You+Me 4-in-1 Review
Pros: Inexpensive, machine washable
Cons: Less secure feeling, not as supportive, line dry
Manufacturer: You+Me 4-in-1
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|Pros||Inexpensive, machine washable||Budget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry||Machine wash and dry, comfy for baby and parents, economical||Easy to clean, comfy for baby and parent, economical||Inexpensive, lightweight, easy to put baby in|
|Cons||Less secure feeling, not as supportive, line dry||Size specific, no adjustability||Need to hold baby while you put it on, lots of fabric, hard to wrap||Hard to use, lots of extra fabric in the way||Uncomfortable for baby and parent, hard to use, difficult to clean|
|Bottom Line||Average with no stand out features for comfort or convenience||Inexpensive, easy to use, wrap style without the wrap hassle||Budget-friendly wrap that is comfortable but harder to use||Comfy option that is easy to clean but much harder to use||Less expensive, low quality choice that isn't comfortable to wear|
|Rating Categories||You+Me 4-in-1||Baby K'tan Original||Boba Wrap||Moby Wrap Classic||Infantino Flip Adva...|
|Child Comfort (25%)|
|Parent Comfort (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (10%)|
|Specs||You+Me 4-in-1||Baby K'tan Original||Boba Wrap||Moby Wrap Classic||Infantino Flip Adva...|
|Min/Max Weight||8 - 32 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||7 - 35 lbs||8 - 35 lbs||8 - 32 lbs|
|Carry Positions||Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (20 - 32 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)
|Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)||Kangaroo Position (< 8 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (5 mo - 35 lbs)
|Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (sit up - 32 lbs)
|Weight||0.97 lbs||sm 0.89
lg 1.04 lbs
|1.41 lbs||1.3 lbs||0.92 lbs|
|Fabric||Not Specified||100% Cotton||95% Cotton
|100% Cotton||Polyester, Cotton|
|Storage Options||None||Pouch on the belt.||Storage Pouch||None||None|
|Other Features & Notable||None||Azo Dye-free||None||None||Bib|
|Included Accessories||Bandana Bib||None||None||Stuff Sac||None|
|Care Instructions||Machine wash cold, hang dry.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.||Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.||Machine wash cold, hang dry.|
Our Analysis and Test Results
You+Me Carrier company looks to be a one-product outfit with little information about the company or its origins. The company website focuses on the 4-1 carrier and the included drool bib. It features how-to videos and a product registration page.
The You+Me offers average features for comfort for little ones. With this being one of the most important considerations in a carrier, we feel little ones should be ultra-comfortable in their carrier. The carrier's seat feels supportive and nicely padded, but the head support is lacking, and our testers felt the need to support the baby's head with a hand instead of letting the carrier do its job. The fabric, perhaps in its attempt to be cooling and allow airflow, is rougher than the competition and could be unfriendly to little ones with more sensitive skin. Even the included face cloth/bib isn't as soft as we'd expect it to be.
There isn't much opportunity to adjust this carrier for the baby's comfort, and we worry some little ones won't find it cozy in the long run, especially as they grow taller and outside the height of the provided head support.
The You+Me is average for parent comfort. It feels pretty good at the start with padded shoulder straps and a supportive waistband. However, over the long haul, the carrier starts to feel less comfy. The shoulder straps are somewhat snug on the shoulders, with no way to make adjustments for wider shoulders. While the straps' length is adjustable, there isn't much else going on that can help you as the day wears on.
The waist strap on the You+Me has adequate padding under the baby carrier area, which helps add structure to keep little ones in place, but the rest of the strap isn't very soft, and it led to chaffing in our tests on multiple adults.
Ease of Use
Putting on the You+Me is akin to putting on a backpack on your back or backward when worn in the front. Making the connections and using the clips is easy enough, and we didn't experience any hiccups during testing.
Putting the baby in the pack was more challenging than most of the competition. Even after following the available how-to videos, it felt more convoluted than it should be. It seems like there are more steps than similarly styled carriers with lots of buckles and buttons to manage.
The user manual is so-so compared to the competition, but we appreciate that they provide online videos if you have the desire and knowledge to find them.
Ease of Cleaning
The You+Me can go in your washing machine, which is good as babies can be messy, especially with drool and spit-up. However, like most soft structured carriers, it has to line dry or lay flat to dry. While not unusual, this can lead to a longer downtime when you can't use your carrier. Depending on the humidity level in your home or area, the downtime can be overnight or longer.
— Wendy Schmitz and BabyGearLab Review Team