Finding the best soft structured baby carrier for you and your little one can be a tough decision. However, if you’ve got it narrowed down to either the Pikkolo or the Scootababy I might be able to help.
First of all, these two baby carriers have a few things in common, but for the most part they’re pretty different. Both the Pikkolo and the Scootababy are made with top quality 100% cotton. Both offer quality buckles, and easy one-hand adjust. And both offer a maximum weight limit close to 40 pounds, with the Scootababy at 37 and the Pikkolo at 40. That’s pretty much it when it comes to similarities.
The main difference between these two baby carriers is the design. The Scootababy Carrier is designed specifically for the natural hip carrying position, although it does offer both the front and back carrying positions as well. As you can see from the above picture, it only offers one shoulder strap that cups the shoulder. The Scootababy also offers a wide padded waist belt that distributes weight evenly from your shoulder to your hips. It also has soft microfiber lining, and the the shoulder stirrup is made from ploartec fleece.
The Pikkolo Carrier is more of a traditional baby carrier with two wide padded shoulder straps stuffed with deluxe memory foam padding. The waist belt is wide, but it does not offer padding like the Scootababy. You can purchase a separate Babywearing Support Belt with plenty of padding, and if you’re planning on carrying a toddler, or even a heavy baby, I would say the Pikkolo Support Beltis a must. This baby carrier offers a total of 4 carrying positions including the hip carry position, front facing-in, front facing-out, and back. The Pikkolo also offers an internal X-Support system that gives you lumbar support.
Another difference is that the Scootababy Carrier has a minimum weight recommendation of 12 pounds, and the Pikkolo has a minimum of 8 pounds. So you can’t start using the Scootababy until your little one is around 4 or 5 months old, whereas you can use the Pikkolo from day one.
As far as reviews go, they both reviewed rather well. The Pikkolo had 13 out of 14 reviewers rate it 4 to 5 stars with 5 being the max. That’s a 93% customer satisfaction rating! Most loved the internal X support system on the Pikkolo, stating that it was extremely comfortable. There were a few complaints that the instructions were a bit complicated.
The Scootababy had 32 out of 38 reviewers rate it 4 to 5 stars. That’s an 84% customer satisfaction rating! Most love it, stating that it was the best hip carrier on the market. There were some complaints that the torso area was too long, and hard to adjust for someone shorter than average.
If you’re looking for mainly a hip carrier with good weight distribution and plenty of padding, I would definitely suggest the Scootababy. It is an excellent toddler carrier. It normally lists for $119.00, however, it is currently on SALE at Amazon for $105.00.
If you’re looking for more of a traditional baby carrier with multiple positions, including hip carry, I would definitely recommend the Pikkolo. You can use it from day one all the way up to 40 pounds. Keep in mind that if you plan on using it with heavier babies, you’ll probably want to purchase the Pikkolo Support Belt, which is currently at Amazon for $25.00. The Pikkolo Carrier is listed at Amazon for $129.00.
If you’re still undecided, check out the full reviews listed below including the good and the bad, customer feedback, and video demonstrations.
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