We decided to buy the BabyBjörn One in a bit of rush.
We were traveling through Spain, and were two hours into a four hour drive when we realized we had left our ErgoBaby 360 at the last Airbnb!
Traveling without a baby carrier was not an option we wanted to consider, so we rushed to the closest El Corte Inglés (shopping center), which turned out to only stock BabyBjörn.
We decided on the BabyBjörn One, an upgraded version of the original carrier. and it ended up being a great purchase.
This extensive BabyBjorn One review will shed light on the product itself, what we like and don’t like about it, its features, and ending with some suggestions for alternatives.
BabyBjörn One At a Glance
The BabyBjorn One is one of the most popular baby carriers currently available and earned ‘runner up’ status in our round up of the best baby carriers for travel.
It is constructed out of comfortable airy material and extra padding for you and your baby’s comfort.
It also offers four different positions you can carry your baby from when they’re newborns to when they are three years old.
The outcome of the meticulous planning and research that went into the designing is an ergonomic carrier that supports the baby’s neck, hips, and spine.
From the seat itself to the straps and buckles of the carrier accommodates your growing babies.
What We Like
- The seat has good head support, which keeps your baby’s head in one place and the neck supported. This prevents their head from flopping about while you’re walking.
- The entire design meets ergonomic standards, providing a seating area that is wider than 12 inches. It allows your child to be in a proper wide leg position when facing you.
- The seat also has a front flap that can be folded up or down. When you’re wearing your baby in a position where they are facing out, you can take it down to give enough room for breathing and looking around.
- The BabyBjörn One model has quick-release clasps both in the front and top of the seat. This allows you to take the carrier off and get it on easily by yourself within a few seconds (once you’ve had some practice)
- The baby carrier is certified by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute to provide proper support to your baby’s legs, hips, and spine
What We Don’t Like
- It would be good if the baby could ride a little higher to clear the front flap which is high even when folded down.
- The belt strap can be a little inconvenient. Taking off or putting on the carrier can be hard with the belt strap.
- Some mothers had complaints about not having enough space for breastfeeding while the baby was still in the carrier. The straps can be a little constricting, not giving the baby enough room to maneuver their heads to breastfeed.
Our complaints were all pretty minor. It’s easy to see why the BabyBjörn One is such a popular option.
The material is soft and comfortable, the styling is unisex which we appreciate and it’s easy to adjust the carry position.
BabyBjörn One Features & Benefits
Here are some of the key features of the BabyBjörn One . If you want to see the carrier in action this video does a nice job of showing you the various features as well.
Ergonomic Leg Position
One of the key considerations while coming up with a design for the carrier was the baby’s leg positioning. If there is not enough space to accommodate a growing baby, it can lead to hip and spine issues.
The BabyBjorn One features an ergonomic design that is meant to keep your baby comfortable and keep their hips in a good position. To ensure this quality, they got the product certified from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
This means that the carrier will provide good support and encourage healthy joint development, especially in your child’s early developmental age.
Besides the ergonomic design, other elements of the BabyBjorn One carrier also take baby’s comfort in mind.
The fabric used for the seat and the pads is lightweight cotton with a slick mesh to provide your little ones lots of support.
The seat on the carrier is well padded and can be adjusted to accommodate a growing baby until 36 months of age. You can adjust the zippers and the clasps to get the width and height to get your baby in the right position.
Easy to Wear
What makes the BabyBjorn Oneone of the best carriers in the market is its ease of use.
Parents don’t have to fiddle with the buckles or straps too much to get comfortable.
You just need to get the straps to fit your size. The padded shoulder straps and waistband don’t exert too much pressure on your body.
The carrier is built in a way that distributes your baby’s weight equally. The waistband provides added support while the clasps keep everything in place so no straps are in your way when you’re trying to change the position.
The carrier is very much like a backpack and can be intuitive to wear. You can assemble the carrier without putting it on and then make small adjustments when your baby is placed in it.
Easy to Clean
The BabyBjorn One can be tossed in the washing machine with other clothes. Put the cotton and mesh in the machine separately and allow it to drip dry.
This can take a few days to dry out completely as there is a lot of padding and fabric on the carrier.
This does have can be annoying as you’re left carrier-less while it is drying. This definitely led us to not cleaning the carrier as often as we should have.
That’s what baby wipes are for though!
Lastly, the BabyBjorn One comes with a few accessories that make it even easier to use. You can purchase a bib specially designed for the BabyBjorn One model carrier. This can be attached to the seat to soak up any drool or spit from your toddler’s mouth.
It comes in handy when you have your baby facing out as they do tend to chew on the seat. This also saves you having to clean the carrier as often.
Alternative baby carriers to consider
Here are some alternatives to the BabyBjorn One model:
Ergobaby 360 VS BabyBjörn One
The closest competitor to the BabyBjorn One is the Ergobaby 360 Carrier by Ergobaby.
We have a detailed Ergobaby 360 review you can check out, or a more in-depth comparison between the Ergobaby and the BabyBjörn One.
The carrier is quite similar to the BabyBjorn One model in terms of design and features. It is suitable for babies between ~4 to 36 months.
The waistband and shoulder straps are also padded and soft so they don’t dig into your body.
The product is more affordable than the BabyBjorn One but does have fewer features.
Check the latest price on Amazon.
BabyBjörn Original VS BabyBjörn One
The Original carrier from BabyBjörn is a viable budget alternative.
It features a basic seat where you can wear your baby in two basic positions in the front.
Even though the design is much more minimalistic, it doesn’t have many of the features that the BabyBjorn One has.
This is why it is cheaper than the BabyBjorn One and the Ergobaby 360.
Check the latest price on Amazon.
BABYBJÖRN One Air 2019 VS BabyBjörn One
BABYBJÖRN released an update model of the one in 2019 called the ‘One Air’.
It’s quite similar to the BabyBjorn One, and features the same elements including the ergonomic design, certification from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, front and back positions, lightweight fabric, and comfortable shoulder and waist straps.
The main difference between the older and newer Carrier One Air is that it is made from mesh.
The “air” refers to the reduced weight of the carrier and the increased breathability of the fabric. As a result, it is also relatively similar to the BabyBjorn One model in price.
While the mesh design sounds ideal for travel in hot countries, we’ve heard some bad things about the new shoulder strap design. Although they have made it easier to fold down the head support flap which is a nice improvement.
Check the latest price on Amazon.
Should you buy the BABY BJÖRN One?
The decision between The BabyBjorn One and the Ergobaby 360 is very close.
After using both carriers extensively for travel, we found the Ergobaby 360 was slightly more comfortable on the lower back, while the BabyBjorn One was easier to put on and didn’t need a separate infant insert.
The BabyBjorn One definitely meets the requirements for a comfortable carrier that keeps your baby comfortable, allowing you to carry your precious cargo safely.
Despite being slightly more expensive than other carriers, it is built to provide ultimate support to you and your baby.