BabyBjorn Synergy: A Baby Carrier That's Perfect For the First Six Months
The Baby Bjorn Synergy ($120) combines the best parts of their other models of baby carriers- the lumbar support of the Baby Bjorn Active and the mesh breathability of the Baby Bjorn Air. Click to read our full review.
The Synergy is a great carrier for about the first six or so months of a baby’s life, before the baby gets too heavy, when the minimal lumbar support no longer cuts it. I love that it’s so easy to put on and take off, even while a baby is sleeping, and this one is particularly good in the summer, since the material is a ventilated mesh. I started using the Synergy when my son Miles was about 2.5 months old, when I wanted to hold him as much as I could before I went back to work. Since he had a pretty severe case of gastric reflux, he needed to be kept upright, so without a baby carrier I was unable to get much done. In the beginning I wore him everywhere, and he often fell asleep while I was doing this. He was still pretty light, and I could go 45 minutes to an hour before my back started bothering me. That seemed better than the Baby Bjorn I’d worn with my daughter five years ago, which didn’t have the extra lumbar support that the Synergy has.
The bigger he got though, the sooner my back started to hurt. My back can handle him for maybe 20 minutes at a stretch now. I did once try to go on a hike wearing him, and it wasn’t the best idea. At this point, I’m starting to think it’s time to switch to the Ergo because it relies on hips and pulling shoulders back, although I’ll miss the ease of the Bjorn, which is why I haven’t switched yet.
The mesh lining kept me and Miles comfortably sweat free throughout the hottest, most humid months of the year. By then he was starting to become a big bruiser and it amazes me that now at six months, he’s still contained by this compact little carrier.
Basically if you want to carry your child as much as possible but live as busy a life as I do, with a need to constantly get things done, then this is a godsend – around the house, running a few errands, a short walk… but really until the baby is six months old.