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Beco Gemini

*Est. $130
Reviewed
March 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Beco Gemini

Best Convertible Baby Carrier

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Four carry positions
  • Comfortable for parent and child
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • 35-pound weight limit
  • Tricky safety buckles

Bottom Line

The Beco Gemini is a popular, versatile carrier that can be used in four different carry positions. Parent and expert reviewers say it's safe and secure, easy to use and comfortable. Its many color and fabric options also earn high praise. With a 35-pound upper weight limit, it's not a carrier that will take your child into older toddlerhood, however.

Comfort

Comfort for mom and baby. Expert and parent reviewers say the well-padded Beco Gemini is very comfortable in any position. It has four carry positions, enabling you to shift the child's weight for more comfort over longer periods of carrying. It's lightweight and has good back support for the baby. The shoulder straps can be worn in several different ways depending upon what is most comfortable for your needs. The lighter-weight material is reported as highly breathable. The headrest can fold for adjustable support, and the base is wide so the baby is fully supported and does not dangle. It's not as good of a choice for older children; reviewers say it's most comfortable for infants and smaller toddlers.

Performance

Very easy to use. The Beco Gemini is very easy to use, say both expert and parent reviewers. They note that the baby feels very secure even when they bend over. The Gemini has a unique feature that enables you to transfer the baby from front to back without removing him from the carrier. It's easy to put the child in the carrier, and the back-release design enables you to remove the child without waking her. The front panel opens for easy breastfeeding. A few reviewers note that the safety buckles can be tricky to operate.

Durability

Highly versatile design. The Beco Gemini has four seating positions that enable you to use it longer than dedicated parent-facing infant carriers. In addition, the baby can face outward in front-carry mode, parent-facing on back, and there is a hip-carry option. However, its 35-pound upper weight rating is not as high as some other soft carriers. It can be used for newborns. It's machine washable and comes with a one-year warranty.

Where To Buy
Beco Gemini Baby Carrier - Metro Black

 
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Our Sources

1. BabyGearLab

Review Credibility: Excellent The Beco Baby Gemini is the top pick in this roundup of 15 baby carriers tested, with an overall ranking of 84 out of 100. Ellis notes that the Gemini is modern, easy to use, comfortable, practical and versatile. Pros are that it's lightweight and easy to use. The only con is tricky safety buckles.

Review: Beco Baby Gemini Review, Lindsay Ellis, March 4, 2013

2. iVillage.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The Beco Gemini 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 and her 8-month-old daughter. She says it's comfortable and stylish, and her child feels snug and secure. She notes it's not easy to remove the baby and the strings that secure the headrest dangle and end up in her baby's mouth.

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

3. Babble.com

Review Credibility: Very Good The Beco Gemini gets a thorough review in this roundup of baby carriers. Prolific product reviewer Michelle Horton says it's ideal for parents looking for a starter carrier that's lightweight and comfortable. Pros include ease of use and a design that can be worn four ways. Cons include the short life span compared to other convertible carriers, which limits its practicality.

Review: Beco Gemini, Michelle Horton, Sept. 12, 2012

4. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Very Good In more than 185 reviews, the Beco Gemini earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners say it's comfortable and versatile, and they like its many fabric options. A few parents say it's hard to adjust, but most say it's easy to use. It gets good reviews for fitting a variety of body shapes, from smaller women to larger men. It seems to get its best reviews for using with older infants -- more than 12 pounds.

Review: Beco Baby Carrier Gemini, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013

5. TheBump.com

Review Credibility: Good Editors of TheBump.com recommend 10 baby carriers, including the Beco Gemini. 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, is very versatile and is machine washable.

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

6. TheWiseBaby.com

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 Beco her highest rating, a 5 out of 5, saying it can be worn a number of different ways and has ample head support. The only con she notes is that some parents say their child is more restricted in this carrier.

Review: Baby Carrier Review, "Lindsey", June 18, 2012

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