If you are looking for a safe, easy to use and comfortable Baby/Toddler Carrier then you need to check out the Beco Gemini Baby Carrier. The Beco Gemini is now one of our favorite carriers and I am glad that I had a chance to try it out.
I received the Robots-Black print and I just love the design. The inner fabric has white and turquoise robots on a grey background and the outer fabric is black with turquoise piping. The Gemini Carrier is also made with 100% organic cotton in the USA.
The carrier comes with a foldable head rest, an adjustable base for growing baby and a colorful instructional booklet filled with pictures. I really like having all the photos when learning how to use a new carrier.
You can use the Beco Gemini with little ones from the newborn stage until the toddler years (7-35 lbs/3.5 – 16 kg). Right now our son is about 25 lbs and I usually carry him in the front or the back.
The Gemini has 4 positions that you can use when carrying your child. Front carry (facing in and facing out), back carry, and hip carry. I have never carried my son facing out or in a hip carry position so I got a chance to try those out for the first time.
The front carry (facing in) position is what I usually do when carrying my son and I found it was easy to get him in the carrier and get the straps buckled This was my first time using a tri-lock safety buckle system and I love that those prevent accidental opening better than regular buckles.
Something I noticed right away is that the carrier has a bit more padding in the front than other carriers I have used (where baby’s back & bum are), same with the padded shoulder straps. It just felt more comfortable in general and totally cozy for my son.
The wide padded waist belt allows for proper lumbar support and it is very comfortable around my waist (even though my little one is pretty heavy I never have any issues while carrying him in the front or back).
I am not a fan of the front carry (facing out) position because I don’t get to see my son’s face and his little hands are usually grabbing anything and everything in front of me. Generally younger children can get very overwhelmed and overstimulated from all of the action when facing out so Beco recommends avoiding prolonged used of this position and trying out other positions as well. One thing worth noting is that the Gemini uses a narrow base for facing out and that makes it more comfortable for you and baby.
Something I love about the Beco is how easy it is to get my little one in the back carry position. I am used to other carriers and different ways to get him on my back but I must say the Gemini makes it extremely easy to set up and do it all on my own. Perfect when moms are just learning to back carry.
Back carrying is recommended with older/heavier children as well. I alternate both back and front with my son right now.
The hip carry position was interesting to try but I didn’t like it as much as front/back. Perhaps once his legs are a bit longer I will try it again. I found it was a bit complicated to set up for it at first but after trying a few times I got him comfortably on my hip, I think hip carrying would work wonderfully for any expecting moms that are carrying an older child.
Finally, the Gemini doesn’t have any pockets and I wish it did, maybe something they would be able to add to future lines. No big deal.
In general I really like the Beco Gemini, it is a great high quality carrier and allows for multiple positions and a wide or narrow base adjustment. It is definitively stylish and carries toddlers up to 35lbs comfortably. Each Beco Gemini carrier is handmade by a skilled seamstress in facilities which apply high social and economical standards and they sell for $130 each.
Beco Gemini Measurements
body 13″ wide x 18.5″ tall with head rest up, 14″ tall with headrest folded
shoulder straps 23″ (can be adjusted up to 22″ LONGER for a total of 45″)
waist belt 28″(size 0) can be adjusted up to 57″
weight capacity of the carrier: 7-35 lbs (3.5-16kg)
weight of the carrier: 1.5 lbs
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Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.