My Blogiversary is coming to an end soon. So far I have given away a Rumparooz Diaper and CJ Butter, a Baby K’tan, and currently I still have a giveaway going for an ELH Diaper. So be sure to go enter that.
I am so happy I have been able to bring you all of these giveaways and some great guest posts so far. There are a couple more to come for you as I begin to wrap up my Blogiversary. It has been a great year of blogging and I hope to continue to learn and grow with this. But now we are all about the Onya Baby Carrier.
Onya Baby Carrier Review
I was given the opportunity to review the Onya Baby carrier for you. First let me explain this carrier. I think I would most compare it to an Ergo carrier. It is a structured carrier similar to that. I received the Outback carrier in green. The Outback carrier is made of a durable water resistant exterior with an air mesh lining. I chose the Outback because it boasts as the perfect carrier for the warmer weather and the outdoors. I have been looking for something to comfortably carry my daughter in during the summer months. My Storchenwiege wrap is much too heavy and hot to be wearing during the summer.
So I was extremely anxious to get my hands on this carrier. So much so that when I got a postcard from UPS stating they needed me to verify my address to arrange delivery and then proceeded to tell me I would have to wait a few more days I convinced them to make a special Saturday delivery for me. And it came one Saturday morning and I started trying it out immediately.
Different Uses Of The Onya Baby
You can use the Onya Baby in several different ways and I was adamant in trying them all out. First there are a few different ways you can do a front carry with it. There’s the cross strap and chest clip. Then there are also two different instructions on how you can get into the back carry. And then the thing that I think makes this carrier truly unique is that you can use it on a chair. So if you are some place that doesn’t have a high chair you can safely strap your child to a chair and sit her at the table. I was anxious to try all of these different ways out too.
Front Carry Cross Strap
This ended up being the way that I felt most comfortable carrying my daughter. My 17 month old is about 18 pounds. You cross the straps in the back with this carry to evenly distribute the weight. When I first started putting this on one thing I noticed about the Onya Baby is how easy it is to adjust. With most carriers like this you have to play around with the straps to get them all adjusted and once they are adjusted that’s pretty much it. If my husband were to use a carrier that were sized for me it would have to be readjusted. But with the Onya Baby it’s just a little tug here and a tug there to get just the right fit. I really liked that.
Front Carry with Chest Clip
Instead of using the straps to distribute the weight evenly with this one that’s what the chest clip was for. I tried this once and hated it. Well, that’s not true, I thought it would have been perfect for my daughter when she was smaller, but not at almost 20 pounds. I felt like I was being choked. I don’t know if I had it positioned wrong. If my large chest size got in the way. I figured it was the added weight of my daughter though. It looked like if she was smaller it would have been much more comfortable to carry her that way. I also think it would have been an easier way with a young baby to get her in the carrier that way. With having to support the head and all crossing the straps in the back with the first one is a little tricky to do. I think having a child who can support her own head definitely makes that easier to do. Using the chest clip makes it so you don’t have to cross those straps so it’s easier to buckle while holding a baby’s head steady.
There are two ways they show you that you can put your child on your back. Either from a seated position or in a piggy back. I might not be coordinated enough for back carries. I haven’t even attempted it with my wrap. I probably am at the point where a back carry would be much better for my back with my daughter’s size. I did manage to get her in the back carry, but only from the seated position and my daughter didn’t seem to like it. Honestly, looking at her I can see why she might not like it. She can’t really see anything at all on my back, aside from the back of my head and lets face it it’s not that interesting back there. I think if I tried it more often I could get her used to it, but I had a lot of trouble getting her on my back to begin with.
I think the piggy back carry would be easy to do if you were trying to get a sleepy baby on your back to carry. Well, except for my daughter who is a very light sleeper. But I think her wiggling around was what made the piggy back hard to do. So if you have a child who sleeps through a bomb going off, then the piggy back might work out perfectly for you.
On A Chair
I was excited to try this out because I think it will come in handy sometimes. Like the house without small children and no highchair. I tried a few times and was having a hard time figuring out how to get it on the chair so I did have to enlist the help of my husband for this one. Really, I’m a visual learner. Even with pictures I still just wasn’t seeing what I needed to do. We got it on the chair and my daughter in it though and she certainly seemed to enjoy sitting there. However, putting her at the table she was still too short to sit at the table. I have a high top table though so that tends to give me a lot of trouble with traditional things for the table.
The Onya Baby comes with a hood to cover your baby while sleeping. It tucks right into the front of the pack and snaps to keep it in place shading baby from the sun and the weather, especially while sleeping.
There are also toy rings attached and a place where you can hook your keys to really make yourself truly hands free when you’re out and about.
I noticed that when I put the Onya Baby on there wasn’t a whole lot of extra waist room for me. I wear a size 12 pant and was concerned that it would not fit someone who is too much larger than me. I still had room, but not a whole lot. It appears to fit up to a 42 inch waist, but you can purchase an extender right from Onya Baby or most of their retailers carry the extender as well for $5. It adds an extra 10 inches to the waist belt.
The Onya Baby is recommended to use for babies who are 15 pounds and 3 months or older up to a maximum weight of 45 pounds. Always read the instruction booklet carefully to make sure you are using it correctly. When using on a chair a child should have developed independent head and neck muscle and must be at least 4 months old.
The buckles click very loudly into place so make sure you hear that click to ensure your child is properly secured.
Wear it snug at all times to prevent your child from falling through.
Be sure to check your child often when in the carrier. Her face should never be obstructed.
The Onya Baby is machine washable in cold water on gentle cycle. Hang to dry or use the no heat setting on your dryer if you have it. The Outback can be wiped clean if you do spill on it though because of the nylon mesh material. I’m not sure how easily the cruiser wipes clean with its cotton material.
Check out Onya Baby’s website as they have instructional videos to help you in using their carrier. And of course always feel free to email them with any questions. They are very happy to help and listen to their customers concerns to make baby wearing for every mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, and care giver a possibility.
Overall I really do love this carrier. It is light enough for summer use. I am still a wrap girl I think. I really need to get better at putting her on my back though because I do think that will be more comfortable for me no matter how I carry her. I have been using this carrier to walk around on this hot hot summer though and it is definitely breathable which was exactly what I was looking for. And I love how easy it is to adjust so it’s easily interchangeable between me and my husband. I am looking forward to using this when we go on vacation in a little over a week too. I figure for the house we are staying in since I don’t want to lug around a high chair or booster seat this should be perfect for putting her at the table with us at the rental house.
Onto The Giveaway
So you know one of you is lucky enough to get one of these carriers too. You get your choice of carrier either the Outback like I chose or the Cruiser. The Cruiser offers all of the same features as the Outback, it’s just the material is cotton so it’s just not as breathable and light as the Outback. Both retail for $149.00. You get your choice of color too. The Outback comes in either burnt orange/slate gray or olive green/chocolate chip (this is the color I chose). The cruiser you get your choice of color in either leaf green/umber or dove/chocolate chip.
This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will run from July 5th until July 14th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I am going to warn you it might take me a little time to notify the winner as I am going away and I am unsure how my internet access is going to be. So if you don’t see an announcement of a winner right away please bear with me, I will get to it as soon as I possibly can. Just wanted to let everyone know what is up.
All entries will be verified so please make sure you follow the instructions closely. Winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter. If you have any questions please email me. Good luck and thank you all for making this such a wonderful Blogiversary! Please be sure to read through the terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter form.
Disclaimer: I received an Onya Baby for review free of charge, but all opinions expressed here are my own. I have not been compensated in any other way.