It’s no secret I’m addicted to babywearing! After falling in love with babywearing I decided I wanted to try and share as many carriers as I could. It quickly became obvious that not all baby carriers are created equal, and not all baby carriers will fit every body the same way! As a result I have made it my mission of sorts to try as many carriers as possible so I could be as knowledgeable as possible.
For me personally, I love the ease of use in a Soft Structured Carriers (SSC). (Think Beco, Lillebaby, Ergobaby, Boba, Tula, …) When Baby D was 4 weeks old I won a Beco Gemini. I honestly almost gave it away. I didn’t understand why I would want another SSC. (I already owned and Ergo). However I decided I should at least try it, and let me tell you it was LOVE at first carry! Suddenly I understood why there are so many companies make different variations of the SSC and they are all great selling carriers. The reason is each carrier fits every body differently, and comes with different features.
I happened to be wearing my Beco Gemini when I spoke on a panel at the ABC Expo. Little did I know at first, the lady that came up to me to help me adjust my carrier was actually the creator and designer of Beco carriers – Gabby Amarantos! She suggested I switched the straps to a criss-cross position. Wouldn’t you know that this carrier I was already madly in love with got even more comfortable! (Plus it was pretty cool to meet Gabby!) While at the Expo I was given the opportunity to review the Beco Soleil, Beco’s newest carrier.
The Soleil fully lived up to all the expectations I had for it. It was easy to use, had a few more features I liked for an older baby, and was a breeze to breastfeed while babywearing! Given Baby D’s size, I quickly traded out the Gemini for the Soleil in our rotation. While we still had 13 lbs until we outgrew the Gemini, the Soleil was a bit more comfortable for longer wearing with a heavier baby! The thing I like about Beco is that they work really hard to make sure their carriers are good for as many body types as possible. I’m a big and tall mama, and never once did I feel that either Beco was too small to fit me.
The question I’m asked the most while wearing either of my Beco carriers is “I like the look of the Beco, but I don’t know which carrier I should buy! What is the difference between the Gemini and the Soleil”? The answer is A LOT!
Gemini VS Soleil:
The Beco Gemini
The Beco Gemini has a lot of great features, 4 carrying positions, and is the only Beco that allows baby to face out. It is very compact, and doesn’t need an infant insert in order to wear your newborn. It doesn’t have any extra features like pockets, sleep hood, or toy/key rings.
I absolutely LOVED this carrier for Baby D’s first 6 months! It was so easy to use, and incredibly comfortable. In my opinion this carrier is perfect for smaller babies or younger babies. I don’t use it very much anymore as Baby D is big and long, so he is no longer knee-to-knee in this carrier.
The Beco Soleil
The Beco Soleil is also a great carrier. It has less ways to carry baby, but you can use it longer. There is a pocket on the waistband, toy/key rings, and even a place to snap on a bag you can purchase extra to carry diapers, wipes, and more toys!
My husband likes this carrier over the Gemini, but I have heard other husbands like the Gemini because it is more simple. This carrier does require the use of an infant insert for babies 7-15lbs. That is an additional purchase.
Which One Is Right For My Baby?
You really can’t go wrong with either carrier. I know better than most that you can find love with many carriers. I also know what a difference it is putting on the right carrier!
They both retail for $130. If you have it in your budget for both, I would do that! I loved my Gemini for the first 6 months, but now I rarely reach for it over the Soleil. If you have smaller babies the Gemini will last you longer than it did my son and I would probably pick the Gemini. Even without the bells and whistles of the Soleil, it is a fantastic and super comfortable carrier. One waist buckle, and two shoulder adjustments and you are good to go! I never missed the sleep hood on this carrier, especially with the large super padded neck support that is on the Gemini. I did wish it had a pocket though.
I prefer my babies to be knee-to-knee in their carriers because I wear them for longer periods of time especially when we are out and about. As a result I mainly use my Soleil now. If you make bigger babies I would pick the Soleil. Even my 4 year old is still under the weight limit in the Beco Soleil. He doesn’t often ask to be worn, but now that his brother is here occasionally he will ask. Since he is only riding for short periods of time, I’m not concerned about knee-to-knee with him. It’s a squeeze, but he still does fit in the Soleil. Also if pockets and sleep hoods are important to you, then you need the Soleil.
Do you prefer the Gemini or the Soleil?
I was provided a Beco Soleil to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.