Advantages Secure once fitted, Hands free, carry baby for longer
Disadvantages Clumsy and Awkward, hard to fit when out and about
Our 6-week-old baby girl was getting ready for her first flight over to Northern Ireland and the thought of carrying her up the rickety steps of a budget airline was something that wasn't resting easily on my mind. As I'd been in and out of more Baby related shops in the past few months than I care to remember I was aware of baby carriers and baby slings and decided that having 2 hands free and carrying a the little one would be the safest and most sensible option to facing the dreaded airplane steps.As we had seemed to favour Mamas and Papas for many of our baby carrying needs we decided to get the Babycruzer Deluxe from our local M&P retailer for the not so tiny sum of £35. Although in the world of Baby Carriers, £35 is not considered to be very expensive at all.
The concept for the Babycruzer is very simple you strap your baby on to your front so that you can carry them around and still be able to use your hands for other things. It also helps save you from dead arms and pins and needles that can come from holding babies for long periods of time.The Babycruzer can be used for babies who are between 3.5 kgs (7.7 lbs) and 9kgs (19.8 lbs) and consists of a harness in which you place the little one and a number of padded straps that cross over your back. There is an additional Lumber support strap that goes across your back to help distribute the load.
This allows you to have your baby sitting facing forwards or facing towards you. It is recommended to sit the baby facing you for newborns and sleeping babies and until the baby is able to hold up their head. Whereas the forward facing posture suits a baby who is awake are much more interested in everything that is going on around them than your face that they see all the time, not to mention it looks much more comfortable for them.The Babycruzer Deluxe also features a rain hood (for when the baby is facing you only!), head support and a bib to help keep your clothes clean.
>>>Out of the boxAs a man I whole-heartedly believe that instruction manuals are only included with products to act as additional padding and packaging. However, with our date with the rickety steps fast approaching I wanted to make sure I could quickly attach and remove the Babycruzer as quickly and safely as possible and so I surrendered and opened the instruction booklet.
I wish I hadn't bothered. The booklet contains 8 pages of non descript images and equally useless instructions and despite my bets efforts to try to understand what the picture was supposed to be showing me, I ended up picking up the Babycruzer and playing with it until I got to grips with how it works.
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