We got sent a Stokke MyCarrier to review just over a year ago, and in that year we have taken it many places and tried out all the different carrying positions. After a year we feel that we are more than able to give an honest account of our year with the Stokke MyCarrier. I believe in giving products a long time of use before being able to give it feedback be it good or bad.
I decided long ago that I was more of a carrier person than a sling person and seeing as our pram is from Stokke it felt right to trust them with this bit of equipment. In our family, Stokke has been a daily part of our lives, and if we are not pushing Dylan around in his Stokke Xplory, then he is sat in his Stokke Tripp Trapp. Stokke has been essential to our children’s first years.
The Stokke MyCarrier came packaged up in a box; it contained everything we needed to use it from day one, there’s no need to buy any separate attachments to use it as the stages progress. For front/back carrying, everything is in the box. You get the main harness with an integrated hip belt, front carrier and back carrier which are all secured by double locking carabiners. You also get aluminium support rod which goes directly into the main harness.
As you can tell from the below photo, we were too eager to get it out and give it a practice run before the baby had arrived.
Getting to grips with the positions and putting it together I admit was difficult for me and I can see from the photos I took of its first use that there were lots more I could have done to provide the ultimate support & protection for baby. I am more of a visual learner, and thankfully Stokke has released some videos on to YouTube on how to prepare for each position. My recommendation would be to give these a watch, pause it as each step goes along and do it while looking in the mirror. See here for position 1, front facing inwards, here for position 2, front facing outwards and here for position 3, back carrying. Failing that go along to a sling library who will show you how to use your carrier correctly.
Our very first attempt at baby carrying started in his very first week; you often hear how people say using a carrier can help out you out around the house when you need to get out with the housework and keep baby content at the same time. Well, this is what I got most out of it for us, I was able to get on with simple house tasks while keeping baby calm and content close to my chest.
We squashed the myths about only being able to breastfeed in a sling when he took advantage of my being in a dress and took to a feed time while in his carrier. This was a magical experience for both of us, having him so close to me feeding while having both my hands-free. This worked for us; this made me a happy mummy. The above photo shows him feeding, but I do have the carrier on wrong so please do not use it as we did. It was the only photo I did get of us feeding in the carrier so wanted to share, with it in the right position it was just as easy to breastfeed.
Getting him to sleep in it was no problem as I said before being close to my heart I think had a major role to play with this. I remember the one time having in his MyCarrier as I sorted out the garage, I didn’t want to leave him alone in the house. 10 Minutes in and he was flat out, taking him out of it and keeping him asleep wasn’t an issue. I was able to easily transfer him into his Moses basket.
As you can see from our family snaps, the MyCarrier has played a big part in our lives when it comes to being out & about. To me, it has become a baby essential, and I’m happy to recommend as so to new parents. Being able to fall back on the convenience of grabbing the Carrier to go has been welcomed by this family. So many times when the baby was first born that we popped it into our Xplory Shopping Bag so if the older child (who had not long said goodbye to his pram years) got tired, we could put him in the Xplory and baby into his Carrier enabling us to get from A to B quicker.
The first time we use it in its position 2; front facing outwards was actually when it snowed, and I thought it would be a wonderful time to introduce him to the outside world in all its whiteness. This was fantastic for a time and place where we couldn’t use our pushchair but still wanted to bring the baby out on an adventure with us. I confirm we both had lots of fun staying warm and dry while watching his big brother and Daddy sledging down the hills. I also found carrying a baby, a great excuse to not be on the receiving end of any snowballs.
As Dylan got older and hit the age of 1, then we decided that we would try out position 3, the back carrying mode. Another situation which was convenient for us for where we ever we wanted to go and for him to still be able to explore the world at a height where trees can be reached. I think this has to be my favourite position since that time we first wore it. For me to not have to worry about having a pushchair in my hands, to be able to do as I pleased with both my hands. I was able to hold his brother’s hand and have the general freedom to walk where I wanted.
Thanks to using the video guide I found positioning it into back carrying mode a breeze and it was more than comfortable for me to spend a good time carrying him on my back. I take great comfort in knowing that we can use this mode now until around the age of 3. Giving us over three years of use, not many products you can say that about. And if like us, it can be used for future siblings enabling you to get more for your pennies. Take comfort in knowing that Stokke gives you a three-year warranty with your MyCarrier.
By showing my husband using it over time, this shows you that the MyCarrier can be used with all types of body shapes and sizes. We simply just adjust the harnesses to go from me using it, to the man using it. It adapts to change; if the baby was to become sleepy, then we can simply attach the sleep support from the pocket.
Since we got our MyCarrier, Stokke has released Purple to add to it’s collection of colours. Allowing you to choose from Purple, Brown, Dark Navy or Red. Match it up to your Stokke Stroller or mix & match like we did. I love rocking out our red MyCarrier alongside our purple Xplory.
They have also released a Stokke MyCarrier Bib, which is easy to attach and remove from the carrier allowing you to pop it in the washing machine when needs are. They’ve thought of everything and have popped two in a pack, so we’re not without one when one is in the wash. We’ve already invested in one as we plan on using the Stokke MyCarrier much more with the new baby when he/she comes along.