Babywearing is a passion of mine, I have worn all of my kids in various carriers and love everything about babywearing. When I get the chance to try out a new baby carrier I am like a kid in a candy store, it’s amazing all the new and innovative carriers that keep appearing on the market. Facing babies out and away from your body has become a very controversial topic among babywearers and experts and for awhile it was the big babywearing no-no. Recently several companies including Stokke have come out with carriers that alleviate the concerns and have baby in a supported seated position where they do not have the offending dangling legs.
When the Stokke MyCarrier Cool Baby Carrier first arrived my immediate thought was this thing is intense. I opened a box with multiple pieces and even a metal bar. After reading the directions and trying it out I was able to comfortably wear my baby girl facing me and then it was time to convert the carrier to forward facing. After playing around with the Stokke MyCarrier Cool I can honestly say the level of safety and thought that went into this carrier is impressive. For every concern I have ever heard from those who fear babywearing Stokke has an answer in this carrier. There are multiple safety straps and more safety straps as back ups to the original safety straps, your child is very, very secure. As you can see in the picture above my daughter is in a seated position with her legs facing forward not dangling down, both she and I were very comfortable with this arrangement.
The final babywearing option for the Stokke MyCarrier Cool is on your back. This option utilizes a whole separate pouch piece from the other carries and also has a metal rod that keeps the carrier firm and supportive. To me this is a cross between a soft structured carrier and a big metal frame carrier. This extra level of support and strength meant that I could wear my baby on my back for extended and quite vigorous activity, and she was happy to just hang out taking it all in.
Overall I think this is an awesome carrier that is made of a very breathable mesh making it comfortable in the heat. This carrier is intense, as I mentioned ,and is perfect for long babywearing activities like walking around the zoo, park or other location. This carrier is not a grab and throw on with one or two clicks, the multiple straps that ensure your child is safely enclosed take several steps to secure in place. I babywear all the time, as in I wear my kids around the house while doing dishes, so this carrier is not best for that type of activity as it is several steps to get baby secured, but it is good for other activities. The mesh material and black color made it appealing to my husband and he loved it for back carry and facing baby out when we had family outings and adventures. The Stokke MyCarrier Cool retails for $199 is suitable for birth to 3 years and comes in multiple colors.
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