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||Easy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, lower price||Comfortable, easy to adjust, useful pocket||Easy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kids||Budget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry|
|Cons||Less secure feeling, not as supportive, line dry||Hang to dry||Hang to dry, rough fabric||Long drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensive||Size specific, no adjustability|
|Bottom Line||Somewhat average and uninspired with average comfort and features||Comfy sling to wear and sit in with an easy to use design||Comfy for baby and parents but the fabric could be softer||Comfortable and easy to attach with a cozy place for baby||Budget-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%)|
|Parent Comfort (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (10%)|
|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
|Fabric||Not Specified||58% Bamboo
|Cotton, Polyester||Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam||100% Cotton|
|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
|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.
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