This rather handsome carrier is slightly deceptive, but not in a good way. It looks simple at first, then as you read the instructions and attempt to fathom out how to use it, you realise there’s more to it than meets the eye. This is good and bad. Good in that it adapts well to the needs of your growing child, giving extra head and body support when it’s needed; bad in that there are eight buckles (count ’em!) to secure before you can get on the move with your baby.
The harness is relatively simple to use, although the straps were a little stiff to pull as tight as was needed; hopefully this will ease with increased use. It sits comfortably on the shoulders and crosses over between the shoulder blades. The shoulder padding helps distribute the load well, and toting your baby is pretty comfortable considering there is no extra lumbar support. On the downside, the polyester fabric, complete with padding, left Sara feeling rather hot and bothered.
The pod insert is a great idea, enabling you to attach and detach your baby while he sleeps. The mesh fabric is great for ventilation, but could be softer. Charlie looked to be well cocooned, and inserting him was easy, but fastening securely was fiddly, as all the straps need to be threaded through loops on the main carrier before fastening – he may have been safe, but the shops were shutting soon!
For older babies who want to look out and see the world, the pod is dispensed with, leaving you with a pretty basic carrier that doesn’t look as cushioned and comfortable as most of the others tested. That said, it becomes less complicated, which is definitely a good thing.
The detachable dribble bib and bottle holder are useful extras, but be aware that you can’t have both attached at the same time, as there aren’t enough poppers.