Is the Ergo infant insert worth it?

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Is the Ergo infant insert worth it?

So I know I'm getting a new Ergo (as do all of you!) but I'm starting to question spending the money on the infant insert. I'm going to try to find a few bucks to get a linen ring sling, but I already have my Maya RS in any case. It seems like so many of you have said you don't like the Ergo for tiny babies... I can't remember when we started using one with Beni, but in any case we didn't have an insert then. Marcia, you have actual experience with this... What say- worth the extra cost, or no? Anyone else?

My carrier plan as it stands right now is- bring Maya RS and mei tai home (leave current Ergo in Laos). Buy new Ergo in States (with o r without insert!). Use new Ergo or mei tai with Beni as needed over summer. Use ring slings with new baby as needed over summer. Then when we come back to Laos, we'll have two Ergos, as needed (and all the rest obviously too....). So what do you think??

The performance insert (which would match the carrier) is a good $40 I think... Which is almost the cost of that linen sling....

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I mentioned it in the other NB thread but I personally wouldn't prefer an Ergo for NB BWing just because BFing wouldn't be as easy. I have zero experience with NBs and Ergos but that's just my inclination. If you have the ring sling you'll be set but you could always try the Ergo and see if you like it. $40 would be worth a try IMO. If you hate it you can always try to sell it. I bet someone on this forum would snatch it up.

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With the HOT weather I'd totally go for the cooler linen ring sling over the Ergo insert! I just can't image how much hotter that would be for you and baby being surrounded by that extra padding ya know?

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Nope i dont think it is worth it at all. The only thing i liked about it is it the "seat" of it was removable (basically it is a little pillow) and i stuffed just that down into the Ergo until Lola was around 7 months because she was little and this helped sit up higher making it more comfortable for her and me. So obviously a rolled up little blanket could do this same job (does this make sense?). I think i used the actual insert as a whole like 3 times and she was at least 3 months old.

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I bought one and I have never used it. Not worth it to me. I found it quite awkward to use and I just used my sleepy wrap when Rheneas was tiny. I started using the ergo with him once he could fit in it comfortably without the insert.

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I didn't have an Ergo insert but I had a Beco w/ infant insert and it was definitely not worth $40. We used it once and immediately put the thing in the back of the closet until she was 4 months old. I'd spend that money on the sling, hands down.

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Thanks for the input ladies... I think I will forgo the insert and get the new linen ring sling instead. Smile

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Beccasweeet and I had a convo recently (one of many BWing convos these days :lol:) about if I would have kept using my linen RS for longer had it been the Sleeping Baby Productions shoulder style (pleated). My linen is Comfy Joey (gathered shoulder) and she is currently using it and not finding it as comfortable to use as her SBP linen with her 3 month old. Interesting thoughts! My CJ linen is still fine for DS, but it hurts my shoulder. Maybe that's due to shoulder style and not just linen?
No matter what I think you'll really enjoy having a linen ring sling!

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I read this blog... Stand and Deliver... and she just posted a link- I didn't realize that she makes slings as well- [URL=http://www.secondwombslings.com]Second Womb Slings[/URL] is the company... she makes all kinds, but mostly looks like linen. And priced fairly. I might buy from her just because I like her blog, and her in general and would like to support her... that said... in her FAQ or somewhere, I read how her slings are different from Maya RSs and one thing that she says is she uses a fan pleat rather than an accordion fold. She says this makes a difference in being able to wear it on both shoulders... but I don't think I ever noticed that I could only wear my Maya RS on only one shoulder. ??? :shrug: In any case, I'm not too worried about using the RS for much longer than that... I have that one mei tai with a small body, as well as the Ergos.... so if the RS gets too uncomfortable at some point, I have other options. Especially because once we come back to Laos (baby will be between 6 and 8 weeks depending on when s/he is born), it won't be AS hot here...it'll be the rainy season, and then the cool season.

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I'm really starting to believe that shoulder styles can really make a big difference on how a sling wears and how comfortable it is over time. My personal favorite is Sleeping Baby Productions because of her pleated shoulder. It add padding without there actually being extra padding and the fabric can still easily spread across the back to offer good support.
I don't know anything about Second Womb Slings (there are no reviews at TBW and couldn't find anything under a search), but she uses good safe rings and materials! Looks like her shoulder is a wider pleat and not as many of them compared SBP. Should cup the shoulder more based on pics. While it may limit that arm's movement it will allow for comfort. (Assuming I'm reading the picture correctly :lol:) If you go with her, share what you think later on! They look nice. Smile

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That's weird--I always wore my Maya on the opposite shoulder than the instructions recommended, with no problem. Sounds like a bit of marketing overstatement to me...that said, I also don't get what you guys are talking about with the pleats vs. the accordion--I'm pretty sure the shoulder pad on my Maya is a big sewn padded unit. ?? Definitely agree that style could make a huge difference in comfort, though. It's all about weight distribution...

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Honestly, I don't really understand what I'm talking about with the pleats either... I was just repeating stuff I read elsewhere. Wink I also don't think I ever read the directions closely enough to realize they recommended using a particular shoulder! Oops! It never occurred to me that a sling like that would be made to work better on one side than the other. Anyway, my biggest complaint about the Maya is the warmth factor, not comfort. So, yeah...

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I don't think it is actually made to work better on one side so much as it's how most people find it comfortable. I think the reason I preferred it backward was because of how my DD liked to be worn--in cradle position, having her head on the left meant my right (dominant) hand was the truly hands-free side, and I could use my left to help cradle her unless I needed it. If I wore her up in tummy to tummy, though, I can see how the opposite might be more convenient. But it wasn't shaped or anything--I can't see how a claim of "Maya doesn't work on both sides" could possibly be true. :shrug:

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Ring sling shoulder styles (general ones): http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/shoulders.html

I know I've seen the Maya worn on both shoulders in pictures before (and not just here).

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Ah, thanks for the link. That explains it--I think I have the new style of Maya.