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BabyBjorn Carrier One ReviewPrice: $190.00 List | $155.97 at Amazon - 18% off
Pros: Front facing out, durable, ergonomic
Cons: Bulky, uncomfortable, price, no features
Bottom line: Not the best carrier for baby facing out
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
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.
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
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.
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.
This carrier is one of the more expensive carriers we evaluated and not worth the cost, in our opinion.
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.
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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