Healthy Kids

Petunia Pickle Bottom TourGuide Baby Carrier Review

Petunia Pickle Bottom sent me their TourGuide Baby Carrier a few weeks ago, to try out and see how I liked it and then relay my findings to you, my wonderful readers. Let me tell you, I was so excited to get my first product to review! I felt like a real Blogger!
I was a bit worried at first that I wouldn’t like it at all, because I am so used to my wraps and slings and because I had heard that these types of carrier can be hard on a babies hips, because of how the weight is distributed. However, I was pleasantly surprised, Penelope did not seem like she was uncomfortable at all. I am not sure if it is because she is an older baby, with bigger more established pelvic bones, or because she wears a cloth diaper and it gave her extra padding on her bum. She liked it just as much as any of my other carriers. She is not a very cuddly baby, even in a carrier. She wants to be held, but she wants a full view of her surroundings. This carrier gave her that.

Even though, I felt it was safe and comfortable for her, it was not as comfortable for me as my wraps and slings are. Penelope is about 21 pounds. The directions say that it can hold a baby up to 22 pounds, so it may be that she is just on the heavy side, as far as comfort goes, for me, anyway. In this type of carrier, all the weight of the baby is distributed on the shoulders and upper back of the person wearing it. I do not have much upper body strength, so she got heavy pretty quickly. While we are talking about how chubby my baby is, her fat thighs were too big to fasten the button on the side. It didn’t matter though, I think its meant for extra support for newborns anyway. But it was pretty funny, seeing her big ole thighs in it and not being able to fasten it! When I talked to Petunia Pickle Bottom about it, they let me know that  the side buttons are only for babies that are between 8 and 11 pounds.

But, Peter, LOVED it. He thought it was awesome. He has pretty much taken it over as his carrier. He loved that is was a strap and click system; he could throw it on, pick her up and get her into place, click it and be off. I think he liked that is was a bit more plain and simple looking. Not manly, but simple. He liked that he could do it himself too. With the wraps or slings, he needs my help. He figured out how to get her in there, while sitting down (his logic: in case he drops her, he is closer to the ground) and then he stands up and goes on about his business washing dishes or taking Sky for a walk. He says it is super comfortable for him, maybe because he has more muscles in his shoulders?

So for Dads, or new moms with smaller babies that don’t want to mess with wraps and slings, I highly recommend this carrier!

Oh, and I forgot mention….its a green product! It’s made out of post consumer recycled materials. How great is that?

{Full disclosure:  In return for doing the review on my blog, I get to keep the carrier.}

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  • Fletchymama
    July 20, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    I wanna get in on these reviews…haha..:) Sounds like a great alternative to those who don't want the "complicatedness" of a wrap/sling.

  • Stephanie
    July 22, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    Right! Its kinda like Santa came when I get a package from a company now. 🙂

  • Staceze
    August 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    she looks pretty happy in there!!