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What do you think about the ERGO carrier?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am thinking of getting an ERGO and selling my Kelty backpack. My sil just got an ERGO and I love that it's not bulky and bumping into everyone and everything!

So tell me what you think of them please
post #2 of 27
Hi Sarah,

I just got my Ergo a wek ago and I have used it everyday, everywhere. I can even easily get my 6 mos. old on my back in the parking lot. I will say that the straps bothered me under my arms the first day, But, it seems that they have softened up and now I don't feel them at all. Plus, I think it is really cute, I got the blue one for my little guy.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your reply. I found the babywearing review too, so that is helpful.

I am also considering the Kozy and Packababy - so if anyone has anything to say about those, I'd love to hear it!

It sounds like the Ergo may be easier for my dh to use, and I definately want something that he would use also. Although the Kozy and Packababy are less expensive and I think I might like those better.
post #4 of 27
I love mine! It was a bit pinchy at first, but it's great now.
post #5 of 27
I think it's a good back carrier. It could easily be used in place of a frame backpack... and as you said, it folds up nice and isn't bulky. My DH has used it a few times, as well.

I will say that I was disapointed at how poor of a frint carrier it is. Although it will work as a front carrier, I've found it virtually impossible to use as a front pack while I'm alone. The straps fall off my shoulders unless the back strap is clipped, but you can't reach the back clip on your own.

Bottom line, it's a good back carrier, comfortable for use in longer term situations. I can wear DD to the zoo or hiking for several hours with no problems or soreness.
post #6 of 27
I love mine for front or back carrying. It is the only carrier that I can wear for long periods and not have my back hurt. However they say you can nurse while using it as a front carrier and I have yet to figure out how
post #7 of 27
yep, I love my ergo, it's really comfortable and easy to go from front to back by myself. I have an ergoa nd a kozy ad while the kozy is prettier I think the ergo is more comfortable, I am thinking of seling the kozy, if I ever get back on the TP that is.
post #8 of 27
Just wanted to add that I use mine mostly for back carries, but someimes I do wear it in front. In that case I slide the chest buckle up higher before I put in on, that way I can reach over my head and buckle it. It's actually pretty comfy that way, just be sure it is low enough on your hips, otherwise you'll have a baby head right in your line of sight!
post #9 of 27
I got my ergo when ds was about 9 mos and like it very much, use it only on the back,so much more comfortable than any frame backpack(I have used several)

but I still have trouble getting it on my back sometimes and dh can't do it at all without help

the head rest straps are way too short for dh to use, though i have managed to tuck them under the shoulder straps and stick them to eachother as a way of supporting sleeping ds's head
post #10 of 27
I luvvvvvvvv my ergo. I lay the baby on it on the passenger seat in the car, lean backwards over her, and pull the straps on. Then I heist her up on my back and off we go. It's wonderful, I use it everywhere. The sling makes my back hurt, and I feel like the frame carrier is risky (like she could fall out, mine isn't very secure) but I love having her right against my back, soaking it with drool......
post #11 of 27
I am thinking about getting an ERGO, too, as I have heard that you can get your baby on your back yourself. Are there any other carriers that you can do this with?

We have a Baby Trekker and LOVE it (my son is 18 months old and is still comfy in it). But that requires two people...or at least, I've never been able to get my son in it and on my back by myself.
post #12 of 27
I can also get her in and out of the kozy by myself, with some help from some furniture of course.
post #13 of 27
I love my ERGO. I carry my 19 month old around in all the time and I am 6 mos. pregnant, LOL! I don't have any trouble getting him in and out of it by myself, but I've been using it for a long time.
post #14 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by emmaline
I got my ergo when ds was about 9 mos and like it very much, use it only on the back,so much more comfortable than any frame backpack(I have used several)
Well, a lone dissenter here...I liked my Ergo okay, but to me it was never anywhere near as comfortable as our Kelty frame backpack (we sprung for a high-end one, which for us has been totally worth it)...but of course it was much more practical b/c I could stick it in the diaper bag. I found that it put a lot of pressure on my shoulders, as compared to the Kelty, which transferred weight to my hips and legs. My dd was also quite used to the frame backpack at that point, and didn't like being down so low..she couldn't see as well, I think.

The great thing is that the resale value on an Ergo is excellent, so if you try it out for awhile and it doesn't work for you, you can get pretty much all of your money back. So, although it didn't turn out to be the right carrier for us, I don't regret buying it!
post #15 of 27

Any thoughts about the Sutemi Pack?

I have a heavy - 23 lb and growing 9 1/2 month old. He's way too heavy for the Baby Bjorn for any length of time. Any experience with the Sutemi Pack? Any recommendations for comparable?
post #16 of 27
I've been dying for an ERGO! I have to get one!!
post #17 of 27
I've been using my Ergo for 10 months now. My daughter is 17 months old and STILL loves it. I find it incredible comfortable, and it's wonderful for those situations where it's not safe to let her roam around (like the laundromat). She'll yell if bored in the stroller, but never in the Ergo.

We still do both front and back carrys, but use the back more frequently.

There is a return policy so i recommend going for it and testing it around the house.
post #18 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mamabluejay
I have a heavy - 23 lb and growing 9 1/2 month old. He's way too heavy for the Baby Bjorn for any length of time. Any experience with the Sutemi Pack? Any recommendations for comparable?
I got both the Ergo and the Sutemi and returned the Sutemi. It was not comfortable for either myself or my daughter. But as all bodies are different i suggest trying them both out, unless (and this may be the deciding thing) you need to do the back carry alone. you can do it in the ergo but you need a second adult to help you do it in the sutemi.
post #19 of 27
I've never seen or tried an ergo, but I'm very curious.

I wore my 23 lb baby on my back while standing and walking for 3 hours comfortably on saturday in my kozy carrier
post #20 of 27
I agree with Marnie's statement that all bodies are different, so what may work for one person may not for another. I can't use my Ergo on my back, period. My arms go numb and I'm not sure if it's because I'm large breasted and it cuts off circulation or what. I am pretty comfy with it as a front carrier. I got mine in a trade, and if I would have spent the full retail price on it, I would have been quite disappointed that it wouldn't work for me as a back carrier. My son gets a little cranky after being in it for a while, since he can't change positions or look forward. That's where slings come in handy, I suppose!
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