Babywearing Giveaway: Onya Baby Outback

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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.

Onya 3 Ways

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.

Onya Seat 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.

Onya Seat 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. 

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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 :)

Onya Front Carry

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.

The Onya Baby Outback carrier is available on their website for $149.00 or at select retailers nationwide.

Win It

One lucky reader will win an Onya Baby Outback Carrier of their own!

Just enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below.

Open to US only. Giveaway ends 7/6.

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  1. Dandi D says:

    That’s kind of cool that you can use it on a chair too.

  2. I have NEVER heard of this brand until now. How awesome! I am totally going to consider this with baby #3 on the way. I like that it can be on a chair too.
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  3. sarah c says:

    I love how much I can get done while baby wearing my cuddle loving lil’ man :)

  4. Amanda Coffield says:

    Baby wraps always looks so confusing to me….I’m on my 6th child and tried some with my first child and am finally ready to try it again with our newest little one….the only problem I’ve had is trying to find one that looks comfortable enough to tote my 28 lbs of joy around on my back lol!

  5. I love babywearing because it leaves me hands free. I’m expecting baby #3 in February and have a 3 year old and 13 month old. I NEED to be able to use my hands while taking care of this new babe. Carriers allow me to do that.
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  6. candace hoban says:

    This carrier looks really nice. What other soft side carriers can you compare it to? Do you like it better than an Ergo for example?

  7. LOL! I never thought to use a carrier on a chair! That’s awesome!
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  8. Love it! It is so much nicer than having to carry a seat in your car when you go to someone’s house, too! Just strap them to a chair and you know they are not going anywhere!
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  9. Babywearing, allows you to have both of your hands free!

  10. Danica S. says:

    I love babywearing because it keeps my tornado of a child from destroying stores while I shop!

  11. I love that babywearing takes the pressure off my arms. My son loves being carried and it’s nice to have my hands free (& not sore).
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  12. I like them because it makes me feel closer to them. Plus your arms are free.

  13. Suzy Allen says:

    I saw this carrier on another site and right away I was intrigued by the fact that it can be used as a seat. What a novel idea! My friend has a travel high chair, which is really nice, but bulky. I like the idea of this because I usually have my carrier along anyway and it doesn’t take up hardly any space! I so want on of these now, even though I already have a Boba, a Baby Bjorn, a Mobywrap and a Hotsling!

    • Suzy Allen says:

      Oh and I love babywaring because it frees up my hands and I don’t have to worry about pushing around a bulky stroller or hauling one around for that matter. Plus, it makes me feel closer to my DD.

  14. I can’t grocery shop with out one! I have a 7 year old a 5 year old and twin 1 year olds that are not walking really well yet. So if mama has to run to the store I need a carrier. I LOVE the colors of the Onya and am really glad you reviewed it. I also love having my twins close to me!!

  15. Charlotte R says:

    I love how comfortable it is!

  16. Helene Cousineau says:

    My daughter Jennifer is expecting my first grandson in Oct 2012 – she could surely use this Onya Baby Outback, not to mention this grandma, to keep our little bundle safe!

  17. Marthalynn says:

    I love having my hands free!

  18. It’s so much more comfortable, a major back saver!

  19. Heather Graf says:

    How helpful!

  20. Amanda C says:

    I love baby carriers because they provide the closeness for me and baby while letting me get things done.

  21. Madison Bourne says:

    This is such an awesome idea with the chair! The carrier is so great! I never even thought of using it on a chair like this!

  22. I can get things done around the house and he’s content and snug.

  23. Rebecca Wood says:

    I love babywearing because it helps form a better bond with baby. It makes me more aware of her needs. It also helps keep my hands free so that I can get the things done around the house that I need too, and keep my precious LO happy at the same time!

  24. Tracy Awalt Juliano says:

    I love the convenience of babywearing. Hands free… yay!

  25. sarah heart says:

    I love having my baby right next to me, the extra hand, and it isn’t as hard on my back! My baby also sleeps so much better when she is right next to me… !

  26. Mari-Kristin Gilbert says:

    I love having her close so I can kiss her little head constantly!!

  27. LOVE the idea that these can be strapped to chairs! That is brilliant when going out!
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  28. Lindsay Oussa says:

    I love baby wearing because I have three ages three ad under. I couldn’t go out of the house without it! :)

  29. Jennifer Fierro says:

    I love having my son close and being able to get things done around the house and on errands!

  30. Disa G-M says:

    I so need one of these

  31. Shannon R says:

    I love that babywearing allows me to have the use of both hands!

  32. stephanie says:

    I Love the option to use it as a chair ! hope I win !

  33. Kenda Wathen says:

    I love the closeness and the ease of care while carrying. I also enjoy the fact it often brings a nap time for DD.

  34. With 6-month-old twins, babywearing is an essential part of my daily life. Otherwise, I’d never have a hand free! Love that I can use this one in a chair, too.
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  35. Sooo excited to be sent over here by adventures of mommyhood…. cause I have been looking at the Onya! Now I can enter the giveaway and feel like I could figure out the chair myself! Thanks!

  36. Oh and I love how simple travel is with babywearing! No bulky strollers and can breastfeed on the move! Alaska trip tomorrow and the BabyHawk makes it so much easier!

  37. Sooo cool! Wish they had one like that when my son was little. He lived in his sling. My youngest just turned 2 and she hated all our carriers. Bumbed me out. Crazy how each kid can be sooo different.
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  38. Michelle J says:

    I love having the use of my hands. lol

  39. I have an ERGO and absolutely love it! I love wearing my baby!

  40. Very cute! Especially with the dragon in it!

  41. I love that it frees my hands up and my son loves being carried all the time, so it works great for us both!

  42. Candice says:

    I love the closeness babywearing creates with me and my son. I love when he looks up at me and grins :)

  43. Shirley says:

    Using the dragon for testing is an excellent idea.

  44. desiree says:

    thanks for the hop

  45. Justine Christopher says:

    This carrier looks so comfortable and I love how versatile it is.

  46. Rebecca Erkelens says:

    How much does your son weigh? My daughter at 18 mo weighs 31 lbs (she is 34 in), and both my carriers really hurt on the shoulders even though they say it is designed to be used through 34 lbs or so…

  47. It makes it easier to be out and about.
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  48. kamilah says:

    its so natural

  49. Love it!

  50. I wish I could baby wear, but I have a horrible back and have not yet found a sling or wrap that does not horribly strain my back. But I would love the closeness between me and baby! :)
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  51. This is so neat! Definitely something I want to do with my baby girl when she gets here. I love the idea of always having your baby so close!

  52. The convenience!! And baby loves it too! I can get so much more done when I wear her!
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  53. natasha says:

    Wearing my youngest allows me to chase my four year old and have quality closeness.

  54. Abbie Olson says:

    I love babywearing because it makes things so much simpler, less to cart around, and it gets me some comfy cozy time! :)

  55. I love babywearing because I love to have my LO close to me but I also need to have my hands free sometimes. Also, she’s much higher in a carrier versus the stroller so she can look around.

  56. Lisa Welch says:

    I LOVE baby-wearing because it allows me to use BOTH of my hands for other things! LOL

  57. I love the ability to do stuff with TWO hands!
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  58. I love how it allows me to get things done around the house without feeling like I’m neglecting my toddler.

    I have been wanting an Onya for a while. I love the built in seat! Such a great option to have when traveling.
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  59. I love being able to get things done while keeping my baby close
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  60. Hannah S says:

    It keeps my little close and calm and I can still help my older kids.

  61. charlee says:

    I love having my baby close and her getting the comfort that I’m holding her. Its a must for any shopping I do.

  62. This could definately come in handy for the mall, resturants, etc. just for the on the chair usage!

  63. Nichole Shamblin says:

    Well since my youngest is 4 I won’t be be baby wearing but it would be a great gift for my sister who just had her first baby June 4th! She would look great “wearing” him when he’s a little bigger.

  64. Great giveaway.

  65. Susan C. says:

    I love that my daughter is so close to me all the time!! And I love that it lets me get things when she just wants me to “hold you!”

  66. Darien M says:

    I love being able to keep my kiddo close without ruining my back and shoulders! I have to say, this carrier looks so cool! I already have tons of carries but I’m super tempted to try one of these. Love the orange.

  67. Tara @momtwomonkeys says:

    What a great idea. This would be wonderful to take on trips to visit family or even just when over at friends!

  68. i love how close my baby boy is to me

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  69. LOVE that I can carry a little one & still have hands free with no back pain! :)

  70. Ashley Hess says:

    This looks very comfortable and easy to put on. I am interested in trying this out. I have never heard of this brand before.

  71. Chany Jackson says:

    I love the closeness of baby wearing. Love snuggles!

  72. Carrie W. says:

    I love being able to have the baby close to me and use my hands at the same time without tiring out from holding them!

  73. I love the closeness, ability to still get things done around the house, and I’ve found that babywearing is also a great way to calm babies {even toddlers}. My daughter still loves to be worn once in a while and she’s 4.
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  74. Christina says:

    I love being able to have my baby close at all times and still have use of my hands to be able to help the older kids, or shopping while out. I love being able to clean while holding my baby.

  75. hbshara says:

    “all of them”… How cute! ;)

  76. i love that there is a ‘mesh’ version,and that it can be used on a chair! very cool! thanks for the opportunity

  77. Renea Pike says:

    It frees your hands so you can still do housework or play games with the older one :)

  78. Michele P. says:

    the fact that it is easier on my arms and back when I am wearing my grandsons… and that they are closer to you.

  79. I’m expecting my 1st so I don’t know exactly what I will love about baby wearing, but the reason I want to do it with my son is because babies are meant to be near their parents, not in some seat or crib all day. I like that baby wearing will allow me to hold my baby and have my hands free to get things done around the house.

  80. kayleigh says:

    I LOVE feeling snuggled! :)

  81. You get to keep your baby comforted all while being more convenient! We only have 2 hands!!

  82. Desiree McPherson says:

    I’m a mom of three and with out babywearing outings would be impossible!!

  83. Sue Hull says:

    They’re good so that errands are much easier. It’s nice to have them close so they don’t run off. You can bond with your baby while getting things done. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  84. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I love the closeness and getting that extra snuggling with your baby!

  85. I love being able to point things out to my toddler while he is on my back. If he was in a stroller, he’d be on a different level and not able to see the same things.

  86. I love baby wearing – as a new mamma it gives me the security of knowing she is safe and sound resting on my chest while I get a few things done around the house. This looks like a great carrier – I currently have the Boba 3G carrier and wrap, but I’d love to try another to get an even better fit and see the great versatility in this carrier.

  87. Megan Nichols says:

    I love Baby Carriers! and I am with you, I need them all!

  88. Cindy B says:

    I love having my hands free and being close to my contented babe as well.

  89. Pinky Sade says:

    I love that babywearing lets you have both hands free to do something else!

  90. Misses Giveaways says:

    I like how much stuff I can get done because my hands are free.

  91. I love being able to take walks with my sun and just spending time with him talking about what we see. Well, it’s mostly me talking and pointing things out and my son babbling :p

  92. i love that i can have my hands free and not worry about my babe. i love that close enough to smooch.

  93. Jessica K. says:

    I love that I can keep my baby snuggles close while getting so much done.

  94. I love being close to baby and that baby can have a higher view of the world!
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  95. Rose Dickinson says:

    It is so natural, I mean strollers weren’t around forever. The bond it creates is amazing!

  96. I ADORE my Onya Carrier!
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  97. I still wear my 3 year old and I LOVE having her at conversation level when we’re walking :) I’d love one of these for our group’s library.

  98. I would love to win this. I carry my daughter around all the time and this would make life so much easier. Thanks for the opportunity!

  99. Miranda Welle says:

    Love that I get to snuggle my baby and still be able to have hands free when needed!

  100. Jennifer S says:

    I love babywearing b/c hate maneuvering the stroller in crowds.

  101. LaTanya says:

    the bond that it creates between mother and baby

  102. Clarissa says:

    I love wearing my son on walks and to make supper if hes fussy.

  103. Jessica R says:

    Being close to LO & still being able to get things done!

  104. Be dying to get my hands on one of these, would come in handy for the one on the way. Not to mention my 17 month old too

  105. L.Reeves says:

    This looks like a great carrier, I’ve heard good things about it from several people now. :)

  106. NICE!!! I’m dying to win a new carrier! Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. Elizabeth P. says:

    I love babywearing! I love that it leaves my hands free for my 4 (almost 5) year old, and that I don’t have to try and maneuver a stroller in a store that isn’t stroller friendly. I also love that baby is always close to me, and I can nurse when I’m wearing him as well!

  108. Jessica Penix-Connell says:

    I love baby wearing and like you I didnt use my Moby or my Ring sling because I didnt know how to wear them properly. That is until I went to a babywearing meeting when one of the ladys showed me I was like “Oh thats how you do it.” lol.

  109. Jessica Penix-Connell says:

    I Love the fact That I dont have to hold my daughter. I can just wear her hands free. I also love the way it looks.

  110. Amy Poore says:

    I love babywearing for its closeness and I would love the Onya carrier for the look, fabric & chair option.

  111. I love that wearing my baby makes him happy while keeping my hands free to actually get something done. Also sometimes that is the only way I can get him to take a nap…”wear” him down.
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  112. Babywearing is soooo much easier than lugging around a stroller, and the snuggles are amazing!

  113. I can grocery shop without chasing kids through the aisles.
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  114. This carrier looks wonderful. I love the look of the outback breathable one!

  115. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    I love how happy it makes my little ones :)

  116. Oops! I forgot to add how much babywearing helps me get housework done and spend time outdoors with my 4 year old all while snuggling with my little one!

  117. Emily Murnen says:

    I love being able to get chores done while spending time with my little one.

  118. christine jessamine says:

    i love how easy it becomes to multi task!

  119. Julia m. says:

    I love that I can get stuff done around the house! We also enjoy our cuddle time in it and that it puts him right to sleep.

  120. Carla Garcia says:

    i love being hands free with my son on my back whi9le grocery shopping. he’s happy and i can *think*!

  121. Marianne says:

    I love the closeness — and that the kids can’t escape.

  122. Mayla M says:

    I love keeping my baby close and he is so clam and happy!

  123. Denise Taylor says:

    I love being able to get things done around the house and have her feeling like I am paying complete attention to her and having fun!

  124. I love it when we are out, keeps him close against me! Help a lot in the city when we are trying to move quickly through lots of people!

  125. Melanie Morin says:

    I love that their products are versatile.

  126. I love that it saves my back/arms from hurting. I have big babies :)
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  127. When I have my baby bear on my back I can go places a stroller can not!

  128. Carly V. says:

    I love babywearing because I can get stuff done around the house without leaving the little one in a bouncy seat or somewhere else! Also, it’s a necessity for going grocery shopping with a newborn! :)

  129. I love being able to walk around with out the hassle of a stroller! I love having Alice close to me.

  130. Leslie G says:

    Honestly I baby wear for selfish reasons. I love to have my babies close to me and I believe their smell is the best thing on earth. I wish I could bottle it for when they get older.

  131. Andrea Reaves says:

    I love babywearing because i’m able to get things done and still be able to cuddle with him.

  132. Heidi Daily says:

    I love how close baby wearing keeps my baby and the bonding from it

  133. Neva Hurlbut says:

    I love that I can get things done and baby feels like she’s part of the action

  134. Rebecca M. says:

    I love babywearing because it keeps everyone happy, little one gets to be next to mommy and mommy can get things done!

  135. Jessica Edwards says:

    babywearing allows me to nurse hands free, get chores done, and snuggle with my son while out.

  136. i love everything about babywearing!! i love that after giving birth i could have my son on my chest where i could rub his back when i was so used to rubbing my belly right there.. i love having my son close and him having easy access to milk, i love the extra exercise i get carrying him around (!! :D ) and that he loves ‘piggyback rides’! <3 ha, ha.. also it's the only way i got anything done around the house the first year or so of my son's life!! :D

  137. Chelle Starfire Futch says:

    I am GOING to love being able to babywear while chasing my toddler in only a month and a half!! I loved baby wearing with 1 baby but, think I will really love it with 2!

  138. I love that you can be close to your little one and still get things done! Plus carrying them without your back killing you! :)

  139. Robin Sullivan says:

    I love babywearing because it instantly soothes a fussy baby. And grocery shopping would be near impossible without it!

  140. easier breastfeeding!

  141. Shelby D. says:

    i love that i can still baby wear with my 18 month old (who is to big for most carriers) but i can use the moby he wants to be held a lot and it has saved my life!

  142. Laura Cantrell says:

    I love that my son can see what’s going on as we do, not from 3 feet lower. Among other things, but that’s a big one!

  143. Sara Crawford says:

    I use my carriers/wraps mostly when I’m out and love that my 8 month old will fall asleep all cuddly with me without hardly a whimper and we can just keep going.

  144. Babywearing is the only way I can run my household of 9 while still caring for a newborn!

  145. i love that my son can’t escape! I used to just love having him close, but now that he’s a toddler I love knowing he can’t cause destruction
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  146. Callee S. says:

    i love having my kid right next to me especially shopping and people are less likely to want to toucch her!

  147. Gettting something else done!
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  148. Betty Baez says:

    I love baby wearing because I have 3 little ones so having one strapped to me gives me the peace of mind of having one covered while I have free hands for my other two

  149. Rena Hyde says:

    It makes it way more convenient to keep your baby close and arms free

  150. Love having two hands free while holding the baby

  151. Grocery shopping is a breeze when you wear your baby! Now I am having twins..so my husband will wear one too, lol!!

  152. Ronnie D. says:

    I love baby wearing because it is so convenient and your arms don’t get tired.

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