For the past week I have been borrowing this wonderful newest baby to toddler size carrier from Soul Slings called the AseeMa. I already own their previous model, the AnooNa so I can review the AseeMa and compare the two. Plus, we took a lot of pictures. Score!
First impression: The shoulders were extremely padded. Like bulky and kind of annoying, so bulky I couldn’t buckle the chest clip like I could on my other carriers (the AnooNa also by Soul and the Kindercarry brand Kinderpack soft structured carrier). The coloring is absolutely beautiful. The carrier (in linen) is sooooo soft. The thicker waist panel was much nicer. I’m not a fan of Velcro, which is how this carrier adjusts to size.
And then I used the carrier all week. Please note, I did not read the instructions. This was on purpose. I am an experienced wearer but I wanted to really see the usability for myself, see if the adjustments made common sense or not. And let me tell you, by the second or third wear, I could barely even remember what I didn’t like about it on my first impression. My toddler was very comfortable. I was very comfortable. We used the carrier for shopping, hiking, around the house, family walks and even a trip out of town. I took it to a play date where two of my pregnant momma friends could check it out. And I even let my oldest daughter and husband play with it to see just how much versatility this bad boy has. I am absolutely sold.
First, lumbar support. It really adds the extra last bit of comfort for front carries. It does make it just slightly harder to adjust the waist but not enough that I call this a flaw, just a nuisance of notice.
Second, the slide size body panel. For my busy toddler, this feature made it extremely easy to pop her from arms in to arms out and back. It gives a little extra padding for sleeping/cuddly babes and adjusts nicely for a variety of size kiddos. There are no preset sizes on this carrier, unlike the AnooNa. I like the AseeMa better for this reason. It allows for a variety of micro adjustments to truly get the best fit for you and baby and the combo of you together.
I nurse in all of my carriers. This one is incredibly easy to do so in. The shoulder size adjustments help let baby lower just slightly and the slide panel adjustments help add a little privacy if desired. The hood can also be used but my toddler doesn’t like giving me privacy.
The linen is so lightweight it was perfect for our sweaty hike. I have also used my Kinderpack because of the mesh in our hot Midwest summers but I think this linen would easily match that comfort for me and her.
The AseeMa fit me, my oldest daughter and my husband. It can handle a big variety of sizes and is easily adjustable if you’re sharing the carrier.
Finally, the sleepy dust is strong! For those who don’t know the lingo, this means the carrier is extremely soothing for baby to allow for naps at home, on the go or anywhere in between.
Final thoughts: I will be buying myself one of these carriers. The linen is definitely worth it. (My AnooNa is not linen.) I haven’t sold my other carriers. I like variety. I’ll likely keep them all, especially since our toddler is probably not our last baby. I’ve been babywearing for 10 years now and I’ve loved different carriers for different reasons. I think the AseeMa could easily be a one and done for any family. I’m just more of a ten carrier kind of girl. 😉