So, I'm hearing a lot about the Ergo lately. Does anyone have a recommendation for a specific one or are they all basically the same?
They're all pretty similar. Some are supposed to be cooler than others for the baby, but will feel fairly similar to you. Some material differences. Some have zipper pockets, some don't. Body size is pretty much the same across the board.
I have an organic one. Pretty much the same as the original, only the materials are organic. I liked the colors of mine better which was the only reason I got organic. I got it form BabySteals last summer.
The sports Ergos have less material on baby's back. Hood detaches (mine doesn't). No pocket obviously since it's less material. I've tried on on and thought it was fine. I don't remember noticing anything too different from my organic one.
Performance Ergo has a different material on the outside. Supposedly is better for outdoors? I've seen one IRL, but haven't tried it on or anything. It's lighter weight, but none of them are heavy IMO.
(both of these are from end of Oct/early Nov so he was about 1 year)
ETA: Found a front carry picture! Aiden was 6 months old here. This is from the day we got it actually!
Last edited by alwayssmile; 12-24-2011 at 12:44 AM.
No. Not with the other carriers you have. Though my husband only uses SSCs (which is what the Ergo is). I like using SSCs in places where mei tai straps might get dirty and I want to wear him longer than what my ring sling will allow. You can see from the front carry picture when he was 6 months that it wouldn't exactly fit a small baby well, so you have lots of time to decide if you want one or not.
There are lots of other SSCs out there too. A few may have entered my house at some point. Each SSC is different with some having curved waists and some having straight waists, padding thickness, strap (webbing) length, width of straps, size of body, etc. I love how the Ergo is easy to find in mainstream America and it's a really good carrier compared to so many that you see in big box stores.
I had a sport ergo from babysteals and sold it b/c I didn't like the way it fit DD. I then bought the organic ergo on babysteals and love it much more. I find it a bit hot to wear in the summer, but not bad. I prefer it to my mei tei simply b/c when I put the mei tei on in public the straps drag on the ground.
I have the original ERGO and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I used the infant insert with my DD when she was younger and she always feel asleep in it. We use the ERGO pretty much everywhere we go and love it. I have back problems and have not had a single issue with my back hurting using it!
We just bought an organic one today, with an infant insert. Our baby is only two weeks old but with the insert she fits snugly. We wore it around the mall today and she slept happily!
We tried on the performance one too, and it just seemed more outdoorsy than the organic one. Seems like it would be good for hiking or all-weather situations, but we have a stroller that we will use for that. The organic one was softer and seemed a little more comfy.
I have the original one. I have tried lots of other brands before the ergo, but once I tried it <3 <3 <3, I couldn't go back to the others... But at the end of a long day, my back still hurts after using it.