Hi Cyndy! I definitely think that this carrier is easier to use than the older model. The colored tabs are especially helpful, as with my daughter squirming around I have to find the right buckles quickly. After just a couple times putting it on I was able to do it really quickly. I like the velcro on the front part as well, as it was a lot faster to get the buckle that goes through the front on. I also think it looks nicer (although I liked the look of the older model as well). We will definitely use this one more as a carrier, while we relied on the older one more as a travel high chair. Our daughter seems to really like it as well. As we were walking around “Babies R Us” this weekend (with my husband carrying our daughter in it), a woman saw us, turned to her husband and said “I want that.” So, clearly both my husband and the baby looked comfortable!