"The straps don’t dig into my shoulders—and they can cross for additional support. There’s even a lumbar support pad that my back is very grateful for, especially when toting my ever-growing 2-year-old, who still loves a good snuggle in the front carry position."
With a newborn and a 2-year-old, anything that can keep this mama’s hands free is a godsend, so I’d been looking into carrier options for quite sometime. My husband and I were hoping to find one that would work well for either kiddo … and I think we struck gold with the Beco 8 Baby Carrier.
If it’s your first time using a buckle carrier, it can be a little intimidating with all the buckles and straps. But don’t be deterred! The nice thing about the Beco 8 is most of the features are built right into the carrier itself, so it’s all in one place. I didn’t have any problem following the manual, but again this isn’t my first foray into the carrier world. It is entirely images, and there were times that I thought a written explanation could help make it more user-friendly.
It’s evident that a lot of thought went into the design of this carrier. Not only can it tote tots from 7 to 45 pounds (with an included infant insert, which means, yes, both my bitty babe and my adventurous toddler can enjoy the ride—or rather, walk), but it also boasts so many features that genuinely make babywearing a breeze.
Let’s get to one of my favorite features right up front. This carrier spans multiple ages, as I mentioned, and also allows you to wear your babe in four different ergonomic carry modes: front facing in, front facing out, back and hip. That’s a rarity from what I’ve seen, and I love that we have so many choices to suit whatever activity we have on the agenda or whatever each child happens to prefer, which can change every 15 minutes for the toddler.
The Beco 8 is lightweight and made to sport your little ones in any season. We do get a tad sweaty sometimes (it’s hot in the South!), so I love the panel on baby’s back that zips down for added airflow. They really are so much cooler (read happier) with that extra breathability. And if we’re somewhere chilly, I can just zip it back up. Easy as pie. It’s nice to know, though, that if things do get a little too hot and sticky, the Beco 8 is machine washable. Score!
The carrier gives tiny beans built-in head support, should they need it. And there’s also a hood to shade little noggins from sun … or just during naptime. It seems a tad on the small side, but it does the job just fine. It is worth noting that you have to have the head support up in order to use the hood. I really only use the hood with my littlest, so the head support is up anyway.
There is plenty of padding to keep both of my kids happily snug and secure. I always check the leg openings because I worry about that cutting into their little legs, but we haven’t had any complaints. It’s also plenty comfortable for mama, too! The straps don’t dig into my shoulders—and they can cross for additional support. There’s even a lumbar support pad that my back is very grateful for, especially when toting my ever-growing 2-year-old, who still loves a good snuggle in the front carry position.
Another perk for parents: There’s a zippered pocket in the front of the waist band. Usually these things aren’t good for much except maybe a small set of keys and cash. But this one even fits my (generously sized) smart phone without any trouble. And, it opens on the side instead of on top, where baby’s bum can get in the way of easy access. The little details really do make all the difference, mamas!
The Beco 8 is more about function than looks. It comes in a basic gray color, so if you’re looking for fun patterns you might want to consider another option. That said, because it is plain, it’s gender neutral—for your kids and also your partner to take a turn.
Overall, I think its versatility is what sets this carrier apart. I love the flexibility it gives my family, in terms of carry positions, seasons and ages.
To buy: amazon.com