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BabyBjorn Miracle

*Est. $150
Reviewed
March 2013
by ConsumerSearch
BabyBjorn Miracle

Best Front Baby Carrier

Pros
  • Waist and lumbar support
  • Supports baby's hips
  • Two frontal positions
Cons
  • Only accommodates up to 26 pounds
  • Not as comfortable with bigger babies
  • Shoulder straps not padded

Bottom Line

The BabyBjorn Miracle is designed to help ease the back strain of baby wearing, with an ergonomic design that helps distribute the baby's weight between the shoulders and waist. It also features a wide-leg position than most carriers. Still, it's best for smaller babies and infants, as users say it's still uncomfortable with larger babies. It's also pricey considering it can only be used to 15 months or 26 pounds.

Comfort

Ergonomic design distributes weight. The BabyBjorn Miracle gets good reviews for comfort for both mom and baby, but mostly with younger, lighter babies. It has a waist belt that can be adjusted to vary the pressure points on the parent's body and a wider seat to better support the baby. It can be used for infants (at least 8 pounds) without an insert. The shoulder straps are not padded, something parents say they'd like to see.

Performance

Pricey for its features. The biggest complaint about the BabyBjorn Miracle is that it's expensive when compared to baby carriers with more features, such as the ability to wear on the back, breastfeed while wearing, etc. All adjustments are made from the front, and parents say they're easy to do, but there is a learning curve for adjusting in the forward-facing position. The seat has a built-in tape measure to adjust to your baby's height. The two-part, side-latch design allows you to completely remove your baby from the carrier without waking him.

Durability

Easy to care for, long-lasting materials. The BabyBjorn Miracle can be tossed in the washing machine and, according to parents, comes out looking like new. Newborns (from 8 pounds) face toward the parent and can be turned to forward-facing when the baby has full head control, at about 4 to 6 months. It accommodates babies to 26 pounds or 15 months. BabyBjorn says their research shows that babies don't like to be carried beyond that age, but many parents say they carry their children well into toddlerhood. The Miracle has a one-year warranty.

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Our Sources

1. BabyGearLab

Review Credibility: Excellent The BabyBjorn Miracle comes in ninth out of 15 baby carriers tested, with an overall ranking of 62 out of 100. Ellis notes that the Miracle is an improvement over the Original but is not as versatile as other carriers. Their ultimate conclusion is that it's easy to wear, but its lower weight limits and limited carry positions don't make it a good value.

Review: BabyBjorn Miracle Review, Lindsay Ellis, Feb. 28, 2013

2. iVillage.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The BabyBjorn Miracle in Organic makes this roundup of top baby carriers as selected and reviewed by parent testers for iVillage.com's top product picks of 2012. It was tested by a mom who says it's comfortable and easy to adjust, but she would like more support for the baby's neck and a sunshade.

Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks of 2012, Kate Bayless, March 20, 2012

3. Which? magazine

Review Credibility: Very Good Which? magazine is the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org but offers much more extensive reviews as well as detailed explanation of testers and testing methods and full specifications and recommendations. They provide in-depth coverage of the BabyBjorn Miracle that includes product testing by parents and experts.

Review: BabyBjorn Miracle Review, Editors of Which? magazine, Dec. 16, 2011

4. SheKnows.com

Review Credibility: Very Good For the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards, companies and readers nominated their favorite parenting products. Editors of SheKnows tested each submission, based upon functionality, quality, safety and convenience. Four finalists are selected and then voting is opened to the readers. The BabyBjorn Miracle came in second in the baby carrier category. The accompanying review is very brief, just mentioning a few highlights.

Review: SheKnows Parenting Awards 2012: Carriers, Editors of SheKnows.com, Not dated

5. Choice magazine

Review Credibility: Very Good Australia's Choice magazine tests 10 baby carriers, including the BabyBjorn Miracle. The carriers are evaluated for comfort, security and ease of use. Unlike most products Choice tests, the baby carriers are not scored or ranked. Editors felt that their trial was too small and that choosing a baby carrier is a highly personal decision. Rather, they suggest using their reviews as a guide to which models to consider first. Some of the carriers are not available in the U.S.

Review: Baby Carrier and Sling Reviews, Chris Barnes, June 4, 2012

6. Babble.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The BabyBjorn Miracle gets a thorough review in this roundup of baby carriers. Prolific product reviewer Michelle Horton says feedback on the Miracle from experts and parents indicate that the carrier is best for smaller infants, but not for heavier babies. It is expensive for a carrier with an upper weight rating of only 26 pounds, she says.

Review: BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Miracle, Michelle Horton, Sept. 12, 2012

7. BabyGizmo.com

Review Credibility: Very Good This BabyGizmo.com blogger used the BabyBjorn Miracle with a 2-week-old, a 6-month-old and a 22-month-old. She gives a rave review of the carrier's comfort, but says it's not a good fit at the upper weight and height ranges of the Miracle, though she was able to manage it. Her bottom line is that she wishes it accommodated older children to last through the toddler years.

Review: Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: BabyBjorn Miracle Carrier, "Christina", Nov. 4, 2011

8. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Good The BabyBjorn Miracle baby carrier earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 in more than 135 reviews. Owners say it's comfortable for them and their babies, and they like that it provides support at the crotch and hip area. Many note that it's not the best choice for breastfeeding, as it requires partially removing the carrier from your body. There are few complaints, and there is no particular consensus among those we found, except that several petite women say it does not fit them well.

Review: BabyBjorn Miracle Baby Carrier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013

9. TheBump.com

Review Credibility: Good Editors of TheBump.com recommend 10 baby carriers, including the BabyBjorn Miracle. There is no mention of testing, and the products are not ranked. The review is very brief; the editors just note that this is a carrier that grows with your child and works without any extra inserts. There are no cons mentioned.

Review: Best Baby Carriers, Editors of TheBump.com, Not dated

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