This baby boy is 16 months old and weighs 26 pounds.
photos by bricks = right
photos by fence = wrong
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The pictures of a front carry in front of the bricks demonstrate proper front carry positioning and everybody feels comfortable.
The photos of a front carry in front of the fence demonstrate improper positioning. You see in the first photo, it looks mostly the same. but when we unbuckle the Mia fabric, it reveals that the baby is actually riding under the Y of fabric that belongs against the adult. this is safe and “did the job” but was not so comfortable. the baby is too “pinned” in there, and the straps extending around him meant there was less available for the adult to adjust, and that their curves and padding simply hit the wrong spots. If you’ve been doing this and thought it was working, don’t worry, but do look at the official Beco DVD and learn to put your child is the seat they are meant to ride in. You’ll both be happier.
WRONG back carry
This baby is pressed under the Y instead of in his seat. His chest touches directly to mom’s back and his back touches the carrier body. This would be the normal way to use en Ergo or an older Beco or a Pikkolo or one of the asian-style tie-on carriers, like a mei tai. It is NOT right for the Butterfly! The new Beco Butterfly was designed and safety tested with a baby riding in the carrier’s built-in seat. There is a seat area for a tiny baby and a seat area for a larger baby or toddler. Always use the seat!
A proper back carry position for the Beco butterfly
A good look at the baby correctly buckled into the carrier harness. This allows a look at the inside. In this case, we were switching him from the wearer’s front to back without taking him out.