If you’re a mom, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the ERGO Baby Carrier. It’s touted by many as the Cadillac of all baby carriers and moms-in-the-know swear by it. Unfortunately for me, two years ago when I was in the market for a baby carrier, I had never heard of the ERGO. I made the mistake of buying another very well-known carrier sold in major stores. We paid $120 for the top of the line model that promised not to strain your back. I wore it two times for a total of 20 minutes. My back hurt really badly and the carrier was bulky and uncomfortable. Instead, I used my sling, which was great for quick trips or anytime that I didn’t need both of my hands. However, I was never completely hands-free so certain activities like cleaning the house, long walks, or shopping were out of the question with a sling.
About a year later, I started hearing about the ERGO and I was intrigued with all of its features. For instance, The ERGO Baby Carrier can be worn on the front, back or hip position. It’s also ergonomically designed in a way that supports the correct sitting position for your baby’s hip, pelvis, and spine growth. It also alleviates the physical strain for the parent by dispersing most of the baby’s weight between the hips and thighs. One of the coolest features of the ERGO is that it can be used from newborn (with additional infant insert sold separately) up to 40 pounds! This means you only need to buy ONE carrier ever! The carrier I purchased could only carry him to 26 pounds. The ERGO also has a sleeping hood that supports a sleeping baby’s head and a pocket on the back of the carrier that is easily accessible with a side zipper.
ERGO recently gave me the opportunity to try a baby carrier out for myself. They very generously sent me a carrier, a backpack, and a front pouch. I have to admit that as soon as I got the package, my husband and I had to try it out immediately! I now know why ERGO has such a loyal following of moms and dads who swear by their carriers. You can strap on a 30 pound 18 month old toddler to your body and not feel any pain! That same day, Mike helped me clean the entire house with Lucas strapped onto his back. And, I cooked dinner with Lucas in the hip carry position. It is seriously amazing to wear your child and be totally hands-free. You should have seen Lucas-he was so excited to be a part of everything and from a totally different view point. He LOVES being carried on our backs!
I was also so impressed with the quality of the fabric and padding. The fabric is really soft and the carrier has thick padding in all the right places. All of these features contribute to how comfortable the ERGO is. You know, one of the reasons I like slings is that they almost feel like clothing when you put them on. That is exactly the feeling I get when I put the ERGO on. It just feels natural and I can move freely.
The accessories ERGO sent are extremely convenient and provide you with a total hands-free experience while out. The front pouch can be attached to the waist belt of the ERGO in any of the carrying positions. It also has a shoulder strap so that you can use it even when you’re not using the carrier.
The backpack is my favorite accessory. It easily and quickly snaps around the straps of the carrier giving you an all-in-one carrier and backpack. It has exterior pockets for water bottles or baby bottles and it’s really roomy inside. When you use the backpack, you can leave your diaper bag at home! It’s perfect for a long outings, a day at the park, hiking, shopping, and so much more.
Want it: ERGO Baby Carrier’s are available in a variety of colors and retail for $105. Accessories sold separately. Please visit the ERGO website to purchase.