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Baby Bjorn has been making baby carriers and baby products for half a century. Its aim? To make life a little easier for parents. The latest baby carrier, the Miracle, has been two years in the making and can be used from birth to around 15 months (at least 8lb/3.5kg up to 26lb/12kg). Made from 60% cotton and 40% polyester the Miracle is super soft and machine washable at 40 degrees.
The Miracle is fully adjustable and can be used by anyone regardless of how big or small you are (think height and waist size here!). The overall design of the carrier is so tried and trusted that it remains pretty much the same as its siblings – your the baby is carried in a soft, moulded shell that clips to an adjustable harness, it can be used forward or parent facing and has an adjustable head support.
What’s new is the padding around the adjustable waistband and the all-new size adjuster, which is now like a ruler showing each centimetre increment (so rather than guesstimate the fit, you can be totally accurate).
The biggest improvement however, is the system that transfers your baby’s weight from your shoulders to your hips. Your newborn likes to sit up high, chest to chest near the comforting sound of your heartbeat. By loosening the shoulder straps and pulling down on the triangular back support, the waistband is lowered to sit on your hips, a better position for carrying your older child (from around 6 months) who is heavier and may face outwards.
What we love
My other Baby Bjorn carrier has been used by several babies (my two girls, Minnie and Poppy, and my nephews) and it is still going strong. Poppy, its fourth tester, has been on board since she was a few days old and loves it. As a sicky baby being upright suits her and she prefers to look out on the world rather than being stuck down low in the double buggy.
However, getting the fit right on this existing Baby Bjorn of mine isn’t easy. I spend a lot of time pulling and tugging at straps only to feel like I am being cut in half by three inches of (albeit organic) cotton. On the Miracle, the new mechanism of pulling down the back support makes it much easier to transfer your baby’s weight onto your hips and get a bespoke fit. It’s easy to forget that you’re wearing a baby!
I’m also glad to see that extra padding has been added on the waistband.
The accurate size adjuster is a Godsend, as long as you’ve been to have your baby measured recently!
What to watch out for
Despite being billed as suitable from birth, the Miracle can only be used when your baby is over 3.5kg. Both of mine have weighed in under that, so would’ve needed to wait a few weeks until it could be used.
My major bugbear of the Baby Bjorn system is the way that the chest support flips up into the baby’s face when you’re using it forward facing – many a cake has been baked with poor Poppy shrouded in darkness! This is still a problem on the Miracle.
At £109.99, it’s not the most expensive carrier around, but it still costs more than some buggies!
Who is the Baby Bjorn Miracle baby carrier best for?
Style-conscious parents who want a top-rate carrier that will last beyond the first year.
An innovative baby carrier that scores highly on comfort and design. Easy to use and fully adjustable, the Miracle is guaranteed to become a family staple but at over £100, you’ll need to make sure there’s room in budget for this one.
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|Child age (approx)||Birth to 15 months|
|Child weight||3.5kg to 12kg|
|Washing instructions||Machine washable|
|Number of carrying positions||2|
|Optional extras||Cover, sun cover, bib|