David and I recently decided to go to Costco on a Sunday morning right at opening. It was a beautiful sunny day, and we thought it was a brilliant idea to get out and do our shopping ahead of the crowds. We’d get to park close to the entrance, avoid the shopping cart jams around the food sample stations, and the check out lines would be a breeze.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Our actual experience went something like this: We arrived to find nearly every parking space taken and ended up parking so far away, we would have been justified in hitching a ride to the entrance. To make matters worse, our sunny skies were quickly traded for a serious spring thundershower. Big fat drops of rain soaked every inch of our t-shirt and sandal-clad selves as we made a dash across the massive parking lot to the store. Serves us right for not checking the forecast before leaving the house.
So it wasn’t the hassle-free experience we’d expected, but one member of our party rather enjoyed herself.
This is my sweet girl, Riley, fast asleep in a MiaMily Hipster soft structured carrier.
While the rest of us got drenched, she was snuggled up next to me with the Hipster’s snap-on hood covering her head.
She didn’t mind all the swerving around and dodging other shopping carts. She was contentedly looking around, taking in the bustling crowds and expanse of the warehouse from the safety and comfort of the ergonomic seat perched on my waist.
And while we waited in a long check out line, our cart piled high with bulk items and still a little soggy from our arrival, she laid her head back against the carrier and chewed away at one of its teething pads until she fell asleep.
It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the Hipster. It’s the easiest carrier I’ve ever worn, and I can be confident knowing that the Swiss company, MiaMily, puts safety first. I’ll confess, I didn’t even read any of the instructions before trying it out. I was in a pinch. Chores needed to get done, and Brooks wanted to be held. So I took it straight out of the box and put him on my front, facing in. I put the Hipster to work immediately so we could enjoy one another’s company while I did the dishes. It was great!
I did eventually get around to reading through the instruction manual, and here’s where it gets especially innovative—the top portion of the carrier zips off so you can use the hip seat by itself! This is wonderfully convenient when your child wants to be carried around for just a few minutes before asking to get down again or when they want to be held but without the confinement of a carrier, wrap, or sling.
The ergonomic design of the seat meets international hip safety standards and also keeps your back properly aligned. If you’ve tried to hold your child on your hip for an extended amount of time, you know it can get painful, but with the Hipster there’s no need to tweak your back trying to extend your hip out to the side.
The Hipster gives you six different carrying options with very little fiddling. And I prefer to avoid fiddling whenever possible.
That’s why my favorite part about this carrier is the 3D seat. Because it promotes healthy hips in every position, there’s no snapping, tucking, or buckling to transform it to fit infants or to switch from wearing your child facing in to facing out.
I’ve done the laundry with Brooks on my back, vacuumed with him face-out on my front, and run more errands with Riley tucked inside. I think I’ll wait until she’s 4 months old before trying face-out to make sure she has really good head control. As for back carrying, they recommend waiting until at least 18 months so your child has full head control, can see over your shoulder, and can hold onto you while you while adjust the Hipster.
MiaMily’s Hipster includes a good amount of bells and whistles without making things too complicated:
- Teething pads that can be easily removed for washing
- A zip off front panel for breathability in warm weather
- A snap-on head cover
- Velcro on the waistband for added safety and stability
- A collapsible carrying bag with the company’s giving slogan
That reminds me! Let me tell you about the awesome charitable contributions they make!
The parents who created MiaMily share a love for giving and serving, and they carry this passion into their business. For every product they sell, MiaMily donates a can of formula to an orphanage in need. Their motto is Change the World, One Baby at a Time.
How awesome is that?
They offer a couple of extra accessories for purchase including an extender belt and a single shoulder carrier top that zips onto the hip seat just like the double strap top. This adds three more carrying options for a total of nine.
This carrier is recommended for children from 3 months old (with good head control) to 3 years (40 lbs). Riley is now 3 months old, and Brooks probably won’t clock in at 40 lbs until he’s 10…so I’m able to use it for both kids.
The unique 3D seat makes a big difference in comfort as well as safety. It distributes the weight really nicely, and because there are no long pieces of fabric or hammock-like seats to fiddle with (again with the fiddling!), it’s really impossible to get it wrong. There’s no need to check in a mirror to make sure everything looks as it should or to ask, “Did I do this right? Does he/she look properly supported to you?” Their legs will always be in the correct “M” position.
Now that Riley is big enough to be worn in this carrier, I rarely use wraps anymore. This is just so much easier, especially when we’re on the go. And now that it’s warming up outside, I’m glad MiaMily incorporated the zip-off panel to keep my babies cool. We’ll definitely be getting a lot of use from the Hipster in seasons to come.
Hipster Plus Kickstarter
MiaMily is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter for their next generation carrier, the Hipster Plus. Added features include an infant insert for newborns, a slip guard on the seat, a drool cover, and the best part…a HUGE pocket inside the 3D seat. This would render diaper bags and purses unnecessary for short trips. Think about it, people. Does it get any better than that?
Check out their campaign and consider supporting MiaMily with their goal of making baby wearing the safest and easiest it’s ever been!
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.
Samantha Levang is a contributor at This West Coast Mommy, specializing in cloth diaper and baby item reviews. She lives in Washington state with her husband, toddler son, Brooks, and new baby girl, Riley. Between diaper changes and loads of laundry, she enjoys landscape photography and the never-ending process of home decorating.