“Anoona”, meaning one without flaws in Kannada, is one of the best selling full buckle carriers from Soul Slings India.
Anoona Lapis is from their monochrome series which launched worldwide in June 2017. As the name suggests it is a buttery soft cotton in cool gemstone blue. This fully customizable, economic and versatile carrier can be used from newborn to toddlerhood.
FIRST IMPRESSION – When my daughter was 5 months old, I bought this beautiful carrier from Soul Slings.
I was mighty impressed by the color of this carrier but was also a bit intimidated to see so many snaps, elastics & buckles.
Fabric – The fabric is 100% woven cotton. It is soft, lightweight, breathable & perfect for Indian summers.
STRUCTURE – The Carrier is a perfect balance of comfort & esthetics. It is very smartly made up of 3 layers – inner two layers make the strong body of the carrier while the outer layer (hood) aesthetically enhances the entire look.
WEIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS – This carrier grows with the baby and is perfect for newborn – toddler i.e 3.2-20 kg (7-44lb) approx. Isn’t that value for money!
ADJUSTMENT – The long straps, simple “press & release” buckles & easy snap on make this carrier extremely adjustable. There is generous room to fit a petite or an XL size wearer.
SHOULDER STRAPS –
The shoulder straps are lightly padded to provide that adequate firmness & grip.
SHOULDER STRAP ADJUSTMENT
Like all Anoona carriers, this carrier also allows for 2 types of shoulder strap adjustment –
1. PARALLEL (H) SHOULDER STRAPS
2. CROSSED (X) SHOULDER STRAPS
THE WAISTBAND – It is wide & lightly padded to provide support. The buckles or straps don’t dig or rub against the baby or the wearer. It also has snap buttons to adjust the panel size for the baby.
Anoona offers mainly 3 settings –
1. SMALL – 3.2-5 kg / 0-4 month.
2. MEDIUM – 4-8 kg / 4-8 month
3. LARGE – 8-20 kg / 7+ months
CARRY OPTIONS –
Anoona Lapis offers 5 carry options – Newborn, front, front facing, hip & back carry. My personal favorites are front and back carry options as the baby is comfortably deeply seated in orthopaedically correct – relaxes M position (frog position).
The baby is snug, safe, secure & comfortable in these positions.
FAVORITE FEATURES –
1. Waist Buckle Safety Loop – to avoid mishaps.
2. Thigh padding for baby – extra comfort for baby.
3. Side pocket – to keep essentials like keys, lip balm, metro card etc.
4. Elastic loops – with each buckle to roll up excess length.
5. Foldable neck support for babies less than 5 months.
6. Removable Hood
7. Travel-friendly – can be folded to fit in a small bag.
I bought this carrier when my daughter was 5 months old. Since it was my first carrier I was extremely intimidated by all the buckles, straps, snap on & buttons.
But after going through the manual couple of times, I found the perfect fit for me & my daughter. Later with practice, everything became quick, easy & hassle free.
On a recent vacation, this carrier was my go-to solution for car seat and stroller alternative. I even took a solo (baby & I) international flight with this carrier and absolutely loved my experience.
I was handsfree, in good spirits & calm only because my daughter was snugly sitting right next to my heart. She also showed no signs of stranger anxiety while being carried. The sleep dust that accompanies this carrier is definitely an added advantage.
The only thing that didn’t work for me was the buckle straps on the shoulder. Ones my daughter was 1 year old she wanted to look around more even while being seated in the carrier. In these attempts quite often her delicate neck folds rubbed against the shoulder straps causing redness & bruise marks.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
This carrier can be spot cleaned when required with a moist soft cloth.
If required you may wash it by hand or machine ( on a gentle cycle with the buckle closed) using gentle detergent.
Line dry in shade to protect the color from fading.
WHERE TO BUY – https://soulslings.com/in/
COST – Rs. 5750/-
MY RATING –
Having survived countless days with this carrier, from running errands to solo travel – I would give Soul Slings Anoona Lapis an easy 8/10.
I hope this review helps new mothers in choosing the best carrier for their little ones.
Until next time