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Beco Gemini Review

Below average carrier but there are easier more comfortably options with lower prices
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Price:   $140 List | $105 at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable for parents, machine washable
Cons:  Hang to dry, not as cozy for little ones with limited adjustability
Manufacturer:   Beco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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  • Child Comfort - 25% 5
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 7
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 4

The Skinny

The Beco Gemini is a soft structured carrier that works for little ones between 7-35 lbs. This carrier can be used front facing, on the back, or as a hip carry option. The Beco has an adjustable width seat bottom, a waistband pocket, padded shoulder straps, and is machine washable. While this carrier is more comfortable for parents than some other soft structured options, it isn't as cozy for baby and many of our tiny testers indicated discomfort during testing. The Beco has limited adjustability which makes it hard to find a good fit and the design is tight with limited room for baby. There are more comfortable and less expensive carriers of this kind that would be easier for most parents to use.


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Pros Comfortable for parents, machine washableEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, lower priceComfortable, easy to adjust, pocketEasy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kidsBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry
Cons Hang to dry, not as cozy for little ones with limited adjustabilityHang to dryHang to dry, rough fabricLong drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensiveSize specific, no adjustability
Bottom Line Below average carrier but there are easier more comfortably options with lower pricesEasy to use, comfortable sling to wear and sit inEasy to wear and adjust with comfort for baby but the fabric could be softerMost comfortable to wear with a cozy seat and easy attachmentInexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle
Rating Categories Beco Gemini Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap... BabyBjorn One Baby K'tan Original
Child Comfort (25%)
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Parent Comfort (35%)
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Ease Of Use (30%)
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Specs Beco Gemini Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap... BabyBjorn One Baby K'tan Original
Min/Max Weight 7 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 33 lbs 8 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Facing Out (4 mo. - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (4 mo. - 35 lbs)
Back Carry (4 mo. - 35 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 (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs)
Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 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 1.21 lbs 0.9 lbs sm 0.92
lg 1.16 lbs
2.26 lbs sm 0.89
lg 1.04 lbs
Packable Size Medium Small Small Large Small
Fabric 100% Cotton 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
Cotton, Polyester Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam 100% Cotton
Hood No No No No No
Storage Options Pocket on waist belt Pocket on the tail Zippered pocket on tail None Pouch on the belt.
Other Features & Notable None None None Adjustable Seat Width,
Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1
Azo Dye-free
Included Accessories None None None None None
Care Instructions Machine wash cold, hang dry. Machine wash cold, hang dry. Machine wash cold, hang dry. Machine wash warm, hang dry. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Beco was started in 2005 by Gabby Caperon. Gabby built a base of admirers thanks to her carrier designs that modern parents feel are functional and stylish. Beco makes four different kinds of soft structured carriers.

Performance Comparison



Most little testers indicated their discomfort in one way or another when using the Beco.
Most little testers indicated their discomfort in one way or another when using the Beco.

Baby's Comfort


The Beco isn't the most comfortable option for a baby. Earning on fo the lowest scores for baby comfort in the group. Child seat adjustment happens by changing the parent straps so it is limited in how much adjustment you can do to increase comfort or change positions. This change also impacts the headrest position making it hard to fit larger children in the seat. Our older test passengers verbally said being in the Gemini hurt, which is easy to believe given how tight it feels in the carrier.

The seat width on the Beco is adjustable depending on the type of carrying and the size of the passenger.
The seat width on the Beco is adjustable depending on the type of carrying and the size of the passenger.

The seat width is adjustable based on the carry position and somewhat on your baby's size. Adjustments need to happen before you put your baby in the carry, so if you get it wrong, you'll likely need to start over.

Some testers will find that the padded portions of the straps are too short and the non-padded portions can dig in under the baby's weight.
Some testers will find that the padded portions of the straps are too short and the non-padded portions can dig in under the baby's weight.

Parent's Comfort


The Beco is comfortable enough compared to the competition. Its parent comfort score is just above the average with nicely padded shoulder straps and waistbelt. However, the shoulder strap padding stops short of being useful for larger wears (most dads) so you still end up with a simple strap supporting baby's weight in some positions. Some testers also felt it has a more restrictive feel than other soft structured carriers, and the feeling increased as the size of the passengers did.

Some features of the Beco are easy to use  but overall making adjustments is harder than similar products.
Some features of the Beco are easy to use, but overall making adjustments is harder than similar products.

Ease of Use


The Beco is harder to use than similar competition. The Beco is relatively intuitive, but you will probably need the manual for the seat width adjustment. The manual is okay but has a lot of pictures that interestingly take away from understanding how to use it. Putting it on is okay, but there are easier soft structured carriers to put on, adjust and put a baby into like the BabyBjorn One. However, in fairness, the sling carriers are by far simpler and, therefore, much easier to use than the soft structure style.

The Beco waistband pocket has a Velcro closure and can hold some smartphones or perhaps your keys.
The Beco waistband buckle has a safety feature that makes it slightly more difficult to use  but once you get the hang of it  it can be done fairly easily.

The Beco has a waistband pocket with Velcro closure (above left). It isn't a very big pocket, but it will hold some smartphones and possibly your keys. The buckles have a safety feature mechanism (above left) that will take some getting used to and may require two hands until you do. They aren't necessarily hard to use, but there is a learning curve.

The Beco needs to hang to dry and is harder to spot clean.
The Beco needs to hang to dry and is harder to spot clean.

Ease of Cleaning


The Beco isn't the easiest to keep clean. Four is the lowest score in the group. While the Gemini is machine washable, you can only use cold water, and you'll need to hang it to dry. This drying method could take more time than you have before your next adventure, leaving you without a carrier. Worse than the hang drying, however, is the poor spot cleaning capabilities. If you need to do a quick cleanup on the go, it can be harder to get the material clean, and the spot will take longer to dry.

Manufacturer Video


Front Carry Position


Hip Carry


Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team