Summary: I tried this carrier as it seemed to be in mainstream shops and people liked it. It wasn't for me *at all*. Dangling my child from the crotch is bad for her back - every other carrier out there seems to stress the point that a baby should be supported from knee to knee to ensure that no undue pressure is put on their spine. This is reaffirmed by the fact that a newborn will tuck his legs up into the 'froggy' position when picked up under the armpits.
Pros: As with any carrier - hands free baby carrying.
Cons: The 'crotch dangling' design of all Baby Bjorns means the baby is not supported across the bottom, it is dangling, literally, from the crotch which is an unnatural position and is not good for their backs.
Summary: I am a sling advocate so as soon as I checked out of the hospital, I bought a sling and it has been great ever since. My baby gained weight pretty quickly and my back was sorer and sorer from it. I then bought the BabyBjörn Synergy carrier and we are two happy fellows now. I can have more things done around the house because the back support is well distributed and I am not afraid to bend over because the baby is well maintained in it.
Summary: i wish i had tried this first and not bothered trying to save money with the cheaper versions - it is easy to use - simple to get baby in and out - comfy and very supportive for baby and the best comfort by far for mummy or daddy's back - i have reccommended this too all my friends
Pros: Back / Lumbar support is second to none - i used mine until my daughter was 16 months and i never got back ache once - i have used Tomy, Mothercare, Chicco and had to stop once baby was past 10 weeks as the backahce was too much
Cons: Expensive - but considering i got 16 months use out of it - whereas i only got a few weeks use out of cheaper versions meant it was well worth the extra cost