Simple, gorgeous, and compact, the Sakura Bloom Scout is both beautiful and functional to boot. We have a bone to pick with the ring sling-style hardware, however. While extremely nice-on-the-eye, this system makes it difficult for those with limited shoulder mobility to fasten the strap behind their neck, a necessity for a safe front carry. (If you can comfortably reach your shirt tag with both arms, you shouldn't have a problem.)
Things We Love
- Absolutely Gorgeous Carrier: Made of sumptuous linens in beautiful colors, the Sakura Bloom Scout has subtle stitching, nice trims, and classy hardware. Some of these nice-on-the-eye details make this carrier less practical than beasts like the Ergobaby Omni 360 or the Lillebaby Complete, so be sure you're aware of the compromises you're making.
- Infant-Ready: The Sakura Bloom Scout does not need an infant insert and is safe for babies 7-45 pounds.
- For Toddlers and Small Children Too: The Scout is rated for kiddos up to 45 pounds, which for those of you who haven’t memorized the pediatrician’s height/weight chart, is somewhere between ages 4 and 6.
- Surprisingly Comfortable: Like the Happy Baby Carrier, the Scout is only lightly padded at the shoulders, but its wider-than-average shoulder straps actually make it quite comfortable to wear.
- Very Compact: This and the Happy Baby Carrier are the only front-carry soft structured carriers we could find that fold compactly enough to fit in a diaper bag. It’s also 30-40% lighter than most other carriers out there.
- Lightweight but Cozy: Thanks to the lightweight linen fabric, the Scout is comfortable in both warm and cool climates.
Things We Don't Love As Much
- Only Two of Four Carry Positions: Inward-facing and back carry are the only two options. (These are the best two positions anyway.)
- Unpadded Seat: The seat on the Scout is unpadded. With a proper seat, this isn’t typically a problem, but some parents have had issues with the fabric cutting into small chunky thighs and leaving (non-permanent) red marks.
- Somewhat Impractical Hardware: Sakura Bloom chose to use low tech ring sling-style rings instead of heavy duty buckles. While these look nice– like way nicer than buckles– they are decidedly less practical. Those with limited shoulder mobility may find it difficult to buckle the strap behind your neck, though this is hardly a problem for most.
- Front carry position in the Sakura Bloom Scout
- Back carry position in the Sakura Bloom Scout
- Newborn front carry, legs in position in the Sakura Bloom Scout
- Sakura Bloom Scout – $180 – $280
- For deals on used carriers, check your favorite carrier Buy/Sell/Trade group