Finally, I concluded that my child is probably too small for this type of carrier and I tossed it into a corner. I also noticed that it is often offered for sale. “It is no wonder”, I thought. I put off the project of babywearing for some time. When Helenka became ill, I bought a wrap (finally!). I gained at least some confidence and gave KiBi another chance.
Every cloud has a silver lining – my desire to babywear (for the sake of my husband, mainly) brought me to the local babywearing community. When I came to the meeting, I addressed Martina and told her that I needed someone who would be able to help me to adjust the ˈdamn thingˈ. Martina referred me to Any, who was currently using KiBi with her daughter who was just a few days younger than my Helenka! Eureka! After Any’s intervention, I was happy as a clam, wearing my kid comfortably at last.
I was satisfied with the narrow waist belt – it held where it should. I also liked the solid buckle with safety lock on the waist belt as well as big buckles on the shoulder straps, which could be crossed. I find it very trustworthy. I never noticed any unpleasant pressure or anything like that.
After some time, my cervical spine began to ache, which I thought to be weird. A very clever person told me to pull the chest buckle lower on my back and to tighten it more. What a relief! Just among us – this is one of the most common causes of backache when babywearing. It works on the same principle as tying the Front Wrap Cross Carry – if the cross is too high on your back, it will hurt like hell after some time with a heavier kid.
I tried wearing the shoulder straps both crossed and in the classical way – sometimes I preferred the first, sometimes the second.
I must say that people close to me wondered – among experienced wearers, KiBi as well as Manduca were considered ˈinferiorˈ: “You really use KiBi?” “And it is comfortable for you?” Well, I am no gonna lie to you about that. I have tried numerous carriers (mainly wrap conversions) and some were fine, some were less fine … However, when I compared those to my KiBi, I always missed something or there was something extra I did not like. Months went by, I became an experienced wearer and I still could not abandon my blue KiBi.
Until the day has come – Helenka weighed about 10 kg and I found out that I could not take it anymore … that my shoulders simply hurt too much. In fact, it marked the end of my babywearing career. I am not able to guess the extent to which it is the mistake of the carrier and, on the other hand, of my extra-sensitive shoulders (as you could have already noticed in more than one of our reviews). I simply found out that the shoulders straps and the waist belt do not support me enough to wear for longer periods. Thus I sold my KiBi with a tear in my eye.
Since that time, KiBi slightly modified the waist belt – the filling is thicker. Also, the manufacturer introduced their wrap conversions to the market. I have to say that I hardly noticed any difference between the two versions (made of fabric vs. made of wrap) when wearing a heavy kid. I also cannot evaluate whether the waist belt modification has a significant impact or not. The wearing felt the same as I remember, maybe slightly better – just because of the fact that my own carrier was worn much longer and the shoulder straps as well as the waist belt were a bit ˈdeflatedˈ.
Lenka already described the construction of the carrier – I have nothing to add. The only thing I have to mention is that I never experienced the problem with attaching the hood.
All in all, KiBi is a cheap, Czech carrier of good quality, which enables to wear a really wide age range. The back panel is high and wide enough even for big toddlers. It is an ideal carrier for those who need it for trips or as an alternative for a stroller. When made of fabric, it is truly easy to maintain.