I’ve always considered anything over £100 to be expensive, but the Mountain Buggy Juno baby carrier is an absolute bargain for active dads.
Sonny’s growing up fast and seems to change every day, and at seven weeks old his moods, sleep patterns and general everyday behaviour seem to swing and fluctuate every hour. But the one thing I can guarantee is that as soon as I put him in the Juno and strap him to my chest, he goes straight to sleep and – more importantly – stays asleep.
I’ve been using the Juno since Sonny was around 4 weeks old, and my only regret is I didn’t start using it sooner. It comes with a removable newborn baby insert that keeps him comfy, warm and secure against my chest, facing inwards. There are four different carry positions but they’re all for six months and upwards, so I’ve had no need to use them yet. In the house it’s great, because the thick and cushioned hip-belt and tensioned shoulder straps keep the weight off your back, meaning you can move around hands-free and get on with regular jobs in relative comfort, while your baby
But the greatest thing it gives me is the freedom to get outside. I walk our dog for over an hour every day, and since Sonny’s been born I’ve been taking him with me in the pram, which has limited us to parks and pavements. But since switching to the Juno I can now head back into the countryside, walking through the river meadows, woodlands and off-road tracks Mario (our jack russell) and I have been exploring for the past nine years together.
The Juno allows me to get Sonny outdoors for a couple of hours each day, among the sights, sounds and smells of this lovely spring landscape, and just as importantly allows his mum to have a bit of time to herself before and after I go to work. He only weighs around 12lbs at the moment so it’s hard to tell how the Juno will perform once he hits six months or more, but the product description says it can be used up to four years old (!!!). Hopefully he’ll be walking alongside me by then – spotting birds, running with the dog, having his own outdoor adventures – but until that day comes I’m happy to carry him everywhere and keep showing him the world.