So, what is the DidyGo Onbuhimo? The DidyGo is a waistless carrier that is meant for quick ups and downs, when your baby is old enough for back carries.
The DidyGo Onbuhimo is a waist-less carrier making it a very simple design and a great option for mamas who wish to carry a child when pregnant (no waist band to interfere with a growing belly!). Cassidee offers some great insight into this new carrier by DIDYMOS.
Cassidee is a mama of two, wife of one.
Cassidee was introduced to babywearing by her sister and purchased her first wrap, a stretchy from Target, while pregnant with her first, two and half years ago. Cassidee started wearing her baby when her daughter was just 4 days old and it was instant love. From the stretchy, she moved onto soft structured carriers, and eventually found Didymos. She has been babywearing for two and a half years, and has tried many different carriers but her heart belongs to Didymos.
In her free time, Cassidee likes to read, sew, and explore. She co-admins the local wrapping group, Rockford Wrappers.
First Impressions, Right Out of the…Bag
Yes, bag! The DidyGo comes in seriously cute storage bags instead of the classic blue Didy boxes. I got the Doubleface Anthracite which is 100% organic cotton, and labeled at 180 g/m². The Onbuhimo has no internal skeleton and is purely wrap-conversion floppy goodness. Brand new feel in hand was already soft, but I would expect that to be a characteristic of this particular wrap. The Zephyr DidyGo, for example, will likely be a bit more stiff due to the higher g/m². I didn’t wash mine (oops), but it was soft after a few days of regular wear.
How comfortable is the DidyGo?
The DidyGo is one of the most comfortable buckle Onbuhimos I have tried. It has one inch thick padding on the arm straps, and when worn properly, sits comfortably on the shoulders. Comfort is a relative term, though, and when you have a bowling ball for a babe (a whopping 27 pounds at almost 10 months!), you find that not much is comfortable for hours on end. I wore the DidyGo for about a 45-minute trek through our local conservatory and gardens, and it was surprisingly nice. I didn’t experience any irregular pressure, but you have to keep in mind that with this style of carrier, the weight is distributed on your shoulders. I would compare it to ruck-ing, the simple back carry, with your favourite medium/thick wrap. The DidyGo really shines for the quick ups and downs of running errands – in and out of the grocery store, stopping for coffee, etc.
I even got the chance to toss my two year old up in this, and she fit knee to knee in the panel. She wears 2T pants but is lighter than her little brother by a few pounds. I was only able to have her up for about 15 minutes before she wanted down, but it was still comfortable with her larger frame.
What are the measurements of the DidyGo?
The panel of the DidyGo is 21 inches / 53 cm long, and when the seat is fully extended, it is 16 inches / 41 cm wide. The adjustable panel cinches down to a tight 7 inches / 18 cm wide! These measurements were taken using soft tape at the adjustable portion of the Onbuhimo.
Getting the Perfect Fit / Troubleshooting
If you have experience with an Onbuhimo, you may have struggled with Onbuhimos at first because the chest buckle would come up too high. I have found that a couple of good bounces while tightening gets baby higher on your back and brings that buckle lower on your chest. In regards to the panel, Onbuhimos are recommended as an arms-out carrier, at least to start. With the DidyGo, I found it important to keep in mind not to make as deep of a seat as I normally would with a woven wrap. This kept the panel right up under babe’s armpits, and we had no issues being secure, despite his leaning abilities. If you are having difficulty getting just the right fit, I highly suggest reaching out to a babywearing consultant or finding a babywearing group near you to receive one-on-one help.
What makes the DidyGo so great?
It’s perfect, in my opinion, for the sweet spot of wearing 6 to 12 month-old babes, when they want to be independent but also need you. You can quickly adjust for indecisive wearees. The DidyGo also folds up incredibly small, making it the perfect diaper bag carrier. It’s comfortable, durable, and lightweight for summer. The open sides allow for great airflow in the heat. Made from several different wraps, and more to come, you have plenty of options to fit your style.
Put it on and GO!
A very special THANK YOU to Cassidee (and her crew) for sharing her thoughts and feedback on yet another NEW baby carrier by DIDYMOS, the DidyGo Onbuhimo.