Thank you, MIL!

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Marite13's picture
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Thank you, MIL!

So, my ILs left on Tuesday after a nearly 3 week visit. On one of their last nights here, MIL was asking me what things we're going to need for the new baby. I showed her the registry I have set up at my State-side local cloth-diapering/natural parenting store. The registry included a new Ergo, infant insert and suck pads.

She straight up asked, "Is this the most expensive thing you'll need for the new baby?"

I said, "Yes."

She said, "I'll give you the money for all that before we leave."

Whoooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!:yahoo:

So I have an envelope with $200 in it, to buy all that stuff! And I'm fairly certain $200 is more than enough, so I'll get to buy a couple new diapers or something as well. Smile (I only wish I could go ahead and order it NOW, but I have to get the money INTO an account before I can order anything...or just buy in person...)

Now, my only question, which I haven't looked into at all, and maybe one of you can save me the research...

does the infant insert work in all Ergos? We have a hand-me-down original one that we use for DD (didn't use it until she was big enough to not use the insert), but, I was planning on getting the Sport for the new baby, because they are lighter and cooler. My SIL has the sport one- I borrowed it, and it feels maybe narrower as well? It just felt like it fit a bit differently, which made me wonder if the infant insert would work in it. Anyone know?

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According to their website the infant insert should fit into any Ergo carrier. I've never heard anyone complaining about it not fitting some Ergos.

You definitely have to update us this summer how the Ergo with the infant insert goes! Will be great information to have on here to share. Biggrin

What a fantastic gift. Smile

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That is AWESOME! Go, MIL! (And ooh, jealous...you get to shop! They're making Ergos cuter and cuter these days...I had to stop looking because I was getting all spendy and I CANNOT afford a new baby carrier just for the fabric!)

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Wow! Go MIL!! That is awesome. What a great feeling that must be that you have that plus some taken care of! We'll be expecting pictures after you get baby in there!

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OK, another question! Since we can afford either with the money that MIL gave us... does anyone have an opinion on Ergo Sport vs Ergo Performance? The website does say that the Sport is the lightest-weight and has the vent (but not the pocket). The Performance is still described as "light-weight" and has wicking material, etc. Plus the body does look fuller, which although must be a little warmer, also just looks more secure to me- and it has the pocket (which I did actually use now and then, just to stick my keys and some money in or whatever). When it comes to the warmth/coolness factor, I suppose we are used to using the original Ergo, so either one of these is going to be cooler than that.

Anyway.... DH just had a look with me, and he likes the gray Performance one, but said I can choose. Smile So he's no help.

(and yes of course I will post pictures eventually and report on the infant insert... and Leigh I have to say, I'm a little bummed that neither the Sport nor the Performance comes in any of the super cute prints or anything, BUT, since my DH wears the babies a lot too, he would probably appreciate a solid color anyway...)

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I have no personal experience with either, BUT I will say that I have been loving the pocket on my Ergo to keep one diaper and a couple of wipes in as well as my keys and wallet. That way I can keep a bigger diaper bag and purse in the car, but run around with no extra bags. It's my favorite part of babywearing with a toddler!

I know that for an infant you tend to need more with you all the time and that probably won't be applicable as much until the baby is older, but....it's a nice feature. And when DD was tiny, I did often use the pocket on my Maya Wrap to throw my money, keys, and phone in to run in to stores unburdened. (Yes I did then smack myself in the face with that stuff a few times, flipping the tail up for nursing and forgetting it was in there! Biggrin )

Anyway, I'd hesitate to buy a carrier without a pocket, personally. All else being equal.

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Leigh, I think I used the pocket just as much when Beni was little. Just going for a walk, would throw my keys in there, or running into a store (where I wouldn't take a diaper bag anyway) I'd throw my keys and money in... it definitely helps with the hands-free aspect, when you also DON'T have to carry a bag... I totally get what you're saying! Might be leaning toward the Performance.... Smile

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Ooh, those look nice! I like that they've added a zipper to the front pocket. What the heck am I supposed to keep in an open-topped pocket that's going to be upside down when DD wants to run around every ten minutes? Smile

Sigh...I knew I shouldn't have gone on there again...I love that Galaxy Gray original one with the stars...maybe I should applique some cuteness onto mine. Smile

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Which Ergo do you have? Your pocket doesn't have a zipper? I have an original- but like I said it's a hand me down- but it has a zipper on the pocket, but it's vertical, on the side of the pocket.

I do really like that Galaxy one too... but... I think we'll go for the Performance. Smile

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I have an old hand-me-down organic original...it has a zipper on the side of the bigger pocket, but no zipper on the little front patch pocket on top of that. The performance ones look like they have a zipper on the side of the main front pocket AND on the smaller front-front pocket. If that makes sense. So, for example, you could put a diaper and wipes in one and your phone/keys in the other.

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Ooooh....gotcha. I don't think I ever noticed the smaller pocket.... Smile

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Yeah...I hadn't either, but then the first time I tried to go diaperbagless on a longer outing (to the zoo) a few weeks ago, I packed the zip pocket pretty well with snacks and stuff in addition to the diaper and everything else. So I stuck my camera in the little pocket thinking it would be easier to grab from there. We got to the first animal, and DD wanted to get down for a closer look. I unsnapped the Ergo without thinking and: camera, meet ground. Lesson learned!

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OK, I had to actually get up and go look at the pocket. I see it now! Yes, I don't think I have ever used the small one, just the zippered one. And I'm looking at the Performance again online, and seeing two zippers. Nice.

Also, did you see the Performance Cargo Pack? It looks like a small diaper bag that attaches to the body of the Performance! Even says it has easy access outside pockets for keys and cell phone, and room on the inside for other stuff. Man... last night I added up the cost of the Performance + Performance infant insert (it matches in color) + suck pads and it came out to about $190, which is ok, because we have that much... the cargo pack is $28. Hmmm... it kind of seems worth it though... cause seriously... it's pretty hard to carry a bag when you're wearing an Ergo... and this would take away the need for it! Hmmm.... OH! And it says that the cargo pack has a removable strap so you can use it as a shoulder bag when it's not on the Ergo. Hmmm... I'm getting sold here...

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Tried three times to reply to this thread earlier but pg.org failed me or my internet failed me! :banghead:

Anyways, between the two I'd choose the performance. There's nothing wrong with the sport, but I love the green performance. Lol Though The red sport IS newer and I LOVE red (which really tempts me if I ever decide to trade Ergos), but man, I do enjoy that pocket and you just don't get that with the sport.

The non-zippered pocket is to stuff the hood into. You can put other stuff in there, but that's why Ergo made it as far as I know. When Aiden is on me I can't reach anything in that pocket. However the zipper pocket with the zipper on the side I can totally unzip it and get stuff out if it while wearing him on my back!

And if you need to carry a bit more on you, there's always the Be Quick. Wink I seriously love this thing still since I can attach it to any carrier I use! Ha ha!

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I saw those packs and am seriously considering getting one...we are traveling to Costa Rica in June, and DD and I are meeting DH down there, which means for the flights out I will be alone with a lap toddler. I want to travel as lightly as possible!!!!

Pocket for hood: ohhhhhh....that makes sense. I usually just let it dangle! I'll try stuffing it in there Smile

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What a nice gift!!! I so badly want a new Ergo since I ended up having a boy. My current Ergo is pink with flowers and although it really doesn't matter since the baby obviously won't care his ride is all girly, I am just using it as a reason for a new one Smile I really want one of the new print ones, this one to be exact http://store.ergobaby.com/Baby_Carriers/Designer/BCO001PPB84. I need to save my $$ now!
I do have the infant insert and really liked it!! I wouldn't want to put a newborn in it because for me it just didn't feel right. I think I started putting DD in at 2ish months? I cannot remember. I would choose the performance over the sport. I love the green one! How nice you can get that cargo pack too!

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just wanted to let you know that babysteals.com often has the ergo carriers and the cargo detachable pockets on major sale, as far as i could tell they are one of the only 'bargain' stores to be authorized as the ergo site lists all over the place that they don't do this! just thought id throw that out there, you can order off the archives page if it's available.
wtg mil for a great gift!!!! have fun shopping!

edit: of course that being said i just looked and there isn't any on the archives but i know i see them often.

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Mara, I know I have seen them on there before as well, but I have never seen the Performance ones. I also just have to wait until I get home so that I can deposit the cash they gave me into a bank account and then use my CC to buy online... but without the cash in the account, can't use the CC!