How and Why I Chose the Pikkolo Baby Carrier
by Samantha Slade, guest blogger
As an urban family staunchly against owning a car, the thought of pushing my newborn baby around in a car seat just didn’t make sense to me. My husband and I paid little attention to strollers as we registered for baby supplies, opting instead to sign up for an array of slings, wraps, and other carriers. Most of them didn’t really work for us once baby arrived, as my wiggly baby would work himself halfway out of even the snuggest wrap I could muster. We quickly found that all of us–Mom, Dad and Baby –were partial to the Baby Bjorn. I could throw baby into the carrier and hit the town. After one long day, however, while removing him from the carrier, I heard his back crack. I thought… “Wait a minute… He’s only 2 ½ months old – that seems way too young to need his back cracked!” Coupled with the lower back pain that I was starting to feel from carrying my 14 lb. boy around with me, I began to question our carrier. With a long weekend to NYC looming ahead of his, I knew that getting a different, more ergonomic carrier with better support would be the best thing I could do for the backs of both the baby and I.
That’s when I discovered the whole world of soft structured carriers (SSC). Being a librarian by training, I began extensive research to see what carriers were out there. It seemed that many of the SSC were designed for babies 6 months and up. I needed something now, and I wanted to find something that could grow with baby. Also, I had spoken to a couple of former Bjorn users, and they all said they had used the carrier for longer than was comfortable for their backs because their babies loved facing out so much.
With this as my working information, I knew when I found the Pikkolo that I had found my new carrier. It is a work horse. It can accommodate baby at the age he is now, allow him to face-out ergonomically, and be used until he is a toddler. Plus by choosing the Café Au Lait plain brown style, it is a unisex carrier that doesn’t make my husband feel awkward when wearing.
I’m very happy with the versatility of the Pikkolo. I recently had a friend in town with her toddler. She asked me all about my Pikkolo throughout dinner. We stopped into a salon afterwards to say hello to a mutual friend. When she mentioned her sister was having a baby, my visitor pointed at my carrier and said “THAT’S the carrier to give her as a gift!” After 2 months of use, I can only say I wholeheartedly agree.
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