We are SOLD OUT of all Beco Butterflies. This carrier has been discontinued and is being replaced by the new Soleil carrier. More details coming soon...stay tuned! In the meantime, check out our fabulous Carrier Comparison Chart.
The Beco Butterfly Baby Carrier
combines great ergonomics, excellent
weight distribution and stylish
design, and can be used with children
from newborns to toddlers in front
and back carries.
If you are wondering how the
Beco Butterfly differs from other
soft structured carriers, you can
check out the
Carrier Comparison Chart, but
here it is in a nutshell:
The Beco Butterfly makes back
carries EASY and SECURE, even with
young babies less than a year old.
It is a superior baby backpack.
You can wear your baby on your back
as soon as they have decent torso
and neck control.
With my second child, a tall,
heavy boy, I primarily wore him
on my back past the age of 3 months.
It was just easier that way...I
had a 3 year old to chase around
who also wanted my attention, and
who wanted to squeeze, kiss and
poke his new brother every time
he saw him. Back carry worked out
great with my little one. It was
easier on my body, too.
The unique internal harness is
what makes the Beco Butterfly special.
It enables you to securely buckle
your baby into the carrier, then
handle Baby + Carrier as a single
unit. You can pass the baby to another
caregiver without removing baby
from the carrier. You can put your
baby on your back very easily, just
like putting on a backpack! Front
carries are very secure too.
The photo at above right shows
the internal harness opened and
ready to receive the baby. The baby
is inserted, the harness is buckled
closed around the baby. Done!
Beco Butterfly II comes with a removable
infant insert for newborns (shown
at left) that allows your newborn
(0-2 months) to ride higher in the
carrier in an ergonomically comfortable
position. Since the insert base
is narrower then the actual carrier
base, infants can comfortably spread
their legs while retaining the recommended
seated position of knees at the
same level as the bottom.
your baby outgrows the need for
the newborn insert (usually after
the first month of life), you simply
place her into the main Y-shaped
internal sling. The infant insert
can be detached and stored in the
Butterfly Product Details
be worn on front or back
and easily shifted from one
to the other. (See the
Beco Gemini for hip and
Y-shaped panel is attached
to the carrier's shoulder straps,
which improves the distribution
of the baby's weight and enables
parents to pass baby from one
wearer to another without taking
the baby out of the carrier.
The inside panel contributes
to the safe use of the Butterfly
by creating a harness and prevents
baby from slipping down or falling
out of the carrier.
carrier body provides lots
of upper body support for your
baby or toddler, holds baby
close to your body for greater
comfort. Prevents the shoulder
strain associated with wearing
babies who like to lean backwards.
buckles on the top of the carrier
body enable easy nursing
access. In a front carry, loosen
the buckles to allow your baby
to drop down lower in the carrier.
Then lift your breast to allow
your baby to latch on. These
same buckles also enable you
to adjust the closeness of your
child to your body.
head rest/sleeping hood
to support a head of a napping
child while being worn. It can
be also used as protection from
sun, rain or snow - although
it is not waterproof. The sleeping
hood is stored in a pocket on
the waist belt, and can be used
in front and back carry. The
sleeping hood is typically needed
by older children, and usually
only if the child is worn in
a back carry. In front carry
it can be used as a sun shade
for younger babies.
shoulder pads adapt to the
wearer's body, and are padded
with 0.75" foam for ultimate
(chest) strap is connected
to the shoulder straps and slides
along their length. No more
lost chest straps!
newborn insert The newborn
insert enables even the smallest
babies to ride safely and comfortably
in an ergonomically supportive
position. This newborn insert
can be removed once the baby
outgrows the need for it, usually
after the first mkonth of life,
after which point the child
will ride in the regular insert.
The newborn insert is INCLUDED
with each Butterfly.
strap with two d-rings is
located on the waist belt to
keep the Butterfly rolled neatly
up for storage. You can use
it to roll up and secure the
Butterfly around your waist
if your child is out of the
carrier for a while, and even
use the rolled up carrier body
as a "hip seat" for a carrying
a child in your arms.
waistband is firm and supportive
while maintaining a slim profile.
designer fabrics are smooth,
stylish, and comfortable against
packaging is made from recycled
leg holes prevent chafing
of little thighs.
range fits 25 - 50 inches
range fits from 4'9"-6'2"
care: wash on gentle cycle
in cold water with a mild detergent.
Hang to dry overnight in well
ventilated area. Spot clean
when needed. Care instructions
are sewn to the carrier on the
product label, so you always
have them handy.
Baby Carrier Accessories
Pads for Baby Carrier Shoulder Straps
is a known fact that babies LOVE
to gnaw and drool on the part of
the shoulder strap closest to their
face. These new pads are a handy
accessory for any soft structured
baby carrier: Beco Butterfly, Beco
Gemini, Pikkolo, Boba, Patapum,
you name it! Simply attach them
onto the shoulder straps and let
your baby drool and chew away happily.
The pads are made of 100% organic
terry cotton and are very soft.
They are reversible, machine-washable,
close with Velcro touch tape, and
there are 2 in each package. Preserve
your lovely carrier and put on a
pair of protective pads today!
Baby Carrier Hip Pocket
this accessory Hip Pocket
for secure and easy access
to important items while
wearing your baby.
Durable fabric, nice
design, roomy, good pockets
and zippers. Fits all carriers
sold on my website.
Makes it easy and quick
to pop out for a quick trip
to the store, take a walk
on the beach, survive a
day of traveling, or anywhere
else that you need to keep
your stuff safely close
at hand and easy to access.
If you are going out
without your carrier, there's
no need to transfer your
stuff. Just pull out the
detachable shoulder strap
and your Hip Pocket instantly
converts to a mini-shoulder
This item is also a must-have
for travel. Keep plane tickets,
passports and wallet attached
to your body, right at your
hip. No more endless searching
through your bigger bags
at the airport, no worries
about putting your purse
down and leaving it somewhere
with crucial items inside.
Keeps important items safe
and secure, right at your
to carrier waist belt by
means of Velcro flap OR
two heavy-duty snaps OR
a pass-though belt loop,
plus has a detachable shoulder
strap, a keyring, and all
the necessary amenities.
Will carry a wallet, sunglasses,
keys, small toys...all your
And don't worry, it's
NOT a fanny pack. Much slimmer
and more chic. Can't go
wrong with basic black.
Fleece Carrier Cover
Gorgeous 200 weight microfleece
carrier cover from Catbird Baby
keeps your baby warm when babywearing
without adding bulk or changing
the fit of your carrier. Very economical
and practical compared to buying
a babywearing coat for $200 or more!
Fits all sizes of babies and wearers.
Outer layer is charcoal gray; lining
and pocket are black.
The foot pocket is elasticized
to snug around baby's legs and keep
them cozy and toasty warm in cold
weather. The top flap simply folds
over the top of your Pikkolo, Beco
or Patapum and snaps over the shoulder
straps. You put it on prior to putting
the carrier on, so you can even
use it in a back carry easily. 100%
polyester, made in the USA.
a Perfect Beco Butterfly Fit
1) How tight
should the shoulder straps be?
If the shoulder straps (the ones
accessible under your arms) are
too tight, they will actually lift
your baby's weight up and support
it with your shoulders. You don't
want that. You want your baby's
weight to drop down and be supported
at the hips. The shoulder straps
just serve to pull your baby in
closer to your body. If the padding
of the shoulder straps feels like
it's chafing your armpits, or you
feel pressure on your shoulders,
you might have the shoulder straps
too tight. If your baby is sagging
outward, or sagging downward, or
you feel like your baby is not snuggled
closely into your chest or back,
tighten them up.
the deal with those front-loading
straps? See video below
for how to adjust the straps that
control the baby's distance from
your body (these have the two-handed
buckles with the button on them).
You want the front-loading straps
tight enough so that your baby is
snuggled fairly close to you. Your
baby's butt should be at or slightly
above your navel. If the front-loading
straps are TOO tight, then the baby
will feel squashed against you,
and the baby's weight will not drop
down to be supported by the padded
waistband. You will feel pressure
on your shoulders. Loosen up those
straps a little.
If the front-loading straps are
too loose, your baby will sink down
from your chest towards your belly,
and lean out away from you. The
top of the carrier body will angle
outwards away from you. This will
strain your back. Tighten up those
straps until your baby is back on
your chest snuggled up to you.
strap placement and armpit rub
The chest strap (connecting the
two shoulder straps) should be at
the base of your neck (in front
carry), or just below your collarbone
(in back carry). If not, slide it
up or down the runners to be in
the right place. Armpit rubbing
can sometimes be relieved by wearing
the chest strap placed *lower* on
your body, so experiment with positioning
and see if that helps pull the shoulder
straps out of your armpits. Armpit
rub is also typically caused by
having your shoulder straps too
tight. Try loosening them up.
4) How tight
should the chest strap be?
Are the shoulder straps resting
just inside your shoulder caps?
They should not be resting *on*
your shoulder joint, nor too close
to your neck, but right in between.
If they are slipping out too far
onto your shoulder cap, tighten
up your chest strap so that it pulls
5) I feel
My back is
sore! If you are wearing
your baby for the first time on
your back, and your baby is older,
then your core muscles will need
to adjust to babywearing. Keep your
babywearing sessions short at first
and increase gradually as your back
and shoulder muscles strengthen.
Make sure your posture is good,
stand up straight, and go for a
walk with your baby instead of standing
in one place.
should I switch to back carry?
Front carry is less comfortable
than back carry. Humans are built
to carry weight on their backs,
not on their front. The Butterfly
allows you to put even fairly small
babies on your back easily, so if
front carry doesn't feel good, then
give back carrying a try. If your
baby is 20 pounds or over, you should
be primarily wearing your baby on
I personally GREATLY prefer back
carrying to front carrying, except
with very young babies. I don't
like having my shoulders pulled
forward, and I don't like not being
able to see my feet. I had my second
baby on my back at 2.5 months and
it was great! Much easier on the
back, neck and shoulders overall.
Pulls your shoulder back so you
can stand up straight and tall with
good posture. In general, you can
put your baby on your back once
your baby has good head control.
This means that if your baby's body
is vertical, he/she can hold her
head upright without it flopping
However, see #5...when you switch
from front carry to back carry you
use an entirely different set of
muscles, so there might be a new
period of adjustment for you as
your core muscles strengthen and
adapt. I've been babywearing for
years, and it still happened to
me when I went from primarily front-carrying
to primarily back-carrying my babies.
Adjustment should not take longer
than 3-4 days at most though.
should I use the detachable Newborn
Insert, and when should I switch
to the permanent Insert?
Beco's rough estimate is that the
newborn insert (the one that is
detachable) can be used for babies
under 15 pounds, but I would say
that if your baby is average sized
or above and is MORE THAN A MONTH
OLD, you don't need the newborn
insert anymore. I have seen 12 pound
babies that were too tall for the
newborn insert and felt much more
comfortable in the regular Y-shaped
If the middle of your baby's
head is above the rim of the carrier
in the newborn insert, take your
baby out, detach the newborn insert,
tuck it away in the internal pocket,
and try putting your baby into the
regular Y-shaped insert instead.
If your baby is way down deep
inside the carrier (top of head
below the rim of the carrier body),
then go back to using the newborn
insert. Otherwise, use the Y-shaped
permanent insert. You will also
find that using the regular insert
makes it MUCH easier and faster
to get your baby in and out of the
Another tip...with newborn babies
be sure to move/scrunch the fabric
if necessary to accomodate your
baby's legs, don't pull your baby's
legs around to accomodate the fabric.
The fabric doesn't care if you pull
it this way and that, or scrunch
it up to get it in between those
newborn legs. But babies generally
don't like being pulled on, or having
their legs yanked. ;-)
8) My baby
doesn't seem happy in the carrier
Make sure that you are trying the
carrier with a recently fed, changed,
happy baby. Don't try the carrier
for the first time with a hungry,
cranky baby. This will frustrate
both of you. Also be prepared to
walk around a LOT when you are trying
to carrier for the first time. If
your baby is not used to being worn
in a carrier, he/she might need
some soothing walking motion to
get used to it and feel reassured.
Above all do NOT put your baby in
and then just stand around like
a statue. It's best if you can put
your baby in the carrier and then
go for a walk. Even walking around
your house is fine, if that's all
you can manage. Just keep moving.
Your baby may dislike the closeness
of the carrier at first. Loosen
up the straps (both front-loading
and shoulder straps) to give your
baby more room to move around in
the carrier. See if that helps.
Babies go through phases. They
may hate being in a carrier at three
months, then at six months they
LOVE it. I have had dozens of parents
return carriers because "I love
it, but my baby hates it!", and
then they turn around and buy the
same carrier months later because
they tried again with a friend's
carrier and now the baby adores
being worn. So keep that in mind,
especially if you have a print that
you love...it might not be available
at a later date.
how to adjust the front-loading
When you receive your Beco Butterfly,
you will need to adjust it so that
it fits you and your baby comfortably.
The front-loading straps (with
a front round button and two squeezable
sides) are made extra-secure so
that an older child cannot reach
over and unbuckle or adjust herself.
But this does make them a bit tricky
to figure out at first.
Here are video instructions for
tightening and loosening those front-loading
straps. Once you understand how
to adjust these, then follow the
steps below to check your overall
In my experience, a strap length
of about 3 inches works for just
about all babies. Your new Beco
might come with the FL straps much
longer than this, in which case
you will need to shorten them for
a good fit.
And here is one more good video
on the new shoulder strap buckles
found on the latest Butterfly carriers.
These are attached to the body of
the carrier and not the end of the
padded part of your shoulder strap.
The main instructional videos from
Beco (which you can watch below,
and which are found on DVD in your
Butterfly box along with your Beco)
show the old buckle placement, so
if you are confused about why the
buckles seem to have moved, this
should help clear things up!
with a Young Child
Carry with a Young Child
with Toddler - Version 1
PDF Instructional Booklet
Butterfly II $139
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