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Today, we are going to focus on the Baby Bjorn carrier. There’s nothing not to love about carrying your baby: it’s just one of those moments you can cherish long after he or she grows up. However, we here at Babybalu know how annoying and complicated carriers could be, especially when you’re talking about one of the most popular brands out there, the Baby Bjorn.
Don’t get us wrong, though, we don’t necessarily hate the Baby Bjorn, considering it’s one of the brands out there that made babywearing popular in the first place, but it – along with other similar carriers from companies like Infantino or Snuggli – is not the best out there.
Of course, its popularity isn’t all about quality; it simply means they have a large enough amount of resource to advertise their product. Here’s a tip, though: go and look for carriers made by Beco, Moby, or Ergo. Those are much better compared to the Baby Bjorn.
What makes the Baby Bjorn such an overrated carrier exactly? Well, for one, it’s one of the more expensive brands out there. And although that would be okay if its price matched the quality, it sadly doesn’t. Baby Bjorns aren’t comfortable to wear at all, both for mom and baby. Read on to find out what we mean.
It Doesn’t Provide The Right Positioning
The proper baby carrier is able to simulate how we hold our little bundles of joy in arms, which they can settle into. You see, a baby tends to position his legs up a bit and knees apart into what’s called a “froggy” position, all the while the holder placing his or her hand just under their butt, with your arms sloping upwards toward their head. Older babies, on the other hand, tend to raise their legs a little above their but. Go try checking it with your baby and see.
Now, a good baby carrier should be able support baby’s knees and place them just a bit higher than their butt, which successfully simulates how we do it with our hands. Additionally, newborns and smaller babies tend to go in a carrier with their legs in so that they can properly go into the “froggy” position. Baby Bjorns, Infantinos, and Snugglis don’t do this.
So much so, that people have even taken to calling these carriers as “crotch danglers” due to the way that they aren’t able to bring your baby’s legs in, instead just having them out and supported by a stretch of fabric in between their legs.
Now, a lot of people tend to disagree whether having baby’s legs out when babywearing is actually bad for them. Unfortunately, not a lot of studies have been done to properly conclude anything about this just yet, but perhaps the growing trend will change that.
However, since we can compare the way babies position themselves in Baby Bjorns, Infantinos, or Snugglis to how they wear jumperoos or go on exersaucers, and since medical professionals advice that limiting their time in these things help prevent any problems with their spine or hips – since they’re still developing at this stage – then we can say the same for those aforementioned carrier brands.
Simply put, using Baby Bjorns and other similar carriers won’t do much harm to baby if you used it occasionally or during short trips, but long-term wearing could prove to be a bit of a risk.
Also, this “crotch-dangle” position that Bjorns make use may be simple, but it’s by no means comfortable for babies, since it puts a lot of pressure in between their legs that you could even run the risk of cutting circulation to them if worn for a long time.
To be fair, though, we should tell you that Bjorn has released a newer model called the Comfort Carrier that allows your baby to position their legs wide, which is better than the Baby Bjorns. However, it still opts for a “legs out” position, which isn’t at all good for newborns and smaller babies. Like the Baby Bjorns, though, the Comfort Carriers don’t allow for back carries, so we still won’t recommend it.
Keep in mind that you should always prioritize safety and comfort when choosing a baby carrier, so be extra mindful of what model you choose. If you ask us, the best ones out there are carriers that can properly simulate how we hold our babies in our arms.
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It’s Not Comfortable For The Wearer
You also have to consider yourself when carrying your baby, especially if you have to do it for longer amounts of time. As such, comfort is the key, and this only becomes all the more important when you consider that babies put on a lot of weight as they get older. Usually, carrying your bundle of joy, regardless of what kind of method you opt for, isn’t much of an issue when you’re dealing with newborns.
However, by the time they reach a certain weight (about fifteen pounds and above), carrying them takes a bit of a toll on your body. This is where a good baby carrier comes in, especially ones that offer the right amount of support to distribute baby’s weight evenly.
Going back to the Bjorns, these models don’t have proper waist or back support, which means you’ll have a harder time carrying your child for extended lengths of time. Yeah, the newer Comfort Carrier model added a waist support to help distribute the weight more evenly, but with its price you’re better off choosing a different brand.
As for the Baby Bjorns, they’re really touted to be able to hold up to 25 pounds, and although they do, wearers will have a hard time holding that much weight and are prone to back strains and backaches. Especially when you’re dealing with heavier babies, where carrying them on your back is the best option, the Bjorns’ inability to be used this way gives it yet another reason to switch to a different model or brand.
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Now, the Baby Bjorn may appear cheap at first, usually retailing for anywhere between 60 to 70 dollars, but with its limited features you’re better off looking at other brands out there. In fact, Ergo carriers, which go from about 40 dollars and above, are even able to hold up to about 40 pounds (that’s a whole lot more than Bjorn’s 25 pound limit).
And no, just because Ergos are cheap doesn’t mean their quality leaves much to hope for; these things last. As for the Bjorn Comfort Carriers, these things sell for $171 per piece, which is no small amount. And again, it’s not worth it. Instead, go on and look for a Beco Baby Gemini, which start at $130, have a weight capacity of about 35 pounds, and best of all, provides proper positioning for you and your baby.
What if Baby Only Prefers Facing Forward?
This is nothing new in the world of babywearers, and it’s something that doesn’t have to stop you from purchasing a great carrier that offers the right kind of support and positioning for both you and your baby.
Sure, babies have preferences, but they base that all on how they’re feeling. And if they’re feeling comfortable, of course they won’t fuss about it. You see, it’s pretty usual that our little tykes would prefer to be carried in the front facing you. That way, they can look at the world around them when they turn their heads to either side.
However, there are also some pretty good reasons that you shouldn’t opt for this particular kind of carry. For one, your baby doesn’t get a lot of rest even when he or she rests her head on your chest, because our fronts tend to move more – or shake, if you will – when we’re moving. Secondly, the position makes baby prone to overstimulation from what he or she sees in the world around.
Still, there are people who don’t really think it’s a bad idea to use this position as long as you don’t overdo it. Just remember that it’s not ideal to have your baby using this carrying method; it’s better if you had them in your arms or on your back. But if we’re talking about the wearer, then back carries instantly takes the win, since it puts less strain on your hips and back as opposed to carrying your baby in front of you.
Of course, preferences vary from one baby to another, and there are those who really don’t like being carried in the front. Not to worry, though, a simple back carry could fix that. Mainly, it’s better for the wearer’s body, given that it provides a better center of gravity for them while carrying their little tykes.
It also provides babies with enough space on your shoulders or nape to rest their heads when they’re tired, which also lessens the amount of stimulation they get from the outside world. For this kind of carry, all you’ll need is either a mei tai, a woven or gauze wrap, or a buckle carrier. However, take note that the third one is best for larger, heavier babies. Yet another benefit you could get from back carrying is having your hands free.
Before we go, we just want to give you a few tips when choosing the right baby carrier for you. First, make sure to put as much thought to this as much as you would any other baby supplies, like milk or breast pumps. There are several kinds of baby carriers out there and a whole lot more brands that make them, so choose wisely!
Now, a lot of these things are usually made on a small scale and not heavily advertised, so be extra careful when choosing the one you want to buy. We hope you enjoyed our thoughts on the Baby Bjorn carrier. Good luck!