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You+Me 4-in-1 Review

Average with no stand out features for comfort or convenience
You+Me 4-in-1
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $40 List | $25 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, machine washable
Cons:  Less secure feeling, not as supportive, line dry
Manufacturer:   You+Me 4-in-1
By Wendy Schmitz and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Mar 3, 2021
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RANKED
#9 of 13
  • Child Comfort - 25% 6
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 6
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 5

The Skinny

The You+Me 4-in-1 is a soft structured carrier that has average features and functionality compared to the competition. This carrier accepts little ones from 8-32 lbs and has three carrying positions including two on the front and one on the back. The carrier is easy enough to use, but it lacks some of the details found on the competition that makes a carrier stand out from the pack. While it also features a budget-friendly price (especially if you can get it on sale), we suspect you'll want to use it less often than you would a higher-priced and higher scoring carrier.

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Pros Inexpensive, machine washableEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, lower priceComfortable, easy to adjust, useful pocketEasy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kidsBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry
Cons Less secure feeling, not as supportive, line dryHang to dryHang to dry, rough fabricLong drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensiveSize specific, no adjustability
Bottom Line Somewhat average and uninspired with average comfort and featuresComfy sling to wear and sit in with an easy to use designComfy for baby and parents but the fabric could be softerComfortable and easy to attach with a cozy place for babyBudget-friendly wrap style that is easy to use and comfy enough
Rating Categories You+Me 4-in-1 Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap... BabyBjorn One Baby K'tan Original
Child Comfort (25%)
6
8
8
7
7
Parent Comfort (35%)
6
9
9
10
7
Ease Of Use (30%)
6
9
9
7
7
Ease Of Cleaning (10%)
5
7
6
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Specs You+Me 4-in-1 Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap... BabyBjorn One Baby K'tan Original
Min/Max Weight 8 - 32 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 33 lbs 8 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Facing In (8 - 32 lbs)
Facing Out (head control - 32 lbs)
Back Carry (20 - 32 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 0.97 lbs 0.9 lbs sm 0.92
lg 1.16 lbs
2.26 lbs sm 0.89
lg 1.04 lbs
Packable Size Large Small Small Large Small
Fabric Not Specified 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
Cotton, Polyester Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam 100% Cotton
Hood No No No No No
Storage Options None 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 Bandana Bib 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

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.

Performance Comparison



The You+Me has limited features for adjusting the carrier for baby's...
The You+Me has limited features for adjusting the carrier for baby's comfort.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Baby's Comfort


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 padding on the back of the You+Me waistband is limited which led...
The You+Me struggled to offer enough adjustability for users with...

Parent's Comfort


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.

The clips and buckles work well on the You+Me, but they do not feel...
The clips and buckles work well on the You+Me, but they do not feel as durable as some found on the more expensive competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

The You+Me comes with a drool bib to help keep spit-up and such off...

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.

The You+Me requires air drying which can make down time between...
The You+Me requires air drying which can make down time between availability longer than carriers you can throw in a dryer.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

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Wendy Schmitz and BabyGearLab Review Team