First Look: BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors

Why Buy?

We are an active family and involving our children in our outdoor hobbies is very important to us. Our youngest (~5 months old) needs to be carried in order to participate in these hobbies (for obvious reasons), but we did not own a baby carrier that fit me well.

When my first son was born, the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Original quickly became my favorite carrier. It fit me better than the other carriers we owned and it was easy for me to place or remove our son from the carrier without help. Our son also seemed to the enjoy the outward-facing position. On our hikes or walks he would often fall asleep and it was easy to remove him from the carrier without waking him. When I heard that BabyBjörn had re-designed their carrier with outdoorsy parents in mind, I was excited to try it out.

Here is some information from the manufacturer:

  1. The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors is the perfect hiking baby carrier for getting out on Kids to Parks Day, designed for families who love adventure and outdoor activities.
  2. The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors is a hip-healthy baby carrier, with ergonomic wide leg position.
  3. As BabyBjörn’s newest baby carrier, the One Outdoors offers many features for active parents, including:
    1. Functional materials for all weather conditions and smart storage details.
    2. Sturdy waist belt and padded shoulder straps so it’s extra-comfortable to carry baby.
    3. Ability to carry child, up to age 3, in the front or back, both inward- and outward-facing, which makes it easy to find the best position for a comfortable hike.

Our Observations

To date, we’ve only used the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors on a couple of short walks and around the house while doing daily chores. From our short time using the carrier, here are some things that my wife and I have noticed:

  • The Good
    • 4 carry positions – the child can face inwards or outwards from back and chest carry positions.
    • Both the hip belt and shoulder straps are really comfortable, with the new design doing a great job of transferring the weight of the child to the hip belt.
    • The carrier has a built-in infant insert. In the past, my wife has struggled with some of the infant inserts that other carriers use. The built-in insert is less bulky than other inserts, which will be nice for warmer weather. Since it is built-in, you also don’t have to worry about losing it.
    • Has a cloth tag attached to it, emphasizing the correct hip and leg position based on how the child is being carried. The tag is position where it can be read by the parent while carrying the child.
    • Comes with a storage bag.
    • Has a cell phone pocket and the hip belt works well with my Peak Design Capture Clip.
  • The Bad
    • Limited use to date, but have not noticed anything bad about it. The buckles can be a little tricky at first, but once you understand how they work, they’re really easy to use. Make sure to try buckling and unbuckling them before placing your child in the carrier.
  • Bottom Line
    • To date, I think this is the best all around carrier we’ve owned. It appears to be a well-designed, quality item. The review will be updated as we get out with it more!

Disclaimer: The Baby Carrier One Outdoors reviewed  in this entry was provided to by BabyBjörn.

12 Responses

  1. TheHikingGeek

    We’re headed to the White Mountains National Forest.

  2. Francie

    We live near the Smokey Mountains so could take our kids there for the weekend.

  3. Kristin Goodson

    There are no National Parks near my house unfortunately. I am taking my son to the local park though so we can explore.

  4. Stephanie Johnson

    We love hiking and biking on the Natchez Trace (the 2nd longest national park) which is local to us and we also have numerous state parks within driving distance. We love exploring!

  5. Laura mueller

    We are going to the park with a group of friends and their families. We love being outside exploring and hiking on new trails!

  6. Em Mahr

    We’re going to Gulf Islands National Seashore for National Parks BioBlitz

  7. Rene

    We are quite a ways away from a National Park, so we are going to camp all weekend at Natural Falls State Park, in OK. With my 5 year old grandson and 8 month old grand twins; boy and a girl. And Hendrix The Hiking Dog will be there, too, of course! 🙂

  8. serena

    We’re going to picnic and walk around Central Park.

  9. Michael White

    We are hiking around Lake Solitude in Sunapee NH! 🙂

  10. Cassie

    we weren’t in a park, but our yard planting wildflowers on the 21 !