I am so impressed with the Pognae Step One Wrap Carrier. It’s a hybrid style of baby carrier – so it has stretchy material like a wrap but buckles like a structured carrier – and it is comfortable, super lightweight, affordable and so easy to use.
I like to do a lot of research on products before I review them and the thing that jumped out at me was every single picture I could find of the Pognae Step One taken by regular parents with their babies had the carrier on correctly, their baby was well-positioned – secure, high and tight. I was so impressed to see this because this isn’t the case with many other baby carriers.
So that was my first impression and it still exceeded my expectations.
The Pognae Step One offers two carry positions – inward facing for a newborn and then forward-facing when the baby has the height and core strength for holding themselves upright. (Approximately 4-6 months old.)
Age and Weight Limit
The Pognae Step one is suitable for newborns and the recommended weight limit is 13kg, though it has been weight tested to 20kgs.
I want to say I love that the brand has chosen not to advertise the weight limit of 20kgs because even if the carrier technically can carry that weight safely, they’re acknowledging that it doesn’t reflect the real-world use of the carrier.
I imagine most parents could use the Pognae Step One up to approximately 12 months, or for as long as you’re comfortable wearing your baby on your front, as it doesn’t offer a back carrying position.
Super Lightweight and Breathable
The Air version of the Pognae Step One that I was sent to review was incredibly lightweight and breathable. I haven’t really felt material like this before on a carrier. It almost reminds me of a swim carrier. It’s so light.
So the Pognae Step One Air is going to be great for summer and warmer climates. Also, the Air version provides 85% UV protection.
Otherwise, the Original Pognae Step One is a soft cotton blend material – very similar to a T-shirt.
Easy To Use
Even though the Pognae Step One is very easy to use and I think would be intuitive for most parents to work out how to put it on and use it safely and correctly, it still comes with hands down THE BEST instruction manual I’ve ever seen for a baby carrier. Honestly, after reading this instruction manual I think all baby carriers should come with an instruction manual this detailed. I think the amount of thought and care that has gone into the manual speaks very highly of the brand.
How Does it Compare?
Pognae is not typically sold in retailers so it’s not a brand you’re likely to come across without a recommendation. I was familiar with Pognae Hipseat, but it wasn’t until someone asked my opinion on the Step One that I was aware it existed.
Which I think is a bit of a shame, because it reminds me quite a lot of the Moby Easy Wrap – which is very popular at the moment. And as much as I do like the Moby Easy Wrap, I think in a lot of ways the Pognae Step One is a better option. It is a little easier to use, more adjustible, the Air version is a lot more breathablable, and also the Step One comes in a much better colour range compared to the Moby Easy Wrap.
While the overall structure is quite different to an Ergobaby Embrace, I think it does have a very similar customer, and the Pognae Step One in my opinion does offer better value for money compared to the Embrace.
In conclusion, this is perfect for parents looking for something simple and easy to use, especially if you’re expecting a summer baby, it’s comfortable and I really can’t recommend this highly enough.