I was never a big fan of baby carriers. Prams though are big, chunky, wastes of space in my car boot. I have 6 children and another imminently due. My wife has bought prams, so many prams and barely used them, just wasted space storing them. She uses carriers, woven wraps and ring slings. She never pushed me to use any. She knew I didn’t want to. That’s what hands are for, right? Wrong! My oldest child is grown up. It took until 18 months ago for me to want to use a carrier, to see the benefit of a carrier over using my arms. I’ve spent that time trying a lot of carriers out. I may be fussy, it may be my build, but I can only truthfully, comfortably use 2 buckled carriers.
The One that changed my mind.
The Connecta Baby Carrier, simplicity at it’s best. I’ve watched my wife use woven wraps, standing by the car for 20-30 seconds feels like forever (I know it’s not and I can now use woven wraps too). So what changed? My wife was busy working for a brand one day with an overtired baby and bags full of carriers. Myself and our children had gone too, to allow the children time at the beach where she was. It just happened. I picked up a Connecta Baby Carrier and put it on. It looked simple, it was simple, 3 easy buckles, with the straps crossed at the back, easy. From the first time I tried it, I managed solo. It was comfortable. That was the beginning…
I’ve since worked at the PBC Expo (Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo) and at various other events, helping other people find the perfect carrier too. I’ve undertaken Babywearing Consultancy training through the world renown Die Trageschule. This is where I found my appreciation for woven wraps and ring slings. It’s also where I first saw the second comfortable carrier – The Ruckeli baby to toddler carrier.
Having had opportunity to try so many different carriers, the Ergo, Manduca, Tula, Beco, Boba, Kokadi Flip…the list goes on…I found them either too small, restrictive on my shoulders or just ‘not quite right’. My frame, to give you an indication is currently 115kg, with most of the weight in my shoulders and upper torso (think triangle). What makes the Ruckeli different?
Ruckeli, a baby carrier designed by Dads.
1. It packs away – I don’t need a pram or a bag to throw it in.
2. It has a unique design feature, which works as a safety mechanism. There’s no worrying about supporting baby while wrestling to fasten shoulder straps.
3. It may look complicated, but it’s actually really simple and easy to use.
4. It fits my 3 year old and it will fit my impending arrival, without needing an infant insert. The adjustments are easy to make and it is supportive for the wide range in baby, toddler and preschool size little ones.
5. The excess strap lengths have nifty elastics on the end to keep them out of the way.
6 and 7. It’s soft. All padding and shell is soft, organic cotton and it isn’t bulky!
8. Leaky nappy? I haven’t experienced this in a carrier, but should it happen with our soon to arrive baby, the inside of the body panel detaches to wash, saving both the drying time and saving the buckles from unnecessary washing machine bashing.
9. It fits me. I don’t need the waist extension straps (which are available). It fits my average sized 10 year old. It fits a newborn, it fits my 3 year old. It’s completely versatile between sizes!
Miss 10 with Miss 3 in a back carry
Amber with her 7 month old baby
Amanda with her 22 month old
The back of a Ruckeli carrier. Baby in the picture is 12 months old
Always make sure your baby is safe, as you would a car seat, by following the manufacturers instructions. We also recommend the following ‘Visible and Kissable’. Follow the link to Health Canada for further details: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/kissable-visible-calin-eng.php
And TICKS for optimal positioning: http://www.schoolofbabywearing.com/Images/TICKS.pdf
TICKS was created by a Uk Consortium, including the owner of Connecta Baby Carriers. Ruckeli is German design and made and a listed partner of Trageschule Berlin along with Fidella, with various other Trageschules, including Austria and Switzerland demonstrating the brand on courses.