This is the only comfortable baby carrier that I have found. I have tried both sling and soft carriers similar to this Baby Bjorn, but they were very uncomfortable and caused back strain and pain for me. This carrier is comfortable for both me and baby (now toddler.) The leather is easy to wipe clean and will last forever and still look great. Black goes with everything. My baby loved being carried facing me when she was tiny, now she loves riding in it while facing the world as a toddler. If you are considering this item, but are worried that it costs more than it's worth... it doesn't. Save yourself the frustration of trying four other carriers (like I did) before finding a good one that you and your baby will love. This carrier is adjustable, so it grows with baby, and will last through however many children you will have. The only downside is that baby cannot ride facing away from you *on your back* with this carrier. It works with baby facing toward your back if worn in that position, but not facing away from your body. If baby is worn in front of you, then he/she can face either direction. Not a big deal for me, since that's not a position in which I would use a carrier, but it is one thing that some other carriers offer (including one other Baby Bjorn carrier model.) If your baby is a drooler/chewer and you wear him/her facing away from you, burp cloths can be folded over the carrier edge and tucked under the fold to prevent baby from chewing the carrier. Buying the specially designed bib is not a requirement. This is a great way to be mobile with a baby. I only regret not purchasing this three kids ago!