As parents, we are always trying to find a way to ease our workload. One way that has been very helpful in my experience has been baby wearing. Whether you are a mother of multiple children, or just a single baby, a mother of a newborn or a mother of a toddler, you and your child(ren) can benefit a great deal from baby wearing.
You may be asking yourself where to begin with all the brands and different types of baby carriers on the market. Let me make it easy for you. Beco offers a carrier called the Gemini that I believe is the best on the market for anyone starting out. I say this because not only do I feel this company makes the best baby carriers period, but because the Gemini is very versatile and also very comfortable. The last thing in the world you want to give a mother who is new at baby wearing is an uncomfortable carrier because they may assume that they will have the same experience with any carrier and quickly give up. Another great thing is that it is very simple for a beginner to put on. The Gemini is made of 100% organic cotton to give you and baby superior comfort. The base and headrest are also adjustable, making this carrier comfortable longer because it grows along with your child. Nursing is a breeze while wearing your child, and allows for this to happen discreetly for those who prefer privacy in public. Also, if you are looking for a space saver, this is certainly a good choice. The Gemini can be easily folded up and stored, while taking up very minimal space. All around this is a fantastic carrier.
The greatest thing about the Gemini is that it can be worn 4 different ways. You can wear your baby on the front, not only facing in, but also facing out. You can also choose to wear your baby on your hip. I find this position to be very natural for us because this is the way I carry my son when not in a carrier. There is also the back carry position which is the best as far as freeing yourself to do other things while carrying your baby. I feel my son enjoys this position the best of all and is ideal for toddlers.
For either the seasoned baby wearer or the baby wearer noobie, the Beco Gemini surely will not disappoint. I would like to point out that if you are using the Beco Butterfly II model and looking to upgrade, the Gemini does not come with the infant insert that you may be used to. Although I do love the insert because it makes it easy for switching baby between mom and dad, not having it there does allow more more direct contact with your baby. The Gemini also has a weight limit of 35 lbs as opposed to the Butterfly II that can hold a baby up to 45lbs. You would need to decide if you would like your carrier to be more long term, or to be more versatile as far as wearing options go. Or you can be like me and just get one of each. Let’s face it, once you get addicted to baby wearing, you will develop a stash of carriers.
When purchasing your Beco Gemini carrier, make sure to only buy from sites that are authorized sellers. There is a growing counterfeit market for baby carriers, both new and used and it is almost impossible to tell the difference. When it comes to your baby’s safety, you want to make sure you get a product that has been properly tested for safety and is backed by a warranty.
I would like to thank Beco for supplying a sample for review purposes.