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!