Beco Soleil Birth to Preschool Baby Carrier
Date: July 16, 2014
We asked GentleParenting Review Panel member Kelly, and her 6 month old baby and 2 year old toddler, to test and review the Beco Soleil carrier. Here are her thoughts:
With a 2 1/2 year old weighing approx 26ibs and a 6 month old gaining weight fast at approx 19lbs already, I was in need of a carrier with the versatility and support the Beco promised. Being a size 16 with breastfeeding 34J’s, I have struggled to find any carrier which was both comfortable for me and baby for any length of time.
Upon receiving the Beco, I was delighted to find I had been sent the stylish yellow and grey “charlie” design. The hood and bag were already attached and the instruction booklet gives all the necessary usage instructions succinctly. However the picture diagrams could do with being clearer, a black carrier has been used for the photo’s and it is quite difficult to pick out the details required when following them.
I attempted a dry run of the front carry position to begin with and it quickly became apparent that loosening and tightening the straps would be a little difficult to begin with as they were quite stiff. However I am confident that, much like a brand new backpack, after a few weeks of using it they will loosen. The tri-lock buckles also posed a problem both on the dry run but also when using the carrier as intended. You do need two hands to undo these and quite often I have found that it takes a few attempts when also trying to keep hold of a wriggly baby at the same time.
In all 3 of the carry options (front, back and hip), I felt the Beco distributed the weight beautifully. The straps are not too thin but then not too wide to be restrictive and the waistband itself, I found very comfortable. The only criticism I have about the front carry is that although the fabric of the carrier is padded in all the right places, I did find I was worrying about my baby’s arms getting squashed between my body and the carrier. I found I had to loosen the straps more than I would have liked to, to give him enough room to move his arms.
The Back carry, with a cooperative toddler, is the easiest to use as it is worn most like a backpack. I did not try this with my 6month old but my toddler was quite comfortable for the short space of time his attention span lasted! The instructions for the Hip carry seemed a little confusing at first and awkward to put baby in when already positioned over my hip as stated in the instructions. It was a lot easier to have baby secured in the front carry position first and then to undo and lengthen the one strap which wraps around my body before sliding the carrier (and baby) over my hip and then securing the loose strap.
With regards to the special features, my personal favorite is the toy ring. Great for keeping the teething toys handy, even if chewing the strap seemed to work just as well! (I think I’ll be purchasing the drooling pads also available from Beco!)
The bag which can be attached to the front of the carrier is large enough to fit the minimum of requirements such as a spare nappy and wipes etc. The expandable pocket in the front of the waistband is just big enough for a smart phone or some change. I don’t think I will end up using it that often but its nice to know the storage is there if required. The sleep hood is a great accessory to be included too.
A newborn insert is available for this Beco carrier although I personally prefer the comfort and feel of a wrap when baby is newborn/small enough, opposed to the more upright and centered position a carrier like this gives. However the Beco Soleil gives enough support for a very inquisitive, chunky 6 month old when awake and enough comfort for him to fall asleep (and stay asleep) quite happily.
All in all I would definitely recommend the Beco Soleil to anyone looking for a light weight and yet very supportive carrier to last right up until pre-school age. It has given myself the support and versatility I was hoping for, and it looks pretty good too!
The Beco Soleil Carrier comes in eight different designs, five patterned and three plain.Pricing is from £99. It is available to purchase on the Slumber Roo website, click HERE for a very special discount code for all GentleParenting reade