Also, how long did you use the infant insert for? It says 4-5 months in the manual. Did you find this to be the case?
Honestly? I never used the infant insert. I froggied her legs in the carrier. And when even that wasn't enough I folded a towel under her.
By 12 weeks I think I was half froggying and half splaying. As in, one leg was froggied up, one leg was hanging out of the carrier.
Check out The Ergo Lady for alternatives on the Infant Insert. 4-5 months is pretty long; you can get away without it sooner than that. It is not cool if baby's legs are sliding down the waist band. The waist band needs to be snug and tight against you. The Ergo should form a pocket and baby's tush should be supported in there. Which insert do you have? The original or the H2H (it has a removable pillow on the bottom). Anyway, either way, I am more a fan of baby sitting sideways, very high like a sling, and every so slightly reclined than the documented positioning. You need to be able to monitor baby's safety and high and close enough to kiss is always better.
|The thing is, my baby's feet slide down into the part of the carrier that I guess you could call the "belt" (the part in the front of my waist), and sometimes even poke out the bottom. Is this okay?|
We have an ergo and aren't really using the infant insert. DS is coming up on 5 weeks.
We tried using the insert several times, but he cries each time we use it- without it he's happy as a clam.
As long as his knees aren't going up past his butt, his spine is straight, and is legs arent going through the belt at the bottom, is there really a need for the insert?
Proper positioning for baby should be like this.
Baby's legs bent about 90* about level with baby's belly button, and spread about shoulder width apart and maintains the lower curve. Supporting that lower curve allows for proper growth and development of the hip, femur, and the pelvis. This shape should be supported for baby until baby walks well.
The Heart to Heart insert is designed to maintain young babies in this shape.
The Ergo can be used with out the insert when baby is sitting well and is splaying its legs himself.