I am by no means a baby wearing expert, but have had the opportunity to try a few brands and styles at a sling library and honestly thought nothing could compete with a Lille Baby carrier on comfort. The Pao Papoose was a very pleasant surprise!
Firstly I thought the packaging of the PP was rather special. A lovely bag, which included a 'fold up' guide and an extremely reader friendly (and amusing) instruction booklet - I love the illustrations! All encased in a lovely little storage cylinder. Great to keep away grubby little fingers when the carrier isn't in use!
It's amazing how small the carrier folds up! Which is super helpful for me as my little girl enjoys walking once we reach our destinations. It's also a great feature to have the positioning instructions folded in a small internal pouch, should you misplace the booklet or be out and decide to be a daredevil by trying a new position with your Bubs.
One of the main features I found to be superior to the previously mentioned Lille Baby, is the ease of putting the carrier on. The attachments are connected at the front, which saves an awful lot of time or awkward stretching to reach at the back, which I experienced with the other carrier. I found it near impossible to put on independently, which isn't ideal when I want to go out alone. The Pao Papoose was a breeze! Two clicks, some minor fitting adjustments with the straps and hey presto, ready! Superb.
When looking at carriers, I wanted flexibility with a choice of positions. The Pao Papoose boasts 3 positions: world facing, parent facing and back carry - which is great as the carrier essentially grows along with your little person. All 3 positions are easy to change, but my little girl still prefers to face me. Must be the bosoms making a nice cushion for her head ;)
My little girl is now 19 months and I honestly feel minimal weight while carrying her. I tend to suffer with mild back issues, so was expecting to feel a lot of strain, but have had no problems.
My little one is also super happy being in the carrier, so it must be comfortable for her too. In fact we had tears when I initially took her out of it. Think that says a lot! I can't actually think of any negatives for this carrier apart from the black fabric being a magnet for fluff and fibres, but who cares!
Big thumbs up from us