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BabyBjorn We ReviewPrice: $140.00 List | $69.99 at Amazon - 50% off
Pros: Well made, simple, ergonomic
Cons: No front facing out, uncomfortable w/ heavier baby
Bottom line: Bare bones, only 2 positions; best for younger baby
Carrier & Insert Weights: Carrier: 1.8 Lbs
Seat Width: 11.5"
The BabyBjorn We is designed to be a safer, more supportive version of the BabyBjorn Original. It lost points in our testing because it was uncomfortable for older babies and toddlers, but performed well with smaller babies. It also lacks handy features like a sleeping hood or storage pocket. However, it has a low price point compared to other carriers we reviewed and provides similar functionality.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The BabyBjorn We is a streamlined, easy-to-use soft structured carrier that offers two carry positions: front carry facing in and back carry. It's an updated version of the BabyBjorn Original, and the manufacturers claim that it can be used from the newborn stage all the way through toddler-hood. To adjust the seat, there is a zipper that will make it wider, allowing more room and support for older babies and toddlers. Like the Original, it only comes in one color: basic black. Read on to see how it performed in our testing.
Carrier One, the We performed much better in the Safety category, scoring a 7 of 10. The wide seat provides proper ergonomics for baby's hips and comes up high enough to give adequate support for baby's head and spine. The carrying position is improved in this carrier as well, lifting baby up, making it possible to kiss the top of baby's head while in a front carry. This adjustment adds support for both the baby and the wearer.
The We received the same score in the Baby's Comfort category as the Carrier One (a 5 of 10) and for similar reasons. Our infant tester reported that her baby was cheerful and relaxed enough to sometimes fall asleep in this carrier. However, like the Carrier One, there are buckles right at the height of the baby's head which restricts movement in the upper body and arms, causing our older baby and toddler to become agitated.
Ease of Use
Ease of Cleaning
Like most of the soft structured carriers we tested, the BabyBjorn We is machine washable with a gentle detergent but must be hung up to dry. It must be washed separately and received a final score of 7 of 10 in this category.
BabyBjorn claims this carrier works just as well for a newborn as for a three year old, but our testing revealed otherwise. It was increasingly more uncomfortable for both baby and wearer as baby got larger/heavier so we found it to be best suited for newborns and small babies.
Compared to other soft structured carriers that offer the same carry positions, the Babybjorn We is very affordable. That said, we think your money is better spent on a carrier (such as the Tula Ergonomic or the Onya Baby Outback) that will serve you beyond the infant stage.
The simple design of the BabyBjorn We offers good ergonomics and baby feels safe and secure while testing this carrier. It is easily adjustable, but lost some major points in the comfort category, especially for older babies and toddlers, which landed it toward the bottom in our overall scoring.
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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