person with average build.
Ease of Use: 4/5 as it took me a little looking around to get the hang of it. It’s fairly straight forward though.
Little Baby Rating: Unable to judge, as I don’t have a tiny baby.
Baby Carry Rating: 4/5 as it’s fairly easy to even get a squirming baby in, it is comfortable and supportive
Toddler Carry Rating: 5/5 for front Carry while facing inwards.
Back Carry Rating: 3.5/5 as I can’t quite manage to get it easily from front to back carry as described, but I’m sure with practise it will be fairly easy.
Baby Sleep Rating:5/5 Baby fell asleep in this  nearly every time I put him in, big plus for the terrible sleep cycle we have been at lately!
Features: 5/5 There are so many!
Sit Down Rating: 4/5 You can sit at a slight incline, but you need to support bubs head a little.
Transfer Rating: 5/5 It is super easy to remove baby and try to keep them sleeping if you need  quick escape, or to get out in th middle of a rainstorm and into the car.

Daddy Rating:

I personally like the ease of use, build quality and the features of the Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors. It’s also comfortable to wear, and judging by my babies reactions, comfortable to be carried in.

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I give it 5/5 😀.

For further information on this carrier, as well as other carriers available, check out Baby Bjorn Australia’s website here. Australians can also find it fairly discounted at the moment here.

Thank you so much for the chance to review your carrier, Baby Bjorn! I love discovering new products that make Mummy-ing easier!

^Information obtained on Baby Bjorn Australia’s website

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