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Review – Ergo Baby Carrier

When I was pregnant with my daughter, Evalee,  I did all sorts of searching online for all types of product. Cloth diapers, breast pumps, nursing bras, co-sleepers, parenting books, you name it I researched it.

I can’t remember exactly  how I discovered the art of babywearing and the many styles of baby carriers…but once I did I went a little crazy. I purchased at least one of every style I found. My stash now consists of 3 ring slings, a hip style Mei Tai, 2 pouch slings, 3 wraps and an Ergo Baby.

I didn’t find the Ergo Baby carrier until Evalee was about 11 months old, which was unfortunate because I realized it was the only one I needed.

Ring Sling Baby CarrierThe slings were great when she was a newborn. They are lighter and cooler which was a nice feature as she was a June baby. But Evalee was a pretty big baby (almost 9 pounds at birth)and I have a bad back, so the slings would get uncomfortable pretty fast, as did the Mei Tai and pouches.

The wraps I had were great since they distributed the weight evenly over my shoulders and hips, but I couldn’t use them much until fall because we would both get too warm.

Then I found the Ergo Baby carrier. It is what you would classify as a “soft structured” style baby carrier. Since I found the Ergo Baby several other carriers like it have come onto the market. Brands such as the Boba, Beco and Pikkolo. If you click on any of those links you can read the various reviews on Amazon.com.

Bottom line is that soft structured carriers, like the Ergo Baby, are really comfortable (for mom and baby) as well as super easy to use. Another bonus is that the Ergo Baby fits my husband comfortable as well.

Many of the other style of baby carriers, like the slings, wraps and pouches, are bit too “girly” for my 6’5″ hubby and honestly, they look quite silly on him! But, the Ergo looks like it was made for him. We did need to purchase the waist extension for him to be comfortable, otherwise, the carrier had to ride a little to high on his waist.

The one con to the Ergo Baby, and possibly with other soft structured carriers like it, is that they are not great for newborns with out some modification. Ergo Baby does make an “infant insert” that has mixed reviews, although I think they have redesigned the insert. Again, you can check out the reviews on Amazon.com and go from there.

When Jeremiah was a newborn, I used the Sleepy Baby Wrap for the first 4 months or so and then once he was big enough for the Ergo we switched. I can honestly say that I could not live without it.

Any questions or feedback? Please feel free to leave them in the comment form below. The more the better!

11 Responsesto “Review – Ergo Baby Carrier”

  1. Andi says:

    My sister-in-law bought me an Ergo because she loves hers so much. Because they are so expensive and the research is overwhelming, I just decided to run with it since I already had it. That being said, I don’t know much about them. My son is 4 months old and I only know how to wear him on the front. Does the Ergo allow for other ways of carrying? Also, whenever I put it on when I’m by myself, I feel like I’m smashing my son while I try to clasp it over my shoulder blades… am I doing it wrong?

    Thanks!

  2. matt says:

    This carrier looks awesome. I bet that after a while carrying a baby can get tiresome. My wife and I are talking about starting to try to have a baby. I bet that she will buy one of these before she gets pregnant. I love the video that you attached as well. Looks super easy to use.

  3. Irene says:

    Hi Jess! Thanks for your advice 😉 Best regards Irene

  4. Jess Ray says:

    Hey Irene,

    I would go with whatever your budget allows. Both are great. The model reviewed here is the “standard”. A close friend of mine has the “performance” and swears by it as well. It really is just a matter of budget…Thanks for stopping by!

    Jess

  5. Irene says:

    Hello!
    I am from Argentina and i want to buy an ergo carrier, but i dont know which, if the standard or performance model? Which one do you recommend and why?

    Thanks!

  6. Jess Ray says:

    Christina, You’re right about the fact that I need to expect some negative comments when I allow folks to leave them but…this particular woman left several comments on several posts, each getting increasingly opinionated and some are downright nasty. I am all for “to each his/her own” and when it comes to parenting we need to agree to disagree on certain topics. To leave your opinion or comment on a particular subject is one thing, to personally attack someone is another thing entirely.

    On another more positive note, I too am not crazy about the adjustment aspect of the Ergo. But, once the adjustments are made I found it to be super comfortable. What we did is use a Sleepy Baby Wrap for the first few months when there was more “on and off” action happening and then as our kids grew older and were in the carrier for extended periods of time, we switched to the Ergo. It really is a matter of personal preference and body type. Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the conversation.

  7. Paul says:

    I find this really comfortable. My wife uses a sling but I think they take too long to set up. This is so much more easier. My wife is due again soon – can you get doubles?!

  8. Christina says:

    I love the Ergo too :) My husband is also 6’5 and I purchased it because it’s something we can both wear. However, I do find the adjustments a pain in my rear. I have a couple yards of brown linen that I’m going to sew into a Mei Tai carrier because I believe the style (which is similar to how the Ergo functions) would be comfortable and easier for me then constantly adjusting between my husband and myself.

    I do want to say (kindly) that you welcomed comments and the previous lady, though opinionated, meant no harm and seemed very much like she was trying to be friendly. You cannot welcome comments on the internet without being prepared to have some that you may not like. There will be assumptions in responses to a blog post. You might want to try just smiling, thanking her for her suggestions, congratulating her on finding the carrier for her and explaining to her what you just said. That might be an easier way to get to “the more the better” 😉

  9. Jess Ray says:

    “Just yet’? I’ve had this carrier for over 5 years and used for two kids. And it is still as good as new and ready to be handed off to any of my friends expecting a new baby. I did try a tradtional Mei Tai and being very long waisted, it didn’t sit right on my hips, but rather wrapped around my belly making it very uncomfortable.

    I found my Ergo long before it was “popular”. Stop making so many assumptions, please.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I have also used every kind of carrier and I really dislike the ERGO. I think that many times people like it because its a popular well known product so they actually find out about it and what they like is baby-wearing versus the ERGO.

    You mentioned you had a hip-style Mei Tai, but have you ever used a regular Mei Tai? I know everyone has their favorites, but every mom that I know who baby-wears (7??) uses a Mei Tai and we all reached that conclusion on our own before we met up together!

    Whether you use one with a traditional tie or a clasp (I prefer the clasp so there is no long strands on the ground)–its super simple and can be used from preemie to 35 pounds (or 45 depending on the style). I would strongly encourage you to try one. I think you will find that the support as well as putting the baby/toddler in and out of the carrier is simplified while the leg holes in the Ergo make it more complex. They come in masculine colors (mine is black) and it looks just fine on the guys as well.

    I was really disappointed in the Ergo and felt that the weight wasn’t nearly as centered as a Mei Tai. I’m super glad you are baby-wearing and keep it up–The ERGO might just be what works for you but I would say that you need to try a front/back carry in a Mei Tai before you decide on your favorite just yet :)

  11. Elena says:

    I like Ergo Baby Carriers. I should buy one for my sister’s baby. Thanks.

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