Friday, August 27, 2010

Unique 4-way baby carrier


I have been very fortunate to be able to road test a very unique baby carrier that has recently arrived in Australia.
The Combi Magical Compact Carrier allows you to carry your baby in four different positions.
Many baby carriers allow you to carry baby on your front, on your back, or on your hip, but this carrier also has the ability to hold baby in a cradling position as well as face-in cuddling, face-out cuddling, or on your back.
Most carriers do not provide much support for baby’s back and head, but the clever folk at Combi have designed a removable snuggle bed for head and back support which allows you to use it for your newborn in the cradling position.
The carrier then adapts as your baby grows and can be used right through to the toddler stage (or up to 14.9kg).
All of the straps are padded, made of a soft washable and breathable fabric. 
When I first tried the Combi Magical Compact Carrier I attempted to put it on myself before putting the baby in, which resulted in my baby laying very awkwardly.
So then I read the instructions!
Unlike other carriers, the Magical Compact requires you lay your baby in it first, then lean over and attach the straps.
I found this method much safer for baby and easier than some of the other brands on the market, where you have to juggle your baby in one hand and sort out straps with the other.
Once you stand up with baby securely in place, it is a very comfortable carrier.
There are no plastic buckles or metal rings poking into you, and all of the adjustable straps are hidden underneath soft padding.
Only one single central buckle needs to be fastened to secure the baby, and another central one-touch buckle to secure behind your back, making it very simple to use.
The head support has a collar designed to support baby’s head, or folded down so baby can look around.
In the cradling position, the baby’s back and head is well supported by using the firm insert, and it’s possible to breastfeed while baby is in the carrier.
I have tried quite a few brands of carriers and slings for my children, and this one is of a very high standard. The quality of materials and construction is excellent, and once you get the hang of it, carrying your baby is easy – just be sure to read the instructions before use!
Combi is one of the largest and oldest specialist producers of baby products in the world with a heritage dating back to 1957 in Japan.
Combi’s product design and innovation is largely influenced by feedback from parents which is enhanced and realised by a team of experienced designers, engineers and medical experts.
The Combi Magical Compact Baby Carrier retails for $229.99 and is available at leading specialty stores nationally. Call 02 8399 2223 for stockists or visit www.combi.com.au

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