It can be so helpful when you’re trying to buy a new baby carrier to see what other parents think. I’ve been baby-wearing for years now with multiple children and have tried a variety of carriers. A soft structured carrier, like the BabyBjorn Harmony, is definitely my favorite type to use. The more I’ve tried other cheaper brands, the more I’ve grown to appreciate the quality and thoughtful details that BabyBjorn has put into the creation of the Harmony carrier.
But how does the Harmony specifically compare to other carriers out there? First of all, the mesh used in BabyBjorn carriers is the best out there. Harmony 3D mesh is some of the softest, most luxurious feeling mesh you’ll find. This is important to me since the fabric is pressed close up against my baby. Mesh carriers are my preference since baby-wearing can get sweaty! If you go with a fabric carrier there’s nothing you can do to make it cooler, whereas if you buy a mesh carrier you can layer up to make baby warm and cozy when needed. This article will take a look at all the important features of the Harmony baby carrier so you can decide if it’s the perfect choice for you.
What makes this an Honest Review? No one has paid me to write it! I purchased the Harmony myself and was not sponsored to write this article. If you choose to buy a baby carrier from the affiliate link in this article I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you, which has not impacted my review of this item.
How Easy Is It To Use The BabyBjorn Harmony?
The BabyBjorn Harmony carrier is the easiest to use that I have ever tried. With every soft structured baby carrier, there is a bit of a learning curve at first. You’ll need to learn how to safely wear your baby and adjust the carrier to make you both comfortable. There are lots of good tutorial videos online about how to get your baby situated just right.
Personally, I find the Harmony carrier super easy to use and I don’t know anyone who’s given up on trying it because they were overwhelmed. I’ve had quite a few friends tell me they gave up on trying to figure out how to use their ring sling or baby wrap because it was too challenging and they weren’t getting the hang of it. You shouldn’t have that problem with the Harmony.
Basically, you put the carrier over your head like a t-shirt then you pick up your baby and buckle them in with four safety buckles and tighten your straps. The straps on the BabyBjorn Harmony can all be easily adjusted once it’s already on your body, even while wearing your baby. The straps also all adjust by pulling towards the front of your body (you don’t have to pull backwards like most other carriers). This is a small detail that makes a huge difference in how easy the carrier is to adjust.
Amount of Mesh
I’m so impressed with how airy the Harmony BabyBjorn carrier is! The amount of airflow around your baby is easy to see in this photo I took of the body panel that surrounds your infant.
The Harmony baby carrier has way more airflow than the BabyBjorn One Air. It seems to me to have more airflow around my baby than the Ergobaby Omni 360 mesh version or the Omni Breeze. The Harmony is also more airy than any mesh Tula carrier I’ve seen. You can get a good idea from the photo above by the fact that your baby’s entire body is really surrounded by mesh. It’s the coolest baby carrier that BabyBjorn offers.
How Comfortable Is BabyBjorn Harmony For Baby?
The Harmony carrier is definitely baby-approved. It has never left a red mark on my baby from uneven pressure distribution. It has never caused any skin chafing even when my baby is lightly clothed with skin exposed. The Harmony carrier is luxuriously SOFT.
I’ve used some pretty cheap carriers previously that left red marks on my baby after a short test drive. It’s something no parent wants to see and could potentially be dangerous. It’s true that some babies just don’t like being worn. Each little one has his or her own preferences. But the Harmony is as comfortable as they come and has some unique properties to ensure it’s safe and comfortable for your baby.
It’s also a very flexible carrier because of how much airy mesh is surrounding your baby. My only word of caution around infant comfort would be to make sure you use the neck support properly. It’s not as rigid as some other carriers I’ve used before. This can be great because it’s so soft. But it could be a problem if your baby’s heavy head is pulling away from your body without adequate support.
How Comfortable Is BabyBjorn Harmony For Parents?
There are a few important features that make the Harmony a good choice for parent comfort:
- padded waist belt
- padded shoulder straps
- padded lumbar support
The waist belt on the BabyBjorn Harmony is the most comfortable I’ve ever used. It has more padding than the BabyBjorn One Air or the Ergobaby Omni 360. It’s more padded and comfortable than Tula carriers or Lillebaby carriers too.
Waistband padding is a big deal for anyone who finds that the belt can rub against their hip bones and cause pain on longer baby wearing treks, as baby gets bigger and heavier. Ensuring your carrier has proper support like this can save you from a lot of discomfort. The last thing you want is to buy a $100 carrier you never use because it causes you pain when you could spend a bit more money on something you’re happy using all the time.
The Harmony also has padded lumbar support and shoulder straps to try to maximize your comfort. I find it does a really nice job at distributing my baby’s weight evenly across the shoulders and waist. When you’re wearing your baby for a long period of time the lumbar support becomes quite important as it provides lower back relief and optimal comfort.
You can see in the above photo the padded lumbar support across the lower back and the adjustable strap between the shoulders.
Price of Harmony Carrier
The BabyBjorn Harmony carrier is around $229 UDS when it’s not on sale.
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Not only are soft structured carriers like this often quite pricey, but you’re really paying for a premium quality product and materials with this brand.
If you already know you’re going to wear your baby often you should definitely consider this as an investment in your comfort. Colicky baby? Teething baby? Chasing after a toddler and have a newborn? Enjoy hiking? Have a trip coming up? Baby naps when held? These are all great reasons to buy a good comfortable carrier like the Harmony.
Harmony Carrier Fabric Type and Care
The BabyBjorn Harmony is made almost entirely of a supersoft mesh. The company actually developed the fabric in house. The carrier also has a jersey blend fabric around the infant neck support straps and head support areas as seen in this photo.
The soft jersey details are 80% polyester, 16% cotton, 4% elastane. The majority of the fabric on this carrier is 3D mesh which is 100% polyester. All of the fabrics on this carrier meet the requirements of OEKO-TEX standard which means they’re gentle and safe for your baby and guaranteed to be free from hazardous substances.
The carrier is machine washable in cool water on a gentle cycle and hung to dry only. I don’t find the hang dry to be a problem since it dries so incredibly quickly. Because it’s mostly mesh you could put it on a hanger outside or clothes line and in about an hour, in warm weather, it’ll be good to go again. This can be a real bonus if your baby spits up a lot or you’re traveling with this carrier and don’t have access to a washer/dryer.
Can You Fold The BabyBjorn Harmony?
The Harmony folds neatly into a self contained sort of package. This makes it very easy to put in a diaper bag or in the bottom of your stroller when you’re going out. Here’s a photo below of my Harmony folded.
There are some places your stroller can’t go easily that a carrier can. And if your baby is like mine, maybe they sleep easily in a carrier when you’re out and about but will not sleep in a stroller. It can be handy to have a carrier folded up and ready to go.
Harmony Special Features
- Safety Buckles
- Zippers That Snap
- Infant Leg Adjustment
- Infant Head Adjustment
- Infant Height Adjustment
- Padded Waistband
- Padded Shoulder Straps
- Padded Lumbar Support
- Weight Restrictions (7- 40 lbs)
The Harmony baby carrier features safety buckles that little fingers can’t open on their own. The buckles are also pretty quiet so if you’re trying to take off the carrier without waking your baby it helps a bit.
The zippers that control the infant leg adjustment have a safety snap too. They click into place to lock when you find the right position for them. The zippers allow you to create a wide seat area so your baby’s hips can be in a safe position. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has deemed the BabyBjorn baby carrier Harmony hip-healthy. This means the correct use of the carrier encourages healthy hip development and won’t put your baby at risk of developing hip dysplasia.
It’s incredibly easy to use the leg adjustment zippers. They also work very well to find the perfect seat for your baby.
The infant head adjustment straps are covered in soft jersey fabric and the neck support snaps into three different adjustable positions to help you get the perfect fit for your baby’s size. The adjustable head support is made from flexible fabric and snaps into place to help keep it where you want it. You can see in the above photo the three different snap settings to choose from to make it the right height. The straps help give the neck support extra strength when it’s in a fully upright position and your baby needs the most support possible.
The Harmony baby carrier has a zipper inside that allows you to adjust it to two different height positions, one for a newborn and another for a baby/toddler. This means you won’t need an infant insert to get started using the carrier and it grows to carry older babies too.
The padded waistband, shoulder straps and lumbar support are comfortable features that make the Harmony a good ergonomic option for most adults to wear.
The Harmony can accommodate an infant from 7 lbs up to 40 lbs. Right from the tiny newborn stage, without the need for an insert, all the way up to your child’s toddler years.
The Harmony is a good ergonomic baby carrier; you can wear your baby in four different positions: newborn position, baby face-in, baby face-out, and back carry.
What It’s Missing
- No Pockets
- No Privacy Hood/UV Protection
A lot of other soft structured carriers on the market have at least one pocket. The Harmony does not. The carrier definitely has a sleek almost minimalistic vibe. And it doesn’t bother me personally that it has no pockets. As a mom, my pants always have pockets I can use to hold my things. But this could be a deal breaker for you personally if you prefer having lots of practical pockets over a stylish design.
The Harmony baby carrier also doesn’t have a privacy hood or some sort of UV protection for baby’s head. This means you will probably want your baby to wear a hat on a sunny day. Make sure your baby’s hat has NO VELCRO if they’re wearing it in this carrier. The soft jersey fabric surrounding the neck support of this carrier will be wrecked if Velcro rubs against it. Having soft fabric can also mean it’s more delicate. Take my word of caution here and make sure your baby’s bib is a snap closure not Velcro and the hat has a toggle or snap on it instead of Velcro!
If you’re looking for a versatile baby carrier that is comfortable and easy to use, I highly recommend checking out the BabyBjorn Harmony.
Some of my favorite safety features:
- optimal breathability to prevent baby from overheating
- safety buckles
- good ergonomics
- good support for baby’s neck muscles
- easily adjustable infant leg position
- easily adjustable infant height position
- fabrics are guaranteed free from hazardous substances
- IHPI certified ‘hip-healthy’ for baby
Some of my favorite comfort features:
- padded shoulder straps
- padded waist belt (best I’ve ever used)
- padded lumbar back support
- mesh has a luxurious feel
- folds easily
- dries very quickly
Carrying your baby so they have a constant feeling of closeness and can hear the sound of your heart can make your baby feel safe and relaxed. The BabyBjorn Harmony is a great choice for new parents and is currently my top choice for everyday baby-wearing!
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