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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gemini Vs. Beco Butterfly II

So, as you know I recently received the Gemini and I am very much enjoying the delicious purpley carrier! However, it is TOTALLY different from my other Becos. A lot of people are asking me to compare them but I'm finding it kind of hard. They are just.... different. But I am going to try and show some differences with details so you can choose for yourself.

There are definitely pros and cons about both carriers and I think the Butterfly II will probably always be my first love deep down because its the first Beco I ever had. But for other moms who prefer the 4th Gen, the Gemini might be just what you need.

Today I will be comparing Blue Scooters and White Leaves from PaxBaby with the new Natalie Gemini (which you can preorder).

Width: G. 12.5in (base) 11in (middle) 10in (narrowest points)
BBII. 12.5in
Height: G. 14in (without headrest up) 18.5in (with headrest up)
BBII. 16in (without hood attached)

Padded straps
Length: G. 23in
BBII. 22in (from the Y seam) 14in (from buckle)
Width: Both carriers are 3in.
This shows the inside of the BBII which helps keep the baby secure when switching to a back carry or transferring to another person. Gemini doesn't have this feature.
Base Strap
Width: Both carriers are 4 in.

Length: G. 30 in.
BBII. 23in.

This picture is showing the most controversial part of the Gemini, the option to make the base more narrow and forward face.

Cross Straps:
I absolutely LOVE this feature
Hip Carry

Wearing my niece with the hood
Wearing the head rest up

My dear friend modeling the hood on White Leaves

So, this is basically my summary: Gemini and BBII are different. If you have the BBII and want the Gemini, try not to compare them too much because they are definitely different carriers. If you feel a little uncomfortable with back carries or your little one likes to move around a lot and you feel better with that insert, they definitely go with the Butterfly II. If you want to cross the straps and want a little more versatility than Gemini might be the way to go. And if your not sure, don't forget you can always try them out at the sling exchange!

I know that the Gemini is the hottest thing right now and a lot of people are trying to get pictures but these pictures do belong to me and this blog, so no authorization is granted to anyone to copy/use these photos for any reason. Photos are fingerprinted and re-posting is infringement on copyright and stealing. So please, don't do it


  1. I'm curious to know how tall and how old the babies are in these pictures.


  2. Sorry to get back to you so late. I never get notifications when people leave comments. My son was around 18 months here. My niece (the girl in the scooters) was almost 2 and my friend in the last picture's baby was around 10 months old.
    I dont know their exact heights. I still wear Levi quite a bit in the Beco and he is now 21 months.

  3. Thanks for the pics, that is so helpful!

    I also found this link really useful. It's wordy, but good.

  4. I absolutely love the Blue Scooter you have here. Are you ready to part with and willing to sell it?

  5. No mam. Im sorry. Im in love with Scooters and since it was my first SSC Ill probably keep it forever :)

  6. Thank you so much - this is exactly the detailed comparison with GOOD photos that I was looking for!!