T – This was by far one of my favorite baby items! I have used and worn several other carriers, but this one definitely won my vote in terms of ease of use, comfort and versatility.
The Beco Gemini can be found at most baby retailers including online at Amazon.
I’ll delve a little into the specifics of the carrier:
This baby carrier can be worn 4 different ways, which is mainly what sold me on this product. I had a wrap carrier when my son was a newborn, but it took way to long to tie every time I’d put it on. I found myself standing by the car in the supermarket parking lot, struggling with the long pieces of material that’d usually end up dragging on the floor. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my wrap for the first two months when my son was born. It was a pain in the butt to tie, but it was so comfy for both me and my son. Of course, that was before I discovered the Beco Gemini.
I got the Gemini when my son was around 4 months old. I knew I’d be a baby wearing Mommy for a long time so I figured I should make an investment in a good carrier. The fact that the Gemini could face out as well as in made it an easy buy. My husband was an anti-baby wearing Dad thinking it wasn’t macho enough, but once I told him it could face out, he decided he could do that and still feel manly. Add to cart and order!
Along with the forward facing in and forward facing out carries, the Gemini also allows mom to hip carry and back carry. The Gemini is also equipped with a headrest that can be folded down when not in use. It truly is a versatile carrier. And it accommodates babies from 7 pounds to toddlers up to 35 pounds! Another big selling point is the fact that you can either wear the Gemini criss crossed or the regular way. I wore mine criss crossed most of the time because it’s so much easier to just put the carrier on around your waist, place your baby or toddler in, and criss cross the straps and buckle them one by one. You can then tighten them by pulling on the belt. The waist can also be easily tightened. The regular tying option is easy as well and is very similar to how other carriers tie. You clip each strap into the buckle and then just place it over each arm once baby is in and last but not least you faster the clasp at the top back of the carrier for increased security. As confusing as this sounds, believe me it’s not! After trying several different buckle carriers, this one was by far the easiest to put on.
Another added bonus of the Beco Gemini is that it allows breastfeeding moms an easy and discrete way to nurse. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve nursed my son in the carrier while walking around the supermarket without anyone knowing!
S– I also purchased this carrier when my daughter was around 4 months old, after giving Tati’s a whirl. 14 months later we still use it daily! I can tell you as someone who owns 7 different types of carriers, that this is hands down the most versatile, comfortable carrier I have come across. It has travelled the world with us, withstood multiple machine washes with no special precautions taken, and still looks and feels amazing! It rolls up easily to be tucked into a purse or diaper bag when not in use. I am on the petite side and love how it supports my back. My husband on the other hand is 6’4 and 210lbs. He wears it like a champ too! (note he also faces out for the “macho feel” like T’s husband… I blame it on “The Hangover”)
I always recommend this carrier to anyone whom I know is shopping for one 🙂 If I had to choose one design flaw, I would love to see a sun shade option, or zip pocket like the Ergo, but this hasn’t been of much consequence to us. I simply put a sun hat on my girl if we are in the sun, and I’m never without my diaper bag anyways! 😉
If the price tag gives you sticker shock, I would recommend considering your lifestyle. Do you travel alot? Have multiple children whose hands you need to be holding? Do you take public transit often? Does your child hate to sit in a cart at Walmart/ grocery store/ etc? If you answered yes to any of these, it is absolutely worth the cost. (Now that my daughter is a toddler, the last scenario is the most pertinent to us…. that carrier has saved my sanity recently on shopping trips!) Do yourself a favor and don’t buy an inexpensive poorly made carrier. Your back, and your child’s hips, will thank you!
J– I too bought the Gemini and absolutely love it! I have been using it since Pumpkin was about a month old and she is now 15 months old and still loving it. I am a huge fan of the Moby wrap and this was great when she was a newborn, but it progressively got to be uncomfortable and difficult to wear as she grew. I finally tried S’s Beco and I was sold almost immediately!
T and S have pretty much covered it all so I will just give my opinion. The Gemini has great back support for a small woman but is sturdy enough for my husband too. He, unlike T and S’s guys preferred to wear her facing in, but he’s more of the cuddly kind of guy so it made sense.
We took ours all the way to Africa and my brother and sister in-law wore her all the time and swore they would buy one when they finally had a baby. It was hand washed in bore hole water and in my opinion, if it can with stand that, it can withstand anything! I have attached a few pictures to show just how much we love our Beco!