Library: Weekday and Weekend
Type: Soft Structured Carrier
Color: Georgia (Weekday), Black (Weekend)
Retail Price: $129
This SSC is a little bit different than most.
- The waist is not padded and is worn apron style like a Mei Tai
- It crosses diagonal on your back
- It has an adjustable waist
- A separate Support Belt ($25) is sold for children 20+lbs, which essentially allows you to add a padded waist band. (We do not have one in the lending library)
- The adjustable waist allows you to wear the carrier Front Facing Out.
The adjustable waist is found mostly on Mei Tais, as they are excellent for newborns. This is the first I have seen on a Soft Structured Carrier. It has one buckle, on the side near the waist. You must adjust it prior to putting it on. This also allows the carrier to be worn Front Facing Out. You would cinch it just enough to accommodate baby facing out. This does allow you to keep it wider than other FFO carriers. I tried it with my 1 year old who is in the 25 pound range. There was a noticeable difference in comfort for FFO vs Front Facing In, but it was doable for short periods of time. The manufacturer also states it is good for 8-40 lbs, so the adjustable waist would also allow for a newborn without an insert.
This carrier is put on apron style meaning the entire front of the carrier is flat against you like an apron vs having the waist band fold over. This allows a pouch of sorts to be made for the seat. There is no padding on the waist band but Catbird Baby does sell a support belt which you put over the carrier and essentially adds padding and makes it a little bit wider. It is not meant to be taken on an off though they recommend leaving it in place. For my personal comfort I did not find the lack of padding to be an issue. I am shorter in the torso so it was nice not to have a large padded waist which sometimes makes it sit too high on me.
I will admit that when I first tried this carrier on I did not cross the straps diagonally. I had a lot of difficulties getting the chest strap clipped when I was doing FFI. Once I checked out the website I tried is as recommended, diagonally, and it was so much better. The shoulder straps have buckles at the carrier body which allow this and which also allow a hip carry. In general I like carriers that allow the straps to cross, it puts less pressure on my shoulders which I sometimes have pain in. When you cross you want to make sure it is more in the middle of your back, between your shoulder blades. If you cross to high it can cut into your neck becoming uncomfortable.
Just for kicks I put my 3 year old in a quick back carry. He weighs in at 38 pounds so the very top of their weight limit. I did not have the support belt but it was surprisingly comfortable. Granted he was far too tall for it, but for me it wasn’t bad.
I also popped my 3 month old nephew in it. I did have to cinch the bottom a bit but he fit great and had enough support.