So we did the test on our last trip to Canada. At home, we don’t use it as much anymore since my toddlers are walking. One is just over 3 and my younger is fast approaching 2; however, for travelling and sometimes trips into the city I still require the use of a carrier. I’ve had the sport version and also had the opportunity to borrow long term, the original. If you’re looking for a carrier to start from newborn, I’d really recommend the original with the insert as it will have the longest use. I bought so many different types of carriers. I had a pouch, a wrap, another soft structured and finally the ergo. As your child gets to be over 5 or 6 months, you’ll want the Ergo as it will save your shoulders and back. I have heard great things about the Beco, but I never tried it. I do think that it’s great to have the face out option, but I still don’t think it’s the greatest position for baby’s developing spine and for your back especially as baby gets bigger. Also it can be way overstimulating for a baby to face out.
Now, let’s get on with the specifics of this model:
1. Colour is lovely, very neutral and great for mom or dad
2. Easy to use just like the other ergos.
3. Shoulder and waist belt not bulky because of the different materials used versus the original which makes the carrier a lot lighter and compact. It was great to just strap it on the front of my backpack so it was super easy to get to when I needed it.
4. Comfy in the back or front carry position.
5. The chest trap has more adjusting length than the stowaway or the performance. I found with the stowaway, it was a bit too close to my neck when in the back carry position. Stowaway’s strap was also way too flimsy and unsupportive, I found.
6. The material for the body of the carrier is not as thick as the original so it’s a bit cooler than the original.
7. The material on the inside of the carrier is nice and soft and same with the hood
8. The hood buttons easily like the original. Much easier than the sport version that I had.
1. Hip carry is not as comfy because I’m guessing the lack of cushioning in the shoulder strap.
2. No zip pocket on the front like the original or the performance which I really missed.
This travel collection version in the Urban Chic was excellent for what we were using it for. I think the original is still a tad more comfy if you are going to be using it for very long periods, but since we were using it for getting on and off the plane and when I needed hands free and my son needed to sleep, it was excellent. I could even use it for my daughter in the back carry position. I could not do without a carrier in Hong Kong so I would highly recommend this carrier for being lighter weight and the material not being as think.
*I was not paid any money for this review. There weren’t a lot of reviews on this model of the carrier so I thought it would help moms out there to have a little review about it.