The usability of the Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo is limited at best. Although the carrier can technically be used in the inward-facing position, it is designed for back carry for older babies and toddlers (15-35 pounds) only. While this carrier is difficult to use and lacks the padding necessary to make it super comfortable, the reason this carrier makes our list is because it is abso-fricken-lutely gorgeous, oh so Instagram-worthy, and super compact for easy packing. It is not going to be your all-around carrier, but it's a fun add on if it makes sense for your lifestyle.
Things We Love
- Absolutely Gorgeous Carrier: Made of sumptuous linens in beautiful colors, the Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo has subtle stitching, nice trims, and classy hardware. Despite being a pretty impractical carrier, it is highly covetable and good-looking… not to mention totally Instagramable.
- Toddler Friendly: The Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo was designed with toddlers in mind, and can safely carry up to 35 pounds.
- Moderately Comfortable After Break In: This carrier takes some breaking in and getting used to. Many parents with this carrier love the look so much that they wear it through the initial discomfort, only to discover that it gets more and more comfortable with time and use.
- Super Compact: The Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo folds up nice and compact for easy storage in a diaper bag when not in use.
- Lightweight but Cozy: Thanks to the lightweight linen fabric, the Onbuhimo is comfortable in both warm and cool climates.
Things We Don't Love As Much
- Two of Four Carry Positions: Inward-facing and back carry are the only two options with the Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo carrier, and it is designed especially for back carry.
- Super High Front Carry: Although technically the Onbuhimo can be used for front carry, the position is very high, and baby’s head will be right in the babywearer’s face.
- Difficult to Use: It is not easy to get baby into or out of this carrier for front or back carry positions, though those who love the look and are dedicated to using this carrier say it isn’t that bad with some practice.
- Not for Newborns: The Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo is designed for babies 15 to 35 pounds and there is no infant insert available.
- Sakura Bloom Onbuhimo – $160 (linen), $198 (linen + leather), $220 (bamboo)
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