1. What's the oldest child you're aware of someone successfully using an Ergo to carry? I know the website says 45 pounds, and height of course makes a difference too...just wondering how much more life I can reasonably expect to get out of this, or if I can truly justify a new one when my kiddo is already 21 months/30lbs and I'm not at all sure we want a #2?
2. Anyone ever seen the Ergo backpacks come up on any of those sale sites? I'm thinking it would be kind of perfect for traveling and also just using around town for longer term carries (like at a festival or somewhere we wouldn't want her to get down much and it would be a pain to go back to the car for a bag) but I don't know that I want to invest $64...
I would check DiaperSwappers and TheBabyWearer FSOT for the Ergo backpacks. If I get bored later I'll see if I see any up. I can't recall seeing them on one of those deal a day sites.
If you really want to keep wearing a SSC, I'd actually consider getting a larger sized Bamberoo or Kinderpack. I know a military wife who still wears her 4 year old with a preschool Kinderpack. I see them up for sale on TBW FSOT all the time, usually cheaper than new of course. This way you can justify a new carrier and still get lots of life out of it.
Thanks! Let me know if you run across any...
Funny--on the Kinderpacks website, I totally recognize several of those fabrics. I get small bolt end pieces of nice designer fabric sometimes at a shop here for my baby clothes business, and we've used both the elephants and the whales before. So cute!
I have carried my 45 lb 38 inch son in the Ergo recently. It can be done, but it's more a function of you being able to carry that much weight.
My 70lb 48 inch son would also fit, but there is no way I can carry that much weight. I read somewhere recently that the actual weight limit for an Ergo is much higher than they say.
If we were hiking in the woods and my 70lb son hurt his leg or something and I had to carry him back to civilization I would feel no fear about carrying him in the Ergo.
I have a mei tai, a Kozy Carrier where there used to be a picture of the mom (100lb-ish) being carried on her husband's back with the mei tai. I couldn't find the picture but it might still be on the website: http://kozycarrier.homestead.com I think the carriers are a lot stronger than we think!
(you could actually put out an ISO on TBW on this sub forum. Looking back they're going for about $25-$35 which is a heck of a lot cheaper than new!)
Hey Janel! Good points. I'm still totally comfortable carrying her at 30lbs, so I'm guessing I can take another 10 or so without too much trouble. She's slowed down a lot in her weight gain (is growing taller but losing the buddha belly so it's kind of evening out) so that should be a while yet.
Jackie--thanks!!!! I'll take a look. WAY better than new prices.
Weight isn't a concern about quality made carriers. I think the Ergo has actually been tested to some ridiculous number of pounds (way above what they recommend). The issue becomes how comfortable your DD is as she gets taller with positioning and how that weight sits on you.
Standard KP - $145
Toddler KP - $130
Standard KPs - $115
B'roos aren't seen as often as KPs on FSOT because Edit makes fewer of them. But they're usually just as cheap as KPs if not moreso. Just a matter of how long you're willing to stalk FSOT. lol.
While not as cheap as the bargain Ergo's when found on a deal a day site, they are much bigger bodies with wider straps and they're all made one at a time, not mass produced. I love Ergo, but when you're not sure about #2 I'd go for something to fit you DD for longer term.
jade is 36 inches and 30 lbs and i know i'll get a lot more use out of this, the more i wear her the more i know i can carry (muscle gain yay!) also doing the big slow down on gain so 10lbs could be a while!
haven't seen the backpacks on the sites i use, i just got a new purse thats messenger style or shoulder and with the ergo there's just enough room to shoulder carry or over chest carry and it doesn't hang on the hips but side stomach (or longer but this is comfy) front pouch is purse back pouch is now diaper bag! i'll take a pic if anyone wants to see. nice tag team with fanny pack for longer days out.