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Reviews by: jenrose

Best carrier I've ever used for a heavy child

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Pros: Amazingly simple and safe back carries, extreme comfort

Cons: Hard to get

I don't have enough good things to say about this carrier, and I'm very sad that they're not being sold right now. My first experience with it was wearing a tester for hours at a conference with a heavy child on my back. Almost every other carrier I owned was causing shoulder pain, but the sculpted, shaped shoulder straps made shoulder pain nonexistent with this. Not only that, I'm a plus-sized mama, and was able to hand it off to a petite mama, who had it adjusted for herself in seconds. We both found it comfy. This was the last carrier I used regularly for my special needs little girl, before I stopped being able to wear at all due to health issues.    Gorgeous,...
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A favorite for younger, shorter babies

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Pros: Narrower base lets young baby ride legs-out, compact design is lightweight and folds very small

Cons: Not my favorite for taller, heavier kids

I've owned several Freehands, before they were owned by TogetherBe. Two podaegis and a mei tai. All were very comfortable, very easy to use, gorgeous, and best of all, a perfect fit for my short-legged shrimp who liked to ride legs-out, no matter what. At least two of these were not things I purchased, but gifts or testers. I do seem to remember buying one pod (and I don't spend money on carriers very often, so this is notable) but don't recall how much I paid for it.    This isn't a "full of frills" design, not the ones I've had, but they are gorgeous in their simplicity and SO compact. I never missed a headrest with the mei tai, and the simplicity of a podaegi can't be...
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Style and comfort

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Pros: Great design, great fabric selection

Cons: Too many choices?

My first babyhawk was a small, minkee lined mei tai that was "middle of the road". I got it sometime in 2005, I believe (all my dates are approximate, and I don't always remember which carriers I've paid for and which I've done as testers, so bear with me on those.) It was cute, but didn't stand out, comfort-wise. They changed a bit of the design after that.   We got a Toddlerhawk before going on a cruise, sometime in 2006 or 2007. A deep green with a gorgeous mandala on it, my husband was happy to wear it, and one of my favorite pictures is of him, with our daughter on his back in the Toddlerhawk, walking down the steps at the Panama Canal while she tries to grab the Panama...
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The mei tai that helped start the mei tai revolution

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Pros: Comfortable, works for a wide range of ages

Cons: May be overlarge for some babies, early on

I tested my first Kozy sometime in 2003 (the date is a guess) or possibly early 2004. It was something of a revelation for me, the whole concept of mei tais, and one of the first children I wore in it weighed 55 pounds and was 6 years old...and we were both comfortable. I'd been wearing babies and trying new slings and carriers since 1993, and ten years in, this completely changed everything I knew about babywearing.   My first tester, I reluctantly loaned to my cousin in the spring of 2004, reluctantly because I knew we would be trying to get pregnant soon, and I desperately wanted to have it for my own daughter.    I never got that carrier back. My cousin loved...
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