If I had to name ONE item that I couldn’t imagine mothering without for all these years, it would have to be the ERGOBABY CARRIER. Hands down and without a doubt, apart from cloth diapers, ERGO has been the most useful baby item I’ve ever bought!
I never really saw myself as a babywearing kind of mom until I became one out of sheer necessity. I needed my hands, my baby needed my constant touch, something obviously had to give.
When my first child was born, however, babywearing wasn’t yet very common (boy does that make me sound old), and the choices of baby carriers were therefore very limited.
In pure survival mode, I started off with BABY BJORN which was pretty much the most common baby carrier at the time. It would have worked, I guess, if I had stood still. I wasn’t a fan of the way my baby’s head bounced back and forth and kind of flopped around every time I moved or leaned forward. Which was like all the time because you wear your baby so you can get stuff done, right? A while later of using Baby Bjorn, my back started throwing a fit every time I laid my eyes on the carrier. So I moved on and splurged on the SNUGLI baby carrier. Snugli was slightly more comfortable (at least for short use) but still left my baby dangling.
There HAD to be a better way, right???
The ERGOBABY carrier.
Desperate as I was, after a quick research I immediately ordered the organic version of what is now sold as the ORIGINAL (3 POSITION) ERGOBABY CARRIER. What did I have to lose at this point, right?
Let me tell you… Best $148 I ever spent!
I’m pretty sure I heard the harp playing and the angels singing when I was first trying it on. It was a constant fit. Not only was Ergo easy to use and surprisingly comfortable to wear (and really cute, I might add), it kept my baby safe and comfortable. It met everything on my wish list and more.
Fast forward to now, I’ve been wearing my kids in the same carrier for 7 years straight. And the only regret I have when it comes to ERGO is that I didn’t get it right away! The Ergobaby carrier is a jack of all trades and an excellent option for all kinds of activities and adventures. I also like the fact that Ergobaby makes at least some of their baby carriers organic.
Ergobaby is not compensating me in any way, shape, or form. I genuinely love this baby carrier, and I’d love for you to consider it if you’re looking for the perfect baby carrier yourself. By clicking on the following affiliate links, you can see more color/print combinations.
ORIGINAL ERGOBABY – ORGANIC:
PROS of the ERGOBABY CARRIER:
#1 – COMFORT FOR YOUR CHILD!
This a huge one, right? You need your baby to be comfortable in a carrier or babywearing isn’t even going to be possible. I’m almost willing to bet that Ergobaby was the first carrier of its kind and that’s why the company snatched the perfect name. Ergobaby carriers are based on ergonomic babywearing. There are many more brands now that offer similar types of carriers, but let’s just say that Ergobaby has been successfully making these for a very long time now.
How is ergonomic babywearing different?
A natural sitting position as opposed to hanging by your crotch is not only more comfortable for your child but also supported and recommended by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. It’s how your baby should be worn. Not only is the Ergobaby carrier comfortable, it also offers a sense of security. And, if you look at the picture below, it’s not hard to see why.
↓ How would you prefer to be carried??? ↓
I keep seeing people using old-school carriers like the Bjorn or Snugli all the time. They don’t look comfortable and neither do their kids. I don’t want to be judgmental because I don’t know what their circumstances are, but I’d love to just hand out pamphlets about better and more comfortable ways of carrying a child…
#2 – COMFORT FOR YOU!
The ergonomic design of Ergo puts the weight of your child on your HIPS, not your back. That makes baby/child-wearing comfortable even for extended periods of time. The shoulder straps and the waist belt are padded, and all straps are adjustable.
The Ergobaby carrier is just perfect for daily babywearing and hiking with kids!
In our family we love the outdoors and never pass up a good hike. Hiking with kids, however, has its challenges. For a while they’re too small, then they can’t walk for too long, and sometimes the trail just becomes too strenuous for them. Well, fear no more, for carrying your child in the Ergobaby carrier will feel no different than carrying a backpack. (For the record, my 4-year-old weighs 34.5 lbs and I can still comfortably wear her both in the front and back.)
#3 – VERSATILITY
The Ergobaby carrier offers 3 CARRY POSITIONS – FRONT (facing in***), BACK, and SIDE. I can’t speak for the hip (side) carry position because even though I tried hip wearing, it wasn’t for me. I’ve enjoyed both front and back carrying equally though. I carried my kids in the front exclusively when they were little (for my piece of mind and their safety), and occasionally when they were older when it seemed more practical. The back carry position has been awesome for hiking or long walks when they were older.
If you’re fairly new to babywearing, the front inward facing position*** may seem a little strange at first. You may feel like a kid would miss out on so much when all they see is their parent’s chest. Well, let me assure you that – in this carry position – kids can still see everything they need to see! They actually seem to enjoy it that way, because their sense of curiosity is backed by the feeling of safety and closeness.
#4 – EASY TO PUT ON
I’m sure there will be some people that have found using Ergobaby difficult. I mean, we’re all different, right? I’ve personally found the Ergobaby carrier incredibly easy to use, even more so when compared with the other baby carriers I had used before.
FRONT WEARING is very straightforward.
You just place the carrier around your waist as instructed, with the buckle in the front. You’ll then close the buckle and turn the carrier around, with the buckle in the back this time. Next, you let the carrier drop down and place your baby on your chest, facing you. While holding your baby with one hand, grab the shoulder pads and slide them over your shoulders, switching hands. At that point, your baby is being held by the carrier, you reach back, locate the chest strap between the shoulder straps, and snap it close. Adjust all straps as needed, and voila! You’re good to go.
BACK WEARING, while not being inherently difficult, might need to be practiced at home a few times before mastering.
There are several ways to do it. I personally found tossing my kids straight onto my back while leaning forward much easier than starting on my hip and then shuffling the whole carrier and my child around to the correct position. But then again, I didn’t start back babywearing until much later, making back tossing a lot easier. A soft raised surface (e.g. a bed) will be ideal if you need to practice the back toss.
#5 – SIZE
Believe it or not, this amazing baby carrier folds down to an impressively compact size. It even fit in my diaper bag! You won’t be able to tell from the picture below because I took these when I was no longer using a diaper bag and I wasn’t smart enough to take a picture while holding the carrier. But, hopefully it does show you that it folds pretty easily.
#6 – QUALITY
The fabric itself is thick yet very soft, and I can honestly say that the quality of Ergo seems to be excellent. During all 7 years of fairly frequent use and after multiple washings, not one buckle or a piece of elastic has failed, and there are no rips in the fabric or unraveled seems. Clearly, this baby carrier was made to last.
#7 – CLEANING
Spot cleaning is recommended, but the carrier IS machine washable. I wouldn’t, however, recommend frequent washing, at least not with bright colors. I have washed ours quite a number of times and noticed that the color gradually started to fade a bit. It’s not a big deal by any means though, and I’m talking a good number of wash cycles. The Ergobaby carrier will hold up just fine if you wash it once in a while. (For the record, I used both front and top loader; always line dried.)
#8 – THE OPTION TO BREASTFEED IN ERGOBABY
I saved the best for (almost) last y’all! Now, I’m not saying that you have to breastfeed your child, OK? But if you are breastfeeding, you’re gonna love this carrier even more. ERGO makes nursing on the go happen! I mean, how cool is that?!
Keep in mind that you may need to loosen the shoulder straps under your arms to lower the baby down a bit to make nursing possible.
For a sense of privacy and to limit distractions for a nursing baby, clip the carrier’s hood on.
Before you know it you’ll be strolling around a store, waiting at the checkout lane or boarding a plane AND nursing your baby without anyone really noticing. You’re welcome.
#9 – HOOD
The hood is an excellent feature. It’s really helpful for when you nurse in the public or for shielding your baby from the elements. It’s also perfect for keeping a sleeping baby’s head contained. The hood is lightweight and breathable yet thick enough to keep sun or light out.
If you need to support a sleeping child’s head and the hood straps of Ergobaby still seem too long on the shortest setting, place the hood over your child’s head safely, cross the hood straps and snap on the opposing sides. You can also try twisting the hood straps several times before snapping them close which shortens them.
#10 – POCKET
The Original Ergobaby carrier features two pockets. The larger one is a zipper pocket that’s actually quite large for a baby carrier. It can hold a number of personal items like your keys, your wallet, a pack of tissues, things like that. (Please do not keep your cell phone here, this close to your baby’s head. And don’t you roll your eyes at me!) The smaller pocket is what holds the hood when not in use but can also accommodate small items, like maybe a pacifier.
#11 – ERGOBABY IS THE ONLY CARRIER YOU’LL EVER NEED!
There is no need to switch to a different baby carrier to accommodate a growing child. You’ll be able to use the Ergobaby carrier as long as your child isn’t over 45 lbs**.
CONS of the ERGOBABY CARRIER:
On order to keep this post balanced, I tried to think hard about the cons of this carrier. This is what I came up with:
- When hiking in hot temperatures (think °F90+), I get really hot. But I have a feeling this comes with the babywearing territory and isn’t a fault of the carrier’s fabric.
- Ergo doesn’t usually come with a bag to carry or store the baby carrier in (some models do though). (Easy fix: I keep the carrier in a lightweight tote bag which I place in the hood pocket or the zipper pocket while using the carrier.
- The price can initially seem high. You get what you pay for though.
The ORIGINAL ERGOBABY carrier is intended to be used for children in the weight range 7-45 lbs.**
☞ The carrier shouldn’t be used with children under 7 lbs ( 3.2 kg).
☞ Babies in the range of 7-12 lbs (3.2 – 5.5 kg) and 0-4 months can be worn in the FRONT carry position but REQUIRE the use of infant insert.
☞ FRONT carry position without the infant insert is recommended for babies weighing at least 12 lbs (5.5 kg), while both HIP and BACK carry positions require babies to reach at least 17.2 lbs (7.8 kg).
☞ **ERGO can be safely used up to at least 40 lbs (the currently available carriers state up to 45 lbs while ours says 40 lbs.)