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Can we discuss, just for a moment, how beautiful this carrier is? Looks aren’t everything, but man does this carrier look good. It also happens to match pretty much everything that I own. The good news is that it is as functional as it is beautiful.
Before I tell you about our adventures with our Trek and why we love it, let’s get you two acquainted.
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What I noticed most of all out of the box was the thickness of the waist band. Under the rectangular pouch you see at the top of the carrier is the nap hood and the infant insert:
The hood and infant insert are made of the same soft, stretchy material.
Use with a Newborn:
I’ve been carrying Little Miss Cub in our TREK since she was about 8 lbs. The built-in infant insert is super easy to use and I love that it is stretchy. I am able to get her into and out of the carrier with ease. I also like how easy it is to snap the insert to the sides of the carrier:
The insert is kind of like a hammock for tiny babies:
At her very tiniest, I put her into the “hammock” with her knees up against my stomach. By about 10 lbs, she was able to comfortably straddle the insert so she could have her legs in the “M” position.
Positioned as shown above, she seems equally content for her legs to be outside of the carrier (to show off her booties):
Or tucked inside like so:
To make the carrier small enough to accommodate my little nursling, I cinch the shoulder straps to their tightest and keep her kissable!
The nap hood is most definitely my favourite of all the brands I’ve tried (Boba, Ergo, Tula, Liliputti…).
On a recent trip to Banff, I wore Little Miss Cub comfortably for good chunks of time, and she snoozed peacefully under our Belly Bedaine sweater.
Use with a Big Kid:
The Chimparoo’s weight max is listed at 45 lbs. Cub is 35 lbs, and 40 inches tall. At the end of our trip to Banff, he refused to walk. It was easier for me to just carry Little Miss in my arms and Papa tried a back carry with the big boy.
The back of the carrier is certainly not as high on Cub’s back as the Toddler Tula, but his bum is very well supported.
Both Papa Wolf and Cub reported that they were very comfortable!
The TREK is seriously an awesome carrier: I love it. I love that the infant insert isn’t a separate accessory, I love how soft and stretchy it and the nap hood both are. I love the wide, supportive waist, and how well it accommodated even our three-year-old jumbo Cub. It’s also made in Canada! I don’t find the shoulder straps as easy to adjust as with the Tula, as you actually pull the straps upwards rather than downwards to tighten, but this isn’t a deal breaker, especially since the TREK doesn’t require the purchase of a separate infant insert, and it’s Canadian made. I look forward to continuing to use the TREK with Little Miss Cub as she outgrows the infant insert, and I still need to try a front carry with the straps crossed, something that is possible with the TREK but I haven’t tried yet!
Give me about a year, and I’ll be able to do a truly detailed comparison of all the SSCs we will have tried, but for now, I don’t hesitate in recommending the TREK as a soft-structured carrier that can be used pretty much right from birth.
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