Does anyone own an Ergo carrier? Baby wearing question...

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Does anyone own an Ergo carrier? Baby wearing question...

I registered for one last time but didn't get it and we never bought one. My cousin made me a ring sling that I loved once DD was about 6 mo old and could sit up easily. I could honestly still carry DD at 20 lbs in it if I was allowed to carry her (previa restrictions). It is girly so I won't be able to reuse it with DS.

I'm seriously considering going ahead and buying the Ergo for DD to use now (for my DH to use) and then later for me to use with DS. I've always heard good things about this brand. But, I'm open to other suggestions too.

I've never been the mom of 2 before... so I feel like when we go out... I'm going to have to baby wear to accomplish anything. I'm really just not sure how to comfortably and safely baby wear an infant. I've looked at several types. I just know that I want something easy and comfortable.

Any help will be appreciated. TIA!

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All I have to say is if you have big breasts you'll get a super sore back. I have a baby bjorn and can use it for awhile when they are newborn but as they get a little bigger it's super uncomfortable on the back/breasts. I also prefer to not baby wear, there are differing opinions on this topic... I find the babies worn are very difficult to separate from and will be more clingy but it depends on how much you plan on using it. Some moms constantly babywear and others only do it for walks, grocery shopping, etc. I'm a carseat/bouncy seat kinda mom and really only used the baby bjorn for when we went for walks where the stroller couldn't go! I'm sure others will have better advice for you!

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"CanadianaSally" wrote:

All I have to say is if you have big breasts you'll get a super sore back. I have a baby bjorn and can use it for awhile when they are newborn but as they get a little bigger it's super uncomfortable on the back/breasts. I also prefer to not baby wear, there are differing opinions on this topic... I find the babies worn are very difficult to separate from and will be more clingy but it depends on how much you plan on using it. Some moms constantly babywear and others only do it for walks, grocery shopping, etc. I'm a carseat/bouncy seat kinda mom and really only used the baby bjorn for when we went for walks where the stroller couldn't go! I'm sure others will have better advice for you!

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I just wanted to say...that I had a baby bjorn for about 1 month. It was horrible. The straps dug into my shoulder and it wasn't comfy at all. I now have an ergo (got it today!) and I have tried it out with my 30 lb son and can't feel ANY pain or stress on my back or shoulders. I really think you get what you pay for in this case..I don't think you can say that an experience with a bjorn will exactly be the same as one with an ergo. Good luck!

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Hi there,
I just wanted to say with my DS I was given a few carriers, and hated them when he was so small. They never seemed to support him and it was uncomfortable for me. DS would scream in them and I would get frustrated in minutes. I honestly dont know the names of them, but everyone I knew (both in person and on the BBs here) told me to go buy a MOBY wrap. I finally did when DS was about 2 months and LOVED IT. As soon as he was in it, he would settle down and sleep or lay there and look around. He was happy in there and I could actually get things done b/c I had 2 hands free. I wanted to hold him a lot of the time, but the moby let me hold him and also do things - like eat lunch while it was still hot lol.
The wonderful thing is its totally adjustable, so as you are losing the weight you just tie it tighter. THere are many great youtube videos showing you how to tie them and wear baby. I cant wait to throw this baby into the moby and go out and about with DS1 (he'll be 23m when this baby is born).

I would consider a moby if I were you... look into them, read about them and ask around. I also had a carrier similar to the ergo with DS (we got it at BRU) and it was better when he was bigger.

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I have a beco which is almost the same as an Ergo. They really don't compare to a bjorn at all. If you look at the design, they're very different. The ergo and the beco both have the waist strap lower, which keeps that weight distributed across your hips to keep your back from getting sore the way the bjorn does. Plus bjorn doesn't position baby in the most comfortable/ergonomic position.

I LOVE my beco. I used it at least once a day for a good 4 months or so when I had two. We bought it before we went on vacation when Fiona was 22 months so my DH could wear her on his back and we wouldn't have to use the stroller. I actually wore Rowynn on my back when we were on vacation a few weeks ago. It was the first week of May, so I was about 15 weeks I think. It was really comfortable and I didn't have any problems.

Fiona weighs 34 lbs and I've put her on my back and I can't even tell. They're really great and easy to use. The beco is easier to get on your back than an ergo because it has an extra piece of fabric between you and the baby. I've also heard the beco is a better fit for people with short torsos.

Look into the beco gemini, it has a hip carry option and I really wish I had bought one when I wanted one but I couldn't justify it since\ I thought I was done having kids. Wink

If I didn't baby wear I would have NEVER got anything done. I wore her when I cleaned the kitchen, when I vacuumed, when I took Fiona to the park, when I grocery shopped, went to Target...Seriously, at least once a day for the first 7 months or so (I used a k'tan the first 3 months or so). I didn't use an infant car seat, I hate those things. Smile

I never wore Fiona (I couldn't get the hang of it and gave up) and she is 50x more clingy than Rowynn. Smile I think babies that are worn might get the rep for being "clingy" because you usually have to wear a clingy baby. That's just their personality though.

For the record I'm 5' and have 34G boobs. Smile HTH. any other questions feel free to ask. Smile

ETA: A k'tan is very similar to a moby, but already partial wrapped. It's SO super easy to get on in a hurry when you have a toddler. Smile That's what I used for the first 3 months. You can use a beco from 7lbs with an insert that comes with it (and I did on occasion, it just wasn't as comfy as my k'tan) and with an ergo you have to either buy the infant insert or roll up receiving blankets to get a comfortable fit. Wink

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Ditto to basically everything Annmarie said, right down to bra size and not using a baby carrier! I'm 5'3" though lol. I have a baby hawk, among other carriers, and it's the same mei tai style as the ergo. Again very different to wear than a Bjorn. In a bjorn all the weight's on your shoulders, with mei tais it's around your waist. Before my belly popped I could wear DD all day on my back in the babyhawk without killing myself. Plus they're super cute and customizable! I hated wearing DS in our bjorn even as a tiny guy, it hurt! IMO Moby's are great for newborns but don't provide enough support when baby gets heavier. A lot of people use them with bigger babies, I just didn't like it.

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Thank you ladies for all the wonderful input! I would love some more opinions too!

Practically every story I've heard about the Bjorn, has been negative... so it really isn't on my radar.

I am open and have been curious/considering the Moby style for the newborn stage. I'm open to buying 2 different options... as in the Ergo style for use with toddler/baby plus another style for newborn stage. I'm about 5'6" and have been well blessed up top. Wink

I'm glad to hear so many of you being able to carry toddlers in the Ergo or similar style comfortably. If I get one, I really want to be able to do that.

Keep the suggestions coming... I love feedback! Smile

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Here's a picture of me wearing Fiona

and Rowynn

They were probably 3 or 4 months and 2.5. Smile

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I LOVE my Ergo, cant wait to use it again for the next one. My 2 1/2 yrold can still be carried in it when he gets tired on a hike. I also have a Moby wrap which is especially great when they are smaller. When you have multiple kiddos a carrier can make all the difference! My suggestion is to goto an actual store that has them and try a few on for size since they are all quite different. Good thing about the Moby too is they are sooo adjustable. I actually made mine out of similar fabric that I bought at WalMart for like $5 on the clearance shelf and didnt even have to sew it. It is just t-shirt or stretchy fleece cut to length and then cut lengthwise, super simple. I can send you the measurements if you decide to make one yourself! Seriously you cant go wrong, even if you dont end up loving it you can always use the fabric later for something else.

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I have a K'tan which is great for when they are young - the Moby kind of intimidated me but now that I'm more comfortable I may look in to one for this baby. I also have an Action Baby and an Ergo. The Action Baby isn't very comfortable for back carries but the Ergo really is. I don't baby wear constantly but when it comes in handy I love it. My biggest struggle with Evan was how hot it can get. So I alternate, sometimes he uses his stroller, sometimes he's on my back, and generally if he gets sick of one he loves the other, works well. I imagine with a 2 year old and an infant I'll baby wear even more to keep my hands free etc. And FWIW I'm large busted and all these carrier have been very comfortable, the Ergo probably the most.

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I have a Moby-style wrap that I absolutely love for newborn - and I wore DS1 in it till he was about 10 months! but he was tiny. I got a mei tai for DD when she was older and I love it. the k'tan looks like an awesome alternative to the moby (since it's already pre-wrapped) and I'm pretty sure it's an Israeli company that makes it since "katan" means small and is also used to mean "child" in Hebrew... but I couldn't find any confirmation online!

I'd like to get some new slings (or some fabric to make some!) for this baby... #4 deserves some new stuff i think!

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I just want to ditto what most of the other pp have said. I loved me Ergo and can't wait to use it again with this baby. I used my Ergo all the time with my son up until he was almost 3 (only cause he wanted to be a big boy and walk). I started with the Bjorn and it was awful...absolutely NOTHING like the Ergo. It was great to wear him when I ran errands and my son was never clingy or had separation issues, he was a very happy baby.

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I'm going to ditto what almost everyone else has said. I loved my moby up until Annabelle was about 6 months, then got an Ergo that I love. Dh is wearing Annabelle now in it.

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I had been looking at the moby wrap for the early days. Now I just need to decide between that and the baby k'tan. I know I didn't start this thread but the advice has been great for me too Smile

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I'm between the ergo the beco and the lilebaby (BRU). The lilebaby one looks exactly like the ergo but baby can forward face while being worn in the front. I might be speling the brand name wrong. Same price point as the ergo too I believe. I didn't wear DD that much but I have a feeling I will wear Owen quite a bit more. Had a Bjorn with DD and I liked it but like I said I didn't use it that much.

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I'm going to bump this back up just to see if there is any other advice on favorite baby wearing choices. I really appreciate all the info!

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I didn't read the previous replies, but I'll share my thoughts!!

I have an Ergo Carrier and have used it almost daily for the last 3 years straight!!! It is seriously the best carrier I have ever tried, and after using it, I have no desire to try any other carrier. It's awesome for newborns. They just tuck right up in there against your chest and go to sleep. I've even nursed my newborns in there which is easy because of the little hoody thing that comes with it. It works great for toddlers to have them ride on your back. I have carried my toddlers when they are close to 40 pounds and I have no problem carrying them on my back for a couple hours at a time. The lighter ones (in the 20-30 pound range) I can easily carry on my back all day. Ellie is currently around 20 pounds and I still carry her on my front (doesn't bother my preggy bump at all) while going out to the store. If we go for a walk I put her on my back, and could hike all day! I love, love, LOVE, my ergo carrier!!!! Smile

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Oh, and I just looked at my siggy... there is Ellie in the Ergo when she was about 6 months old.

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I've been looking into different carriers as well. I have a HotSling that I got with DS. It was awesome when he was younger, when he got older it got more difficult to carry him around...mostly because I think he didn't like being confined. Thanks for the info!