This baby carrier from BabyBjorn is a lightweight baby carrier that offers exceptional weight distribution, comfort, and breathability and absolutely wowed me with the drastic upgrades from our current model.
Find out what dad of one Kirk thought of the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony...
How did this product make your life easier?
Having been happy with our previous BabyBjorn carrier – a welcome mobility bump from the pram – being informed that we would be getting an upgrade didn’t enthuse us as much as it could have. How wrong we were. Despite being happy with the previous model, there were a few niggles we never realised were such a big deal. The straps twisted a bit too easily. The fabric was strong, yet chunky, which led to overheating on warmer days as our little one grew bigger. Also, as the weight rose, so too did the inevitable twinging of back pain – thanks 18 months of lockdown!
This brand-new carrier has addressed every issue we’ve been forced to admit. The 3D mesh OEKO-TEX fabric is not only strong enough to carry our little one, but it’s extremely breathable and soft for the baby. It absolutely breezed past our enthusiastic stress testing – call us paranoid parents! Despite the little one going through a struggling phase, it filled us with the confidence to go hands-free and off-road. The other benefit of this design is that we found it to offer a vast boon in the breathing stakes, letting more air get between baby and parent, which really helped with the overall comfort and kept us a lot cooler than our old carrier. Another bonus in the comfy stakes was the way the weight was distributed throughout the strap system. Almost instantly we found that carrying our child was less demanding than previously.
The straps seemed to fit better and were adjustable over two height options. The shoulder padding positively hugged, and the savvy design spread the load around the lower back and almost negated the tell-tale haunch of a hiking parent. It wasn’t just our comfort though, little Esmé was treated to a superior experience. The adjustable head support - now serving as a chin rest/dribble guard - is less bulky, softer and offers more room for her to peep over the top and excitedly squeal at livestock or poor, clueless passers-by. One of the slight annoyances we had with our old carrier was having to constantly push this support back down every time it crept skywards. The Harmony didn’t have this problem at all, I can’t tell you how glad we were.
Another issue we didn’t know needed answering was weight. While we never exactly had to lug our other one around, it became all too apparent that it wasn’t the lightest bit of kit – the overheating makes sense now. With the mesh design choices on the Harmony, not only is it more breathable, but it feels positively floaty in comparison. Seriously, if you haven’t gone mesh yet, do it now! It makes a huge difference when you’re wrestling with an overly energetic child and donning your garb at the same time. Equally, getting the little one in place was simple, even easier than before. Thanks to the Snap-on locks, which seemed identical to our untrained eyes, we still had the same level of confidence that the LO wasn’t going anywhere and couldn’t unclick herself on a whim.
While we are full of enthusiastic praise, there was one area that my wife took some adjusting too. The pad that sits against the small of the back wasn’t quite to her taste. While I managed to fit it into my routine fairly quickly thanks to a life lugging around heavy kit bags, having anything push against her back is a new sensation and coming from something that didn’t have this feature was a bit jarring for her. Despite this, the overall feeling is overwhelmingly positive – hugely better as she puts it.
Would you recommend this to other parents?
BabyBjorn is the brand we gravitated to when we were looking for our first carrier, simply because we’d heard so many good things through word of mouth, but also because there’s a certain market permeation from the brand name that offers a level of buyer confidence. At the time, we thought our carrier was perfect and that the odd peeve was just the price you pay for having a small child strapped to you. Having now found out that you can mitigate most of those issues and have a better, more comfortable experience we won’t – and haven’t - hesitated to recommend this one to other parents.
Would you choose this product above all others on the market?
As I’ve previously stated, we had always intended to use the BabyBjorn brand so our only measurable experience is with a previous model. This also makes it a very simple choice for us to stay with a brand that we know, and knowing others have the same level of trust is key to our peace of mind. That said, this is streets ahead of the one we were using and, given any cursory glance at the overall market, I would absolutely buy this with my own money.
What changes would you make to this product?
Despite a slight niggle with the rear padding in my wife’s eyes, I would call this a home run and, apart from maybe making this easy to remove, I wouldn’t change a thing. The design upgrades are all leaps forward that we didn’t know would have such a huge impact. The fact it breathes so well is a true godsend and the improved weight distribution has made carrying far more palatable, especially for my wife who relied on carriers to break the monotony of lockdown and trek through the more inaccessible beaten tracks dotted around our small village. Consider this a glowing 5-star review!