Wednesday, April 9, 2014

[Review] JJ Cole Agility Carrier

Babywearing.


 One of the first things I'd suggest to a mom adding to her flock.  I love it.


I really didn't get a chance to wear Ashlynn as much as I would have liked or thought I would.  We received a Moby wrap at our baby shower - that I had registered.  I started wearing Ashlynn about 1 month of age when she was nearing 8lbs.  This was around late May.  I youtube'd instructions on how to wear the 20 yards of fabric, exaggerating, but once it was summer it was really hot.  I'd be sweaty, she'd be sweaty and we'd be wrapped sweaty bodies smushed together with heavy fabric tied tight.  


I didn't end up using it much and once it was Fall we purchased an Ergo Sport.  I really loved how quick and easy it was to put on and it was perfect for trips to the pumpkin patch and all the house hunting we were doing at the time. 


When Kenley was born I dug out the Moby, but was a little less than excited to use it.  Even with it being Winter and fear of us overheating gone, it just always seemed like a pain to wrap around in a pinch when wanting to get her in fast while she was crying and also needing to tend to her sister. 


JJ Cole offered to send their Agility carrier and I was pretty excited to try it out.  It comes in two pieces, the first being the crisscross front fabric that goes on just like a shirt.  No need for wrapping around your waist, over your shoulders, and stuffing four feet of fabric around you making sure things are tight and lined up.  Just throw it on like a shirt, and stuff that baby inside! You can follow the official instructions here.  Once the baby is seated properly with fabric supporting their bottom and covering their back and shoulders, you just wrap the second piece of fabric around their back and tush and tie in front for some extra support and safety.  


I can get Kenley situated in about 20 seconds or less, using the other fabric wrap it's closer to a minute.  It doesn't seem like that's a long time, but when you have a crying newborn or infant who just wants to be held it makes a huge difference.

I still love our Ergo carrier, but we don't have a newborn insert so I wasn't able to use it with Kenley when she first arrived and I needed to be wearing her most.  I also prefer to have a wrap style when in the house since the backpack style straps are bit bulky.    



Overall it's been a great product for us and our needs.  It's lightweight, quick to put on, easy to travel with (I usually keep it in my diaper bag in case I need to wear her while out at the park, visiting friends, or needing to use the stroller for Ashlynn), and of course it's washable cotton. 

The only drawback is that it comes in sizes, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.  Since my husband and I would most likely need different sizes, only I am able to use it.  It's not a problem for us since he doesn't typically wear the kids in the kangaroo style holds and, if wearing at all - which is pretty much never, he likes being able to wear Ashlynn on his back with the Ergo. This maybe an issue for other families if they'd like to both use the product and aren't the same size. 


Otherwise, five stars from us!  I've been wearing Kenley since we received it back in January.  It's saved more dinner time melt downs than I count - from both kids!  It has let me play, bake, and color with Ashlynn, while keeping Kenley close and content. It even helps me handle two kids at the park since Ashlynn is all over the place and I don't want to be chasing her around with the stroller. 

Any tips to share how you handle two or more at once??


*****

JJ Cole was kind enough to provide the Agility carrier for my review, but all opinions expressed are solely my own.  All other products mentioned were purchased with my own money and their brands are unaware of this review.  

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23 comments:

  1. Adorable photos of your precious family!

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  2. I loved this review- thank you!! I have a Moby too that I didn't really get much use out of, mainly because of the amount of fabric and the time it takes to get it situated. I have a Boba 3G (similar to the Ergo) that I absolutely love, but will definitely check out this wrap for when baby #2 comes along.

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  3. I love this review! We were given a Baby Bjorn, but didn't use it much because of all of the negative reviews on babies hips...Cam also wasn't super happy in it. We borrowed the Ergo from a friend for our trip to Europe, and he liked it more, but I could definitely use something like this for baby #2. It seems much more natural to be wearing around the house than the bulky Ergo!!!

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  4. I've been looking in to a fabric wrap for the early months with babes number two but felt like since we spent so much on our big carrier I couldn't justify buying another one, but that price is just right to make it totally justifiable for those early months! Do you find that it makes the squishy tummy bulge at all? That was my issue with a lot of them the first time around. Why do most buckles strap where where my post baby chub begins? Also, did you have a hard time with it when Kenley still couldn't hold her head up? It looks like its a little open right there I the neck support area.

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  5. In regards to the neck support, when they are smaller or need extra support you can tuck them under the strap (face turned so they can breathe) it shows in the video I linked above. I didn't have any issues with it squeezing since it fits like a shirt and I tie the extra piece around my mid back as tightly (or loose) as I need - no buckles or straps. The price point is really attractive, especially if you already have another carrier. I'm really glad we have the "outdoorsy" carrier, but the wrap style is just so much more comfortable when at home or for quick errands/hanging at playdates.

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  6. Definitely, I completely agree. I love the ergo for outdoor trips, but it just isn't really practical around the house like a wrap or sling style carrier.

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  7. So glad you found it helpful! It seems like there are so many die hard moby fans out there, I'm just not one of them. This style takes all the wrapping and twisting out of the equation, I actually put it on while holding her, which is awesome when she's really fussy.

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  8. Now i want this and have an Ergo, which means the hubs probably won't go for it. I did find out a friend has a k'tan I could borrow, which seems really similar. Thanks for the review! I've now passed along to other pregnant friends who seem to love the idea.

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  9. We still love our Ergo, but the styles definitely have their pros and cons based on where you'd use them and how often. I love how quickly this is to use, definitely the factor that scored the most points. Glad you found this helpful and were able to share w friends!

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  10. Awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing, it's been added to the list!! :)

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  11. I have a mei tai carrier and I thought I liked it .... Until I got the ergo. Man did that change my life! I was so much more comfortable and so was Ellie. I have been interested in another type of carrier either a moby or a ring sling. Thanks for sharing about this. Also I can't get over how long your hair is!! I love it!

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  12. Haha, the only recent picture is from the park this weekend and my hair is up, the other pictures were february so it's a bit longer now. I wouldn't bash the Moby, I know some people LOVE it, but for a younger infant I really love this carrier, less fabric and quick to use. I've never used a sling, I'm a bit afraid of them that the baby would flop out. Of course that's completely ridiculous, but they seem more secure (in my mind) in a front wearing hold. Just my crazy...

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  13. Thank you, thank you for this review. I might just try out this carrier. Like you, I have infant #2 and a park-loving toddler in tow, and I also never got the hang of the Moby with my first child. We do have the infant insert for the Ergo, but he never seems comfy in it, and it's also not that convenient on the go since you have to find somewhere to lay the baby first in order to put him in the insert (read: the back hatch area of my car is too dirty for his sweet little head). The action photos of you with Kenley in the carrier are too cute - and inspiring. :) Thank you - I love your blog so much!

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  14. Good to know! I have the Boba (similar to the Moby) but hate how long it takes to wrap up. I love my Ergo, but like the comfort of the Boba. I may have to try this one out!

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  15. ooh. i love that it goes on like a shirt!! pretty sure with numero dos i'm going to need a crash course in baby wearing!

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  16. I see a lot of baby wearing in our near future. Love that this is easier to use than the Moby. That thing is complicated! I had to watch countless YouTube videos to figure out how to work it and I still felt like I was doing it wrong.

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  17. I loved wearing Owen, around the house especially . We had the Bjorn, still do, but we bought an Ergo last year when they were on Zulily, and that will be what we'll use with our next.

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  18. makes life so much easier! Unless they start selling extra sets of arms... ohhhh, new business venture.

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  19. Thank you, Erica, you are too sweet!

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  20. Totally me! I was always afraid someone would be all #doingitwrong on my ass

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  21. Oh I totally get that! I have wanted to get a ring sling but it makes me nervous about how secure she would be!

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  22. I WISH I "wore" Mason when he was a baby. Would have saved me a lot of meltdowns (from both of us) in the first 3 months before I went back to work Of course daycare might not have liked it but at least mommy and baby would have been happy. We have an Ergo that was a hand me down, and I rarely use it because it is so bulky.

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