Je Porte Mon Bébé
By: Suzie Campbell
Pictured: Zoelle Nagib, daughter and Daddy (and Zoelle’s practice baby doll Villi.I.Am)
Our lending library has recently acquired a Je Porte Mon Bebe PhysioCarrier and I had the pleasure of testing it out. This is a full buckle carrier and is appropriate from infancy through toddlerhood. Carriers are often compared to jeans; what fits one person might not fit another or be comfortable. That is why it’s important to try things out and why our lending library is such a great resource. I say this because I found that this carrier was not comfortable for me to use with my toddler, but it might work great for you. Below I’ve listed some pros and cons of the carrier.
No infant insert required.
This carrier has 2 pillows that slide right into the carrier (they have little pockets that fit them) and has a cinchable panel that make it so you do not need a separate infant insert. This carrier can be used from birth without the extra padding and heat of an infant insert. The panel has webbing on either side that can make the panel as small as you need it so baby’s head clears the top of the carrier. The pillow inside boosts baby up so they are supported from knee to knee and the extra padding added to the top supports their head and neck. You can see in this picture that Zoelle has the webbing shortened for her baby doll.
Another good feature of this carrier is the hidden mesh panel for air circulation. The panel can be found by unzipping both sides of the panel and folding it up into little loops. I did not use this carrier during very hot weather, but I know other carriers with similar panels do help to cool you and baby while wearing. The nice thing about this panel is you can also see baby’s positioning while inside the carrier from a different perspective. Especially for newborns this can be helpful to check their legs and be sure they are in the right position. During the winter the panel can be zipped down for extra warmth.
You can see in this picture that Zoelle has the panel zipped up to expose the mesh. If you look under baby’s bottom, that is the pillow I discussed in my first point.
This is probably one of the coolest features for me. The side straps come with a small mirror attached to it for easy viewing of your baby during a back carry. This is something I have not seen on a carrier before. I found it to be a little silly, but a fun little feature and just an added bonus.
Dual Adjust straps.
I am putting this as a pro, because I know this is a big concern and necessary feature for some people. I however hate dual adjust straps. I can never find the comfy spot with them (again back to that one carrier doesn’t fit all mentality). Dual adjusting straps can be a critical feature for people with disabilities or people who simply can’t pull straps one way or the other. It also seems to make the straps longer in some cases for plus size wearers who need extra strap length.
Short shoulder padding.
The shoulder padding on this carrier is very very short. The chance that the padding will not reach under your arm is very high. Having webbing under your arm can be quite uncomfortable for many people. I think this is a major flaw on the carrier and made it uncomfortable for me.
You can see on Zoelle in this picture that the end of the straps comes above her shoulder blades.
The straps and waistbelt on this carrier are very thick and bulky. Some people may find this to be more padding and more comfortable. I found it just made the whole carrier feel bigger and uncomfortable.
Short adjustment area for the chest clip.
I found the length of the area that the chest clip adjust between was very short. If you had to move the chest clip up or down there wasn’t much space to do that. Especially since the straps are so short, if you prefer to have the chest clip under your shoulder blades that may not be possible.
You can see on Ali in this picture that the chest clip is at the lowest possible level and is still pretty high on his chest.
Overall, I feel this is a good carrier for infancy through toddlerhood. Some people may find it uncomfortable with the webbing and padding issues addressed here. Please contact a group leader to see if this carrier will be available at the meeting you attend and see what you think!