Why Ergo Baby Carrier?
Be comfortable, hands free and ready to go!
The ERGO baby carrier is easy to put on and provides complete freedom of movement. From infant (with our Infant Insert) to toddler, just one carrier will meet all your needs. The ERGO can be worn on the front, back, and hip positions.
The ergonomic design of the ERGO supports both you and your baby in the most comfortable and healthy way possible.
The ERGO is great for hiking, gardening, housework, shopping, traveling and giving active parents the freedom to go with their baby safely attached. In the front position it is perfect for nursing and parent-baby bonding time.
Baby Carrier v. Wrap Carrier
When a baby is small, a wrap carrier is easy to use. Once the baby gets heavy and wiggles a lot, sometimes it takes a few minutes to tie the wrap snugly around a fussy child. The ERGO has a few simple buckles that securely cinch together to allow for a quick and safe way to hold the baby. As the baby gets heavy, the waist belt on the ERGO can distribute more of the load to the hips than wraps, thus making it easier on the shoulders and less upper back strain for prolonged use.
Baby Carrier v. Sling Carrier
What makes a baby carrier different from a baby sling? A baby sling is an over-one-shoulder baby holder that creates a hammock effect. Over prolonged time this tends to throw the parent's body out of alignment. A baby carrier will help keep your body aligned and alleviate back pain so you can carry your baby longer. The ERGO Baby Carrier distributes the baby's weight evenly over the parent's body with it's two shoulder straps and a very supportive waist belt. When using baby slings, a hand is often needed to support the baby, but The ERGO leaves both hands free.
ERGO Soft Baby Carrier v. Framed Backpack Carrier
The soft backpack carrier allows the baby's center of gravity to be close mom. This makes it easy for mom to maneuver with ease. When hiking it's important for mom to have sure footing and the ERGO helps make baby carrying while hiking safer. The framed backpack carrier distributes much of the weight of the load to the waist belt, but the center of gravity is not as close to mom. This means mom is balancing the baby's weight at a distance, thus making the balance reactions different than usual and more unpredictable.
In the ERGO, the baby is more sheltered by mom's body. In a framed backpack carrier the baby's head often pokes above mom's head and risks accidental bumping on overhanging brush, low branches and other obstacles.
Before I got my ERGO, I used a framed backpack carrier for outings and hikes. It worked, but I remember how unwieldy it was to load my heavy toddler onto my back once he was seated in the framed carrier. Once or twice I almost injured myself swinging the pack on. With the ERGO, loading my child is much easier, he naturally wants to hold on and the soft pack feels like extra arms that keep him close.
ERGOnomic for Mom
The ERGO is designed to be ERGOnomic for the parents. The majority of the child's weight is placed on the mom's hips through the waist belt. This thick padded belt distributes the weight of the child evenly onto mom's hips, reducing stress to the spine and lower back. The shoulder straps are also well padded as to not dig in to the shoulders. Because the shoulder straps support a relatively small portion of the child's weight, the “tight neck and shoulders” problem that often comes with using other baby carriers is not an issue with the ERGO.
The ERGO is designed to comfortably carrying children up to 40 lbs for an extended period of time. However, if the parent is not conditioned to carry a child for many hours, it can be a workout. I started carrying my son early on with the ERGO, and because he liked it so much and was happy in it, I often had him in there for hours at a stretch. Even when he was 26 lbs., I would still occasionally carry him in it for a nap while I worked around the house. It seemed easy because I was accustomed to the demand on my body.
A friend told me she used the Ergo while traveling in India and found herself exhausted. She had gone out for a few hours shopping, returned home complaining of a headache, and blamed it on the carrier. It was summertime and she was likely mildly dehydrated. A good tip is to realize that when carrying the baby, you are essentially working out with a live weight and should take breaks, snack and drink water to keep up your energy.
ERGOnomic for Baby
In the ERGO, the baby's is supported on her bottom and upper thighs. Her hips straddle the mom's body with the legs hugging mom, like in a piggyback position. The baby seated with her knees the same height as her bottom in a way that supports the baby's body and balance.