The first baby carrier I ever used was an Ergobaby when I visited my older sister in Ontario and got to carry my nephew in the one she had. That Ergo made its way across Canada to me here in BC when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, and I started using it with her very early on. My dear, original Ergo is now about 9 years old. It’s been well loved, and has been taken many places. It’s seen better days, but still has life left in it. We knew though, that we’d need to move on soon to a new one. Ergo recently released some new prints to its original carrier line up and we fell in love with the Black Twill.
Ergobaby started in Maui thanks to a mom, Karin Frost, who was not happy with the baby carriers that were available to her. She wanted the perfect combination of comfort and ergonomics. She set out to make a carrier that would keep your child close to you, that was comfortable to wear, and was easy to use. This is how the Ergo came to be, and it set the standard for soft structured carriers.
Ergobaby carriers are designed to hold your baby in a cradled, natural siting position close to your body. The carrier also helps to evenly distribute baby’s weight across your hips and shoulders. The original carrier design allows you to carry your child from when they are a newborn* up to about 45 lbs. Now, you are able to carry a newborn thanks to the infant insert* that is available. It’s to be used with babies who are 7-12lbs and can be used in different staged up to about 6 months of age. After 6 months you’ll find you do not need the infant insert, and you can place your child directly into the Ergo.
The infant insert has changed a lot since the original. The one I used with my first born did not have any straps, or a bum pillow. It was like a half circle of fabric, and it took me a little bit to figure out how to use it with my newborn daughter. This time round things were totally different, it was much more straight forward. I was able to place my tiny, newborn into the infant insert and connect the straps and I knew everything was okay. I had no problems putting her into the carrier on my own with this insert. Watch Ergobaby’s video on how to use an infant insert and you’ll be good to go too. It was easy to make sure my daughter was in a seated, froggy-like position against me, and then bring up the straps of the carrier over my shoulders and connect the buckle on my shoulder blades. I really appreciate that the infant insert also has snaps on the sides now to attach it to the carrier. The infant insert is not going anywhere with those.
While wearing my Black Twill Ergo out and about with my youngest daughter in it I get asked right away about the fabric by others who notice it. Everyone wants to know if it is actual twill fabric. The answer is that it is a print on 100% cotton. Could you tell? This means you do not have to worry about figuring out how to clean twill, the whole carrier is machine washable. Thank you Ergobaby! This was a huge help to us as my little one decided to claim the carrier as her’s the first time we used it thanks to a diaper leak. I didn’t even bat an eye at it. When we got home into the washing machine it went, and then I let it air dry.
Ergo carriers have an adjustable waist belt and shoulder strap, and a large storage pocket. With my hand-me-down carrier I needed to get a belt extender because the waist belt was too short for me. When I opened my new Ergobaby carrier out of the box I was prepared to attach my belt extender to it in order to be able to use it. I did not need it. The belt is longer on the new models. The waist belt has a circumference range of 26″ to 66″. I wear a size 16/18 pant and have extra length still on the waist belt to give you an idea if you are plus size like me and are concerned about finding a carrier that will work for you. If you are still concerned I highly recommend you go to a local store and try an Ergo on, plus you can use a belt extender still with the new models. The Ergo is still extremely comfortable to wear. I also found it much easier to reach the shoulder straps to tighten, and the buckle to connect that is at the top of each shoulder strap, but is on my back. Thanks to these adjustable features the carrier works for those who are different sizes. My husband and I are close in height, but are different sizes. It is very easy for us to transition the carrier from one parent to the other.
There is also the huge pocket that is zippered. There is also a hood that is tucked into a small pocket. When we use the hood – you cannot miss it on the Black Twill carrier it is done in a gorgeous houndstooth print – to cover our child while in the carrier, either from the elements or because they are sleeping, we sometimes use the small pocket the hood tucks into to put our cell phone for easy access. In the zippered pocket we place our keys, wallet, and snacks. There is a lot of space in it.
The Ergo is obviously not as light weight as a fabric wrap carrier, but it is definitely not as heavy as a structured carrier that has a frame in it. It’s a great middle ground carrier, especially if you are only wanting to purchase one carrier. Go for one like this. We use our Ergo around the house, but we also take it with us out and about, and on casual hikes. We are comfortable carrying our two month old in the front, or our 3 year old on our backs in it. The original Ergobaby can be worn three different ways; front, back, and on the side. The carrier can also be easily transported if you are going on a trip. I roll mine up into a cylinder shape and put it in my travel bag when we go on vacation.
There are several great accessories also available to use with Ergobaby carriers. Such as teethers to put on the shoulder straps that are perfect for when your little one is drooling and needs a safe,soft spot to chew on when they are dealing with teething. I have the rain weather cover on my wish list to get next. Living in Raincouver it will be very handy to have to cover my little girl from the elements even more, and I will have no excuse to not go outside and enjoy the rain with my other daughter when she wants to go puddle jumping. There is also a winter weather cover that is available to help at some warmth on those cold days, but you still want or need to baby wear. I actually have an Ergobaby backpack that has been incredibly helpful, especially recently when we went on vacation. We used the backpack instead of a diaper back. I was able to attach it to the Ergo, or wear it like a regular backpack, and there was plenty of storage space in it.
I really appreciate how versatile the Ergobaby carrier is. I know this carrier will be with us for a long time. I will definitely be using this with my youngest daughter when she is 3, and we’ll see from there. Kids are still asking for piggy back rides in early elementary school, so why not make it easier on my back and hips, and use the Ergo to help support them? It is easy to use, and both of my girls have loved being in the Ergo since the first time they were put in it. I can get my baby in and out of it on my own, which is great when I am out and about with my daughters. I am able to put my youngest into the carrier and have my hands free to hold onto my oldest daughter’s hand, or for holding onto the shopping cart, stroller, or any bags I may have with me. If my daughter is fussy, and needs a bottle I do not have to take her out of the carrier I can simply loosen one shoulder strap and tuck the bottle in and under the strap for her to be able to feed. Some woman are so talented in that they are able to nurse their baby while they are in the carrier.
We absolutely love our Ergobaby Original Carrier. I could not manage without baby wearing, even more so now with two kids. I love how close it keeps my daughter and I. I love that I can have my hands free to do what I need to do. I have never had an issue with my back hurting thanks to the structure and padding in this carrier. This is a wonderful carrier for accommodating families with newborns up to preschoolers, and even older depending on their weight. There are more colours, designs, and styles available from Ergobaby you are sure to find a carrier from them that you love, and that will work for your families needs. This truly is a great carrier if you are looking to be able to wear you baby safely and be hands free from newborn and up in age. There’s even a 360 degree carrier option now if you want your child to be able to face outwards. Ergobaby has put a lot of thought into their design, and you can tell. We will be using our Ergobaby carrier for years to come.
Ergobaby has very generously provided the opportunity for one Canadian Discovering Parenthood reader to win a Ergobaby Original Carrier of their choice. How amazing is that? I am so excited for one of you to get to win one of these! Scroll down to the rafflecopter below this photo of me using my carrier while snowshoeing. Good luck to everyone who enters, I hope whoever wins uses their carrier to take their little one on many adventures.
Disclosure: Ergobaby provided me with the product mentioned above in order to allow me to facilitate this review. As you can see, I have already owned an Ergobaby carrier, and this just made me love their product even more. All words and opinions shared are my own.