Baby wearing is important to me.
It's essential when I need my hands or, like most times, I forget my stroller.
Sure, I could just throw her up on my hip. But add in a three year old that darts around a store like a nomad, the cart I need to carry my diaper bag and all that baby stuff and a baby that wiggles like crazy on my hip, it's just easier on my life (and my sanity) if I can put the baby in a carrier and have one less problem to worry about.
I recently was able to test out another Infantino baby carrier, the Balance.
About the Balance, "The Balance Baby Carrier is tailored to lighten your load by evenly distributing baby's weight. With some seriously padded straps, lumbar support and an ergonomic design, you'll be cruising comfortably all day long. The natural seat provides a gentle ride and secure support for baby while the ergonomic waist, back and shoulder straps work together to lighten your load and provide a comfortable fit for you. The carrier perfectly distributes baby's weight with adjustable top straps, while the adjustable chest strap and lumber strap offer added support for your back. The shoulder straps are made from plush foam for added comfort. Store essentials in the built-in pocket and use the tidy loops to maintain a neat appearance with extra straps stashed away. Made from soft cotton fabric with an attractive pattern on the inside, this carrier is both practical and stylish. The carrier allows you the option of carrying baby face-in or in backpack mode with an attachable carrier bib to protect your clothes."
Once the Balance arrived, I read through the instructions, strapped it on and popped in the baby.
And she cried.
It's important to know that not all baby gear on the market is going to fit in well with your family.
And while it sucks when you finally stumble upon said product, it's my job to be 100% honest with you about all the products I review.
And I hate to say it, the Balance did not rub well with my baby.
After she cried the first time, I took her out and waited a few days to try it out again.
The next time I adjusted all the straps to make it more comfortable (and there are a few straps to deal with on the Balance).
I popped her in again and she started to cry.
I adjusted some more, wiggled her around... and she screamed.
I slipped her out, turned the carrier around to the backpack position and tried again and she wiggled and squirmed like an unhappy baby until I took her out.
In my opinion, Turtle was uncomfortable in both positions because we never really hold her like the Balance carrier did. I did like how, despite the crying, how close the Balance got her to me. It was snug, like a real good snuggle.
The Infantino Balance baby carrier is available to purchase in stores and online now.
I received the Infantino Balance baby carrier to review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
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