The Ergo Baby Carrier: A Splurge That Was Worth Every Penny
August 3, 2011 5:51:37 PM EDT
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had heard of exactly one carrier: The Baby Bjorn. I ended up having one to use when B was born, but I found it difficult to put on, and B hated it, too. I had also read in various places (this being my favorite explanation and discussion) that this most popular baby carrier is hard on a baby’s hips and spine, and tough on parents’ backs (especially as babies get heavier).
B was what I affectionately refer to as a “Velcro baby.” He wouldn’t let me put him down. He wouldn’t let anyone else hold him. He wanted to nurse every 45 minutes (no joke). Carseat? Screamed. Stroller? Heck no! And Heaven help us if I ventured to not touch him while he slept.
So I got a Moby wrap and quickly learned to wrap myself and B up. But did I mention my baby wanted to nurse every 45 minutes? And I couldn’t nurse in the Moby. Plus it was getting to be summertime in Indiana, and the Moby was a liiiiiiittlebit warm.
I remember the conversation with my husband about purchasing an Ergo with our limited funds. He was skeptical that it would really do “everything I envisioned.” I wanted something I could nurse in while I did things like laundry. I wanted to vacuum. We’re talking high hopes here, right? But it was (and is) quite a bit of money for us to spend.
We splurged. And within 15 minutes of getting our Ergo carrier out of the box, I was standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes and nursing 3.5-month-old B.
My husband looked at me and said, “Ok. It’s already worth every penny.”
And now, 3 years later, I still call it our “desert island baby item.” It is the item I don’t think I could live without.
The Ergo is easily packable and extremely “poppable” (quick to get baby/child in and out). It’s comfortable-enough in warm weather (I have a classic Ergo from 2008. I know some of the more recent varieties have more breathable fabric). I love that it’s not a big deal to take along just in case. It has spent much time in the bottom of the stroller (in case B decides he wants to sit and I need to pop A into the Ergo), in my diaper bag, hanging from my waist, or otherwise ready to go.
We are still using the Ergo regularly – with both a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old – after three years. It is in excellent condition – no fraying, or any other problems. It is faded and not as stiff as new, but that’s the only noticeable wear!
Of all the things we have spent money on for our kids, cloth diapers and the Ergo have had been the most long-term and frequent use items. The Ergo rocks my socks off.