How many times can I say it? I love babywearing! I think there are so many different styles of baby carriers out there that every parent can find one to meet their needs. Since having my son 17 months ago I’ve had all sorts of adventures in babywearing. They’ve been fun to try, and they’ve all worked in their own way. I’ve found it a challenge, however, to find one that’s been just right for both my husband and I. I think the answer has been found in the ERGObaby Baby Carrier.
ERGObaby sent me the Original ERGObaby Baby Carrier in Camel. I had specifically requested a gender neutral color, and I was so happy to receive the Camel shade to help entice my husband to wear it! They also sent the Heart2Heart infant insert to comfortably carry my baby daughter, Piper. The Heart2Heart insert was definitely needed since we started using the carrier when she was about 3 months old. The insert basically cradles the baby in a supportive cushion while snuggling her up against me. Even after some practice, it took a bit of maneuvering to get positioned into the insert, then into the carrier, but the time spent was worth it. Every time she was in the carrier, it only took about 5 minutes for her to fall asleep. She must have been so cozy
and comfortable in there!
We really put the ERGObaby carrier to the test shortly after it arrived. My husband and I decided to take both our toddler and infant out for an afternoon of outdoor shopping in October with just one stroller plus the baby carrier. That way we would have to use the carrier! I tried it out first. It went on like a reverse backpack with a clip that secured the straps across the upper part of my back. It was easy to do it all myself, but it was nice to have help getting Piper and the insert into the carrier properly. Once she was in, the self-tightening straps were very easy to snug up, and off we went! Piper fussed for about a minute after she was in the carrier, but after she had her pacifier, she tucked her head down and fell asleep within minutes. She didn’t wake up until I took her out to sit down and have lunch! After lunch for me and a bottle for her, my husband took over. I’m definitely built much smaller than he is, but the carrier fit both of us quite well. it did take a few minutes to make the size adjustments, but that’s to be expected! Like me, he could have gotten Piper into the carrier, but it was much easier to get her in with my help. Her legs also were positioned differently when I carried her, since my frame is narrower. Either way, she was definitely comfortable since she fell asleep again literally in minutes after starting to walk!
The thing I like the most about the ERGObaby Baby Carrier is the adjustable set of shoulder straps. This makes it so easy to get the carrier on comfortably around the waist without worrying how the upper part is going to fit. After baby’s in, a quick pull on either strap tightens it up to make it comfortable for both parent and baby! I also love the fabric. It’s a durable, heavy canvas, but the inside and hood of the carrier are soft cotton. The outside fabric really does seem industrial-strength, and I won’t hesitate to put it in the washing machine once it needs to be cleaned. I also love the fabric options. Check out this style in Galaxy Gray:
Maybe it’s just because I love stars and the color gray, but I think this carrier makes a statement without being a crazy, busy print like some other brands of carriers!
While I love the carrier itself and I found it easy to use, I am so happy that ERGObaby provides extensive instructions online. If you’re anything like me (scatterbrained and unorganized to say the least), you might not remember where your instructions are. Since baby can be carried inward, outward or on the hip, having instructions at my fingertips is very much appreciated!
Want to Buy an ERGObaby Baby Carrier?
ERGObaby’s full collection is online, including solids, prints, and organic options! Prices start at $105.
The Heart2Heart infant insert and other accessories are also available for purchase online!
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