We wear our toddler often. We use all the possible ergonomic carriers trying not to serve a thing when using only wraps because ‘other carriers are not so cool’ but trying to make things serve us. Not every year you can find a new carrier (I mean construction) in every wrap producer’s season collection. This season Oscha released two.
So what we’ve got to test was a beautiful toddler Cairis carrier from Oscha. Its pattern was Sakurasan Frost. The gradation from teal to blue with ecru color was gorgeous. It was made of 100% organic combed cotton.
We’ve tested both: me and my husband, so you will find two opinions here.
Before the Cairis I’ve got to use: ergo-carriers of many different brands, mei-tai, fast slung, onbuhimo, and surely wraps and a ring slings.
What I want to mention first is that Cairis was soft from the bag, and with every use it got even softer. Next, it was grippy. Very grippy. Our son weights 14 kilos and one day I wore him for 2 hours – and was no need to correct child’s position.
The construction of Cairis is something between mei tai and fast sling.
It has a waist band with a buckle, but the waist band is narrow and softly padded. Traditional ergo carriers usually have wide waist bands. Traditional mei tai has unpadded waist strap. Cairis got the best from both of them. It’s waist band is not digging in at the waist. Shoulder straps are wide where they padded and also soft. They are pretty long but it helps to add some support to heavy toddler’s bum area :-)
The body panel has comfortable seat darts so the child is always carried in a correct position.
Detachable hood is also a great idea for a toddler carrier, as older children sleep less outside.
I like ergo carriers for their simplicity and practicality. What amazed me first was Cairis’ pattern. The quality of weaving of small details. What frightened me was the length of shoulder straps, didn’t know how to use them correctly. But when I did, I used to feel the preferences of a multi layer carry which adds support. Also it fits almost every size of a parent.
I think this carrier is the best thing for long walks with a heavy child, and the pattern suits men perfectly!
Text: Olya Gusev Starobinsky.
Photos: Nina Arkhipova.