The Angelpack Max Toddler Carrier is made by Chi-Chi Mio Designs. Here is a little about them from their website:
The name “AngelPack” was chosen in honor of our first child and the fact that as parents, our babies are little Angels and Angels need packs to keep them near us while we accomplish our daily activities. The name “Chi Chi Mio” is an endearment meaning “my baby” in our native Dominican Republic.
My Name is Nelly Diaz and I created the first AngelPack baby carrier out of inspiration from the oriental style Mei Tai baby carrier.
The AngelPack baby carriers are made in Dominican Republic, where I was born, raised and where I met my husband. Our sewing house utilizes renewable energy and provides employment to our neighbors.
Angelpack Max Carrier:
Stats from the Angelpack website:
The Carrier is:WAIST 27″ x 5.5″Adjustable from Aprox. 21″ to aprox. 57″.SHOULDERS: 22″ x 4″Adjustable from 16″ to 35″BODY19″ X 19″Body hight is adjustable to aprox. 15″ tall.HOODRemovable. Aproximately 13″ tall.Comes with an waist pocket and front panel pocket.
- Height: 19.25inches (but with some hidden adjustment inside the hood pocket, it can be adjusted as small as about 15.5 inches)
- Width: 18 inches (measured at the top of the seat dart. The official “official” measurement of 19″ listed on the manufacturer’s website is taken at the widest part of the carrier)
- Waist Belt: 26 inches of padding 17.25 inches of webbing on each side. From one end of the webbing to the other (the full length of the waist belt) I measure 50 inches (manufacturer website says 57 inches)
- Shoulder Straps: 23 inches of padding 16.5 inches of webbing on shoulder strap 9 inches of padding on the lower adjustment. The padding actually starts 3 inches from where the strap leaves the body of the carrier. There are adjusters here to help control how the carrier sits against your body.
My Angelpack Max Experience:
I was contacted by Lorene of Frogmama.com to see if I would like to review the carrier. Of course I said yes, because my new babywearing goal is to find a carrier tall enough to fit my big toddler leaner! I was very excited when the Max arrived. I loved the dot print. Fun and gender neutral. I thought the crescent shaped pouch for the seat instead of the traditional darts was interesting and I couldn’t wait to use it. The first time I wore it was for an hour at my daughter’s riding lesson. The Angelpack Max was really comfortable, but I had not done the top strap adjustment, so I felt like I could get the whole thing tighter next time by doing that adjustment as well. I really like how adjustable the shoulder straps are. There are 3 points of adjustment. 2 at the shoulder strap buckle and 1 up at the top of the shoulder strap that brings the carrier a little closer to your body. The waist belt seemed a little shorter than some other carriers, and this was demonstrated when another mama I know tried the carrier it couldn’t quite buckle the waist strap. My measurements for the waist strap were off by several inches from the official measurements, however. There is some overlap of the webbing and padded part of the waist belt, so it’s possible to get it cinched down a bit smaller than the padding of the belt (thus why my measurements above don’t add up right!).
I liked the headrest and it even has a little bit of padding. There is also padding where your toddlers legs come out of the carrier. There is a hood, but I did not use it. A mama in my babywearing group tried the hood for front carries and said that she felt the clips used to attached the hood to the straps of the carrier were a little difficult to get open and clipped to the cloth loops on the shoulder straps. The waist belt conforms nicely to the wearer’s body because it has 5 sections of padding. In a front carry the straps can be criss crossed, which is good because there would really be no way to adjust the chest clip if it was in the wrong spot. The chest clip is not like other carriers where it slides up and down on the shoulder straps. The chest clip attaches to some piping along the middle of the shoulder strap by little gripper clips. It is sometimes difficult to get the clips to grab the fabric right while you are wearing the carrier (for back carries). It’s easiest to attach them when the carrier is not on your body. There are several pockets on the carrier. There is a fairly good sized flat pocket on the waist belt. Your phone and keys and a small wallet would fit in there, possibly a small disposable diaper. There is also a pocket that the hood stores in that is the whole width and length of the carrier body. You couldn’t carry anything bulky in there as it would be pressed against your child, but some diapers maybe or a hat, however anything in the pocket would be difficult to get out when the carrier was in use. In the pocket is also where you can adjust the height of the carrier. There are 2 hook and loop strips inside that allows you to shorten the carrier body by a few inches to accommodate smaller toddlers. I think this is a great feature as some toddlers that need a little extra height are too short for standard toddler carriers. There are elastic loops to allow you to roll up the extra webbing and keep it in place. This elastic is a little narrower than on some other carriers and doesn’t always keep the webbing rolled up.
I really like this carrier. The Angelpack Max has a lot of nice features, like the very adjustable shoulder straps, the ability to shorten the body height and the crescent shaped seat. There were some things that were awkward too, the chest clip was hard to attach at times, the hood strap fasteners are a little difficult also and the waist belt seems shorter than average so may not fit larger wearers. This was a carrier that definitely needs some user trial and error to get that “perfect fit”. I had to do a bit of adjusting with the fit at the top of the shoulders, but once I got it in the right spot for me, the carrier was really comfortable. Also, even with how tall and wide this toddler carrier is, my toddler still looks big in it. He is 28 months, 34 inches and about 33 lbs. It fits him well, but I personally would have preferred an inch or so more in height to give him a little “room to grow”. He likes to lean and I like to keep that as contained as possible.
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Disclaimer: I received an Angelpack Max from Frogmama.com for the purpose of this review. My local babywearing group chose to buy this carrier from Frogmama for the lending library. No other compensation was received. All opinions and experiences are my own unless otherwise stated. All pictures are taken by me and are property of The Babywearing Blog.