The BabyBjorn Original is a classic carrier, but there are better choices that will have a longer, useful life, even within BabyBjorn's own product line. Aimed at newborns (from 8 pounds), the Original is easy to use, and babies can be removed easily without waking them. Its upper weight rating is 25 pounds, but parents say it's uncomfortable to use with heavier babies.
Best for smaller babies. BabyBjorn says their Original baby carrier is "perfect for newborn babies," and parents of newborns and small infants say their babies are very comfortable in this carrier. However, they also say that their child outgrows the carrier long before they hit the 25-pound weight limit, and that carrying larger babies causes neck and back strain. Heavier and taller parents also say this is not a good fit for them. Some parents say they are uncomfortable with the way the baby dangles at the crotch, but many carriers have that same design. There are several fabric choices, with the mesh being reported as more breathable; some parents say their babies get very hot in the cotton fabrics.
Don't have to wake a sleeping baby. One of the most popular features of the BabyBjorn Original baby carrier is the two-part, side-latch design that allows you to remove your baby from the carrier without waking him. Most parents say the BabyBjorn is easy to use, but a few say there is a learning curve, and it can be complicated to adjust as your baby gets larger. The website has a number of helpful videos. It gets mixed reviews for being breastfeeding-friendly, with some parents saying it's too difficult to align, and others saying they can discreetly breastfeed. Again, it seems to be easier with a smaller infant.
Solid, long-lasting construction. The BabyBjorn Original baby carrier is built to last, and many parents say it still looks like new after being used with multiple children and washed numerous times. Just toss it in the washing machine for cleaning. It can be used front-facing once your child reaches about 4 to 6 months and can hold their head up. Its weight limit of 25 pounds means it's not the best choice for use into toddlerhood. It comes with a one-year warranty.
Review Credibility: Excellent The BabyBjorn Original comes in 12th out of 15 baby carriers tested, with an overall ranking of 59 out of 100. Ellis notes that BabyBjorn ruled the marketplace for a long time, but there are better choices now. She says it lacks padding and support, has limited carry positions and can be uncomfortable. Pros are that it's lightweight and easy to use.
Review: BabyBjorn Original Review, Lindsay Ellis, Feb. 28, 2013
2. 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 Original that includes product testing by parents and experts.
Review: BabyBjorn Original Review, Editors of Which? magazine, Dec. 16, 2011
3. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Very Good "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review a number of popular baby carriers, including several models of BabyBjorn carriers and make recommendations in each category. They list pros and cons and give each manufacturer an overall letter grade for their products.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers and More, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The BabyBjorn Original earns an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 600 customer reviews. Most reviews are positive, with owners saying it's easy to use and comfortable for both parent and baby, and they like that their baby can face forward or back. A few reviewers say this is a better choice for very small babies and there are better options for when baby gets bigger. Taller and heavier parents say it doesn't fit them well, either, and a few say their baby hated it. A number of parents worry that the dangling style is not good for their baby.
Review: BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Original, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 730 reviewers give the BabyBjorn Original an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Most say it's comfortable and lightweight; they also like the many fabric choices. A number of users say it's hard to get their baby in and out without waking him, and many say it's best for a very young infant. Even its detractors say it's well made.
Review: BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Original - Black, Classic, Contributors to ToysRUs.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good TheWiseBaby.com, which describes itself as "a chic, stylish resource for the savvy parent," reviews four baby carriers, the Beco, Ergobaby, BabyBjorn, and Moby Wrap. The reviewer gives the BabyBjorn Classic Original 4 out of 5, saying it's lightweight and easy to use. She also likes that babies can face in or out. However, she gives it low marks for parental comfort as kids get bigger and heavier, she also notes that babies seem to dislike this carrier for no reason.
Review: Baby Carrier Review, "Lindsey", June 18, 2012