The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One is a soft structured carrier that works for children from 8-33 lbs. The One is highly adjustable making it easy to get a good fit for the wearer and for baby. The padded shoulders traps and waistband do a great job supporting baby's weight and the entire carrier can be put on and adjusted prior to putting your baby inside making it easy to use by yourself. This carrier isn't a good choice for families on a budget because it is the most expensive option we tested. However, it will last for most of your baby's babywearing years and the One is high quality and could be used with multiple children. If you are looking for a very comfortable to wear carrier that is cozy for baby, it is hard to find a better option than the Carrier One.
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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|Pros||Easy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kids||Ease to use, soft fabric, comfortable||Comfortable, easy to adjust, pocket||Comfortable to wear, machine wash and dry, cozy||Budget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry|
|Cons||Long drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensive||Price, extra hanging fabric||Hang to dry, rough fabric||Price, harder to adjust on the go||Size specific, no adjustability|
|Bottom Line||Most comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachment||Comfortable to wear and sit in, this sling is easy to use and clean||Easy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softer||Comfortable carrier for parents and baby, but it's harder to use and expensive||Inexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle|
|Rating Categories||BabyBjorn One||Tula Ring Sling||Maya Wrap...||Tula Free-to-Grow||Baby K'tan Original|
|Child Comfort (25%)|
|Parent Comfort (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (10%)|
|Specs||BabyBjorn One||Tula Ring Sling||Maya Wrap...||Tula Free-to-Grow||Baby K'tan Original|
|Min/Max Weight||8 - 33 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||7 - 45 lbs||8 - 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)||Facing In (0 - 3 mo) Facing Out (3 - 6 mo) Hip Carry (6 mo - 35 lbs)||Facing In (7 - 45 lbs) Back Carry (Head/Neck/Torso Control - 45 lbs)||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)|
|Weight||2.26 lbs||sm 1.05 lg 0.97 lbs||sm 0.92 lg 1.16 lbs||1.25 lbs||sm 0.89 lg 1.04 lbs|
|Fabric||Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam||100% Cotton||Cotton, Polyester||100% Cotton||100% Cotton|
|Storage Options||None||None||Zippered pocket on tail||Velcro pouch on waist belt||Pouch on the belt.|
|Other Features & Notable||Adjustable Seat Width, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1||None||None||Adjustable Seat Width, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1||Azo Dye-free|
|Optional Accessories||None||None||Ring Covers, Wet Sac||None||None|
|Care Instructions||Machine wash warm, hang dry.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.||Machine wash cold, hang dry.||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 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.
This graph shows a comparison of the overall score for the Carrier One and other products we tested.
The following categories explain the details of how the One performed compared to the competition during testing. The individual metric scores were utilized to come up with the overall scores, emphasizing comfort and ease of use.
The One earned a 7 of 10 for baby's comfort. 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 earned a 10 of 10 for parent comfort. The One is hands down the most comfortable carrier in the group.
The One 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
The One received an above average score of 7 of 10 for ease of use. While seven may seem like a lower score, there are only two carriers in this review that were easier to use.
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 earned a 5 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This score isn't the best, but it has more to do with the length of downtime while cleaning than difficulty.
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.
- Bib for Baby Carrier One — This cool bib attaches to your One carrier and soaks up al the drool (and other things) that come from baby's mouth. The positioning of little ones in the carrier facing out to the world will often result in chewing or drooling on the folded top of the carrier. Using the bib means you should be able to go longer between washing by keeping the area cleaner.
BabyBjorn makes a few types of carriers including the BabyBjorn Original which we also tested in this review. However, outside of the Original and the Carrier One, the BabyBjorn carriers are either similar or have slightly different functionality than the options we tested. For instance, the BabyBjorn We is very similar to the One, but your child cannot ride on the front facing forward. The BabyBjorn Miracle is similar to the Original in form and function, but it features a waistbelt.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team