Sunday, January 24, 2010
After trying it out for some time now, I am finally ready to weigh in on the Oh Snap!
I should start off by saying that I have mostly been using it with my 22 month old toddler. She's about 28 pounds and she definitely likes it. After using it a few times, it quickly became the carrier she brought to me when she wanted to be carried.
So there are things I love about the Oh Snap, and some things I don't love. Overall, I think it is a really great carrier. It's comfortable, very adjustable, and it's high and wide body makes it great for toddlers.
I love it for back carries. I find it super easy to put on and comfortable to wear. I am able to adjust it for a great fit so I don't get any sagging in the back. The chest strap is neat too, although I don't find I need. It hasn't felt like it would slip and the chest strap isn't even tight on me, so it's more of a safety feature for me than something I need to hold the carrier on my shoulders.
The Oh Snap is really great on larger people. A friend of mine is around a size 18-20 and she loves how the Oh Snap fits her. She has had problems with other soft structured carriers not having a wide enough waist belt to fit comfortably. With other carriers, she would have to let the the belt out as far as it would go and it would still be a tight fit. So she loves the fit of the Oh Snap and doesn't even have to loosen it fully when she uses it.
That being said, I have a very hard time believing it would fit on someone who is a size 0 like it says. I am between a size 8-10 and 5' 6.5" and I feel like the carrier is a bit overwhelming on me. The straps are super long and seem messy to me. I think anyone smaller than me would find the Oh Snap to be too bulky.
Also, it says it's designed to be used from 6 months to 45 lbs, but I wore it once with an average 8 month old baby and he could barely see over the body. I did get him seated in it higher with some adjusting which helped a little, but it seems like it would be a bit tall for many 6 month old babies.
So in summery, I think the Oh Snap is perfect for larger wearers with older babies. I don't think this is a great carrier for petite people or petite babies.
I hope this gives you some idea if it would be a great carrier for you or not. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
I just wanted to add that since writing this review, I have spoken with several tiny mamas that love how the Oh Snap fits, including someone who is a size 0! (Yes, I hate her too!) I still think that the Oh Snap is going to be overwhelming to the average petite wearers, similarly to how petite people sometimes find the Ergo to be a bit bulky for them. But that being said, it seems like the adjust ability has helped some people who are very petite finally get a good fit on a SSC. So, if you're petite, it might be worth trying, but I think I'd recommend trying an AngelPack LX first!