The Lucky Power Support Carrier in detail
After I confirmed during my visit to the Lucky Store in Jiyugaoka that the Power Support Carrier indeed is interesting, I bought an almost like new one on Mercari.
It came in really great condition and I immediately tested it with my dolls of various sizes.
Are you curious what I found?
But let us take a look at the features first!
The Power Support Carrier was developed by a university department who wanted to create a carrier that really fits the human body well under scientific aspects but also holds the baby in a good position at every age.
They started from a, in Japan, very popular system. A carrier that is put on before baby is put in and where you only have to clip in the backpanel of the shoulder straps. This is called a harness system.
Usually, the babies aren’t sitting well in these kind of carriers. They often lack the knee to knee support and therefore do not support the M-Position.
However, on pictures I saw that many of the models sat well in the Power Support Carrier. But more on that later.
The carrier is completely made of a stretchy mesh material that is airy in summer and embraces the baby well while still giving enough support.
On the back, we have an ergonomically shaped lumbar support which is still comfortable when the carrier is worn on the back. Often, the stiff lumbar support of the Ergobaby carriers is seen as not comfortable when it comes to rest on the belly.
While the Power Support Carrier isn’t stepless adjustable in width, it has three settings to make the carrier fit babies of different ages. The adjustments are well designed, in a way that there is nothing in the way which could be uncomfortable for the baby.
The settings include the changing of the seat but also the height of the backpanel for newborns.
All in all, when it comes to these settings, the Power Support Carrier is the most versatile and best designed carrier I have seen of this system so far. (I haven’t had the Packa Gear Carrier here yet, which uses the same harness system but which’s seat is fully adjustable.)
I tried the carrier with three of my dolls of different sizes.
One doll is close to newborn size, another around the size of a 2 or 3 months old baby, and the last one the size of a toddler of around one year.
With the middle-sized doll and the toddler doll, I found what I have already seen on the pictures. The seat was very nice and I recommend the carrier in regards of that.
However, I had, with all my dolls, problems with the fastener at the shoulder straps.
I felt that they were in the way and restricted the view of my dolls (a real baby might not like them directly in front of the face). In case of the toddler, it even was worse. Toddler love to take their arms out. With the harness system, it is difficult to archive and it is not possible to use the carrier without the fasteners on the shoulder straps.
Baby Björn for example, let the head support fasten separately on the shoulder straps which makes it more comfortable for baby in regards of view and arms out. But here we have a problem with the seat..
To adjust the seat for a newborn, it is necessary to flip parts of the seat inwards. This creates a cushion for the baby to let it sit higher, having free airways (not vanishing in the carrier). On the other hand, I couldn’t see how, with this cushion, the M-Position with knees higher than bum should be possible. However, I couldn’t yet try with a real baby and dolls always behave a little different.
For all three dolls I found that the back was well supported and not pushed in an unnatural position.
For a harness carrier, wonderfully designed. If a harness system is wished, I would recommend this one from when baby is bigger and a newborn carrier for the first two or three months.
Downsides: Restricted view and freedom of movement for older babies and toddlers. No nice seat for newborns.
Upside: Tried to incorporate all recent developments in the baby carrier industry. Well designed carrier.