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BabyBjorn One Review

Most comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachment
babybjorn one baby carrier review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:  $190 List
Manufacturer:   BabyBjorn
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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RANKED
#5 of 16
  • Child Comfort - 25% 6.0
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 10.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.0
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 3.0

The Skinny

The BabyBjorn One is a soft structured carrier that works for children from 8-33 lbs. Compared to other carriers in our best baby carrier review. The One is highly adjustable, making it easy for the wearer and the baby to get a good fit. The padded shoulder straps and waistband do a great job supporting the baby's weight, and the entire carrier can be put on and adjusted before putting your baby inside, making it easy to use by yourself. However, it's expensive, a factor to consider for those on a budget. If you are looking for a comfortable baby carrier cozy for you and your little passenger while out exploring, it is hard to find a better option than the One.
REASONS TO BUY
Easy to put on
Super comfortable to wear
Cozy for kids
REASONS TO AVOID
Long drying time
Lots of buckles and straps
Expensive
Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on October 18, 2022, to add sections that share helpful information and product comparisons to assist you in narrowing down the options.

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Pros Easy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kidsEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, affordableBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dryComfortable to wear, machine wash and dry, cozyMachine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economical
Cons Long drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensiveHang to drySize specific, no adjustabilityPrice, harder to adjust on-the-goHarder to use, lots of fabric
Bottom Line Most comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachmentEasy to use, comfortable sling to wear and sit inInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassleComfortable carrier for parents and baby, but it's harder to use and expensiveBudget-friendly wrap that is comfortable but harder to use
Rating Categories BabyBjorn One Nalakai Ring Sling Baby K'tan Original Tula Free-to-Grow Boba Wrap
Child Comfort (25%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Parent Comfort (35%)
10.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Ease of Use (30%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Ease Of Cleaning (10%)
3.0
8.0
10.0
6.0
10.0
Specs BabyBjorn One Nalakai Ring Sling Baby K'tan Original Tula Free-to-Grow Boba Wrap
Min/Max Weight 8 - 33 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 7 - 45 lbs 7 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs)
Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Facing In (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)
Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Facing In (7 - 45 lbs)
Back Carry (Head/Neck/Torso Control - 45 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Weight 2.26 lbs 0.9 lbs Sm: 0.89
Lg: 1.04 lbs
1.25 lbs 1.41 lbs
Packable Size Large Small Small Medium Small (5.5 yards in length)
Fabric Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
100% Cotton 100% Cotton 95% Cotton
5% Spandex
Hood No No No Yes No
Storage Options None Pocket on the tail Pouch on the belt. Velcro pouch on waist belt Storage Pouch
Other Features & Notable Adjustable Seat Width,
Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1
None Azo Dye-free Adjustable Seat Width, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 None
Included Accessories None None None None Storage Sack
Care Instructions Machine wash warm, hang dry Machine wash cold, hang dry Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

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 after, travel cribs, baby carriers, high chairs, and changing tables joined the lineup. The Original carrier launched in 1973, and BabyBjorn encouraged dads to participate in babywearing with advertising and gender-neutral colors that are good for both parents. More than 30 million babies have since been carried in BabyBjorn carriers.

Performance Comparison



babybjorn one baby carrier review - little ones in our testing found the one to be comfortable enough...
Little ones in our testing found the One to be comfortable enough for sleeping.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Baby's Comfort


The One has various 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 One's seat bottom can be adjusted with little ones in the pack...
The One's seat bottom can be adjusted with little ones in the pack for comfort or size.
The One's seat bottom can be set to a wider width for proper hip...
The One's seat bottom can be set to a wider width for proper hip placement based on your baby's size and age. This makes the One good for little ones of various sizes.

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.

babybjorn one baby carrier review - parent's enjoyed wearing the one and felt it was the most...
Parent's enjoyed wearing the One and felt it was the most comfortable carrier in the group.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Parent's Comfort


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 the 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.

babybjorn one baby carrier review - the one can be slipped over your head like a shirt with the chest...
The One can be slipped over your head like a shirt with the chest buckle already connected so you don't need to be flexible to use it by yourself.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


A couple of carriers in this review are easier to use than the One.


The One functions a lot like a backpack and is moderately intuitive right out of the box. You will need to read the manufacturer's instructions to properly set up the carrier based on your child's age and size. But, once set up, you won't need to make additional adjustments until they grow. We appreciate that 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 your 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.

babybjorn one baby carrier review - the one is machine washable in warm water but needs to air dry...
The One is machine washable in warm water but needs to air dry. Given the padding and structure, it could take some time to dry completely, which means you could be sans carrier for several days.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The One is somewhat challenging to keep clean due to the length of downtime involved in the process.


The One is machine washable in warm water, but you must 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.

Should You Buy the BabyBjorn One?


This carrier isn't a good choice for families on a budget because it is one of the most expensive top-ranked baby carriers we tested. However, it will last most of your baby's babywearing years, and we think its high quality has the potential to be used with multiple children should your family grow in the future.

What Other Baby Carries Should You Consider?


The Nalakai Ring Sling is a high-ranking, affordable contender that may fit your needs while you're toting your child around. It's a comfortable sling-style carrier that works for newborns to toddlers, and its design offers a customized fit for parents of different sizes. Plus, it's easier to clean than the One. You might also consider the Tula Free-to-Grow, another soft structured carrier that has similar longevity as the One, but some feel is more comfortable.

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