Anyway, we had quite a good time with Emilka while wearing Chick – the position of the wearie is very good, the legs are probably in the best ˈM-positionˈ I have ever seen in a carrier. But, I have a problem with the elastic bands on the sides of the back panel triangles – they are very firm; so firm that Emilka actually had problems sticking her arms out of the carrier – I had to help her because when she had her arms inside and wanted to look around, she had to bend her head and back backwards. Moreover, Emilka still likes to cuddle, from time to time she hides her arms inside the wrap/carrier back again and snuggles inside – in Chick, she was not able to do this on her own, I had to help her again.
Concerning the wearer’s comfort – as I said I would prefer the waist belt to be wider, it cut into my hips at first a little, but during wearing it kind of ˈsettledˈ and I did not feel a thing in the end. Chick’s wide shoulder straps are great and super-comfortable in my opinion and I would certainly be able to carry a much heavier child in it. Unfortunately, there is a problem quite a lot of carriers with the possibility to cross the shoulder straps have – absence of the bidirectional buckles! For me, this is absolutely illogical, on a ˈcross-onlyˈ carrier! Tying the buckles backwards is very difficult and in case of Chick it even demanded help of a third person; moreover, it irritates me to the bone that I have to estimate how much I should tie the strap every time I use the carrier and take good care I tie it evenly on both sides!
Note for the ˈnon-crossingˈ babywearing world: if the carrier possesses the bidirectional buckles, I always adjust the rear part of it into a ˈfixedˈ position that I subsequently do not change at all. Then, when I wear the carrier, I only adjust the front part by tying it to its maximum – i.e. in the logical direction, to the front, and by this maneuver (= not touching the position of the rear part of the buckle and tying only the front part) I ensure that the shoulder straps are always and every time of the same length.