I had heard awesome things about Onya baby carriers and was so grateful that the kind folks at Onya Baby sent me a Onya cruiser in green/umber and waist extension to review. This is what I received:
The front of the carrier:
The back of the carrier:
Another picture of the inside of the carrier (this is the part of the carrier that goes against your baby's body while being worn):
This is the waist extender attached to the back side of the carrier (remember I was around 35 weeks pregnant when I received this carrier):
This is the 'hood' of the carrier which is awesome because you can use it to stabilize your baby's head when s/he falls asleep (which I guarantee will happen) when you are wearing them! It also works to protect your child from the elements (sun, rain, wind) while they are sleeping!
Handy pocket located on the front of the carrier. Perfect for keys, pacifiers, cell phone, whatever else you may need to bring along:
Another picture of the pocket:
I was really impressed with this carrier. It is very well made, it is a beautiful color, affordable (the Cruiser retails for $149.00 and it is COMFORTABLE!! I wore my 3 year old for over an hour while 35 weeks pregnant and I did not feel any discomfort what so ever. You know how sometimes after you give your kids a piggy back ride or carry them (without a carrier of any kind but just in your arms) and sometimes the next day you wake up sore because you pulled a muscle or had your body in an incorrect position for any amount of time? Didn't happen with the Onya!
What's better yet, my son LOVED it!!
Just see for yourself!
View from the back:
View from the front, you can't even tell I have a child on my back except by his knees sticking out:
Notice the leg placement in the 'view from the back' picture. Notice that he is sitting 'frog-legged' and that his legs are bent at the hip and knee and are not drooping straight down. This is one of the most important aspects of baby wearing, proper sitting position. I will include this graphic (below) probably in every baby wearing post I publish because it is so vital to understand when and why your child should be in the correct seated position when being worn.
When you are wearing your baby, you want to ensure that their thighs are supported to the joint of the knee to prevent his dysplasia! That's why baby carriers such as the Baby Bjorn and the like (I refer to them as crotch danglers) are NOT a safe carrier for baby!
The Onya Cruiser is perfect in that it ensures that baby is in the correct seated position and that his/her thigh is supported to the knee joint reducing the pressure put on the hip joints!
Here is some more information about the Onya Cruiser (taken from Onya's website):
Cruiser• 100% brushed cotton
• Patent-pending integrated chair harness with safety strap
• Tuck-away sleeping hood
• Low-profile shoulder straps
• Contoured low-profile, supportive waist belt
• Sternum strap for adjustable comfort
• Double-entry, side-zippered koala pouch and patch pocket
• Seat darts for child’s comfort
• Leg padding for baby
• Toy loop on each shoulder strap
• D-ring for attaching key clip (not included)
• Safety-tested to 75 pounds
• Machine washable
• Instruction manual
Onya Baby Cruiser and Onya Baby Outback baby carriers are loaded with useful features, including two zippered pockets, a tuck-away sleep hood, toy loops, a d-ring for your key clip, and a high-backed body for support and backwards/sideways lean-control for an older baby. The defining feature of Onya Baby carriers is the integrated chair harness that enables the parent to convert nearly any adult chair into a seat for their baby. The Onya Baby Cruiser and Onya Baby Outback are designed for use with babies who are 15 pounds and 3 months or older, to a maximum weight of 45 pounds.
I was a bit bummed that I could not wear my brand new baby girl in this carrier... but then I found out that Onya is in the process of coming out with an infant insert, called the "Onya Baby Booster." So exciting!
With the Onya Cruiser, you can wear your baby on your front, or back and your Onya Cruiser can also be used to convert almost any grown up chair into a safe seat for your little one!
Onya's website for $149.00 or you can enter to win one here! As a sponsor for this event, Onya is giving away an Onya Cruiser carrier to one of you in winner's choice of color!
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents *Canadian winner to pay shipping fees*!!!
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Good luck and Have fun!
~Mama of the Littles~
Disclosure: I received the product(s) mentioned above in exchange for my review. This review is my honest opinion based on my own personal experience, and may differ from yours. I did not receive any monetary compensation in exchange for this review!
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