I am a firm believer in a baby-parent connection.
I do use a stroller - though I did toss and turn over that one - but I do have my non-negotiable "must face mom" requirement , and loved my Xplory for that ( more reasons here) . But I also very firmly believe in baby carrying - we've noticed a huge difference in my children as we started to implement that principle.
This is not my first child, and , believe me , we've been through it all - baby bjorns, ergos, wraps, slings - you name it, I am SURE I had it. While all are good in their own way, the reason I've had that many was because one was offering this feature, while the other that , etc, etc, etc. As a constant on-the-go mom AND a professional, my needs are wide. And then... some carriers simply ended up being not very comfortable after the baby turned 3-4 months , so , naturally, I searched for new.
I was thrilled when I saw this video about Stokke MyCarrier.
I was even more happy when a week or so later the very much wanted package arrived on my doorstep. I put it to use , and let me tell you : I am amazed. While I already knew that Stokke usually takes great pride and care in developing their products, I am yet to see something as well thought out as this baby carrier. Let me expand on this.
First of all,
Let me pause and rewind , did you get THIS part :"... with high tech safety features found in high quality mountaineering gear"?!
And they are NOT kidding. I am yet to see something as secure as Stokke MyCarrier, and be as easy to use. The security it offers looks and feels identical or better then that of you use for mountain climbing , but NOT complicated to use - snap , click and off you go in 2 seconds.
Whaaat?! "...safe soft breathable organic cotton textiles, all materials free from harmful substances"
Thank you for thinking about my baby, our environment and also THANK YOU for not giving me the regular, non-organic, option. I think this part is really showing the high level of integrity behind Stokke mission as a company, wouldn't you agree? I also think that today this is valued more then ever.
Ease of use :
Now I am going to talk from my experience here .
I used this carrier for two weeks now. I used it for hours and hours at a time while pushing a toddler in our Xplory running all over the city, and I did not feel a thing. Sure, I felt the baby , BUT - the carrier morphed to my body with the weight being distributed very well - the baby felt like a part of my body, rather then hanging on it. And considering my petite frame, THAT is a first.
Originally , my heart was won by the part that I could place a toddler INTO the carrier and THEN put the baby on me. Yes , many carriers offer the back-carry option, but you half -attach your carrier, and then you try to shimmy in the toddler , who's doing a boogie-woogie on you your back, and - as it happens too often - you are more likely then not to be in the middle of the busy pedestrian street where you really don't have that much time or appreciative audience.
I absolutely LOVE how easy Stokke made MyCarrier be: snap the baby in, kiss and swing over the back just like a backpack. Does not get easier then that.
I cannot thank Stokke designers enough. One of the things that always worried me is hip dysplasia for a newborn. The joints are too fragile and unstable, and when pulled around adult body can easily be dislocated. This topic is addressed beautifully in the design of MyCarrier with the best I've ever seen baby/child positioning - just right for the little hips, protected and secured, with the carrier going around adults body and giving just enough angle for the little legs to turn out properly and THEN wrap around.
Stokke is known for being meticulous about growing spines and proper postures. MyCarrier is no exception. With the additional back support , shaped to imitate the natural curves of the spine, there is no way to feel discomfort. Honestly, they really should have called it a "Back-spa Carrier". That's what I call it around here.
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT.
I stumbled upon this video the other day and smiled - I use my carrier when I teach class, and absolutely love it. I really cannot compare it to anything , except to encourage you to try one.
Please, note - I am not being paid to advertise/promote/etc. I am, however, very impressed with this carrier and, knowing what it's like to search for the one that works, highly recommend MyCarrier to all. You'll love it, trust me here.
PS - almost forgot. The MOST IMPORTANT part is that the baby and toddler both love it. Here is a hug , first and consciously given, that we were so lucky to catch on camera.
And the toddler actually fell asleep the first time we were testing the back-carry position - it was evening, but nonetheless...
I hope you join into baby carrying world! And huge thank you toStokke for making our and our children's lives be so much more easier and fun!