Stokke MyCarrier – Review and Giveaway
** This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to the winner Caroline Wilson!! **
One of the reasons that I love Stokke so much is that there is always a huge focus on the products having maximum longevity for your children and the family. The Sleepi cot, the Tripp Trapp, and the Xplory are all excellent examples of the Stokke commitment to have products grow with the child.
The Stokke MyCarrier is no exception to the rule. A recent addition to the Stokke family, this baby carrier is suitable for children from birth (min 3.5kg and 53cm), right up to 3 years old (max 15kg)! It is the only carrier I know of that offers two way front carrying AND back carrying which makes it totally adaptable to your child’s age, development, parent and baby’s comfort, and usage.
When baby’s are teeny tiny, you want them to be fully supported, and close to your heart. It’s that whole “smelling your baby” thing that I just love!
The MyCarrier offers full head support as well as the “Happy Hips” position – support under the buttocks and thighs giving a wide leg position.
The MyCarrier is TOUGH. It feels tough, it feels supportive, it feels ready for action. Made from 100% organic cotton, it will be gentle on your baby’s skin, but it feels incredibly durable!
The shoulder straps have been ergonomically designed to sit firmly against the wearer’s body. I felt like they could have been slightly more padded, but I loved that they fit well and didn’t slide off.
All the clips, zips, loops, buckles and belts have double stitching re-inforcement. There is no questioning baby’s security when they are strapped in, and most are adjustable to make it the perfect fit. The Caribiners on each side can be a little stiff to attach to the fabric loops, especially with a squirmy baby. But as with anything, the more you do it, the more confident you become and the easier it gets. They also feature a safety latch which prevents them from becoming undone accidentally.
At around 6-7 months, when baby can hold his/head unaided you can choose to have your baby facing forwards. This is in line with developmental milestones which show that babies start to take a more active interest in the world around them. While there continues to be support under the baby’s buttocks, they also can have more movement in their legs.
The last position is the back carry.
In a very clever design, you can actually secure the baby in the carrier before mounting them on your back (I can’t tell you the number of times I almost threw Lucy over my head when putting her in other back carriers).
The shoulder straps and carrier width are all adjustable, and the Happy Hips positions gives a wide leg position (like giving a piggy back).
Another unique factor of the MyCarrier is the metal brace that goes through the centre of the carrier. I felt it most when I had Lucy on my back. I felt that it forced her weight distribution away from my shoulders, and down the centre of my spine. As the children grow older and heavier, it’s really important to not wear the weight on your shoulders as it can get so heavy over time! I loved taking Lucy for Nature Walks and felt comfortable that she was close but could still interact with the environment. Perfect for long walks for tired legs, but also when it’s cold or wet and not pleasant for them to be on the ground.
So the MyCarrier essentially comes with three pieces – the main section that is worn by the carer with a buckle at the waist, and then separate pieces depending on if you want to do a front or back carry. It’s not overly quick to swap between the two, as you need to unzip, re-thread the metal brace and re-adjust the straps. But if that’s the price that we have to pay for having a carrier that offers so many positions, then I am happy with that.
Lucy is 21 months, but I still love to pop her in the carrier when I have errands to run and just need to strap her in, or when she is a bit clingy or needy and she needs some Mama-time. If we were to go on long walks, then I wouldn’t hesitate to put her on my back – it’s nice to be able to have her close to me so we can chat away as we explore the sights and sounds around us.
I’ve really really tried to make this review quite concise but there is just so much I want you to know, as there really are so many options!
And guess what. You can WIN one!
The incredibly generous team at Exquira would like to offer one reader, a brilliant Stokke MyCarrier, valued at $269.95!
Just follow the details below – entries close Tuesday 19th June at midnight Brisbane time. Australian residents only.