When it comes to baby carriers, there seem to be a couple of established brands that most parents turn to right away. Unfortunately, Cybex isn’t one on them. It simply doesn’t have the name recognition of Baby Bjorn or ERGObaby, which is a shame because the Cybex 2.Go carrier ranks up there with the best of them.
We settled on the Cybex 2.Go because we were looking for a carrier that had two features:
1) ergonomically correct positioning that avoids the “leg dangling” problem so many mommy blogs vigilantly warn against
2) the ability to have our baby experience the world in an outward-facing position.
Sounds simple, right? Well, surprisingly few baby carriers have both features. With our search drastically narrowed, we landed on the Cybex 2.Go and I couldn’t be happier.
It might be helpful to know that I’m not the all-day, every-day, baby-wearing type. For the most part, I use this carrier when I need to get something done and I need both hands to do it – at the airport, the grocery store, and doing household chores like vacuuming or dusting. For these activities, the Cybex 2.Go is exactly what I need.
Most importantly, the carrier is comfortable for both babies and parents. At first, all of the straps and buckles on the Cybex 2.Go can seem a little overwhelming, but it’s really much simpler than it appears. At least, once you get acquainted with it. Almost every single piece of the carrier is adjustable, meaning it works just as well for Grayson at 1 year and 23 lbs as it did when he was a newborn (no cumbersome infant insert required.) And, it’s just as comfortable for me to use as it is for my much taller, broader husband. I’ve included another angle of it below.
Like most of the top carriers, the 2.Go has nicely padded shoulder straps and a wide belt that ensures the bulk of the weight rests on your hips, not your upper body. It’s also lightweight, durable and, of course, machine washable.
What sets the Cybex 2.Go apart, in my opinion, is that it can be worn in five different positions to accommodate babies 8-44 lbs. — front inward facing, front outward facing, on the hip and two back positions, one allowing a little extra mobility for older children. The seat can also be widened (shown below) to allow for the spread-squat position that’s best for little developing hip joints.
Grayson seemed perfectly comfortable in all of the positions. However, he’s a social little guy who from day one disliked the limited view afforded to him in the front inward facing view. Thankfully, he was strong enough to face outwards by the time he was three-and-a-half months, and has loved it ever since.
As for the backpack position, it is comfortable, but, as far as I can tell, it is impossible to get your baby safely in and out of that position without the help of a second person.
All in all, the Cybex 2.Go is an awesome baby carrier that we’ve loved since day one and would definitely buy again.