No one likes lugging prams around shops, supermarkets or out into the countryside on a walk. So when I got offered the chance to test drive the Baby Bjorn Carrier One it seemed like a perfect solution to all my problems, in short I think it is (review done, drop the mic…)
All jokes aside, this carrier isn’t perfect, and why would it by, nothing is. For one it is actually quite tricky to fold down into anything that resembles compact and the clasp system is interesting to say the least. But the Carrier One is the Ferrari of the baby carrying world. I say that without having been in a Ferrari, but if I had I think it would feel something like putting this carrier on.
Baby Bjorn Review, via a day at the Garden Centre
For the review I took Max around the Garden centre, and you can see how our day progressed here.
First impressions and carrying positions
Considering I scanned the instructions and then just had a go it was pretty quick and painless. I was fine putting Max on my front by myself.
The Carrier One can support a few carries depending on your childs age. On your back, which is fairly straightforward and then on your front, either facing outwards or facing towards you. I found the back much more comfortable and incredibly easy as long as you had a second person to help out.
Max is a bit too old to face outwards whilst on my front but the back carry was very suitable for both of us as he could see the most. The front facing you position is good but pulls a bit more on your back.
Assembling the Baby Bjorn and Claspgate
The Carrier One is pretty easy to get on and in the main easy to tackle solo with front carries, of which you can do two. Front facing with your child facing away from you, and front facing with your child facing towards you (always choose away from you, that way you don’t have to watch them screaming…).
My issue, and it is my biggest gripe with the Carrier One is the clasp, claspgate if you will. With other carriers you have buckles that clip into place, and it is super easy to see and feel where they go.
With the Carrier One you have extremely fiddly clasps that are at best annoying and at worse downright frustrating. To be honest when you get it right and nail it, it is quick easy and you look like a total boss. But get it wrong and you can be messing around with an annoyed child on you trying desperately to hit the sweet spot. Incidentally this system is incredibly easy to take off, so winner there.
Once you’ve got the Carrier One on though I have to see it is a life changing experience. The fabric is soft, you feel so supported, in every way, and you look like a king. There is a very stylish aspect to this carrier, a type of grown upness that I wouldn’t normally associate with a baby carrier. It is like wearing a very fine suit that hugs you in all the right places and gives me (a bad back sufferer) support that other carriers just haven’t.
The straps are padded and all the straps all covered with the same soft denim like fabric.
Overall I was mightily impressed. However this carrier is on the expensive side and not everyone can afford a Ferrari (me included). But for those who can, there isn’t anything quite like it. Yes the clasps are annoying and plasticy (which detracts a little from the luxury aspect) but for anyone who hates the cutting in that a lot of carriers do, or the way that some carriers feel when you’ve been in them for hours, look no further than the Carrier One, it isn’t perfect but it comes close.