|A is about 35" and 30 lbs|
she still fits barely
|L is near 25 lbs and 32"|
she can ride arms out comfortably
|The headrest goes up a bit |
higher when she's arms in
This is a good carrier for those that aren't sure about what waist style they find most comfortable. Instead of having to buy and try different styles, this one is adjustable. There are buckles on the waist that allow you to adjust the bottom or top separately. This allows you to adjust the waist even smaller. It also allows you to change the carrier from a straight waist to a curved waist. Your body make up, and your waistband wearing preferences, typically decides which style works best for you. Some people like to where the waistbelt at their waist while others prefer it at their hips. This is especially the case in men vs women since many women are more hourglass or pear shaped and men are not so much. This and the shoulder padding adjustment can also be a con though. Very seasoned wearers know exactly how much shoulder padding they want and which style of waist they want. Knowing these things, seasoned wearers can purchase custom carriers of other brands that fit them perfectly. Why would they do that? When you are used to the ease of a carrier like an Ergo (with few buckles), or other brands, the fiddliness of all the buckles on the Oh Snap can be unappealing. Having a very custom carrier can mean your husband needs his own. With the Oh Snap once you have it set for yourself though, you don't have to mess with those adjustments unless you are sharing the carrier. If you can only afford one carrier, this really allows you to adjust it to fit both you and your husband perfectly, taking both parent's preferences into account. I would compare it to sharing a car though, it does take some adjustments when you switch, unless you happen to be similar sizes and like the same things. If you cannot picture what I am describing, there are great pictures of this as well as the shoulder strap adjustment (and instructions) at Oh Snap Instructions .
A popular feature of structured carriers, that make them more comfortable for front carries, is the option to use the straps crossed in back when doing a front carry. The Oh Snap allows this, whereas the Ergo (technically) does not. Though the instructions do not show this (and therefore I can't say this is recommended by the manufacturer, I just know it's possible to do), I actually use it with the straps backpack style for front carries. I do not do front carries enough to bother messing with buckling and unbuckling the straps to cross them, I dont mind backpack styles straps at all and am quite used to it because I used an Ergo for so many years. When used for a back carry, with backpack style straps, the chest strap is quite nice because it attaches to the shoulder straps in 2 places on each side. This keeps the shoulder straps in place more evenly, I really like this. The webbing is also covered by fabric which I like. I really wish they covered the waist belt webbing with fabric too. I would certainly rave about that, it makes it more comfy and more flattering. I also like that the chest clip slides along a "track" this is a lot easier to adjust than the adjustments on the Ergo and many others. On the Ergo I tend to avoid adjusting the chest clip and just make do. On the Oh Snap I take full advantage of the adjustability. My one complaint is that 1 connection in my chest strap tends to pop off (not while in use) and it takes some fiddling to get it back on.
I have actually machine washed (I have a front loader as FYI) my Oh Snap several times and it is very sturdily made. I found the fabric quite stiff when I first got it so it went right into the washer. I can't say that one washing softened it up. Even after several it is still stiffer than the carriers I am used to but I have gotten used to it. Sturdiness is a big deal in a house full of 6 kids. My Ergo is the only other carrier I have had that is so sturdy. The Beco and Action Baby Carrier are sturdy too (just not quite as heavy fabric it seems). I really feel the other custom carriers, by smaller companies, I have had to baby more or they haven't lasted as well.