[Note that on 5 September 2012, Webtogs Limited went into liquidation, but its business has been continued in the name of Dorset Mountain Sports Limited, t/a Webtogs, with whom I have had no contact whatsoever, nor did the liquidator of Webtogs Ltd respond to my enquiry as to whether any members of the public had lost money as a result of the liquidation.]
Webtogs delighted my daughter by sending the Vaude Soft 111, one of their range of Baby Carriers, for me to review.
Here’s what she thinks of it:
“I first took Jake out in the papoose when he was five weeks old. At this age he was beginning to hold his head up and I was confident that the papoose provided him adequate support. I tightened the adjustable straps at the top of the outer facing part of the papoose to help support his head. He seemed comfortable, and must have been as he fell asleep as soon as I started walking.
I had help putting the papoose on the first time I used it, but have subsequently put it on myself without difficulty. I fasten the strap that goes across my back first (pictured),
then put the papoose on over my head. With the buckles undone I hold Jake against the part against my body and then carefully do up each buckle, making sure his hands and feet are not trapped.
My husband helped me to adjust the back strap and the two lower side straps (on either side by my waist) to make the papoose comfortable the first time I used it. The side straps have stayed in that position and don’t need to be adjusted each time I use it. I can reach the back strap and pull it to tighten it to myself, which I do when I feel I need to – the strap is shown below, with the buckle obscured by my hair.
I’ve now used the papoose quite a few times whilst taking the dog for a walk as well as Jake. It makes walking with both Jake and Oscar (the dog) really comfortable and easy to do. (Oscar is usually on a lead!)
To make sure I’m comfortable and safe, I make a conscious effort to walk with a good posture, bend down using my knees, and support the outward facing part of the papoose (where Jake’s back is) with my hand if I have to lean over when I bend down.
So far, I’ve only used the papoose with Jake facing me, and every time he has fallen asleep as I walk. He always seems comfortable and I can feel his hands, feet and head to check that they are warm enough. His body stays warm as it is close to mine, so he doesn’t need extra clothes, just a hat if it’s sunny or cold, socks/shoes and gloves if it’s cold, and suncream when sunny.
I intend to use the papoose with Jake facing outwards when he is around three months old and can hold his head up: I don’t think his head would be well enough supported at the moment (he’s now 8 weeks/11½ pounds).
The papoose has been excellent for taking the dog out on terrains that don’t permit a pram (and on terrains that do permit a pram) as it makes holding his lead easy, enabling me to walk comfortably. There’s even a pocket for Oscar’s biscuits!”
So, that’s Kate’s comprehensive appraisal of the Baby Carrier to date. She’s delighted with it and sees it as accompanying her for another 6-9 months, after which time a more substantial carrier, such as the Littlelife Cross Country S2 Child Carrier, with space to store clothes etc will probably take its place. In the meantime I’m sure that when Jake gets a bit bigger, she will try using the carrier on her back – that does not seem appropriate for a very small baby – and will notate this review accordingly.
So, to summarise:
Fit and Finish:
- this is a well made piece of kit, thoughtfully designed
- the baby carrier can be adjusted (within reason) to suit any user
- baby can face forwards or backwards and be carried on the user’s back or front
- fully adjustable for custom fit
- useful mesh compartment for dog biscuits etc
- not an issue for this product
- ideal for babies up to 9-12 months old
- £44.99 from Webtogs, whose service is excellent, with free delivery in the UK, and you won’t be charged until the goods are dispatched
- there may be alternative products around, but Kate has no desire to seek them out; this one is perfect for her present needs.
- a well constructed carrier for a very young baby, this piece of kit frees mum from the drudge of pushing a pram and sends the baby to sleep instantly. Brilliant!
Note: Whilst the gear was provided by Webtogs, this review, over which I have total editorial control, is totally independent of that on-line retailer.
Finally, a view more images, as I was asked to provide ‘lots of cute pictures’. That isn’t so easy when the baby falls asleep immediately he’s inserted into the baby carrier!