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When I first had my son I had no idea about 'crotch dangers' (horrible saying!) so purchased a chicco carrier. I barely used it as it was so uncomfortable with my young son. As I became more educated on attachment parenting I soon realized the big mistake i had made! One of my mummy friends had one of these carriers for her then nine month old daughter and it looked great and very practical. She let me borrow it the next week I seen her so I could give it a good road test. By the time I gave her it back I was more than converted! I then sought out one for myself. There is a lot of fakes around so it was important for me to get a genuine one. This product has been great from the start. It has lots of safety features which help to assure you that your child is safe. It's so easy to put on, just one clip round the waist pop baby in then bring the straps up! I never got to use the newborn insert but have seen my friend using it and it looks really comfy for little babies. My son is now just turned three and up until a few months ago it was in regular use! its great for long walks and even going shopping as it saves fighting round with a big pushchair. I can easily still carry him but I do feel my back starting to niggle after a while.
They are a bit more pricey but when you consider the fact you get at least two years out of it it's worth the money!
Ergo is a well known and trusted brand among babywearing parents, and they have a lot of different baby carriers on offer. The Ergo Baby Carrier is one of the more popular styles as it is quite versatile and can be worn on the front, back, or on the hip. I have this classic Ergobaby carrier in black as I thought it would mask baby stains better than the other colours on offer, but it is also available in various other colours.
The Ergobaby carrier is made of a thick cotton material that helps to keep baby warm in winter but does not cause overheating in summer as it doesn't go over baby's head. The way it works is that baby sits in it so that s/he is supported to just above the waist, and has his/her head free to move and look around. Because of this, a baby has to be able to hold up its own head before you can safely use this carrier with it, and if you want to wear a younger baby I recommend a support front sling or cloth sling to wear on the front. I also recommend buying from a reputable brand, as these have tried and tested carriers, whereas some lesser known brands are not considered safe for young babies and some have even been found to be quite damaging, eg forward-facing front carriers.
Now back to the Ergobaby. Unlike with other carriers this baby backpack is designed to fit against your back or front or side, so baby is snug against you and feels close to you when you're out and about. In my experience it has never failed to settle my daughter down for a nap when she is tired, as simply feeling snug and secure against me in the carrier does the trick for her. The carrier is made of thick cotton which is soft and well padded, and it has a lining that is made of thinner cotton, so there is no doubt that it is comfortable when she is in it.
The carrier also has a burgundy coloured hood that hangs down the back of the carrier unobtrusively, but when you need it you can slip your arms round and find one of the two dangly ends which have little buttons on them, and bring them round to the front to button them up around your neck. What this does is form a hood around your baby's head which is perfect for when baby drops off for a nap, so that there is no danger of his/her head swinging backwards during sleep. My daughter will never have this hood on except when she is fast asleep and she will demand to have it off the second she wakes up, but otherwise it works really well supporting her head against my back and it always looks comfortable on her - in fact we are always getting compliments on our carrier because of this.
Thanks to my local sling meet I have tried several different baby carriers over the years and in the beginning I used a woven cloth wrap to carry my baby on front which was perfect at the time. But as she got older my daughter wanted to be able to get in and out the sling at intervals so I decided to invest in a padded carrier rather than a sling that would require tying and being untied. The Ergobaby is perfect for this as it simply clips around your waist with a buckle and has an arm/shoulder strap for each arm, like with a backpack. In the beginning I needed help getting baby in and out of the sling but as she has become used to it and I became more confident about it this has become really easy, and my daughter now holds onto my neck while I put the sling around her without any fuss, wherever we are, without even the aid of a mirror to see what I am doing.
Due to the basic but clever design of the Ergobaby the carrier is very lightweight and easy to compact into a small bundle and pack away, so it is ideal for taking away on holidays or taking out for a walk whether or not you are sure you will need it. The band that goes around your waist is adjustable and thick and it is nice and snug, again made of a thick quality cotton material, and I find that it spreads the weight across my hips really well as does my husband, although he has to adjust it to the widest length while I wear it on the thinnest.
The shoulder straps are also made of a thick cotton material and they are very robust and well padded. They do not look frayed or well worn even after over a year of use and they are easily adjusted to make them tighter or looser around your shoulders. There is also a strap attached to the shoulder straps that can be buckled for additional support. I never used this as I never felt the need to, but my husband always does when he uses the carrier. I can't use the carrier at all now as I am heavily pregnant, but I plan to use it with the next baby. My two year old is taken out in our Ergobaby most days.
This carrier helped me to become more confident as a mother, more able to get out of the house with a little girl who was sometimes in a bad mood, and more able to calm her down when this was the case. I have been able to use it in wet weather by taking an umbrella out with me that covers us both, and I love that it leaves my hands entirely free to do as I please while my daughter is content to look around at the world and interact with people from the safety and comfort of my back. I have never had to worry about getting up or down stairs, or about muddy pushchair wheels in the house. The only niggle I have is that you can't wear a backpack with this carrier, so when I have had to get shopping I have had to carry bags, but on the other hand this carrier can be worn on the front or side, I simply never felt the need to.
This is a well made and longlasting carrier. It has been in the washing machine many times but it still isn't showing signs of wear and it has never let me down. I expect my husband will continue to wear my daughter in it for some time yet, at least until she is three, at which point my new baby will be able to use it. It is also a safe, high quality product, from a brand that is recommended by leading parenting magazines and specialists. That's where we come to the price tag - this carrier cost me £70 second hand on Ebay and even then I got it at a cheap price. A new Ergobaby carrier retails at between £120-£140. But, if you consider the cost of pushchairs- we have never needed to buy any- and the pure convenience of being able to babywear, plus the fact that carrying babies has been shown to reduce stress levels in their brains, you might find that the high price is worth it. I certainly have.
You may have seen my previous review on the bjorn, well after a lot of begging, pleading and a test week with my friends baby carrier, I finally brought home my new baby toy, my beautiful ergo!
The ergo is what is known as a soft structured carrier (SSC) which clips around your waist then your baby is sat in a tummy-to-tummy position with you. It's available in a variety of colours, the colours mean a variation in price and there are limited editions out there. We have gone with the very boring camel coloured for no other reason that it was the only one in the shop at the time!
The ergo (or Elmo as the husband has started calling it) works by clipping round your hips with a padded strap, which is adjustable so both parents can wear it, you then hold your baby with their legs spread round your waist, pull the shoulder straps on (again they are padded) which pulls the back support up round your baby and allows them to "sit" and clip the shoulder straps together. William feels so secure I had no problem with using my hands straight away rather than protectively hovering them round William in the carrier which negates the reason for me using the carrier (to have my hands free!)
The material which comes over William forming his back support, comes with a very handy pocket (think phones, card, keys) which I use when I am shopping with him to save trying to carry a big handbag as well. And a hood which can be clipped to the shoulder straps using poppers. I feel that the hood is multifunctional, it acts as a support when he falls asleep, it can aid sleep by blocking out all visual stimulation, and the other day when I forgot Williams sun hat, it protected his head from the sun on my dash to the car!
As we only got this when William was 10 months old we moved straight onto normal carries, of which there are 3; the front, the back and the hip carry. You can only start using these carries once your baby is 12lbs (5.5kgs) before this you can use a branded insert with the carrier which makes it suitable from birth (well from7lbs or 3.2kgs) until you move on. Obviously getting the ergo at 10 months William was well within the weight limit so I have no experience with the insert. And for those who think it may be a bit silly getting a new carrier so late in the game; the ergo can be used until your child reaches 45lbs (12kgs) I think we have a long way to go until our monster hits that!
You are only able to carry in a tummy-to-tummy position, not in a forward facing position. This doesn't mean that your baby will not be able to see out, William is able to look left and right, pull one arm out of the top of the ergo (he isn't quite big enough to be sat higher yet!) and most importantly if he gets overwhelmed (doesn't happen very often) he can immediately hide in my boobs until he's feeling braver. This also helps him sleep as his head is directly on my breastbone so he can hear my heart beating.
The ergo sits the baby so their knees are higher than their bum which is a more natural position and is the way you would carry them if you didn't have a carrier strapping them to you. So Williams feet are poking out either side, his head at the top, and as he gets bigger his shoulders will be out of the top of the carrier too. But he is not restricted in any way, his arms are free for him to suck his fingers, he can touch what he wants when he wants (generally stroking my hair) I love that his arms are not pinned out like they are in so many other carriers.
The front carry is simple to do, easy to manage on your own which is often essential, the stages of me putting it on are as follows:
1. Clip the waistband round my hips and adjust if husband has been wearing it and fiddled with it!
2. Pick William up, hold him in a tummy-to-tummy position with his bum resting on the top of the waistband, his legs either side of the back material
3. With one arm holding William I pull the material up his back so he is secure and I bounce him down to get him comfy
4. Pull the shoulder straps on one by one
5. Clip the straps together with the back strap
6. Away we go!
My main bugbear with the bjorn was William got very heavy very quickly and my back was in massive amounts if pain. William now weighs somewhere in the region of 19lbs (9kgs-ish) and I can comfortably wear him in this for the whole of my weekly shop (90 minutes at least) and I tend to wear him for walks in it when I have forgotten to take the pram out of the car and the car has gone off to work with the husband! The weight is distributed across your hips and back, and it really is no different to the weight you'd feel carrying your baby in your arms, except of course your arms don't feel like they are about to drop out of their sockets!
I'll touch briefly on the other carries that you can do, although I have only tried the back carry once!
BACK CARRY; in brief this is like having your child in a piggy back position without you needing to hold on and them needing to cling on. So far I have been unsuccessful in every attempt to do this on my own and my husband needs to help me otherwise we have major fear that we will have William falling. I have watched countless youtube videos and know it can be done, but I think I need to first of all do this over the bed and second of all wait until he is bigger and will cling onto me when I tell him too. This carry will come into its own as he gets bigger and doesn't want to snuggle with mummy. And as mentioned you can use up to 45lbs which I believe is the average weight of a 4 year old, I can sense it coming in handy to the strains of "I want a piggyback etc."
HIP CARRY; I haven't tried this at all yet, though the idea behind it is that you carry on your hip in a natural child holding pose. The reason I haven't tried it yet is that you need to readjust the straps and buckles to allow the support to be in the correct places for baby and you, and so far my sleep deprived brain hasn't got its head around it. Though I need to study youtube as this is the perfect hold for the 4:30 whine time, pick me up, I want to be held, all while I'm trying to get his dinner ready. The hip carry would mean I have both hands free to chop and that he is away from anything potentially dangerous (knives, cooker etc)
It's not the cheapest carrier out there retailing at £80 for an original. For the length of time you get to use this I think it is worth every single penny. Especially if you have a clingy baby who needs to be close to mummy even though mummy has things she needs to do.
- baby held in a comfortable position which is not detrimental to their hip development
- machine washable for when you get baby drool, baby vomit, mummy's dinner....on it
- 3 different types of carry that you can change to suit your baby
- handy pocket allowing you to leave the bag at home for short trips (ie ones where you don't take nappies!)
- hood to hide visual stimulation and help promote sleep
- great for settling an upset fussy baby by holding against your chest
- comfortable padded straps
- weight of baby evenly distributed and you don't end up with back ache
- easy to take out and about with you, fits in a bag, bottom of the pram and is always n hand if I need it
- you need to buy a separate insert to use from birth
- back and hip carry are tricky
Even though William was starting to get restless with the bjorn, in the ergo he is happy to be carried for as long as I want to carry him which says something as he is now on the move and generally wants to be on the floor to crawl and stand.
I love it and would recommend to anyone with a baby!
ErgoBaby Sport Organic Carrier
There are many, many baby carriers, slings and backpacks available for infants, babies and toddlers. Now that Millie is three, we are onto our fifth carrier!
Several friends have or have had an ErgoBaby Carrier. I had heard so many good things about this baby carrier, and they looked so stylish but they seemed to be quite expensive. I finally relented when our daughter was eight months old. I paid £50 for our second-hand Ergo which we used intermittently for about a year. I see that it is available on Amazon for £85-110 (May 2013). When worn with the infant insert, it is suitable for babies weighing 3.2 - 20kg.
This carrier is designed to hold the baby in an ergonomic, natural sitting position in three inward-facing positions: facing inwards on the wearer's front, looking forwards when on the wearer's back, and on the wearer's side. We usually had her snuggling into my chest, however Millie would often get frustrated at not being able to see ahead of us. My husband preferred to carry Millie on his back, but we both found it difficult to talk to her or have conversations with her when we weren't looking or speaking directly to each other.
This Ergo is very comfortable. It's very easy to wear once it is on. I wore it for hours on end and never felt any aches or pains while carrying our daughter nor afterwards. One complaint I have is this: despite watching the accompanied DVD, I was never able to carry Millie on my back if I was by myself.
There is a comfortable padded waist-belt that helps ensure the baby's weight is evenly distributed between the hips and shoulders. There are adjustable, padded shoulder straps. There is a small, convenient pocket and a wonderful detachable sleeping hood that darkens the environment while baby is sleeping and provides protection from the sun and the wind.
This Ergo carrier is different to the original in that it is lightweight. It weighs 800g.
The website explains that this carrier is made from:
· Body Material: 100% Cotton Canvas
· Lining Material: 100% Cotton Poplin
It's machine washable, and held up well for us. We also spot-cleaned it occasionally.
Although Millie is still well within the weight limit for this carrier, we stopped using it when she continually complained about not being able to see where we were going. I do wish that we'd started using it when she was just several months old. Perhaps if there's a sibling.......
Recommended. I'm deducting half a star for it being complicated to wear/put on and half a star for the price.
I don't know where people get these babies who lie peacefully in their moses baskets, cooing delightfully, before falling into a deep sleep. "Forget the housework, nap when they do" they say. But what if they don't nap? What if you get an unputdownable baby who thinks that at best, naps should be taken firmly attached to the boob, or worse, that sleep is for wimps?
If this sounds like your baby, you need to invest in an Ergo. It's a soft, structured carrier that hugs your baby close in the correct ergonomic position (do you see what they did there with the name).
I wasted time and money on other slings because I thought at around £100 the ergo was too expensive, but it really was a lifesaver, and here's why:-
I found easy and fast to get on, adjust and get baby into if I wanted to front carry.
The wide belt distributes the weight across the hips, not the back, which makes carrying pain free.
The shoulder straps are wide and padded, so there is no digging in.
There is a useful little zipper pocket which is handy for keys and a cash card, if I wanted to nip to the shops.
I could make food and drinks for myself without feeling awful leaving my little clingon screaming.
The little hood was great for going outside when it was bright.
Walking with my baby in the ergo got her to sleep in minutes.
I could then sit down myself with her still attached and have a break.
The ergo can be changed around into a side carrier and a back carrier. The side carry is a little more tricky to get baby into but with a little practice it is great from about 6 months when baby wants to have a nosy when you're out and about. The back carry is more difficult. I need an extra set of hands for that and to be honest I've only tried it once so can't really comment.
The longest stint I did was 4 hours, I was comfortable, and so was baby. She slept on and off and there was no screaming like there would have been in the pram.
The ergo can be used from birth (if you buy the newborn insert, which is an optional extra) to around 4 years - making it great value for money overall. It is available in a range of colours and fabrics, from plain to patterned - organic to sporty, so there is something for everyone. The only reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5 is because the back carry is so difficult to get into.
I would highly recommend the ergo if you have a high maintenance baby, who doesn't like being put down. It will save your back, and your sanity, even if you do sometimes feel like you are 18 months pregnant when carrying your 9 month old!
I absolutely love this carrier, my baby feels weightless. I have carried right through from newborn (with an infant insert sold separately) to 4 years old and my back has not suffered as a result!
The carrier costs between £80 and £125. The classic carrier has a sleepyhood with 5 poppers along the sides to adjust to your baby, the zipped front pocket on the front it so useful for mobile phone, snacks, spare nappy/wipes and keys. The carrier is easily adjustable to the user so my husband and I can share the carrying on a day out.
Your child is held in the ideal position, knees slightly higher than their bottom, positioning them in a seated position! Comfortable!
The carriers wear well, I have used mine for 3 children, lent it to numerous friends and there is still life in it yet!
Worth every penny in my honest opinion.
We bought this invaluable product 2 years ago when my son was 12 months old. We're still using it now even though our son is near to the weight limit for the carrier, which is 20kg. The carrier is perfect for every day as well as holidays.
It is an excellent product - well made and very comfortable for both child and parent. The child can be carried at the front or on the back like a rucksack. Before buying this we had 2 other carriers which were not very comfortable to wear and we often ended up with back ache - not so with the Ergo because the weight is carried on the hips like a hiking rucksack.The Ergo folds up quite small so is easy to pack for holidays and machine washes well so is brilliant for use with a toddler!
We also invested in the "sucking pads" for the carrier straps which allow the baby to nibble at the straps without having to wash the carrier every time - these are also machine washable. I also recommend the waist extension belt for men as the waist straps are a bit short .
Overall we are extremely pleased with this product despite its` high price tag. Our only regret is that we didn't buy it earlier as we could have used it when our son was a baby (you can buy a special insert for use with babies).
I bought this sling for my 10 month old, predominantly to use on family days out and holidays.
My son loves to be carried and I've used a variety of slings from birth as a way to keep him happy whilst the chores get done! Of all the slings/carriers I've used, this is probably my favourite. It is comfy to wear and feels secure and DS loves it and normally falls asleep very quickly.
The waistband is padded and has an adjustable buckle - just one of several safety features in the Ergo. The arms are also padded and there is a clip to fit across the chest which again helps to keep the carrier secure and also distribute the weight evenly.
The only downside for this carrier is getting it on. It can take several attempts and a lot of practice to get the baby in and get it on securely - particularly with a wriggly toddler. Because of this, I tend to use the front carry if I need to put it on in public (e.g. after getting out the car). I prefer the back carry (I find it more comfortable) but find it harder to get into unless I get someone to help or with a bit of wriggling at home.
There is an integrated sleep hood which folds down. I'm sure some babies love this but my DS doesn't. It's still a nice inclusion though.
On the whole, I would thoroughly recommend this carrier. I recently used it on holiday and it was a godsend - no bulky buggies to take through the airport and DS could stay safe and snug throughout. Also prevents tired arms from carrying him. I can comfortably wear it for long periods of time, but this was after many adjustments of the various straps - if you are finding it uncomfortable, keep playing with it as it should feel great!
These are quite expensive but it's proved invaluable for us. For family walks or fussy babies it can make life a lot easier. The straps and buckles also ensure you and your baby feel 'safe' and secure. I have found it to be a better investment than a cheap buggy and have definitely got my money's worth!
Padded hip, waist and shoulder straps makes this carrier comfortable for you. This carrier helps to support the growth of your child by carrying them in a seated position, making it more comfortable for them.