ErgoBaby Carrier Review - Is It Worth the Cost?

ErgoBaby Original Carrier
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The ErgoBaby is a soft structured baby carrier made of canvas with a cotton poplin lining. It is one of the most popular baby carriers on the market because of its ergonomic design, which helps both parent and baby stay in a comfortable and healthy position.

The Organic carrier collection is, of course, made of organic cotton canvas and poplin. The Original ErgoBaby works for babies from 3-4 months old (when they can hold their heads up) to a maximum weight of 45 pounds.

With the infant insert, which is available with the Bundle of Joy package or separately, you can use the Ergobaby carrier from birth.This carrier can be used in three different babywearing holds. You can do a front carry, back carry, or hip carry. The shape of the carrier allows the baby to sit facing the parent with hips and legs in a squat-spread position, which doesn't stress tiny joints and encourages proper hip, pelvis and spine development.

The shoulder straps have one-inch high-density foam inside, and are adjustable from 24 inches to 45 inches. The waist strap is also foam-padded, and adjusts from 26 inches to 55 inches. There's an adjustable chest strap, a built-in sleeping hood, a small pocket that doubles as the hood pouch, and a large zipper pocket to stash your essentials.

ErgoBaby Carrier Review

Our 26-pound test subject was able to ride in the ErgoBaby for hours, in a front or back carry, without squirming or fussing to get out of the carrier.

He also fell asleep a few times, despite lots of exciting stuff happening all around. That's about as good as it gets for a baby carrier review from a one-year-old!

The adult wearing the ErgoBaby will also find the carrier very comfortable. Even for long stretches with a heavy kiddo, this carrier distributes weight nicely.

The straps don't pinch or dig in.

The canvas material of this baby carrier is very sturdy and supportive. There's padding around the edges so it doesn't dig in anywhere uncomfortable, but you don't feel like the baby is dangling around. After using the carrier for a couple of months, it still looks brand new. This is definitely a carrier that will survive hard use for more than one child. The two pockets on the carrier are convenient. They're just right for some cash and your keys, plus a small toy or pacifier.

For younger babies, the matching infant insert allows use before baby has head and neck control. It's like a little padded sleeping bag or cocoon that takes up the extra space in the carrier so a newborn can snuggle in for a soothing ride. The top of the insert is padded and arched to give head support, too. If you're going to spend a significant amount of money on a baby carrier, it's great to have this extra accessory so that you can start using the carrier right away.

The adjustability of the ErgoBaby carrier is fantastic. It can be cinched down small enough to fit a petite person, and then adjusts out again to fit someone with broad shoulders. All of the adjustments are fast and easy, just like adjusting backpack straps.

It's really nice that you don't have to buy two carriers to fit parents of different sizes.

There are tons of options to customize your ErgoBaby carrier. Besides the Original and Organic collections, there's a Designer series with bold, fashionable prints, an Options carrier with interchangeable color and pattern pieces, and Performance and Sport collections made of breathable, quick-dry materials. You can also purchase weather covers, teething pads, and matching changing pads and backpacks.

As far as baby carriers go, the ErgoBaby is at the top of the field in terms of comfort and durability. You do get what you pay for in this case, but the price tag, at $100 and up, is a bit steep for many parents. However, when you've finished using the Ergo carrier for your baby, you can easily re-sell it and recoup a little bit of the cost.

The padding and structure of the Ergo baby carrier are excellent for comfort, but they make the carrier harder to fold up small. You need to devote a big portion of your diaper bag to baby carrier space.

Overall, the Ergo baby carrier is a great choice for lots of families. It's easy to use, supremely comfortable, and can be used from the infant stage through early toddlerhood. The Ergo is certainly popular for good reason!

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