You go, I go, ERGO. Sorry that’s the first thing that popped into my head. Seriously though, everyone needs to get an ERGO Baby Carrier. I was very fortunate to be able to try this baby carrier out and I’ll tell you why in a minute.
Let me first start by saying I’ve tried a number of baby carriers including Infantino’s Eurorider, BabyBjorn classic, and Wrap ‘n Wear to name a few. So, since I’m a baby carrier floosie I know a thing or two about ERGO’s competitors. I think for the most part ERGO really stands out from the crowd. While there are a lot of different carriers structured like ERGO and some big name companies are making their own versions of the ERGO, ERGO seems to have all their pieces in place.I was so excited to try my ERGO organic baby carrier out. As soon as I pulled it out of the box I read the manual, with safety instructions and tells you about the many ways you can carry baby/child. Please note there are several videos and instruction booklets on ERGO’s website to help a mother out too. You can wear baby on your front, back, and hip and even change positions while baby is in the carrier….which, I’m not gonna lie, made me a little nervous hearing.
Aside from the different positions, ERGO is great for newborns up to 40lb children, and since once in a while *sly smile here* I like to push the envelope. I decided that since Miss A is about 38.5lbs I’d just test her out in the ERGO to see how it would hold up. Fortunately for me, and my back, DaddyB was the
test dummy, guinea pig, sweetest man ever and decided to help me out. Here he is carrying almost 40 beautiful pounds of Miss A, they were both very comfortable and she loved going for a quick ride on Daddy’s back.
When I tried out the ERGO with Baby C I wasn’t sure if I’d need the newborn insert that’s recommended for babies 4 months and under, but Baby C was holding her head up great and very close to 5 months. After trying it out I discovered she was too big anyway, but I think that the insert is a great addition, especially for moms who want to carry their newborns safely and have that closeness/kangaroo care.
I really like ERGO above the competition. Not only is it super comfortable for even my short self to wear, but the fabric seems very durable. I love that the shoulder straps are very cushioned and don’t dig into my shoulders and that all the straps have elastic bands to wrap up the slack, so they’re not just hanging down waiting to catch on things around you. I also adore the sun cover, the other carriers I’ve used do not have this and I typically end up covering baby’s head with a hat or nearby burp cloth, it’s great to have it attached to the ERGO and even have a place to store it amongst the other storage pockets. Did I mention that the sun cover is adjustable to Baby C’s size and position?? I love ERGO!
I’m a huge fan of baby wearing and not only is this carrier great for Baby C but I’m carrying around an additional 15+ pounds and am getting a great workout when using my ERGO. Speaking of the added weight, I want to remind parents alike to remember when first carrying baby/child in the ERGO be sure to do so in small increments working your way up so as not to wear out your body, also stretching before and after use will help prevent your back from being sore.
Although I love my ERGO carrier and the ERGO branding I need to tell you one thing that I, (and some other mommas I’ve talked to,) the top buckle, specifically when putting on in the “front carry” position. For some reason, long or short armed moms have found it difficult to buckle because of the position behind the back. I consider myself somewhat flexible but still have a hard time each time I put it on, and the manual also warned about this being a possibility as well. The solution? I’m not quite sure, I just do what works for me, so I put on the bottom buckle, place Baby C in the carrier, put the shoulder straps on and then grab one buckle piece at a time and with a couple minutes of struggling, stretching, and reaching voila, I always get her buckled. Of course if you’re near a friend or family member it’s a ton easier for them to just buckle it really quick for you.
Even though the top buckle is a pain for me all of the pros of the ERGO outweigh the cons. I would rather use the ERGO that is more comfortable for me, and ergonomically better on my baby’s spine and body. ERGO is very versitile and will grow with Baby C, so it’s a great investment for any parent out there. There are several different styles and fabrics to choose from. Try out the organic, performance, sport or original and I guarantee you’ll be happy with it. Check out ERGO Baby’s website here: http://www.ergobabycarriers.com/ to read more or buy your own.
Do you own an ERGO? What do you think of it??
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