I wear my daughter a lot. Almost all the time, really. And the Calyx Baby Carrier by Mama Design ($129) has been a favorite around my house since it arrived. Capable of holding children 4-months-old right through to toddlerhood, it’s a wonderful go-everywhere carrier option.
It’s clear that this carrier was designed by a mama who knew how to add what many carriers are lacking. I could feel the effect of the contoured shoulder straps as soon as I put my daughter onto my back — where some carriers leave me feeling like she might lean out, this one hugged her right in close to me. The super-soft, padded straps are incredibly comfortable and don’t dig in at all. And they have the added function of going over the baby’s thighs to support from underneath.
The most interesting feature of the Calyx (though admittedly, it was the hardest part for me to get used to) is the internal harness. It folds up over the baby and buckles on either side. You click your baby into it, then put the baby and carrier combo on as if putting on a backpack. The backpack maneuver is a bit tricky but there are instructions here that help.
One more little bonus…you know that bulge of belly that seems to like to poke its way over the buckles of some carriers? (Or is it just me?) Well, it’s barely noticeable with the Calyx.
I had to invest some time exploring and experimenting with my Calyx before I felt I completely understood it, but now it’s a breeze to use and it’s incredibly comfortable, to boot. Add to that the fact that it’s gorgeous (and it doesn’t make my belly stick out!)…well, you see why I’m a big fan.
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