Baby wearing, sling carrying, attachment parenting, call it what you like. It’s been an absolute saviour for Daz and I for the last 2 years. As a parent to a velcro baby and a firm belief in the 4th trimester, I followed my baby’s cues and cuddled him throughout his first few months.
It got us through many a dog walk, a colicy evening, a hilly school run and some very special dad and baby bonding time. So, it’s safe to say that we’re firmly in the cuddle-you-can-carry camp. We’ve owned a few carriers , including a custom-made dad boasting Batman carrier one. Our latest addition is a Mountain Buggy Juno.
Joining the ergonomic family of soft structured baby carriers, it’s one of the few which you can use safely in a front facing position. For those who are new to this jargon, the recommended way to carry a baby or toddler in a sling is in the ergonomic, ‘m’ or frog legged position, supporting hips, pelvis and the spine. If not, the potential damage occurs when non ergonomic carriers place most of the stress through the crotch and the hip joints.
So that’s the science out of the way, I’m going to tell you what exactly I thought of our Mountain Buggy Juno.
Firstly it’s comfortable, really comfortable, a full day trip round London and a day at The Eden Project with a 2 year is testament to that. As my boy is getting heavier, finding a carrier with padded straps is a must, along with a wide, supportive lumber support. Both of which are a feature of this carrier
We tend to go for more back carries unless my boy is tired, then it’s snuggly front carries to help his drift off to the land of nod. With the waist belt in place and pulled in to a comfortable fit, which is easily interchangeable between Daz and I, it’s simple a case of sitting on the edge of the sofa, with the Toddler leaning onto my back and then slipping each arm into the pre positioned straps like a ruck sack. Then secured across my chest with a horizontal straps which holds in place with a magnetic clip.
The front carry position is easy to do on your own with the ball straps crossed but if you prefer it as a rucksack style you’ll need help attaching the horizontal strap. The really neat feature when in this position is the hand pockets which slide like a cuddle around your little one’s back, keeping your hands warm and in a comfortable position.
The integral sleep / sun hood comes in great use during nap time and tucks away when not being used. I’ve found what ever way I use it, my toddler feels weightless. The Juno also comes with a newborn insert for carrying smaller babies as well as suck pads to keep it clean and healthy so it’s a great investment to see you though birth to toddler.
We were sent the Mountain Buggy Juno for the purpose of this review, all words and photographs are my own.