I may or may not have a bit of a baby carrier addiction. When my new Onya Outback baby carrier arrived in the mail, Jason asked, incredulously, “Just how many carriers do you need?!”
My response: “All of them.”
Which I think is totally reasonable. I use my carriers all the time – out walking the dogs, to comfort Levi when he’s cranky, to keep him from pulling everything off the shelves at the craft store, and more. Jason understands, though – he’s worn Levi in a back carry while mowing the lawn
One of the reasons I was so excited about trying the Onya is because it also doubles as a seat.
I have other carriers that can be used for front and back carries, but Onya is the only one I know of that can be used on a chair to secure your child in place.
Or in my case, a Happy Nappers dragon.
Why did I use a stuffed dragon instead of Levi? Because Jason and I couldn’t figure out if we had hooked up the seat properly to the chair, and when it comes to babywearing (or baby sitting, as the case may be), I always err on the side of caution.
Both Jason and I tried to follow the instruction manual, but got confused with all the extra straps.
See what I mean? Looks a little intimidating, right? And probably unsafe.
After watching the instructional video from Onya Baby’s YouTube channel, it turns out I was making things more complicated than they were. I had it correct, just not tightened properly in the back.
The reason I wanted to show you guys my strap mess isn’t so you think Onya is a bad carrier or that the seat doesn’t work. It’s because I know what it’s like to try something that looks complicated and give up. I did it with my Moby – I hated it because I couldn’t tie it properly. Luckily, I had a friend show me how to use the Moby wrap, and once I watched her do it, I realized just how simple it was. The same principle is true for using the Onya as a seat. Save yourself some frustration and watch the video first
As a soft-structured carrier, I totally love it. The shoulder pads have a nice thickness and the waist belt is very wide in front, which gives plenty of support. The back strap is easily pushed down so it spreads the weight across the center of your shoulders, but slides up so you can buckle and unbuckle it yourself.
Levi is almost two, and you can see that he still has plenty of room to grow. The Onya is my new “car carrier” – I keep it in the backseat of my car so it’s handy when I’m out running errands. It’s especially nice to have the seat available just by unzipping a hidden pouch, so if Levi wants to have a snack while we’re out at the park or (heaven forbid) the mall, I can strap him in so he doesn’t wander off while I’m unpacking his diaper bag.
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