Different from the one's in the 80's but super good differences.
I love this although I wish the sun cover or whatever it's called was removable and maybe it is and I just haven't figured it out yet. It does fold back out of the way. Still, I should probably read the instructions again. I am indeed glad I read them at all since it's been 30 years since I had one of these things. The one I had in the 80's was simple, plop baby in and go, but this one has safety buckles for baby, straps on the chest and around the middle for the adult, and the sun screen cover. It's not as simple as I had previously but it’s certainly a lot safer and I expect nowadays no one would offer the kind they did in the 80's. And of course nowadays why would anyone want less safety so I'm very satisfied with the carrier.
Bonus, this was the cheapest one I found. I don't want to scrimp on my granddaughter but I already purchased a front baby carrier and a cloth back baby carrier, the latter which ended up being a waste of money as she absolutely hated it (am giving it to Goodwill since I waited too long to return it). That's why I thought the backpack version I’d used so long ago would be ideal and thankfully it is! Baby grins and looks around and is quite content although she does like you to keep moving, short pauses are fine but if you want to stop and text a bit that seems to annoy her (young people and their texting! I'm amused, but my daughter has a beautiful, plump breastfed, diaper rash free, happy 10 month old charmer so if she must pause to text hubby, who adores his girls, then I guess texting is a good thing). Also it won't be used every day so I didn't want to dish out a couple of hundred which is what most others seemed to go for or nearly that amount.
For the price it's really a wonderful deal. And I imagine it's probably on a par with the more expensive ones. At any rate it's super comfortable, easy to deal with (my daughter and I can easily set this onto a table or put it on the floor and have no problems slipping into it when we're just by ourselves), and it's super safe for baby which of course matters the most. I'm super satisfied and highly recommend!
ProsBaby loved this whereas she hated the cloth baby back carrier I got for her. It's also super easy to use compared to the cloth one which might be one reason she enjoys it.
ConsI wish the sun cover or whatever it's called was removable but maybe it is and I just haven't figured it out yet. It does fold back out of the way. Will read the instructions again if I can recall where I put them.
Best UsesWalks, outings - how I wish more people would use these instead of those gigantic strollers that are always in the way.
Also around the house. When I'm not there to help/watch baby and when my daughter's hubby isn't my daughter has put baby into the carrier and taken care of household chores. She still uses her front carrier for baby sometimes but obviously some things you do around the house you don't want baby right in the mix, literally.