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Maclaren Techno Baby Carrier

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PRODUCT: Maclaren Techno Baby Carrier (www.maclarenbaby.com)Maclaren Techno 2008 Baby Carrier

DESCRIPTION: A fabric carrier which allows you to carry baby on your front facing either inwards or outwards. Features include a removable padded insert for small babies, centred shoulder and back harness, quick release buckles, and detachable bottle holder and shade blanket/bib. Suitable from 8-12lbs (3.5-6kgs) with insert, and 12-25lbs (6-11.3kgs) without insert. Available in a choice of charcoal/burnt orange, navy/soft blue, or coffee brown/powder pink.

GOOD POINTS: The Maclaren Techno Carrier has a sturdy and good quality feel to it, and is available in an attractive range of colour combinations to suit baby boys and girls, mothers and fathers. The carrier is soft and padded with a luxurious faux suede fabric on the interior to ensure a comfortable ride for your child. A separate padded insert with leg holes is included which sits snugly inside the main carrier and provides additional head and body support to a newborn baby. It is easy to attach and remove as required, and is secured to the existing carrier straps via loop holes on either side, plus a buckle which fastens around the front of the carrier.

The carrier has a simple support system with straps that are easily adjusted to enable you to hold your baby snugly and securely against your body. It is ergonomically designed and has a foam centred shoulder and back harness which distributes your baby’s weight away from your waist, without putting undue strain on your back. As a result it is comfortable to wear even if your baby is on the larger side.

Detailed instructions and diagrams are provided on how to use the carrier, and it is easy to get baby into and out off on your own, with the aid of quick-release buckles which can be operated one-handed. To put the carrier on, slip the harness over your head so that it sits centrally on your shoulders and neck. Reach behind and pull the two back straps down under each arm and round to attach to the buckle fastening on the front side of the harness. The straps can be fully adjusted to suit your body size. Your child can then be positioned inside the harness (or insert if attached) from either a sitting position on your lap, or a standing position once more accomplished. The two straps on either side of the front panel of the carrier simply fasten into corresponding buckles on the shoulder straps. The topmost of these fastenings has a choice of two buckles, one slightly higher than the other, to cater for the age and size of your baby.

An additional safety feature is an adjustable belt which fits around your child once they are seated inside the carrier, whichever position they are in, and this has useful colour-coded fastenings to ensure it does not get confused with other strap fastenings.

If your baby is facing outwards, the top of the front panel can be folded over before securing to allow them to sit with their head clear of the top. The carrier comes with a stretchy fabric bottle holder and a large dribble bib, and these both attach to the carrier straps via poppers. Alternatively the bib is handy for shading your baby from bright sunlight.

In all this is a good baby carrier which has been well thought out to ensure safety and comfort for you and your baby. It is ideal for wearing both indoors and outdoors, and leaves you hands-free to multitask.

BAD POINTS: There are a lot of straps and fastenings to make sense of, although a couple of practises will be all you need to get to grips with it. There is no option for carrying baby on your back, and the carrier and insert are hand wash only.

PRICE: £40  

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