Price: $140 (depending on fabric).
Weight Range: 7 to 35 lbs.
Comments: Early on Beco started with the Butterfly 2 carrier, which didn’t allow baby to face out. Due to popular demand, they created the Gemini which does allow baby to face forward. (FYI: You may see the Gemini referred to as the Gemini Performance.) It comes with head support, waist belt, adjustable chest strap, pocket and adjustable base. This base alternates to allow for small infants facing mom, then, when baby gets bigger, facing out. You don’t need a separate infant insert. And you can also adjust the carrier so baby rides on your back or hip.
Below are videos of all four carry positions.
Drooling pads are now available for the Gemini in two packs for $20. Beco is has added a new breathable mesh fabric to the line called called Cool SPF 50. You won’t see this on their web site; it’s apparently only available through mom and pop retailers. We did find it on Amazon.com for about $190.
Reader feedback on the Gemini is mixed. Parents love the fact baby could face out in the front position and definitely appreciate the extra padding. All that padding does mean the carrier can get hot in warm weather, however. But the biggest complaint: the buckles require two hands to undo. This is awkward at best and near impossible for some parents (there are videos that will help you master the buckles). Some parents also complained that the snaps were defective.
With this feedback, we’ll still recommend the Beco Gemini, but we’ll drop the rating a bit.