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.
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.
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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.
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.^
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Baby Bjorn have come up with another great product.
I give it 5/5 ?.
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