Good karma for a chameleon carrier

Papa Products 1Z baby carrier coverHenry Ford offered his Model-T Ford in any color you wanted, so long as it was black. The most popular brands of baby carrier often have the same limited palette. Let’s face it, you’re just not going to find a sage Infantino with a peace symbol sitting on the shelf at SuperTarget.

That’s why the 1Z (get it– onesie?) is so cool. This carrier cover is proudly made in Massachusetts by Papa Products and works like a soft, snuggly t-shirt to protect and add style to leading carrier brands like Babybjorn, Infantino, Chicco, and Snugli. Heck, if I’d had an orange 1Z with a pocket to slip over my own hand-me-down gray Snugli, I might have actually used it.

The 1Z is available in a rainbow of hip colors, some with printed designs, and can even be custom monogrammed for a great baby shower gift. I like that it slips on more easily than putting my wigglemonster of a baby in an actual onesie, and it doesn’t have snaps or moving parts that I could lose. Believe me, I tested it.

On the frugal side, the 1Z baby carrier cover lets you match the same carrier to anything in your wardrobe. On the eco-conscious side, the protective covers help you keep one carrier in good enough condition to pass on to a friend or resell. So that’s good karma for making your baby carrier a chameleon. All hail the 1Z! ~Delilah

Congratulations to Nicole C and Megan P – lucky 1Z winners!


Senior Associate Editor Delilah S. Dawson puts the chic in geek. Ask her anything about Star Wars. Really.


  • Reply March 11, 2010


    Normally you ladies get it right, but sadly this time I’m disappointed. This type of baby carrier isn’t good for baby at all. The bottom support for the baby is too narrow and essentially dangles them from their crotch. This can pinch nerves and arteries, cut of circulation and cause numbness in the legs, and create pressure points in the spine. To provide proper support you would need a wider base that allows for the knees to be level with or above the bum. Plus, this type of carrier will be uncomfortable for mom, tugging at her shoulders instead of distributing the weight evenly.

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply March 11, 2010

    Cool Mom Picks

    Thanks for the feedback Sara, but it’s not actually a carrier. It’s a cover called a 1Z that fits over popular brands of carriers that you might already own.

  • Delilah
    Reply March 12, 2010


    If someone is actually looking for a forward facing baby carrier, I highly recommend the new FreeHand Baby Carrier I reviewed recently.

    It’s ergonomically designed to keep the knees above the bum for optimum posture as you mention, Sara, and it’s light and comfortable for mother and child.

    But if moms are dead set on their Bjorns and Snugglis, I think the 1Z is a great way to keep things fresh.

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