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August 11, 2010

Beco Baby Gemini Carrier Review

Some of you already know that my baby carrier of choice is made by Beco Baby. After trying so many baby carriers, I have to say that my Beco Baby Butterfly 2 carrier is my favorite. So, when I was offered the chance to review the brand new Beco Baby Gemini, you can imagine how excited I was. After the new Gemini carrier arrived, I took it with me to a playdate so that all of the moms from the playgroup can check it out in person and we got to play with it for a bit.
Another nice thing about trying it out at a playdate is that someone can take a photo of me. Since I am usually the one holding the camera, it would have been impossible for me to take a picture of myself wearing it. My friend Nancy took these photos -- please excuse the way I looked, it was a crazy morning with doctor's appointments and gymnastic lesson for DD before attending the playdate.

One of the things a lot of moms commented on was how the Gemini looks just like Butterfly 2. I must admit that they do look very similar, but once I pointed out the new design and the differences, the moms were excited by the the new features Gemini offers. If you already own the Butterfly 2, you know that the baby carrier allows you to carry your child in the front carry and back carry position. Butterfly 2 also comes with a removable head rest and a removable infant insert. With the Gemini, there is no removable headrest or infant insert. The Gemini is a one piece carrier without any inserts. There is still a headrest, but the headrest can be snapped down if your baby already has head and neck. In this photo, I am carrying baby E. Baby E already has head and neck control so no headrest is needed. But you can see the extra panel that's folded down right under her arm, that's the headrest that you can fold up for an infant that needs head support.
Putting baby E on my back was a bit tricky (please to the Gemini instruction on the Beco Baby website on how to do this). She fussed for a bit while I was trying to get her in it, but once everything was secured, she was completely content!
In addition to being back to do front and back carrying like Butterfly 2, the Gemini also allows you to do front carrying while your child is facing forward and you can also do hip carrying. I preferred front and back carrying positions. I tried the hip carrying position and decided that it was not for me, but I do know other moms who prefer this carrying position so it is nice to know that Gemini baby carrier does allow that option.

The reason why the front facing carrying position is now possible with the Gemini carrier is because Beco Baby made a minor change in the design. With the Gemini, there are 2 snaps on the bottom of the carrier that allows you to narrow the base and thus making it very comfortable for the your child to be in that position. When I tried it with baby E, she really liked the narrow base.

Even though the Gemini carrier is a little different from Butterfly 2, it still has some of the features I love from Butterfly 2. First of all, it is incredibly comfortable to wear. I wore baby E in the Gemini and she seemed weightless to me (and I am sure she is not weightless, lol). I love that the straps are super comfortable. They are wide enough to provide you with that extra comfort so that nothing is digging into your skin, but it is not extra bulky either. Second, I love that the Gemini still has the buckle across the chest for back carrying position -- making me feel extra secure about carrying the baby on my back. Fourth, I love that soft organic fabric the company uses to create the baby carriers and lets not forget the cute prints you can choose from too. Last but not least, I love that the Gemini still uses the same buckles that Butterfly 2 uses. The buckles are really secure and they do require 2 hands to unbuckle but the plus side to that is you don't have to worry about the buckles that's helping your baby stay in the carrier failing on you.

All in all, I was impressed by the new Beco Baby Gemini and the moms from the playdate were also very excited to learn all about it. Would I give up my Butterfly 2? Probably not, I actually like the removable infant insert and the removable head rest on it as well. I will be using both carriers because one can not have enough Beco Baby carriers!

To buy your own Gemini, please visit the Beco Baby Carrier website.

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


Life with the Lebedas said...

Love the look of your blog!! Laura Jane is awesome! She did my blog design too!

Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas

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