Are those ergo baby carriers worth the money?

Kylie - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I was at the markets and carrying my 5 month old in a peanut shell sling and we were both fidgeting and feeling a bit uncomfortable and a woman came up and told me to invest in an ergo baby carrier. I've had a look around and they are quite expensive. Are they worth it? What is your favorite type of baby carrier?

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Cyndel - posted on 05/28/2012

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Yes and no, they are the most popular, they are great but not the best, if your not willing to put the money in for an amazing carrier the ergo is great. The ergo really is a good carrier, just not my first choice for a soft structured carrier.



ETA: they don't fit every body type, my husband is 6'3" 260lbs, and it did not fit him at all. The boba or beco are both much better for bigger people, or 2 people who will take turns carrying baby but are very different in height and weight. Beco Butterfly 2 is a wonderful carrier from all I've heard.

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I''ve heard that the carriers which make baby sit up before they can sit up on their own can cause stress on their spines. I'm not sure if that's what you mean by Ergo or not...if not someone please tell me what an Ergo is.


The types of carriers that are not good for a babies spine are ones where the baby is dangling from their crotch. The best and most widely known example of this is the Baby Bjorn, or the Snugli.



The Ergo Baby Carrier holds your child in a true sitting position but only once your child is at an age where they are able to sit like this. Before that point, there is what they call an, 'infant insert' which you can buy for the Ergo which positions your non-sitting baby in a position that is comfortable and safe for them. I have an Ergo and I absolutely LOVE it! I highly recommend it to anyone who's having a baby. Here's a link to their website...



 



http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/

Mia - posted on 06/03/2012

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ergo is DEFINITELY worth it. and hold their resell value. check craigslist first.

Lori - posted on 07/06/2011

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I don't have an ergo carrier, but after reading these posts now I want one. However I LOVE my Maya wrap (it's a ring sling). I use it daily with my 7 month old, and on occasion with my 3 year old. It will hold up to 35 lbs.

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Alicia - posted on 08/15/2012

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Thanks, Lorri! Yeah I think I better stick with the Moby or a front-facing carrier! Thanks for the advice!

Lori - posted on 08/14/2012

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Alicia - if he's that wiggly I'd stay away from a sling. Get a carrier that allows him to have his feet out. And you may want to consider one that is designed for baby to ride facing in OR facing out. The Ergo is only designed for baby facing in towards you.

Alicia - posted on 08/14/2012

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I have a VERY wiggly and active 5-month-old. He loves to stand, and although he's starting to crawl, really doesn't want to - he's rather "walk"/jump non-stop or be held upright and has been this way since about a month old, lol. I've used a moby wrap at home and a sling for going out because of the ease of getting him in and out. My sling is just a $30 Munchkins one and has been great so far, but no he gets really antsy in it! Moby wrap is still great, but it's annoying taking it on and off when we're out and about.

I'm considering an Ergo, a mei tai, or a maya sling....any thoughts on what might be a good fit for my little wiggle worm?

Lindsay - posted on 07/19/2012

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I love my Ergo! I use it for groceries, walks, hiking in the mountains & when she was smaller, for cuddles & sleeping. I really don't think you'd regret it

Delia - posted on 04/21/2011

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It's my understanding that it is the Baby Bjorn which causes that pressure of baby's spine, not the Ergo carrier.

CA - posted on 04/04/2011

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Love love love love love love my ergo. Absolutely worth every penny. Friends of mine have used theirs for their babies well into toddlerhood. They last forever too so you can keep using it if you have more children in the future! Excellent investment for sure. I've only had mine for about 4 months and I feel like it's already more than paid for itself with the amount that I use it. I can wear it for hours on end with almost no discomfort at all.

CA - posted on 04/04/2011

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Love love love love love love my ergo. Absolutely worth every penny. Friends of mine have used theirs for their babies well into toddlerhood. They last forever too so you can keep using it if you have more children in the future! Excellent investment for sure. I've only had mine for about 4 months and I feel like it's already more than paid for itself with the amount that I use it. I can wear it for hours on end with almost no discomfort at all.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2010

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I love my Ergo as well. I bought it because we travel a lot. We went to Italy for a week and for those short stops where we were just going to jump out and take pictures it was great. It was so worth the money. She was comfortable and easy to put on and I was comfortable. I have tried the wraps with her and they just wouldn't stay in place, she would get so mad. With the Ergo baby she has some free movement and I really liked that when she fell asleep in it it has a hood that will hold her head steady.

Catlin - posted on 12/26/2009

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i got an Ergobaby a week ago as an early Christmas present, and I LOVE IT! I've been using a sling with DD, who's 4 1/2 months and 15 pounds, and it was getting really uncomfortable. When he's in the Ergo Baby i can't really even feel her, her weight doesn't throw me off balance, and I'll be able to use it for a long time.

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Quoting d:

I''ve heard that the carriers which make baby sit up before they can sit up on their own can cause stress on their spines. I'm not sure if that's what you mean by Ergo or not...if not someone please tell me what an Ergo is.


The types of carriers that are not good for a babies spine are ones where the baby is dangling from their crotch. The best and most widely known example of this is the Baby Bjorn, or the Snugli.



The Ergo Baby Carrier holds your child in a true sitting position but only once your child is at an age where they are able to sit like this. Before that point, there is what they call an, 'infant insert' which you can buy for the Ergo which positions your non-sitting baby in a position that is comfortable and safe for them. I have an Ergo and I absolutely LOVE it! I highly recommend it to anyone who's having a baby. Here's a link to their website...



 



http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/

User - posted on 12/20/2009

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I don't know about the ergo but I like wraps over slings. This site has a lot about different carriers that are cheap or make yourself. http://wearyourbaby.com/
Be aware that the Hug-a-bub wraps are way over priced I have very little sewing skill but can easily make my own also I don't like the material cotton is much better. I bought my first wraps from these guys:
http://www.fbctownsville.org.au/fbctprod...
but I did it in person haven't used the website, and don't know if they ship out of Australia or not.
Here's their price list:
http://www.fbctownsville.org.au/Wraps%20...

D - posted on 12/18/2009

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I''ve heard that the carriers which make baby sit up before they can sit up on their own can cause stress on their spines. I'm not sure if that's what you mean by Ergo or not...if not someone please tell me what an Ergo is.

Erin - posted on 12/03/2009

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My friend has an Ergo and really likes it. I just used a piece of fabric and tie my LO to me. I can fold the fabric to carry him in many different positions. I spent approximately $30 and will be able to use it past 24 months.

Johnny - posted on 12/02/2009

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My daughter is 16 months, big for her age, and still in the Ergo. My hubby uses it everyday to take her on the bus to my parent's house. If she gets too big she can go on the back.

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I use a Moby wrap and love it!!! They are not too expensive, $40-45 I think and they are great for your back because because it is spaced so well. Plus, you can use the moby in SOOO many different ways, its for 0-35 lbs I think as well.

Kylie - posted on 04/18/2009

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I just won a near new ergo on ebay for $100 au . so happy! Thanks for your responses:)

Stasia - posted on 04/15/2009

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The ergo is DEFINITELY worth it. We love ours!! It has a strap that goes around the waist like a hiking backpack, so all of the weight is supported at the hips. My daughter and i used a sling for quite some time but at about 5 months (maybe a little younger) my back started to really hurt. The ergo is great and we still use it all the time.
For hands free cooking and stuff like that it is also great because you can put baby on your back as well and unlike the sling, even a squirmy baby can't escape.

good luck, and I would definitely recommend it, its been a lifesaver!

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I reckon Ergo are definitely worth the money. I use mine with my 8mo and my 3yr so the life span is long. It's very comfortable to ware and it's good for breast feeding on the run too!

Lisa - posted on 04/14/2009

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I must own 6 or 7 different carriers and the Ergo is the best one. It's comfy for everyone and it's super easy to take on and off, though it's not easy to wear it while going to the toilet! (the Maya wrap is best for that.)

Emily - posted on 04/14/2009

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i don't have one but I have heard they are worth it. My favorite carrier by far is a Babyhawk brand mei tei. It's the one in my profile pic. It's reversable-skulls for daddy and flowers for mom! I used it on a 3 hour hike with a two and a half year old recently and felt great. It can also be used for newborns in froggy position.

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