As much as I am a pushchair addict, sometimes a carrier is so much more practical, especially if you have a toddler to hang on to. If we are planning a quick pop round the shops or heading off for some park play, a baby carrier is so much more practical. It leaves my hands free to hold onto Max when crossing the road, or push him on the swings. But choosing a baby carrier can be just as confusing as choosing a pushchair – there are so many different brands and types it can be hard to know where to start.
We have recently been trying the Ergobaby Original carrier from the NCT shop. If you have joined any type of babywearing forum or sling library you will likely have heard of the Ergobaby – they are raved about. Having never actually tried one for myself I was keen to get going and see what all the fuss is about!
Putting it on:
Some baby carriers can have you pretty perplexed with confusing instructions and lots of straps and buckles. The Ergobaby isn’t like that – it’s pretty straightforward, especially in a forward carry position. Simply buckle the waistband around you, hold your baby in a carrying position and pull the shoulder straps up and over them – this will position the seat section correctly. Buckle the straps behind you and away you go. A back carry is slightly more fiddly as you would expect, but with practice it becomes second nature. Buckle the waistband around you again and slide the carrier around on to your hip. Pop your little one in as you would for a front carry and then reach round to grab the shoulder straps and pull the carrier and your baby around on to your back before fastening the buckles across your chest.
Using the carrier:
Using the Ergobaby as an everyday carrier really does give you back your hands! You do forget just how tricky it can be to push a pushchair and hold onto a toddler. Using the Ergobaby has given me the freedom to play with Max more, I can hold his hand as we go for a walk, I can push him on the swings without trying to rock a pram with my other hand, I can take him to places pushchairs can’t go, such as the beach or a country river walk. Even things in the house are a lot easier – if Eliza is fussy I can pop her in the Ergobaby and carry on with the housework – she will either settle and watch what is going on or she will fall asleep!
The Ergobaby Carrier is suitable from birth (with the infant insert) right up to 40lbs which is usually 3-4 years. There are many different carrying options – several front carry positions, a hip carry and a back carry, so you really do get value for money – this carrier will see you through from tiny tot to toddler. I could easily carry Max in the Ergobaby back carry (if he would let me!)
The Ergobaby carrier is designed for comfort – both for baby and parent. The wide, padded waist and shoulder straps distribute the weight evenly, and the wide seating section ensures Eliza’s legs are in the anatomically correct position – wide, frog legs rather than dangling down. There is a support hood for younger babies, which is especially useful if they fall asleep in the carrier. When not in use this can be tucked into the front pocket of the carrier.
I have tried a few carriers over the years, and have found a few that I now love and use regularly – my other favourites are the Beco Soleil and the Papoozle. The Ergobaby Original has now joined my list of go to carriers, and has been used on a regular basis since we got it. If you want an easy to use, supportive and comfortable carrier that will last you from day one through to toddler-hood then this is the one for you.
Have you tried babywearing? Do you have a favourite baby carrier?