Cybex’s 2.GO baby carrier is very versatile, but it is difficult to put on alone and I didn’t feel it was very comfortable for me. Tested with five-month-old daughter Mia-Joan.
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PRODUCT NAME: Cybex 2.GO
PRODUCT CATEGORY: Baby carrier
PRODUCT RRP: £95
ONLINE STOCKIST: Cybex
PRODUCT AGE RANGE: Suitable from 3mths-5yrs
I was expecting great things from the Cybex 2.GO baby carrier, as I have tested its products before, but I was left feeling unimpressed.
The carrier looked good and was very padded and wasn’t very heavy, plus I liked the neutral brown colour of the tester sample I recieved, although the website says it is only available in red, black and blue.
The instructions provided were two pages and there weren’t any pictures to see at a glance how the carrier was meant to be worn, so I spent quite a while looking at the book.
Once I had worked out how to set up the carrier, I realised that to fasten it around the back would be quite difficult and I was disappointed, as I’ve been looking for a baby carrier I could put on, adjust and use without help. However, the action required to fasten the carrier was quite like doing up a bra and I managed it on the first attempt, but having Mia-Joan in the carrier on the second attempt I didn’t feel it was safe to have both hands around my back while she was in the front and not fastened in properly, so I would definitely say this is a two-person put-on operation.
Once Mia-Joan was in the carrier she was quite happy, but I felt that there wasn’t enough support and after 20 minutes my back and shoulders started to hurt. I could see that the straps needed to be tighter, but I couldn’t make them any more taut, as I would have started squashing Mia-Joan.
What you loved
I liked that the carrier was so padded and it was very easy to fasten Mia-Joan in the front. I felt she was secure, as all I needed was to do up a snap-fastener on each side and she wasn’t going anywhere.
It was very easy to clean the rim around the top of the carrier, a baby wipe had it looking like new.
There are also five carrying positions, so you don’t just have to use it for carrying your baby forward and rear-facing. There is also rear-facing on hip position (from 3 months), which was great when I wanted to potter about in the kitchen, which I found difficult when Mia-Joan was front-facing in the middle. The front-facing, mobility seat and back position Mia-Joan wasn’t old enough to try.
What to watch out for
At £95, it’s quite pricey, and although it lasts up to 18kg, approximately five-years-old, in my experience of carriers, having a three and a half year old, after about the age of two and a half toddlers are too heavy to be carried for long. Plus, once you put a winter coat on a one-year-old they are too bulky to fit in the carrier and fasten it.
I also found the 2.GO put a lot of strain on my shoulders and back. The harness coming out from my shoulders was too loose and couldn’t be tightened anymore.
Lastly, my husband wasn’t able to do this carrier up on his own and I couldn’t with Mia-Joan waiting in the front, it felt unsafe.
Who is this baby carrier best for?
Parents who want a carrier that works in different positions.
Cybex’s 2.Go carrier is very versatile, but it is difficult to put on alone and I didn’t feel it was very comfortable for me.
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