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BabyBjorn Carrier One Review

Price:   $190.00 List | $129.68 at Amazon - 32% off
Pros:  Front facing out, durable, ergonomic
Cons:  Bulky, uncomfortable, price, no features
Bottom line:  Not the best carrier for baby facing out
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Manufacturer:   BabyBjorn

The Skinny

The BabyBjorn Carrier One is fairly easy to use and allows for babies to face out in the front carry position, which is a nice feature. However, it is also bulky and did not perform well during our testing in both the Baby and Parent Comfort categories. Coupled with its high price (it's the most expensive carrier we reviewed), we think there are better options like the Ergobaby Four Position 360 or Beco Baby Gemini if you are looking for a carrier that allows baby to face forward.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Sunday
June 21, 2015

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BabyBjorn took three long years to design this carrier, with input from pediatricians and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. This carrier essentially offers three different carry positions with variations on some of them that can be achieved by adjusting various zippers. There is a zipper inside the carrier which can be attached to one of two points to set the height for either a newborn or an older baby. There is also a pair of zippers above the waistband, and when open, baby's legs dangle, but when closed, baby's legs are wide and well supported.

Performance Comparison



Baby's Safety


Baby sat too low in Babybjorn Carrier One no matter how much we adjusted it.
Baby sat too low in Babybjorn Carrier One no matter how much we adjusted it.
The Carrier One scored a 6 of 10 for Baby's Safety. During our testing, we observed that proper ergonomics for baby's hips are provided in the two configurations where the leg zips are fully closed. However, the other three configurations (one of which is the newborn configuration), leave the leg zips open resulting in the dreaded crotch/leg dangle. Also, we can not seem to get our baby close enough to kiss in this carrier. Even after making adjustments, the waistband sits too low to make this possible, making it difficult to ensure baby is doing ok.

Baby's Comfort


With the zippers open  baby's legs dangle straight down in the Babybjorn Carrier One.
With the zippers open, baby's legs dangle straight down in the Babybjorn Carrier One.
Overall, the Carrier One did not provide baby with as much comfort as the other carriers we tested, and it received a 5 of 10 in our scoring. Our young infant tester reported that her baby sometimes fell asleep in this carrier, and our toddler tester liked that her baby could face forward. However, there are some major issues with the head support and buckles that prevent baby from getting a cozy ride. There are large, hard plastic buckles right at the height of the baby's head. Whether facing out or facing in, baby continually hit his head/face on the buckles, resulting in lots of squirming and fussing. Also, in the front carry facing out position, the head support is supposed to fold down, but it won't stay down, but rather pops up into baby's face.

Parent's Comfort


This BabyBjorn received the lowest score during our testing in the Parent's Comfort category, receiving 3 of 10. This is largely in part to one major issue: it is too long-waisted. Unless you have a very long torso, baby sits too low causing the weight to be primarily distributed to the shoulders rather than the hips. For newborns and small infants, this may not be an issue, but for older/heavier babies and toddlers, this carrier can only be worn comfortably for a short period of time.

Ease of Use


You slip the Babybjorn Carrier One over your head before putting baby in. Notice the mesh panel on the front that is a hindrance to breastfeeding in this carrier.
You slip the Babybjorn Carrier One over your head before putting baby in. Notice the mesh panel on the front that is a hindrance to breastfeeding in this carrier.
For Ease-of-Use, the Carrier One performed below average in our tests with a score of 4 of 10. Putting this carrier on was a different experience compared to the other carriers we tested. Instead of slipping each arm through a shoulder strap and clipping them together behind your back, these shoulder straps are permanently joined together. You have to slip the entire carrier over your head, which took some practice to get right. One of our biggest complaints about this design is that it was very difficult, if not impossible, to breastfeed while wearing baby. It also lacks a sleeping hood and storage pocket, is quite bulky, and at 2.1 pounds, was the heaviest carrier out of the 15 we tested.

The easy-to-use buckles on the Carrier One allow for a speedy in and out.
The easy-to-use buckles on the Carrier One allow for a speedy in and out.
On a positive note, it has BabyBjorn's signature buckles, which allow for quick in and out and an easy/quiet transfer if baby falls asleep in the carrier. It was also designed to be easy to switch from a front carry to a back carry, which it is, and has a convenient built-in mechanism for carrying newborns without requiring extra pieces.

Ease of Cleaning


The One is machine washable, but it has different washing instructions for the cotton and mesh portions of the carrier, and it has to drip dry. Seems a little too complicated for us, which is why it scored a 5 of 10 in this category.

Best Applications


In the promotional video and the owner's manual the Carrier One is described as "all you need," catering from ages newborn to approximately 3 years. We disagree. In our tests, it only performed well when carrying newborns and small infants; it became increasingly uncomfortable with heavier babies.

Value


This carrier is one of the more expensive carriers we evaluated and not worth the cost, in our opinion.

Conclusion


The Carrier One is BabyBjorn's attempt to make an ergonomic, versatile carrier with an outward facing option. Unfortunately, they came up short in both comfort and ergonomics. We think there are less expensive and better options out there if you're looking for a "four position" carrier that will take you from newborn to toddler-hood, like the Ergobaby Four Position 360 or the Beco Baby Gemini.

Other Versions and Accessories


The BabyBjorn One comes in four colors in the cotton mix blend. It also comes in four colors in a mesh material. They make several accessories to accompany the Carrier One including a fleece cover with a hood for the carrier, a waterproof bib, and teething pads.

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