BabyBjorn One Review
Pros: Easy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kids
Cons: Long drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensive
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Our Analysis and Test Results
BabyBjorn is a family-owned Swedish company created by Björn and Lillemor Jakobson. In 1961, BabyBjorn sold its first product, a baby bouncer. Shortly thereafter, travel cribs, baby carriers, high chairs, and changing table all joined the lineup. The Original carrier launched in 1973 and BabyBjorn encouraged dads to participate in babywearing with advertising and gender-neutral colors good for both parents. More than 30 million babies have since been carried in BabyBjorn carriers.
The One has a variety of adjustment points to accommodate little ones of different sizes as they grow.
The fabric is soft enough with a slick mesh that we think most little ones will find comfortable. The head support is somewhat adjustable and higher than most of the competition.
The seat bottom is adjustable for width and height, so you don't need an infant insert to use the One for newborns. The seat width helps keep little legs at the right angle to avoid hip dysplasia-related concerns or for comfort for older babies.
The One is hands down the most comfortable carrier in the group.
This carrier is highly adjustable to fit parents of different sizes well. It has padded shoulder pads and waistband and soft straps. The waistband supports baby's weight well, and the chest clip helps keep the shoulder straps in place wherever they feel most comfortable. The waistbelt doesn't get in the way as it does on other soft structured carriers and the straps tighten by pulling forward which is far easier than those that pull back. This carrier is definitely one you can wear for the long haul for all kinds of adventures.
Ease of Use
Only a couple of carriers in this review are easier to use than the One.
The One functions a lot like a backpack and as a result, is relatively intuitive right out of the box. You can attach the One completely before you put the baby inside which makes it much easier to accomplish, especially if you have no help. This includes the back carry where you sort of swivel baby and carrier around to your back. The One has special safety buckles that may take some practice, but once you figure it out, they feel like second nature and work well. We think most parents will find the convenience and ease of adjustment on this carrier a step above the other soft structured options we tested.
Ease of Cleaning
The One is somewhat challenging to keep clean as a result of the length of downtime involved in the process.
The One is machine washable in warm water, but you have to hang it to dry. Drying a carrier with this much padding, thick fabric, and structure can take a few days or longer to fully dry depending on where you hang it and the ambient climate. This means significant downtime where you will have no carrier, and we worry parents will avoid cleaning the carrier as often as they should.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team