Action Baby Carrier Guest Review & Giveaway

January 16, 2014 49 Comments »

There are an overwhelming number of baby products on the market. Before I had my first child, I wasn’t sure what I needed and what I (and the baby) could survive without.

I quickly learned many of the “most have items” big baby stores and some well-meaning parents will tell you that you need are not really necessary. But there is one item I wish I had known about sooner than I did – an ergonomic baby carrier.

I’ve used several brands and types of carriers with my children from the time they were infants until now (they are 2 and 4 years old). By far, my favorite has been soft structured carriers (SSC).

My 4-year-old son is not as big of a fan of babywearing as my 2-year-old daughter. She has always loved being worn and she still does. Babywearing has saved my sanity many times, particularly when she was younger as she liked to be held – a lot. By wearing her, I’ve been able to do things I need to do around the house, play with my son, run errands, etc.

There’s a very popular ERGOnomic carrier that has several versions of its SSC (lightweight, organic, etc.) and I’ve owned several of them.

While I love those carriers, as my children get older, taller and heavier, I haven’t found them to be as comfortable for me.

I’m very excited to have found the toddler carrier from Action Baby Carrier, a small, Michigan-based business that hand makes their quality carriers in the U.S.A.

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Their toddler carrier is 3 inches taller in the body than their regular carrier (similar in sizing to most SSCs), the hood is an inch longer and the shoulder webbing is 2 inches smaller (because they are used mostly for back carries and this offers a tighter fit).

As children get bigger, the traditional SSCs don’t go as high on their backs or across their bottoms. I noticed a significant difference in how secure my toddlers (I tested it with both of them in it) seemed to feel in Acton Baby’s toddler carrier. The kids enjoy being in the carrier and seem to be more comfortable in the toddler carrier than a standard SSC.

Although the carrier is larger, it’s not bulky or heavy like some soft structured carriers. It’s actually fairly lightweight and it folds up to a very reasonable size.

The buckles on the carrier are strong and sturdy. The waist band is generous and is more likely to fit a plus size wearer without an extension. The body of the carrier is well-made and it comes in solid colors as well as prints. The company recently introduced four new fun prints, including the popular chevron pattern, elephants and classic cars. Their prints are classy, not “loud” and many of them are gender neutral.

Because of the additional sizing on the toddler vs. standard carrier, the weight of my children (30lbs and 39lbs) definitely felt as if it was distributed more evenly, which is very important to me as I have lower back issues.

Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is designed for children 15-45lbs (their standard carrier is for 8-40lbs).

The only real negative for me with the Action Baby Carrier is that the chest strap was not as comfortable as I would like and it dug into my arm pits a bit. However, I’m hopeful that as I get accustomed to using this brand vs. others, I will learn to adjust the straps to a fit that works best for me.

Overall, Action Baby Carrier’s toddler carrier is wonderfully made in the U.S. and is reasonably priced ($114 – their standard carrier is $98). The additional sizing makes it a more comfortable fit for the toddlers and those who wear them, including men (my husband found this toddler carrier to be more comfortable than standard SSCs).

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Action Baby Carrier provided their toddler carrier for this review, however the opinions expressed are the author’s honest assessment of the product.

Jamie BioAfter a 13 year full-time public relations/writing career, Jamie K. now has the privilege to be home with her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Chocolate regularly “calls” her name, she’s forever going on a new “diet” every Monday and she’s always taking on more projects than one human can manage (this description likely fits many of you!). She currently lives in Northern Virginia, her 4th “home” state in 5 years thanks to her officer husband’s Air Force career.

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49 Comments

  1. Robin Ruehrwein January 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM - Reply

    I never wore either of my babies – oddly enough, neither one of them seemed to like being in that position.

  2. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? January 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM - Reply

    I’ve heard great things about the ABC carriers! In fact, theirs is on my list to try, specifically the toddler one because my 23 month old still likes to be worn!

  3. Ellen Thrifty & Chic Mom January 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    I am a huge babywearer, it is such a great bonding experience and so convenient. I love that this is made in the USA!

    • Laura January 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM - Reply

      I agree! It’s awesome that they are a small local company and made in the good ol’ USA!

  4. brett January 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM - Reply

    i loved babywearing. i’d STILL do it if my kids would let me instead i just borrow friends’ babies :)

  5. Jessica January 16, 2014 at 4:23 PM - Reply

    That looks much more comfortable than the Baby Bjorn I had when my daughter was little. I loved wearing her out to places but she always slid down and it was not comfy for either of us.

  6. Brandy January 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM - Reply

    I always wanted to wear my babies, but never could find a carrier that made me feel comfortable. This carrier looks really comfy. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. Janel January 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM - Reply

    I’ve baby carried all of my boys. That carrier looks awesome with the strap that bulks up on the side, rather then right smack in the middle of your back, which I can never reach.

  8. Jennifer January 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    How fun! And the hat on the little one is adorable!

  9. Jaime January 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    I wore my son for the longest time, but once he started walking, all bets were off. I would love to be able to wear him more in stores (he’s 2) and wonder if he would tolerate this carrier!

  10. Ellen Christian January 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM - Reply

    This is great. It’s so important to choose the right carrier!

  11. Felicia January 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM - Reply

    This looks like a great option for mom on the go! I loved wearing my babies.

  12. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 17, 2014 at 2:08 AM - Reply

    It’s nice that the kids seem to enjoy riding in it so well. It needs to be comfortable for everyone!

  13. Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo January 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM - Reply

    it has a great structured look to it even as a soft-sided carrier. I’ve used tons of them and have given many more as gifts. i love how they still improve

  14. Amy Desrosiers January 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    When my three kids were little we really fully baby carried. i guess the sling I received was not comfortable, and it put a bad taste in my mouth as far as baby wearing went. Now, I regret not having the option of trying different brands out.

  15. Piera January 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    I love babywearing! The Action Baby Carrier sounds great – I especially love that it is a few inches taller than regular carriers to that they are more secure.

  16. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest January 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM - Reply

    I’ve seen these around on other blogs and with every review I’ve seen it makes me want to get one for my sister-in-law. So I’ll be heading out to get one for her for her birthday :)

  17. Prototype Mama January 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    I really wish they had things like this when I had my first son– I would’ve totally used them

  18. Paige January 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    I’ll have to keep that in mind when I have kids! Thanks for sharing the review! :)

  19. Angela January 18, 2014 at 6:41 AM - Reply

    I wish I had a carrier when my son was a baby. This one looks super comfy for both baby and mom.

  20. Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) January 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM - Reply

    I’m not a huge chevron fan but the Chevron classic is cute (and it would be a gift for a friend, no news from me!). ;)

    • MommyB January 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM - Reply

      Haha thanks for clearing that up

  21. Whitney January 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM - Reply

    I love the Elle Toddler. The elephants are adorable!

    • MommyB January 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM - Reply

      Elephants are my favorite!

  22. Amy Reese January 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM - Reply

    I would love to try the toddler baby carrier!

  23. Laura January 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    I love the toddler carrier in charcoal :) my son loves being worn and it’s great to know about a toddler sized carrier as he gets older! Yay!

  24. Jessica Beard January 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    My favorite is the baby carrier in the Chevron Classic print.

  25. Hannah D January 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM - Reply

    I love babywearing and probably like my Ergo the best. Haven’t tried and Action Baby yet.

  26. Micah January 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    I used a Baby K’Tan carrier with both of my sons when they were little bitty, but it’s not great when they get past the infant stage. I love the idea of this toddler carrier made in the US!

  27. Tawnya January 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    I had a Baby Bjorn that someone gave us with my 1st son & didn’t really like it. I got a Boba for my 2nd & we love it. It’d be interesting to see how this 1 compares.

  28. Cynthia January 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM - Reply

    I love woven wraps for long snuggles, but the quickness of SSCs are so convenient.

  29. erin January 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM - Reply

    Camper is cute.

  30. Jenn McClearn January 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM - Reply

    I like the classic carrier in the camper print

  31. dania cioffi January 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    I love the Elle Classic, the little elephants are just too cute.

  32. manuel caro January 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM - Reply

    I like the elle classic for my little boy.

  33. Kimberly January 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM - Reply

    I like the Elle Classic print the best.

  34. Joanna R. January 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM - Reply

    I like the Classic Solid Charcoal.

  35. shelly January 25, 2014 at 5:37 PM - Reply

    My fave is the camper

  36. Jessica January 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM - Reply

    I like the Palmer Classic

  37. Sandee January 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM - Reply

    I just lost my ABC….best carrier ever! I really need a new one- today was our first outing without it and it was very missed!!

  38. Samantha Plotkin January 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM - Reply

    I love the Elle Classic.

  39. Emily January 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM - Reply

    I think Elle…

  40. Cassandra Eastman January 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM - Reply

    I love the Classic Solid Charcoal!

  41. maggie January 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    My favorite is elle classic

  42. Shanda Enriquez February 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM - Reply

    I love the Cadence baby carrier.

  43. alona y February 5, 2014 at 12:55 AM - Reply

    I love the Camper pattern, the owls are so cute!

  44. Kaleigh February 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM - Reply

    I am having my first baby in 6 weeks! This would be awesome!!! I like the classic solid charcoal baby carrier so either I or my husband could wear it!

  45. Elizabeth February 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM - Reply

    I like the ease of an SSC, and how comfortable they are.

  46. Pha February 18, 2014 at 9:44 PM - Reply

    Love the palmer

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