- Cotton Mix
- Extra back support provides comfortable support and stability when you’re carrying your baby
- The lumbar support is individually adjustable, and the back support and wide shoulder straps work together providing comfort
- The baby carrier is simple to put on and take off without assistance and easily adjusted from the front.
- Extra back support provides comfortable support and stability when you’re carrying your baby.
- The lumbar support is individually adjustable, and the back support and wide shoulder straps work together to provide maximum carrying comfort and relieve pressure
Polyurethane does not equal organic
I’m not sure how Baby Bjorn is able to describe this as organic when it is stuffed with highly flammable polyurethane foam. Why didn’t the company use a more earth friendly foam??????
Best thing for me – try it for yourself
I registered for and eventually purchased for myself the Active Carrier. I love this carrier. With a bad back, I find the lumbar support VERY helpful. I do have to tighten it up, but is far from cutting off my breathing. My little girl loves riding in it too. She usually falls asleep within minutes of me putting her in it.If you aren’t sure if you’ll like it, go to babies R’ us and see if they will let you try on the display model. They would at my store. LOL Throw in some heavy cans of liquid formula to see how it feels with weight. :)Why I love this carrier:1. I love giving my little girl kisses on her head when I am out running errands.2. I love the attention she gets and the “oh isn’t that cute” when I have her in it, while at the same time I love the distance those people keep since she’s strapped to my chest (as opposed to my friend who has people leaning in on her stroller to get a closer look at the baby.) E[…]3. I love being able to use my arms when I shop or go out.4. I don’t feel lop-sided like I do when I carry around a car carrier. (I hate seeing guys lug around infant car carriers while their wives follow behind them with the diaper bag. The baby jerks around in the carrier with each uncomfortable step his/her parent takes.)5. I really don’t have any trouble sitting or even eating when I have the carrier on with her in it.6. The lumbar support saves my back. I have degenerative disk disease and have had two herniated disks, but with this carrier, I have not had any problems even after a day at the mall (at least 3 hours of walking around with a 12 pound baby.)7. It really is quite soothing to my little girl as she tends to sleep the entire time unless she’s hungry.The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s getting warmer outside and with the padding I get a little sweaty where the carrier sits (the small of my back and my shoulders.) 🙁
Better than “Original” but not by much…
Over the course of three children we have had FIVE carriers: Two slings, a Baby Bjorn, a Snugli and the Ergo Baby.The Bjorn is definitely the best looking and easiest to use. The clips and connectors are very intuitive and it’s easy to get smaller infants into it.My big complaint is that when the kids get larger (or if you wear it for more than 20 minutes at a time) it really starts to kill your back. This is because the design keeps all the weight on your shoulders. It’s like wearing a backpack BACKWARDS!The “Active” version has wider straps and a which provide additional support for a small improvement over the “Original,” but it still puts all the weight on your shoulders, pulling them forward. The additional strap is still too high to put the weight on your hips.If you backpack, you know what I’m talking about. A lightweight daypack is fine for lugging 20 lbs of textbooks from class to class, but if you want to be able to hike for an hour with 40 lbs you have to shift the weight from your shoulders to your hips.If you only plan to use this when grocery shopping and think you’ll give it up when they’re 6 months old, this might be for you. If you think you might want to go to the park and hang out, or use it even when the kid starts to crawl, then the Ergo Baby is probably more your speed.p.s. this is coming from a guy who is 6′, 180# and fit. My wife is smaller and far more critical of the ergonomics of this carrier.If you’ve found this review helpful, please let me know!
Ok, but not for heavy baby, warm climates, or folding in a bag
After our daughter started to outgrow the Bjorn Synergy (which we absolutely loved!) at 8 or 9 months, I bought this one thinking it would give us some extra mileage and get us through another 6+ months or so. On the Bjorn site, they advertised that this product can support kids “up to two years”. B.S., unless your kids is REALLY petite. At 18 pounds, it really strained my shoulders to carry her in it and at 23 pounds, it became nearly impossible to tolerate for more than 15 minutes at a time. I’m 5’6, 120 pounds and pretty fit, so its not a question of fitness level or strength, this design just isn’t that great for larger babies. My husband also finds it pretty uncomfortable.We also own an Ergo, which is nice because it distributes the weight much better on the back and we can use it with our now 26lb girl, but annoying because my daughter isn’t keen to be facing me instead of forward, facing the rest of the world. My last criticism of this Bjorn is that its really bulk and doesn’t fold/condense well. We’ve taken it on the plane several times and it takes up a ton of room in our carry-on or diaper bag and doesn’t fold well at all. Plus, as we live in a hot climate, it’s just too warm. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great product to suggest as an alternative, but I regret buying this thinking I could use it beyond 12 months.About the reviewers: We’re admittedly hyperactive, type-A personalities and live for efficiency, function and ease in our daily lifestyles and will spend extra to get that. Oh, and we’re absolutely over-the-top achingly annoying when it comes to safety, as in my husband would put our kids in a padded bubble if he could.
Please don’t waste your money
I have owned and used the baby bjorn carrier for just over a month now. It is ok for the first thrity minutes to an hour in comfort. Anything beyond that you can expect to have a soar back. This was my second choice for a carrier. I first purchased the moby wrap, and absolutely love it. However, we recently traveled out of the country when my little guy was only two months old and did not want the hastle of the moby wrap going through security. I used this on the first flight to Bogota, Colombia and the first day we were there. After that first day I was absolutely miserable.It was so very uncomfortable. I would hold my son up with my hands to give my shoulders and back a break.The remainder of the trip I used the moby wrap and stuck the baby bjorn in the closet.Pros…ConvinientEasy to UseCons…Shoulder discomfortBack pain and discomfortMy child sits to low even when sized properly according to his heightCarrying any infant facing out is just cruel imo…when they are over stimulated they have no escape…it is much more comfy for babies to have the shelter of their mother or father’s chest…I would not reccomend wasting your money. Instead…if you do not mind all the fabric…invest in th moby wrap or if you’re looking for somehting a bit easier to get on and off try the Ergo baby carrier.
Baby Must Have!!!
I you have a baby, buy this product, it is one of the best products I have ever purchased, the material is soft and super sturdy, it adjusts for size for mom and baby, making it the perfect fit all around, no back pain what-so-ever! So comfortable you can wear it all day, baby loves it too.
Good for small baby but then hurts shoulders a lot.
I like that this is organic and has no bad materials. Also, very sturdy construction. Works well for quite young baby. My husband and I used for a lot of “mall walking” during my maternity leave in the dead of winter in Minnesota. However, even with the “lumbar support” this thing will still kill your shoulders within 30-60 mins depending on the size of your kid. Also, if you put baby facing outward his legs really splay open and it just seems really bad, ergonomically speaking.
Baby and I love the Bjorn
This was the most useful gift we received for our baby. At a very young age, my son has exhibited the strong need to explore and see different things. Since he can’t crawl yet, it’s imperative that he be carried around so he’ll be entertained. Enter the Bjorn, a must have in my book.Pros: Easy to use, easy to clean, offers great support for baby’s back and neck. Some reviews noted it offers little or no back support for the person carrying the baby. Our little one is over 20 lbs now and I still use this more than our jogger when hiking. My shoulders feel sore, but my back felt good with some minor adjustment on the lumbar support.Con: I wished the front panel was expandable. My baby is a bit, uhm, round in the middle, and on times when it’s cold outside and he has a sweater on, the front panel becomes harder to hook in.
I used this carrier from the time my baby was 3 weeks and still use it now that she is seven months.
Hard on the back, but easy to put on and use.
My son is 7 weeks old and already over 13 pounds. The Bjorn is uncomfortable for me after about an hour of wearing him in it – all his weight is carried by my shoulders and the so-called lumbar support really doesn’t do too much. Also, I have read it is not great to carry an infant hanging by his/her crotch with the feet dangling.I got an Ergo Baby Carrier instead and I love it so much more – it doesn’t allow the babies to look out like in the Bjorn, but my baby doesn’t mind, and the Ergo can be worn on my back when my baby can hold his head up better. In the Ergo, his weight is distributed on my hips mostly and it makes him feel so much lighter than when he is in the Bjorn. Plus, it fits my 6’5″ husband and the Bjorn does not. I am going to sell my Bjorn!
Your back will thank you
Okay, I’m a huge geek and I went to baby stores and tried LOTS of carriers on (with my baby in them). We have two Snuglis (one a hand-me-down and the other for the hubby around the house) but this is my carrier of choice.Make sure to read the instructions and adjust the back support properly (*this may take a while to get right, but you’ll feel the difference*) and you’ll have a lot less back pressure than with other soft carriers.My baby loves this carrier- especially now that he can face forward in it. I also recommend the Baby Bjorn Carrier Cover to keep baby warm and dry in inclement weather.
Very comfortable… our baby is currently 16 lbs
Very comfortable and easily adjustable baby carrier. We looked at a LOT of carriers with my husband and what got me with this one is that you don’t feel the strain on your back, neck or shoulders after just a few minutes of having your child in it. It’s comfortable for my daughter and me or my husband. The longest I had her in this was about 45 minutes and we both did great. The best part is that you can adjust it anytime you have the product on you with the baby inside. Very sturdy.
A must have!
The “active” version with ,lumbar support is definately superior to the other Bjorns. I use this for hours at a time for everything from housework to shopping to walks and my daugher loves it. It is well constructed and made with durable and heavey duty fabric. It also washes easily (but fades a bit). I am petite and it provides good supprort (she is now 18 lbs). We also have the black and white Bjorn without the lumbar support and my upper back and shoulders tire much faster. The only thing that is bad about this product is the price – buy this online or at a second hand store if possible (they are usually more than half the retail price and never too worn out since they are so durable). This is a must have for newborns and infants.
The Best Out There!
It is easy to put on, easy to put the baby in but, most importantly, it takes a lot of stress of the back when carrying a heavy baby. My son loves this carrier.
BUY THIS AND DON”T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON OTHER CARRIERS
I went through at least three or four other front carriers, trying in vain to save myself from spending BIG BUCKS on the BABY BJORN carriers. Alas, I finally gave up and spent my cash on the active carrier to get the back support. SUCCESS! This carrier is AWESOME! My son LOVES this carrier, at least facing forward (He wasn’t keen on facing inward in any of the carriers). And the back support is a life saver since my 5 month old is already 18 lbs.So…take my advice. Please don’t waste your time with the others—–you get what you pay for in this case. Pay the extra $$$ and get the Baby Bjorn, even if just the original model. It’s worth it!
My husband and I both love this carrier. I bought this because it was nicer looking then others and my husband was concerned with how it would look on him. He uses this more then I do now. It’s very comfortable and convenient to use. If we’re busy around the house or want to go for a walk it allows our baby to be close to us (and when he’s upset this helps a ton). My sister has one as well and loves it. Our husbands are both much larger then we are and we’re able to use this universally. Overall, great carrier!
a must have!!!
This has saved me so many times. Have you ever been home alone and your little one will not let you put them down so you can do some essentials around the house???? This has been a lifesaver for those situations. I have been able to water my plants, fold laundry (takes a bit more time when he grabs the clothes I’m folding), make dinner, clean bottles, etc. The key is to start them early so they get use to being in the carrier. My son has never had an issue with being in it, he really loves it b/c I think he feels like he can see more and be apart of what is going on. I’m not sure if the back support really supports your back, it doesn’t seem any different than others I have tried.
Really like it, but don’t use it much
I really wanted to buy this item before my daughter was born. The few times I’ve used it, I found it was very comfortable for me, and my daughter was okay in it for a short while. However, I haven’t found much use for it. When taking a walk, I instead put her in her carriage, because the BabyBjorn carrier is too hot: the carrier is very insulating, and I live in South Carolina. We walk around the house in the BabyBjorn carrier sometimes for fun, that’s about it.
No complaints here, this is a great baby carrier from birth – 1 year depending on baby’s size. It’s comfortable and adjustable in all the right places. Just wish the excess straps would tuck in better instead of flopping around at your sides. Small complaint!
Terrible on the back, but baby loves facing out
The Baby Bjorn makes me sad. My son is comfortable in it, and he loves to face outward so he can see the world (he was able to turn forward around 3 months, our doctor said he was strong enough). It is super easy to put on and take off, and the adjustments are easy to do one-handed. BUT, wearing it kills my back, and my husband (who is very fit and not usually prone to back pain under any circumstances) had the same problem after hiking for an hour. It’s OK for short walks, but I just can’t wear it for long anymore – my son is over 14 lbs now and it’s too much strain on the back and shoulders. I also wish this product had a pocket of some sort to store keys/phone.We gave in and bought an Ergo, which is SOOO comfortable and puts no strain on my back whatsoever – it’s only downside is that the baby can’t face outward in the Ergo. But you can put the baby facing sideways (hip hold) or on your back when he’s big enough. And the Ergo has a convenient zipper pouch to store phone/keys which is a great feature.All in all, I would recommend the Ergo over the Baby Bjorn, I’m sad to say.
Definitely a must have!
This is a great carrier and worth the money. My son loves to be in it. This is so good for my back and shoulders especially as he gets heavier. Really easy to put on, and get the baby in it without help. The lumbar support on it makes it comfortable to wear. It is supportive enough that I often use it when I go for a walk instead of the stroller and it doesn’t bother my back and gives me a bit more of a workout since I am carrying my baby instead of pushing him. It is obviously comfortable for my son too. He loves to face forward and look around when we go for walks and shopping. It definitely is worth the extra amount for the back support if you have any back problems or a big baby. Definitely a must have!
The best for bigger infants… not newborns!
I own this one in green and love it. It actually SAVES my back from carrying my daughter a lot. I have a colicky baby so that I can hardly put her down. It’s really comfortable for my child and I and SO easy to use even it looks complicated. It only takes me seconds to put it on. When my daughter was under 3 months old, it was a little bit big for her (her head flopped way back in a very uncomfortable position. I had to use the Original style instead). Now when she is older and heavier, this one is the perfect carrier. I absolutely recommend this style for bigger infants, not newborn though.
Yay baby carrier
I’ve been looking for a good baby carrier for a while now. When my daughter was born I bought the moby wrap for her, and though she did enjoy it, it gets very very hot wearing her in the moby wrap. So since Costco had a sale on the ErgoBaby, I tried, that and my daughter just wailed the whole time I had her in it. So I returned that and decided to give the BabyBjorn a try, daughter LOVES it. She’s seven months now and loves being held facing out, but when she’s sleepy I flip her around and she just passes out. Love it.I’m giving this 4 stars because of the fact that if I wear her long enough, my left shoulder start hurting, but I’m not quite sure if it’s my fault or if it’s the carrier’s fault, so I’m gonna keep trying to see if it gets better after a few more wears. But I’m really excited about this because my daughter loves being in it and that makes me happy, even though I kinda hurts me after a while. 🙂
This Thing is Awesome
Takes a good 15 minutes to figure out how to put this thing on and attach and tighten everything together, but once I "got it" I could jam this thing on in about 10 seconds. It’s not just that it does a great job of holding the baby in an outward-facing position, but the materials are very-high quality and it’s really very solid and sturdy. The baby is very well held and supported and it fits great around your body. It feels like I could run a marathon with the baby in there. I cannot imagine that they could have done a better job of designing this or found better materials to put in it.We had the Moby which is probably better the first few weeks, but once they can hold their heads-up well you’ll never go back after using this thing.
Baby Bjorn or which of three types of Ergos? From a mom of twins, with doctor’s tips
If you are comparing any of the Ergo carriers with theBABYBJORN Baby Carrier Active, Black/Silver, which offers lumbar support, the Ergo is a better option simply because past 20 lbs (about a year old), the baby’s frontward facing position and weight will cause a lot of strain on your shoulders, making it painful to carry bigger babies for an extended period of time. I found the lumbar support did little to help. Likewise, the thick padding is very hot in warmer weather for your child. TheBABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One – Black, Meshhas a lighter weight material but offers even less support is very cold in winter months.Neither of the Baby Bjorns did not work for me past age one, and was difficult to use with my preemies as they were too small.In terms of resale, the Baby Bjorn looks fairly new after washing if you do it with cold water, mild soap and drip dry. I recovered a third of what I paid for it, but as these are more common, prices vary widely and you may get less. Some sell for much less.ERGOThe Ergo is a wonderful carrier that you, your spouse and baby can use comfortably for hours, whether you’re running errands, traveling, hiking or just hanging out with your baby at home. I have used them with all my three kids from the time they were born – there are three types:(1)ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier, Black/Camel), made of thick canvas-like cotton with soft flexible shoulder straps and a soft lining. It has a roomy pocket in front with a zipper for your wallet, keys, cell phone, passport, etc. I had this one for 4 years with 3 kids, still going strong. It can be used even with older toddlers as it goes to 40 lbs if needed.(2)Ergobaby Performance Collection Charcoal Grey Carrier- this carrier has a more snug fit with thick, stiff contoured straps – I found this one very uncomfortable, with much more fabric covering my child than the original Ergo. The space for my baby was less roomy, so I returned it. However, many parents do like it.(3)ERGObaby Original Collection Sport Baby Carrier – Black- this is a lightweight version of the original, with a streamlined design. Great for summer, has longer straps than the original, but it doesn’t have the storage pocket in front for personal items. The original Ergo (#1) provides more coverage & warmth for the baby.Some models are sold with extender belts, for people with larger frames. Make sure it is in the description if you need this.The Ergos can be used with young babies if you use it with aERGObaby Original Infant Insert, Natural- this works well up till about 4-5 months. After this you can use the Ergo by itself. You can nurse with it on in privacy (with attached hood/ cover) and your baby can nap as well – with or without the insert.There is anErgobaby Baby Carrier Winter Weather Cover – Blackavailable that attaches to the Ergo – expensive but very thick and good for winter months, but not waterproof. If you can find it, there is also a Ergo Baby ERG-WCR414 Water-Resistant Weather Cover that is basically a thin outer shell that snaps into this fleece cover – great for rain. These are worth it if you have twins or are outdoors a lot – I wish I had gotten both early on instead of struggling with snowsuits, big bulky coats and trying to push a stroller while holding an umbrella. I also wish they were less expensive! I found over time that wearing a big coat or a thick blanket worked just as well.Washing is straightforward, just cold water, mild detergent and drip dry, infrequently though. Spot cleaning is recommended. All my kids loved to bite the straps so puttingDiono Soft Wraps Car Seat Harness Pads (Formerly Sunshine Kids) – Blackon them kept the carrier from getting dirty – the strap covers are easy to wash and fairly inexpensive, so have a second pair as a backup and you’re set.In terms of resale, the Ergos were a great investment, as they are in high demand among other twin moms (you can use two, one front one in back and carry two babies!). I recovered about 40 percent of what I paid new, both for the Ergo Sport and for an Original Ergo. I still have one Ergo original left for travel (airports, etc) and for emergencies (we’ve been evacuated twice due to hurricanes, very hard with little kids). At age three, my twins no longer use the Ergo but it’s good to know they can if needed. So in terms of how long you can use it- figure up to age four or so.A DOCTOR’S OPINIONLastly, I had an orthopaedic surgeon look at the Ergo carrier – he considered the positioning of both my babies ideal in promoting their proper hip development, as the child is in a natural sitting position. The Baby Bjorn, not as good as the baby’s basically hanging, and not recommended at all, any type of carrier that keeps the baby’s legs straight and together.Why ask for a doctor’s input? Both my preemie twins had developmental issues that affected their mobility, so being able to carry them around easily was critical (my daughter was born with hip dysplasia and wore a pavlik harness for three months, while my son had severe hypotonia which made him unable to walk until he was two). I was able to use the carrier with both children, even when my daughter was immobilized in the harness. The carrier made getting around with our twins much more comfortable for them and for us.So there you go – my experience as a mom of twins that needed to carry my children for extended periods, who has owned all five carriers and accessories described above. If I had to do it over, I would only buy the Ergo carrier, either the Original or the Sport.
Great for traveling
We used this carrier recently on baby’s first trip via airplane. It was great carrying him around in the airport and having my hands free for luggage and other stuff. The carrier is sturdy and comfortable. I was able to sit on the plane with him strapped in asleep, which was nice. We used the carrier with him facing him forward as well. The nice bonus with this carrier, and I suspect with other carriers, too, is that you don’t have to take him out of it when you go through the metal detector at the airport security gate, since the carrier has no metal parts. This is especially wonderful if your baby is already asleep and you don’t want to disturb him/her just to get through security.The only downside with the carrier that we’ve found is that it’s pretty difficult to adjust it for various baby sizes. The carrier did not hurt my back at all, and I’m fairly petite with an average-size baby.
A good investment
Initially, I wasn’t sure about spending so much on this carrier, but it has been a great investment. Those first few colicky months, strapping my baby into this and going for a nice walk was sometimes the only way I got any sanity back. He loved it and so did I!!! As it got cooler outside, this was also handy because I could strap my baby on facing out and put a big coat over both of us zipped up so that just my baby’s face was sticking out and we were both snug and warm and ready to go for a fall walk! I gave it 4 stars though, because as my baby got to be about 17 pounds, my back starts to get pretty sore wearing him in this. I don’t think I will be using it til 25 pounds, but I still got a lot of use out of it!Update: After reading numerous rave reviews of the Ergo carrier and really wanting a carrier to use hiking, I bit my lip and bought an Ergo. I was really shocked at how comfortable a 120 lb woman carrying a 20 lb kid on her back could really be! So, for a really young infant, I still think the Bjorn is definitely handy and I’m glad I purchased it, but for heavier children, I’d definitely recommend the Ergo.
A Mixed Bag
I have used this carrier for 4 years with 3 kids. In short, it is great to use with 0-6 month olds but is not too comfortable thereafter. And after 2-3 years of use, the clips can become a safety issue.THE GOOD:-Ease of use. The design of this carrier is so ideal for new parents, new baby wearers, grandparents,etc. Adjusting for a different wearer is easy, both short and tall people do fine with it, and you can get it on and off gracefully even if you’re not a pro babywearer. Great to throw in the car for errands.-Facing out option. Some babies simply dislike facing in, and many popular carriers (like the fantastically comfortable Ergo) do not allow for facing out.-Got a drooler or "spitter"? You can buy drool pads for this carrier and wash them, and the carrier itself washes up well. My second child basically kept Oxi-Clean in business, so I have good experience with this facet of baby carrier use!THE BAD:-Lumbar support becomes an issue, in my opinion, at about the 15 lb. mark.-Because of this, the lifespan of this carrier as a comfortable option is short.THE UGLY:-Sometime into using this carrier with my second child, one of the side clips began to spontaneously loosen. Yikes! Major safety issue there. As easy as the clips on this carrier are to use, consider other carriers with more of a safety feature on the clips (like Beco carriers, which are my favorite).Do I still use this? Yes, sometimes, but with caution, and not for more than the first few months. If you want a soft structured carrier with good versatility in carrying positions (and that allows facing out), I would recommend the Beco Gemini instead. Hands down my favorite carrier and still going strong (and safe!) with child #3.
Much better carriers out there
Baby Bjorn was the pioneer for baby carriers 10 years ago but since then there has been an explosion in the market – slings, front carriers, pouches, etc. The BEST, in my honest opinion, is the Ergo. The baby sits with correct posture (The Bjorn is not so great for the baby’s spine) and the parent is not in pain! I can walk for hours with my 20 lb baby in the Ergo — not so in the Bjorn.
I loved it (for the fleeting time we could use it)
We loved this carrier for both tiny infant stage (facing in, with neck support) and older infant stage. It was pretty easy for one person to use and our daughter enjoyed it (she loved being up high for walks and could even conk out for a nap when she’d had enough). Alas, our quick-grower was too big (tall and heavy) by around 13 months, but I’m sure we can pass it on to someone else.