Beco Butterfly 2 Review
The Beco Butterfly 2 baby carrier is a soft-structured carrier (SSC). It’s suited to fit a baby as small as 3.5kg /7lbs (with the infant insert up to about 4 months) to a 20kg/44lbs toddler. It is also fully adjustable to fit all body types and sizes.
It features the options of a front carry (facing inwards) and a back carry all while the baby is seated in the optimal “M” position.
There is a good selection of gorgeous patterns to suit most tastes.
I tested the Beco Butterfly 2 with my 5 month old in the front carry position.
- Patterned back panel makes it easy to individualise to your taste
- Removeable head rest and infant insert
- Feels compact to wear
- The sleeping hood is detatchable and can snap on with press studs when needed, making the carrier less bulky
- Quite lightweight
- Holds baby in “optimal M position”
- Distributes baby’s weight well on the wearer
- It takes a bit of practice to work out how to put it on (it’s a good idea to watch a video tutorial first)
- Has a lot of buckles
- I couldn’t breastfeed while wearing it with baby in it, and found I had to remove it to comfortably feed my baby. I found there was no way to feed her while she was in it.
In the Beco Butterfly 2 the baby is in the seated position so their spine, pelvis and hips are sitting level. As a chiropractor this is a very important consideration when choosing a baby carrier. The baby’s hips and pelvis are in an optimal “M” position whereby their legs are drawn up and spread more than 90 degrees and their bottom is lower, which is good for healthy development of the hip socket.
The baby’s spine is held in the “C” curve which is good as it doesn’t hold them in a more upright position which could lead to spinal problems like spondylolisthesis.
Also, when the baby is tired there is an attachable hood that that can be fastened into the carrier and can be pulled up over their head so it supports their neck and stops it rolling back which is also important.
For the wearer, the Beco Butterfly 2 distributes most of the baby’s/child’s weight through the hips. The padded shoulder straps take the rest of the weight evenly on both shoulders with the help of the buckle that holds them securely together at the back.
For more information on good spinal health for baby and the baby-wearer can be found here: The Importance of Ergonomics
Also make sure you check out the babywearing safety checklist
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A review of the Beco Butterfly 2 baby carrier in my daily activities
Getting baby into carrier in the car park
It’s a little trickier than other SSCs to manoeuvre your baby into the carrier, but the more practice the easier it will be.
Is it easier to put it on before leaving the house?
It wouldn’t make much difference, but if you are not used to putting it on then it could make it slightly easier for you
How supported is the baby in the Beco Butterfly 2?
Very supported. It allows for the pelvis to remain in a neutral seated position
Is it easy to carry my baby bag with carrier on?
Yes, it is quite easy.
Can I hold my older child’s hand with the carrier on?
Does it feel hands-free?
Yes, it does and I feel I can use both hands for other things.
How supported is baby when they fall asleep?
Reasonably supported. I instictively put my hand behind her head though when she slept.
Can I breastfeed while wearing the baby in the Beco Butterfly 2?
I found I couldn’t find an easy way to do it. In fact I removed the whole carrier off my shoulders first and just kept the waist belt on while feeding her. I couldn’t feed with her in the carrier.
Can I bend down to pick up toys, laundry etc?
Yes, but even though her body is well supported, I always put my hand behind her head for extra support.
Can I sit down while wearing it?
Yes, I could.
How does it feel after 30 minutes?
Great! I found it easy to wear for prolonged periods.
Does it pass the late afternoon/dinner time test? ie; the witching hour!
Yes, it did. I could get things done as I had both hands free to make dinner etc.
Can it hold a toddler?
Yes it can, as it can hold a 20kg toddler but I didn’t try it with my older daughter.
Has my husband worn it?
No, he didn’t, mainly because of the patterns on it!
Beco Butterfly 2 features (as taken from their website)
- newborn to toddler 3.5 – 20 kg
- front and back carry
- easy On and OFF features
- high quality tested materials
- machine washable
- printed instructions included
- made in USA and China
- body 33cm wide x 40cm tall
- shoulder straps 58cm (can be adjusted up to 56cm LONGER for a total of 114cm)
- waist belt 71cm can be adjusted up to 145cm
- weight capacity of the carrier: 3.5 – 20kg
- weight of the carrier: 800gm
Each baby carrier comes with
- Removable head rest
- Removable infant insert
- Instructional booklet
Shell: 100% organic cotton Fill: 100% polyester Packaging: 100% recycled content, printed with soy based inks.