May 10, 2011
I got this baby carrier because I am on a quest to find one that is both cute AND functional. I had the Baby Bjorn active carrier with my first daughter and loved it, so I thought this Baby Bjorn Original carrier would be just as good, but so much cuter in the bright pink color. When it arrived, I was very happy with its appearance. It is bright, well-made, and looks great on.
After wearing the carrier for a few weeks, though, I started to miss my first (although black and boring) Baby Bjorn Active. While this Original carrier works fine, it is just not as comfortable as the Active. The back has just one adjustable spot, and although I tried over and over (and over and over) to find the sweet spot where it would be perfect for me and the baby, I just couldn't get it adjusted right with just the one adjuster (the Active carrier has several different buckles that can be adjusted). The shoulder straps are not as padded as in the Active carrier, so it is harder to wear for long periods of time. Finally, the shoulder area for the baby is tighter in this carrier than in the active, so I always felt that my baby was a little more squeezed in and not quite as comfy.
Truthfully, had I not had my previous experience with the Active carrier, I would probably be raving about this carrier. Like I said, it is cute and made to last. It does its job and keeps baby snug against me for hours. I just feel that for the price, it may be worth it to spend a little extra money to get the Active carrier that is designed to be more comfortable for longer periods of time. If you will be carrying your baby for an hour or more, it is probably a better investment. You might not look as colorful, but you'll feel better.