I love babywearing. I never really did it with my older 2 but Max has been carried on a fairly regular basis over the last 15 months. We have used a variety of carriers and wraps over that time (take a look here to see what we have used previously).
I was recently offered the chance to review the Beco Soleil baby carrier, and I knew straight away it would be a hit with us, for a number of reasons.
- It’s really, really easy to use. It comes with detailed photo instructions for front, hip and back carry positions. With Max now being a fully fledged toddler, we settled on the back carry. I can manage this myself, although it is easier with 2 people. In simple terms, you just pop the carrier strap around your waist and secure, before sitting your baby in the carrier ‘seat’. Hold baby and carrier with one hand and use the other to slide them around to your back, before slipping the shoulder straps on, like a rucksack. It takes a few tries to get the sliding movement right, but once you’ve got it, it’s really easy.
- It looks lovely. I love the simple design, and the soft pattern – we have the Charlie design, which is a great unisex option. I love the splash of yellow – it makes a nice change from the black baby carriers you so often see.
- It’s comfortable. For the wearer and the little one. Max is used to being carried and so happily stayed in the carrier for school runs and short shopping trips, but we tend to use the pushchair for longer trips. We tried the Beco Soleil on a beach trip recently, and Max was in the carrier for a much longer period. He was more than happy, he could see everything that was going on and he even nodded off for a while. I found it comfortable to carry him, as his weight is spread evenly across my back and shoulders.
- It comes with everything you need. The Beco Soleil baby carrier comes with a snap on hood for weather protection and a snap on bag for carrying the little essentials, leaving you truly hands free.
- It is mum and dad friendly. There are some carriers that Kevin isn’t keen on – mainly wraps as he finds them fiddly. Because the Beco Soleil is a structured carrier, it is much more straightforward to use, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to mums, dads, carrier experts and novices alike. I think most of the patterns are dad friendly too – even the pink Ellie design only has a panel of pink, so not too girly.
A baby carrier really comes into it’s own when you have older children. This leaves me with 2 hands free to hang on to the other 2, or to carry lunchboxes, book bags and paintings when they come out of school. I am fairly certain that the Beco Soleil will be getting a lot of use when the school runs start again in September! It’s reasonably priced at £99 and can be used from newborn (with the Beco insert) right up to 45lb – that makes it great value for money in my eyes.