This week has been fun, no more freaking out about carriers being given out before they are released and TheBabyGuyNYC, Beco Baby Carriers, and The Leaky Boob are back to being BFFs. Every day this week Jamie and I each have been giving out one of the new Soleil carriers from Beco and today we end with friendship restored, handing out the 9th and 10th carriers.
I got to give this carrier a try and I liked it. I have worn 11 month old Sugarbaby in it on my front and my back. A snapshot look at the differences between the Beco Soleil and the Beco Gemini: the Soliel can’t face outward but can do back/front/hip carries. It’s an open carrier like the Gemini (no panel between baby and the wearer). The back doesn’t come up AS high but it is still very supportive. The Soliel has an accessory pack you can customize for coordinating prints, etc. with a detachable bag that covers that middle print panel (so switch out prints, try a solid, AND have a place to hold your stuff), a hood, etc. It has a nice wide seat with padded legs supporting baby and toddlers much better, a pocket on the waist belt, and more adjustable options for improved comfort in the fit. The retail on both is $130, the Soleil also has an option accessory pack available for purchase that includes another hood (to mix and match prints and solids), infant insert, and drool pads. Comfortable and easy to use, I think this is a great carrier choice, whether it would be your only carrier or one of many.
Since I’ll be asked, yes I could breastfeed in the Soleil though it took some work to figure out. The seat is so well constructed to keep baby high that dropping down to breastfeed wasn’t as easy as it is in the Gemini. Moms with very large or low hanging breasts may have some difficulty.
Some quick details on the Soleil:
It’s not available until next month, the winners of these giveaways will be the first to get their hands on this new carrier.
3 carry positions: front, hip, and back.
Built-in waist belt pocket, key and toy ring
Carrier weight 1.1lbs
Material: 100% cotton
Seat: 16″ and 17″ tall
Shoulder straps extending from 18″ to 45″
Waist belt extending from 27″ to 59″
Recommended fit for adults 5′ to 6′ 5″
Compatible accessories: hood, drool pads, infant insert, carry-all
Use the widget below to enter the giveaway, for one Soliel carrier and you can enter here AND over at The Baby Guy on his Facebook page. These giveaways are open to US and Canada residents only. Thanks for participating!