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Kinderpack Review

By B

The Kinderpack was generously donated to the library by Kindercarry. Thanks!

I tried this out with my 11-13 month old.This is a super duper comfy carrier. It is very well thought out, with some nice little touches. Our carrier is the “standard” size and it fits baby girl just right.

Kinderpacks come in a variety of sizes, from infant to preschool. You can also get custom sized straps from petite to plus sized. Info on the standard size from the KP site:

standard: 16″ h x 17″ w- ages 8mo-3 yrs : starting at 20lbs/28″ and up to 38″

standard is the choice for most people.  Please realize that the standard will fit up to 3 years old/4T.  This is the size to buy if you want to buy one carrier without having to size up later.”

Kinderpacks are made by  WAHM right here in Illinois. This is another carrier you can tell is made by a babywearing mama. It has some great features that only a babywearer would think of.

The shoulder straps adjust at both ends of the buckles. This makes it easier to get the exact fit that you want.

I love the hood. It tucks into the body. The cavity then snaps closed, creating kind of a headrest, a great idea.

Hood out:

And in:

The website has a lot of excellent info on the carriers, the ordering process, even videos on how to wear it.

I found the whole carrier somewhat thicker than other SSCs in the body area and the shoulder straps to be wider. The fabric is soft, but sturdy.

Like all SSCs, the Kinderpack is great at distributing weight to your hips. It is quick and easy to get on and off. It can be used for front, hip or back carries. It is easy to fold up compactly to carry with you. I think soft structured carriers are also easy to wear empty if baby wants to hop out and crawl around for a bit. They offer good coverage for nursing as well.

I tried my 4.5  year old in it

For a large kid in a carrier not really designed for a giant child, this was pretty comfy. Even though this is sized for a much smaller person, he still has a nice seat in this, with good positioning.

Bottom line: Kinderpacks are a very comfortable, very customizable carrier with a lot of special touches.

 

Babywearing in CO: Onya Goes Traveling with a Toddler

BY KK

We took the Onya on our vacation to Boulder, Colorado, this summer with our almost two year old who is about 25 pounds.

Since I was recovering from a slow-to-heal stress fracture that was acting up while we were there, I wasn’t able to do as much hiking as I hoped.  I had planned to for my husband to use the carriers. So we didn’t do as much babywearing as planned.

That said, these carriers still made our trip so much easier.
One huge benefit was getting around the Denver airport. My husband was even allowed to wear our son through security! He had our son in the Onya while we rode a shuttle bus from the car rental drop off to the airport, on the escalators, on a train between concourses and on several moving sidewalks.  It went so much more smoothly with the carrier than if we’d tried to manage a stroller and our luggage.
We never had the right carrier and table set up and toddler temperament coincide to try the high chair feature out. But I was excited about the potential and think this be a great feature to use.

Oddly I’ve never nursed in a carrier before—I get overwhelmed trying new things and the situation never arose where I decided I had to figure it out previously—but I managed to figure it out when we got to Boulder Falls as my son had been wanting milk for most of the drive there and was not going to let my husband wear him. I was impressed how well the carrier worked for discrete nursing as this was a popular spot.

We do have a ring sling and an Ergo that we use sparingly and left at home. I can say I’m very glad we listened to our friends and borrowed a toddler friendly carrier for our trip.

Pognae Review

By B

The Pognae was generously donated to our group by Pognae USA. Thanks! I tested it out with my 11-13 month old.

Well, this carrier, in my mind, is a best buy. Prices start at $65, much much less than a typical SSC. It can be used for front, hip and back carries. The straps are worn “rucksack style” and it has an adjustable chest belt.

These cinch down very small. They would be ideal for a very petite mama. I suspect those who find many SSCs too bulky for them would enjoy this. They don’t get as large as some carriers (but do have an extender belt, sold separately), so I would recommend them for a very petite to slightly larger than average mama or a smaller dad. I consider myself average sized and it fits me great.

The carrier comes with a belt mounted coin purse type pouch. It is just big enough to jam in an ID, some cash and an iPhone.

This would be an ideal carrier for hot weather. The straps are backed in mesh. The body of the carrier, and this is ingenious to me, zips away to reveal a mesh body panel. I’ve never seen another carrier where you have the option of the “summer” or regular panel. The regular panel rolls up and velcros underneath. It really is very very clever.

There is a tuck away hood that zips up into the body. It provides head support for a sleeping babe and also acts as a sun shade.

There is a removeable headrest for small babies that attaches to the straps. My baby didn’t need this feature, but I imagine it would support a small baby’s head quite well. For a very small baby, they recommend an infant insert (sold separately).

This is shorter bodied (14″), which makes it a good choice for a petite baby, though DD, at 14 months, fits in it fine, with room to grow. I did try my tall 4 year old in it. Height-wise, it didn’t work out at all (and it is only recommended for up to age 36 mos), but it was comfy for his weight, between 35 and 40 lbs. This isn’t the first carrier I would recommend for a preschooler, but it would do in a pinch. It’s recommended for up to 45 lbs.

I took this carrier with on a trip we took from Peoria to St Louis. I wore baby girl in it a lot around the zoo,

then for several more hours walking around downtown and in the arch. It was very comfortable and provided excellent nursing coverage.

She spent a lot of the day in this carrier and it was really supportive, particularly for the price point.


Bottom line: if you are looking for a carrier for hot weather, for a tiny person or just an unbeatable price on a soft structured carrier, consider a Pognae.

Kinderpack Review

By HD

Carrier: Kinderpack (standard size)

Reviewed with child age: 17 months

The Kinderpack is a soft- structured carrier for front and back carries. They are made in infant, standard, toddler and even preschool sizes, so you can find the right size for your family’s needs.

The waist strap buckles in the front and adjusts simply and easily. The shoulder straps are wider and have more padding than most SSCs (the straps also come in petite, standard and plus sizes). The body of the carrier is also wider than most, and results in a very comfy seat for your little one.

Fabric designs are always changing, so if you are interested, you have to keep a close eye out for the design that suits you best. 

We used the carrier for a recent trip to Wisconsin and took a couple mile long walk at a nature preserve.

Later in the day, I used the Kinderpack to tour a museum for another few miles of walking. I was surprised how light my son seemed and I felt absolutely no repercussions from carrying him such long distances.

This carrier is on my top list of favorites! Getting to spend some time with this carrier to review it has only made me want one more. And it is not just me, I asked my son to pick out a carrier to ride in at a recent BWI event. He picked the Kinderpack not just once, but twice that day! 

Kindercarry (the company who makes Kinderpack) also makes mei tai carriers. Following Kindercarry on Facebook or Twitter is a good way to stay updated on new stockings.

http://www.kindercarry.com/
http://kindercarry.bigcartel.com/

Tula Review

By B

I’ll be honest. I love this carrier. It fits my body just right and I love it.

A little about Tula carriers, from our correspondence with the owner, Ula, who generously sold us the carrier at cost for the library:

We are making them in Poland and every carrier is made by hand by one person from beginning to the end. It is not the same type of a production as these that make their carriers in china or india. 
We would like to remain smaller, more exclusive and appeal to people who appreciate that we have our own facility and our own employees. We are able to pay our employees double of what they used to make as seamstresses in their previous job.
I really like that. I like being a part of carriers made in fair trade conditions. I like the idea of getting a great carrier while I’m making life better for a mama like myself. That’s good stuff.
Aside from all that, Tula has some nice features. There’s a storage pouch on the waist band. It’s big enough for your phone, some cash, a key. I like that it’s on the waist instead of the body of the carrier for a couple of reasons. 1) I don’t like to smush things up against baby’s body as in a traditional pocket on the carrier. 2) I think the waist placement makes it more accessible when doing a back carry
There’s a sleep hood that is removable (snaps on and off).
They come in a lot of cute prints and are starting to do woven wrap conversions. There’s an available infant insert, but I haven’t tried it.
Something else really unique that I haven’t tried, but would like to, is the leg extensions. Tula makes an infant sized and toddler sized carrier. The carrier shown here is the infant size. My baby is between 9 and 11 months in these pics
The infant size, with a 15.5″ body, is for babies from 15 to 45 lbs. The toddler size, wider and 18″ tall,  is for children 18 months (and/or about 25 pounds) to 4+ year old. The leg extensions slip onto the infant sized carrier to enable you to carry an older child and still have knee to knee support.
The straps on this are less wide than some, but more padded, so they are still very comfortable. There is extra padding around the leg area for baby’s comfort, a nice touch. There are the handy elastic loops on the ends of the webbing to keep things looking neat (but, um, I may be too lazy to do those up often.)
The shoulder straps adjust at the back, as typical straps do, and also at the front, which is really nice for breastfeeding in the carrier. In a front carry, the straps are worn rucksack style with a chest belt. The chest belt is easy to adjust, so you can wear it lower, as I prefer, or higher.
All in all, this is a really terrific mid-priced SSC.

Tip Tuesday- The Couch Method

By KSC

Today we will talk about the chair method to get your little one on your back.  This is a great way to get comfortable getting a little one on your back in a safe manner until you feel ready to try some of the other methods.  My husband has a bit of a problem loading our son on his back unless I am there to help him out.  He is a bit too tall for Nolan to climb on his back and he has not mastered the hip scoot method yet.  This way is safe and easy for my husband to get Nolan up all by himself.  He is using our lending library’s Tula standard size carrier.
First lay out the carrier on a chair or couch, this can even be done in the car.  Loosen the arm straps a bit more than usual to make it easier to pull up over your shoulders.
 Seat child in the carrier with the legs under the waist strap.
 Sit in front of carrier and child and attach the waist strap.  Tighten it as much as possible.
 Slip arms through the arm straps, which are buckled just loosened.
Come to a standing position and tighten the waist straps and arm straps.
 Push up  on child’s legs gently to insure that the child’s bottom is lower than the knees ensuring a good seat
Now you are done.  Child is happy and safely on daddy’s back.  You can sit back down and remove the arm straps and waist strap to unload child.

Beco Butterfly 2 Review

By JH

I recently tried a Beco.  For those of you who are new to babywearing and concerned with the safety of a buckle carrier, this carrier is for you.  The Beco has special safety buckles on the shoulder straps that require two hands to unbuckle, thereby ensuring that the straps do not accidentally come open.  It is a very comfortable carrier and can be used from infancy.

I used it with my 20 month old, 23 lb son as well as my 3.5 year old, 35 lb daughter.  It was equally comfortable with each of them.  The wide, padded shoulder straps and flat back waist buckle distribute the weight nicely.  The Beco comes with a chest clip as well that can slide along the shoulder pads, but cannot fall off.  Overall, it is a very well designed carrier.

Tula Review

By HD

Carrier: Tula SSC


Reviewed with children age: 14 months

This Tula is a buckle soft structured carrier that can be used for front and back carries. Tula carriers are handmade in Poland and are high quality. This carrier is definitely on my favorite list! It was incredibly comfortable to wear and I love the print! It was easy to adjust and easy to use. I also really liked the pocket on the waist of the carrier (under the seat) for storing my phone and money. 

I used the carrier for many of my everyday activities such as cleaning, cooking, shopping and of course walking. My son likes to be worn while I get ready for work in the morning. These pictures were taken after a morning stroll before leaving for work. He loved looking at the squirrels, bunnies and birds! 


Come check out the Tula at the next BWI of Peoria meeting!

Tip Tuesday- Getting a Good Seat

By KSC

This week we will talk about getting a good seat.  Whether you use a wrap, a ringsling, a Mei Tai or a soft structured carrier we often use the term getting a good seat in the carrier.  It means making sure that your child has the bum lower than knees position and ideally has the carrier covering and supporting knee to knee.  I will be using our lending library’s SBP’s wrap conversion ringsling, our Wrapsoday hybrid stretch wrap and our Action Baby Carrier soft structured carrier.

 

With the ring sling I make sure the bottom half of the material is knee to knee and well tucked up between me and my child’s body.  You can see that the top half of the fabric is flat and not bunched around his back.

You can see the bum lower than knee position here again.

Here shows how the fabric is tucked up between his legs and my stomach/side.

In a wrap I will pull the bottom of the wrap straight down and then pull from between his legs and up between us.

I make sure that I pull that material up along my back and knee to knee on his body.

Here you can see the bum lower than knee position that I end up with when I use this method.

In a soft structured carrier I make sure the waist band is flat against my back without any gaps.  I then bring the fabric up and over this bottom so that he sits about half way over the waist band.

I would do the same with a Mei Tai as I do with a soft structured carrier.  As a final check with any carrier that I am using is to make sure his position is correct by lifting up on his heels which pushed his bottom into that nice deep seat.