"Easy to use and great for babies and toddlers :)…"
I've always loved soft ring slings or wraps for hip carries, and so when I first tried a Scootababy I wasn't expecting to prefer something so structured. I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised and really very impressed when I tried this carrier with my 2 year old.
It's super easy to use - you just buckle it around your waist, hold baby on hip, pop the cushy fleece shoulder part over both of your heads, tighten and you're off. No faffing with ties or clips or trying to get a good seat or fighting a wrigging baby/toddler. Once it's on, it transfers the weight nicely to your hips and has been comfortable for us for walks of up to about 45 minutes (which in my opinion is great for hip carries with a 2.5 year old!) This carrier works brilliantly for us because, though my toddler wants to be carried on my hip a lot, now she's a real 'terrible two', she's much less patient with me taking any time to adjusting a sling around her. The Scootababy is great as I can sneak it over her without her really noticing until she's securely supported against me!
My only negative comments about the Scootababy would be that it'd be better if it had a slightly wider seat to better accommodate a long-legged toddler, and that the buckle sliders on the shoulder straps are not strong/rigid enough - I find that with my 2.5 year old's weight they flex slightly and allow the straps to slip a little as we're using it. To stop this so that I don't have to re-tighten it when using it for longer periods, I've been tying the straps together behind her back to ensure a supportive carry. As with all more structured carriers, the shape won't fit absolutely everyone, but so far I've not found anyone for whom the Scootababy was a bad fit, and if you'd like to be certain before buying, there are Sling Libraries and online retailers where you can hire a carrier to check that it works for you.
We've found it great for things like the school run and for popping down to the shops or from the car to a playpark or around somewhere like a farm where buggies can be annoying and where my daughter wants to be lifted up to see things.
I'd definitely recommend this carrier both to parents who don't normally use slings or carriers, and to regular 'babywearers' with wriggly and/or impatient older babies/toddlers who like to look out at the world from their parent's front. I think that this is a great product for anyone with older babies/toddlers whose parents often find that they are lifting their baby/toddler onto their hip a lot. I think it's particularly good for first-time carrier users whose little ones don't tolerate them messing about with ties and/or lots of buckles or adjustments as much as a child who's used to carrying does. It'd also work really well for anyone wanting to move up from a more newborn-suitable carrier, but who don't see themselves as full-time carrier users or who are nervous of the idea of back carries but want a something supportive that allows their baby to face the world and see what's going on. Plus anyone with a grumpy, impatient toddler like me!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"Having used a moby wrap, a ring sling and a…"
Having used a moby wrap, a ring sling and a mei tai over the past 2 years I thought I would never find anything as comfortable as my babyhawk for carrying my toddler and new baby in.
I came across the scootababy while looking for reviews on buggyboards (thats mumsnet for you!) as my toddler is in the up/down/up/down stage and while I couldn't carry him and push the buggy it was too hard to keep tieing him in the mei tai for only 5 min until he decided to walk again.
They are quite expensive (I got mine from slumber-roo which had a discount and was delivered within 48 hours!) but I will say it is worth it.
I've been using it most of the day over the past 2 weeks. It takes about 10seconds to get my toddler in and out and about 30s for the baby. It is only supposed to be used after 5months or when they can hold their head up independently but my 3month old has near perfect head control so I feel quite safe doing so.
It is extremely comfortable and I'm considering getting another one to keep in the car!Read moreLess
"We've got the newer high-back Scootababy, had it since DS…"
We've got the newer high-back Scootababy, had it since DS was around 1 year old and he's now 2: I'd really recommend it. I use it for going to/from nursery (as it can be packed in my rucksack after), for outings using public transport or where he walks but may need to be carried on the return journey. I've also got mei tais (Babyhawk and Maya Tie), but I never got the hang of putting him on my back plus I use a rucksack for carrying nappies/food/drinks etc (which helps balance out the weight!). DH uses it too. Great, practical carrier.Read moreLess
"This is absolutely our most used and most loved carrier…"
This is absolutely our most used and most loved carrier - no contest, Scootababy is the winner!!
Comparing our favourites was difficult as we've used lots including Beco, Babyhawk, Rockin Baby (ring sling & pouch) and they're all great and have their uses BUT ... Scootababy came out on top because it's just soooo useful day-to-day for nipping to the shops and enjoying cosy cuddles and a natter along the way!
If your hip if your little one's favourite place to sit, then the Scootababy is for you!Read moreLess
"I read the reviews on here-which I wish I had…"
I read the reviews on here-which I wish I had done for my first sling, and I opted for the Scootababy.
I gave it's first outing today and I have to say it was a huge improvement on the Prexmax. I need to get the hang of fine tuning the fit but even so it was very comfy.Read moreLess
"Quite simply the only baby carrier to use. Have had…"
Quite simply the only baby carrier to use. Have had it since 8 months and son now 20 months. He is very tall 94cms and I commute into London with him every day on the tube and in airports makes shifting about very easy.
Had one day with out and never again! Easy to use, easy to clean, adaptable for both parents, friends grand parents and son loves it.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"The Lascal is a completely different carrier to the Scootababy…"
The Lascal is a completely different carrier to the Scootababy - don't really understand the comparison?! Quick tip about getting on/off - not fiddly at all, just strap on waist belt, place babe on hip, give them a kiss holding with one arm while you pull strap over your heads and across to opposite shoulder with other arm, and adjust front buckle (very quick, easy motion) No need to adjust back buckle adjustment ... hope this helps.
Really, the very best hands-free hip carrier on the market - try it!Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"We really like this sling. We both use it interchangeably…"
We really like this sling. We both use it interchangeably as it adjusts so quickly and easily. Its practical and works for both the baby and the toddler. Basically the whole family uses it in a variety of combinations. And it folds up really neatly to stash away.Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"good points - it is very comfy when you get…"
good points - it is very comfy when you get it on, dd loves it (she really cuddles in and sleeps well into it). you genuinely can carry a heavier baby/child quite a long way with it.
bad points - a fiddle to put on when you're alone, not good for in the rain(but is any sling) and its awkward to carry a bag as the cross shoulder straps ride up. Also quite expensive.Read moreLess
"A must have for the school run!! What I've always…"
A must have for the school run!!
What I've always been looking for - a hands-free hip carrier thats easy to use, comfortable and stylish.
Would definitely recommend - 10/10.Read moreLess