Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
Nori Peekaru Vest Keeps Parent and Baby Warm
The Nori Peekaru by TogetherBe is a fleece vest that fits over an existing soft baby carrier of your choice. The Big Idea is that the vest provides warmth for parent and baby from the sharing of body heat under the fleece layer. The vest is an alternative to wearing a coat over the both of you, or wrapping your baby a puffy bodysuit, or it’s simply another option when layering clothing for cold weather exposure.
Putting on the vest seems simple. First, secure your baby into a sling, Maya Wrap, Baby Bjorn, Ergo or other soft carrier that positions your child on your chest. Pull the vest over you, with your head and your baby’s head going through separate holes. The left side of the vest is open to facilitate this movement. Next, close the left side of the vest with a zipper and pull a drawstring at your child’s feet for a little more warmth.
The company states the Nori can be worn with a rain or winter coat, and the vest’s lack of sleeves should help facilitate that. However, photos on the web site don’t show the fit of a closed winter coat over the vest.
Although designed for frontal baby carrying, it can also be worn backward. And given the stretchable fleece (2 percent Spandex), babies can get their arms out the neck hole if they desire such freedom. There isn’t a baby weight limit for the vest because, remember, your limit is set by whatever carrier you are using underneath.