I have been stocking and giving free local babywearing demonstrations and fittings for baby carriers in the last 12 months now at Bean Sprout Bubba. The two main types that i have in stock are a stretchy wrap-style carrier called Caboo by Close Parent UK, and a soft structured carrier called Manduca which is designed in Germany. Planning to extend my baby carrier demonstration service for ring slings very soon.
The Caboo +organic is a great starter wrap carrier designed to hold your baby close to you using organic cotton fabric as soft as a t-shirt, like most stretchy wraps out on the market. What makes the Caboo special compared to other stretchy wraps is that it is very easy to use and quick to put on, as the wrap is presewn into position and adjustable with sling rings at the waist.
So convenient, especially if your newest tiny bundle is the youngest sibling, leaving your hands free to attend to your other children.
Great for quick mummy snuggles like this:
Where other stretchy wraps get relatively uncomfortable around the 8-9 kg mark for front carries, the Caboo carrier is able to comfortably support a heavier older baby (up to 14.5kg) by using the hip carry position, due to the fixed nature of the wrap and the sturdy sling rings.
The next photo shows my very unglamorous shot of my first (failed) attempt at using the Caboo in a hip carry – I followed the instructions here: http://www.youtube.com/
I have since perfected the hip carry, and can demo the position for an older bub where needed.
Another Caboo carrier similar to the Caboo +organic is called the Caboo NCT. The Caboo NCT is geared towards caregivers who are babywearing for only the first few months, using a cotton/polyester blend similar to performance fabric. It is ideal for very warm climates as well due to the lightweight fabric’s wicking properties.
For those especially men who want a slightly more structured carrier while maintaining the ease of use of a Caboo, the Caboo dx can be a great option. I like that the outer pod gives a lot more support for babies at the top end of the 14.5kg weight limit. Pictured below is me and my 14.5kg toddler giving the Caboo dx a whirl!
From my previous review, the Caboo dx is more suitable for the front carry position. The nursing position may be use if the outer pod is removed. Due to the structure of the back support in the Caboo dx, the hip carry position may not be as ideal as the Caboo NCT or Caboo +organic.