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Beco Gemini Baby Carrier

The Beco Gemini is a great all-purpose soft structured carrier for babies from newborn to about 18 months. The simple design makes it extremely intuitive to use. It's lightweight and slim-fitting, and can be used in 4 different positions (front carry facing out, front carry facing out, hip carry and back carry), making it very versatile.

If you are wondering how the Beco Gemini differs from other soft structured carriers, you can check out the Carrier Comparison Chart, but here it is in a nutshell:

With the Beco Gemini, can carry your baby facing forward by snapping two flaps back on the base of the carrier, making it narrower. You can also use the Beco Gemini to do a hip carry.

The Beco Gemini is shorter and narrower in the body than the other carriers, and has no sleeping hood (just a headrest), so it's not ideal for use with toddlers, but it is a very good, comfortable, intuitive and easy-to-use carrier for newborns and younger babies.

If you feel nervous about back carrying and would like extra security and assistance with that, you might prefer the Beco Butterfly with its internal harness system. If you have a child 18 months and up, consider the Boba 3G Carrier.

The Beco Gemini is all about flexibility and simplicity. There are no detachable accessories, everything you need is built into the carrier. The Gemini converts from one form to another by folding and securing various parts of the carrier with snaps. With one carrier you can do:

  • Front carry facing in
  • Front carry facing out
  • Hip carry
  • Back carry
  • Straps either crossed or backpack style
  • Headrest down (for small, active babies) or headrest up (for sleeping babies or toddlers)
  • Base of carrier narrow (for small babies or front facing-out carry) or wide (hip and back carry, bigger babies and toddlers)

Beco Gemini baby Carrier can be used in 4 different positions - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Beco Gemini Product Details

  • 4 in 1 baby carrier
  • Newborn to toddler (7-35 lbs/3.5 - 16 kg)
  • Front carry (facing in and facing out), back carry, and hip carry
  • 100% cotton
  • Great for nursing
  • Direct contact intuitive baby carrier
  • High quality tested materials
  • Instruction manual included
  • Designed in California. Responsibly made in China.
  • Body 13" wide x 18.5" tall with head rest up, 14" tall with headrest folded
  • Shoulder straps adjust from 23"- 45"
  • Waist belt 28"(size 0) can be adjusted up to 57"
  • Weight capacity of the carrier: 7-35 lbs (3.5-16kg)
  • Weight of the carrier: 1.5 lbs
  • Recommended care: wash on gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry overnight in well ventilated area. Spot clean instead of machine wash whenever possible, especially if the carrier is soiled in just one or two areas.

Beco Gemini Baby Carrier Diagram - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Checklist for a Perfect Beco Gemini Fit

1) Where does the waistband go?
The waistband is worn by most people at the top of their hipbones, resting on the pelvis. Do not wear it up around your natural waist near your ribcage, and do not wear it down *on* your hips (it will put pressure on your sciatic nerves running down your buttocks). More important than the exact spot though, is to make sure that the waistband is EVEN front to back. You don't want the waistband high on one side and low on the other. If you can't get it to even up and stay in place, tighten your belt a little and try again.

For example, in a back carry there is a tendency for the buckle on the waistband to ride up above the belly as the body of the carrier sinks down on the opposite side from the weight of the child. Nope! Push it down so that the buckle and the black nylon webbing go *under* your belly (your belly is useful here! ;-), and the waistband is more or less even front to back.

2) How tight should the shoulder straps be?
If the shoulder straps are too tight, they will actually lift your baby's weight up and support it with your shoulders. You don't want that. You want your baby's weight to drop down and be supported at the hips. The shoulder straps just serve to pull your baby in closer to your body. If the padding of the shoulder straps feels like it's chafing your armpits, or you feel pressure on your shoulders, you might have the shoulder straps too tight. If your baby is sagging outward, or sagging downward, or you feel like your baby is not snuggled closely into your chest or back, tighten them up.

3) Chest strap placement and armpit rub
The chest strap (connecting the two shoulder straps) should be at the base of your neck (in front carry), or just below your collarbone (in back carry). If not, slide it up or down the runners to be in the right place. Armpit rubbing can sometimes be relieved by wearing the chest strap placed *lower* on your body, so experiment with positioning and see if that helps pull the shoulder straps out of your armpits. Armpit rub is also typically caused by having your shoulder straps too tight. Try loosening them up.

4) How tight should the chest strap be?
Are the shoulder straps resting just inside your shoulder caps? They should not be resting *on* your shoulder joint, nor too close to your neck, but right in between. If they are slipping out too far onto your shoulder cap, tighten up your chest strap so that it pulls them in. NOTE: If you have your shoulder straps worn crossed, you won't need the chest strap. The chest strap is for straps in backpack (aka rucksack) style, it connects them and keeps them from slipping off your shoulders.

5) I feel wobbly! or My back is sore!
If you are wearing your baby for the first time on your back, and your baby is older, then your core muscles will need to adjust to babywearing. Keep your babywearing sessions short at first and increase gradually as your back and shoulder muscles strengthen. Make sure your posture is good, stand up straight, and go for a walk with your baby instead of standing in one place.

6) What about facing out? Babies need to be able to hold their own head upright before facing out in the carrier. Facing out is much harder on the wearer than facing in. When facing in, a baby's heavy, dangly parts (head, arms, legs) are leaning toward your body and/or wrapped around your body. Your center of gravity doesn't change so much. When your baby is facing OUT, the head is angled away from your body, the arms and legs are hanging out away from your body. You have to work harder to maintain your center of gravity, so you arch your back farther backwards and clench your muscles tighter to do so. Personally, I think 16-17 pounds is about the comfort limit for front carry facing out, 20 pounds for front carry facing in...but listen to your body.

Please also note that the facing out position is not optimal for the baby's spine. While the Gemini allows for a slightly seated position (as opposed to dangling suspended by the crotch, as with the BabyBjorn and other carriers), the ideal ergonomic position for a baby's spine is to sit with knees spread at the level of the seat. Prolonged use of the facing out position is not recommended, but it is fine for short periods.

You might also hear from Ergo and other carrier manufacturers that babies cannot stand to be facing out, as they become easily overwhelmed and overstimulated. Frankly, each baby is different. Some babies LOVE to face out, and practically insist on it. Other babies might prefer to face in. Your own baby will let you know what he/she prefers at various stages of development.

The only downsides to facing out that I have found are a) a baby that falls asleep facing out has no head support, b) facing out position is hardest on the wearer's back and c) facing out is not optimal ergonomically for the baby's spine, but is not harmful or damaging for short periods.

A good compromise is to use back carry. Then baby can see what you see (especially if you turn sideways) but still nap comfortably with good head support, or turn away if overstimulated, and baby can be in close physical touch contact with the wearer. Back carry is also the easiest wearing position for long periods, and puts the least stress on the babywearer's body.

7) When should I switch to back carry?
In general, you can put your baby on your back once your baby has good head control. This means that if your baby's body is vertical, he/she can hold her head upright without it flopping over. Back carry is almost always more comfortable than front carry. Humans are built to carry weight on their backs, not on their front. If front carry doesn't feel good, then give back carrying a try. If your baby is 20 pounds or over, you should be *primarily* wearing your baby on your back.

I personally GREATLY prefer back carrying to front carrying, except with very young babies. I don't like having my shoulders pulled forward, and I don't like not being able to see my feet. I had my second baby on my back at 2.5 months and it was great! Much easier on the back, neck and shoulders overall. Pulls your shoulder back so you can stand up straight and tall with good posture. If you have an older child to take care of, then you won't have the baby between you every time your older child needs a hug or some attention.

However, see #4...when you switch from front carry to back carry you use an entirely different set of muscles, so there might be a new period of adjustment for you as your core muscles strengthen and adapt. I've been babywearing for years, and it still happened to me when I went from primarily front-carrying to primarily back-carrying my babies. Adjustment should not take longer than 3-4 days at most though.

8) My baby doesn't seem happy in the carrier
Make sure that you are trying the carrier with a recently fed, changed, happy baby. Don't try the carrier for the first time with a hungry, cranky baby. This will frustrate both of you. Also be prepared to walk around a LOT when you are trying to carrier for the first time. If your baby is not used to being worn in a carrier, he/she might need some soothing walking motion to get used to it and feel reassured. Above all do NOT put your baby in and then just stand around like a statue. It's best if you can put your baby in the carrier and then go for a walk. Even walking around your house is fine, if that's all you can manage. Just keep moving.

Babies go through phases. They may hate being in a carrier at three months, then at six months they LOVE it. I have had dozens of parents return carriers because "I love it, but my baby hates it!", and then they turn around and buy the same carrier months later because they tried again with a friend's carrier and now the baby adores being worn. So keep that in mind, especially if you have a print that you love...it might not be available at a later date.

 


HOW THE 4-IN-1 BECO GEMINI WORKS
#1 Position: Front Carry Facing In
For newborns 7-15 pounds, use the NARROW BASE. For 15 pounds and up, use the WIDE BASE.
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1) Attach the side wings with snaps in the center to make the base NARROW (7-15 pounds), or to the waist belt to make the base WIDE (15+ pounds).
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2) Place the carrier around your waist with the print facing toward your body. If you plan to cross the shoulder straps, make sure that they are unbuckled.
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3) Close and adjust the waist belt snugly around your waist.
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4) Hold your baby facing you, an inch or two above the waistband. Support him/her with your arm.
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5) Pull the carrier up and around the baby. Place the shoulder strap over your shoulder.
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6) Switch your arms and reach behind for the end of the shoulder strap.
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7) Attach buckles on the side of the carrier. Pull on strap ends to adjust them tightly around your body. To tighten, pull the end of the strap straight back. REPEAT steps 6 and 7 with the other shoulder strap.
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8) For babies without good head/neck control, attach the headrest using the snap hook and D-ring on the shoulder straps.
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9) Final position with HEADREST UP and WIDE BASE.
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10) Final position with HEADREST DOWN and NARROW BASE.

#2 Position: Front Carry Facing Out
Only for babies that can hold their head upright, 2+ months or more.
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1) Attach the side wings with snaps in the center to make the base NARROW.
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2) Place the carrier around your waist with the print facing toward your body. If you plan to cross the shoulder straps, make sure that they are unbuckled.
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3) Close and adjust the waist belt snugly around your waist.
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4) Hold baby to your body facing outwards, an inch or two above the waistband. Support him/her with your arm.
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5) Pull the carrier up and around the baby. Place the shoulder strap over your shoulder.
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6) Switch your arms and reach behind for the end of the shoulder strap.
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7) Attach buckles on the side of the carrier. Pull on strap ends to adjust them tightly around your body. To tighten, pull the end of the strap straight back. REPEAT steps 6 and 7 with the other shoulder strap.
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8) For babies without good head/neck control, attach the headrest using the snap hook and D-ring on the shoulder straps.

#3 Position: Hip Carry
Only for babies with full head/neck control. Not for prolonged use over long periods.
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1) Attach the side wings with snaps in the center to make the base WIDE.
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2) Place the carrier around your hips with the seat above the hip. Unbuckle and shoulder straps and have them loose.
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3) Hold baby facing toward your side, an inch or two above the carrier waistband.
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4) Pull the carrier up and around the baby. Place the front shoulder strap over your shoulder.
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5) Switch your arms and reach behind for the end of the shoulder strap.
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6) Attach buckles on the side of the carrier. Pull on strap ends to adjust them tightly around your body. To tighten, pull the end of the strap straight back.
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7) Run the other shoulder strap UNDER your arm as shown and place it OVER your opposite shoulder.
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8) Attach buckles on side of the carrier. Pull on strap ends to adjust them tightly around your body.
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9) The shoulder straps will rest onto each other over your shoulder. Pull on both straps at once and position them on your shoulder, not your neck.
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10) Final position. Note how the WIDE BASE supports baby's legs. Smaller infants can also ride with their arms tucked in.

#4 Position: Back Carry
Only for babies with full head/neck control. Easiest on your body of all 4 carries. Best way to carry babies over 20 pounds.
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1) Attach the side wings with snaps in the center to make the base WIDE.
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2) CLOSE BOTH SIDE BUCKLES. DO NOT CROSS THE SHOULDER STRAPS.You can also choose to attach the headrest.
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3) It should look like this when you are done closing buckles.
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4) Hold baby to your body, an inch or two above the waistband. (For me, it works better if I have waistband and baby over on my hip, less distance to go to get around to the back.)
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5) Pull the carrier up and around your baby. Hold both shoulder straps in one hand. Support baby with other hand.
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6) Start shifting baby and carrier around your waist as far back possible.
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7) Bend forward slightly to create a supportive surface for your baby. Slip your arm through the shoulder strap opening. (This photo shows a right-handed person slipping the right arm into the right side strap. Reverse if you are left-handed.)
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8) Position baby and carrier in the center of your back. Slide your left arm through the left shoulder strap opening. (Reverse if lefty).
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9) Close the chest (sternum) strap on your front. It should be just below your collarbone, and be tight enough to hold the shoulder straps inside the caps of your shoulders.
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10) Final position with HEADREST UP.
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11) Final position with HEADREST DOWN.
Beco Gemini - River
$129
Beco flowers in white & latte brown. Mustard yellow butterfly on dark brown background. White polkadots on periwinkle blue field. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Micah
$129
Colorful Beco flower on white background. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Luca
$129
Flower lace print in white over deep purple. Pale yellow swallows. White polkadots on light turquoise background. Grey floral border. Comes with black straps. 100% Cotton. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Stella
$129
Delicate Beco flower lace. White on grey. Neutral and timeless. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Enzo
$129
All gray piece with Beco flower embroidery in mint green. Photo shows back carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Dale
$129
Bamboo-colored herringbone print panel. Espresso Brown straps. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Sunset
$129
Tiny blue and white daisies and yellow flowers on an orange background. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Serenity
$129
Serene as a night meadow. Blue and white daisies on a dark blue background. Black straps.
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Beco Gemini - Genesis
$129
Elegant pattern in mustard yellow, gray and cream. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Jake
$129
Black carrier with light gray floss embroidery in a flower pattern. Photo shows front carry facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Ashley
$129
All espresso colored piece with Beco flower floss off-white embroidery. Comes with espresso straps. Photo shows back carry, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - ORGANIC Espresso
$139
Solid dark brown throughout. ORGANIC COTTON. Photo shows front facing in, wide base, headrest down.
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Beco Gemini - Metro Black
$129
Black brushed organic cotton. Photo shows back carry, wide base, headrest down.
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