Wednesday, April 9, 2014
[Review] JJ Cole Agility Carrier
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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