The Scootababy is a buckle carrier like no other. most buckle carriers have a waistband, a panel that supports your child’s back and two shoulder straps that are either worn like a rucksack, or can be worn crossed, which allows for hip carries.
Lots of buckle carriers offer hip carries, but in many case hip carries with a buckle carrier are not the most comfortable or quick option for the person doing the carrying as you can end up with straps criss-crossing your body, and the weight pulling on your neck. Not so with the Scootababy! Instead of having two shoulder straps, it has one, which is worn diagonally across the body, but it is made of a soft stretchy fabric which cups your shoulder and spreads the weight. As it is coupled with a structured and supportive waistband the weight is not transferred to our neck and shoulder, rather the shoulder strap simply supports the weight of your baby by holiding them into your body snugly, and almost all of the weight is passed directly down through your hips. Whilst its selling point is the fantastic way that the carrier manages hips carries, which often replicates more precisely the way parents carry older babies in arms, it is also perfectly simple to do Front and Back carries with the Scootababy. The supportive waistband directing weight down through the hips, means that it can be a comfy hip carry option even for parents who do not usually find the asymmetry of hip carries in ring slings, or some wrap hip carries comfortable.
Why We Love It
The Scootababy is great for babies from about 4 months who haven’t been carried before, as well as for those who have, as it is excellent for recreating some of the ways parents carry in arms, which feels familiar and comfortable for the child, and so can encourage them to feel at home in a sling even when this is a new experience for them. As it is ideally set up for hip carries that are comfy for the parent, it is great for the “nosy baby” stage that often hits hard between 4-6 months when babies who have previously loved the snuggled up feeling of carriers such as stretchy wraps often strat to enjoy looking around more, and participating in their surroundings. Using a hip carry can allow babies to snuggle into their carer when they need the comfort, but to look forwards and backwards and see everything going on around them too.
Fantastic for …
It is also amazing for people who have limited mobility in the arms or hands. I find myself recommending this carrier a lot for people with frozen shoulder who have a limted range of movement in an arm, because it can be put on one handed, and can be tightened one handed too. The strap cupping the frozen shoulder is comfy, and it allows you to maintain the full use of your “good arm” whilst carrying baby comfortably. I first came accross a Scootababy when my Mum wanted to carry my son, but had a shoulder injury so was struggling to pick him up, so we look into a sling that could help, and this was the perfect solution, it was comfy and supportive, and she felt happy to put it on without help as it felt so intuitive. This carrier also has only one buckle at the waist, which is a relatively large buckle, and so is easier to manage for people who find some buckles hard to open and close.
The shoulder strap tightens from the front or back, whichever you find easiest, and it is simple to loosen by lifting the large buckle.