Friday, December 23, 2011

Gear: Beco Gemini Carrier

What is it?
The Beco Gemini baby carrier
How does it work?
The Beco carriers are soft structured carriers, that you adjust & clip together like backpack straps. The Gemini can be worn on the front, back or side & baby has the option to face outward on the front.
Why is it good?
The Beco Gemini is comfortable & highly adjustable for many body types & sizes. A couple who are very different in height & waist size can easily share the same carrier. It seems to be comfortable for baby & when inward-facing, the carrier supports the bum & thighs. From what I've read, this is healthier for their spines than riding around with much of their weight on their crotch like Baby Bjorns, for example.
Another reason it's better than many other carriers is it works for newborns all the way up to 35 lbs. Baby Bjorn Original, for example, only carries a child up to 25 lbs, which means you may only use it for a little over a year, whereas the average kid won't hit the weight limit of the Gemini for about three & a half years.
Having the option to face baby outward is really great for taking transit. Some babies insist on facing outward in carriers, so one like the Ergo would be useless, as babies can only face inward.
The carrier is machine washable (though it can't be put in the dryer), made of cotton with cool prints (organic is an option) & foam  inside.
What are the downsides?
The body of the carrier is padded, which is nice in the winter, but can be a bit warm in the summer. That said, it hasn't been too hot for Vancouver. The body being padded also makes it bulkier when you want to store it, or pack it for travel. The flip up head support works great for younger babies, but once they get bigger, it doesn't reach far enough up to support their head if they fall asleep.
Where can I get it?
Lots of higher-end baby shops like Jack & Lola, Hip Baby, Dandelion Kids or online at Gorgeous Baby.
How much does it cost?
Around $140

*I didn't get any freebies or any incentive from Beco to write this review. I bought this carrier over a year ago & really like it.

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