Originally Posted by Bee21
Does anyone know how ergos compare to baby bjorns? We had an infantino back/front pack and hated it, so I'm willing to shell out a little more money if it means DH will participate.
The Ergo is way different than the Baby Bjorn or the Infantino or Snuggli or any of those sort of front packs -- and it is way better. The Ergo distributes the baby's weight over your shoulders and hips. In the Bjorn (even the one with the lumbar support, which we have) the baby's weight is hanging on your shoulders and neck. The same child feels much lighter in the Ergo than in the Bjorn. The Ergo puts the baby in a place on your body where you would naturally hold your baby with your arms, if you weren’t using a carrier. Also the Ergo puts the baby into more of a sitting position, whereas in the Bjorn the baby is totally vertical and putting a lot of pressure on the groin and the bottom of the spine. Some people believe the Baby Bjorn is not good for Baby's spine. The Ergo will also fit your child for much, much longer than the Baby Bjorn. (I recently saw a man carrying a child who looked to be 4 or 5 in an Ergo.)
I love, love, LOVE my Ergo. And my DH does too. And 17-month old DS loves to ride in it in either a front or back carry. When I'm trying to do housework and he is clingy, I say "Do you want to ride on mama's back?" and he says "Back-back" and goes running to get the Ergo and bring it to me.
I plan to get the Ergo infant insert to try with my new little one. I also have a Maya wrap ring sling which I really liked using with DS when he was less than a year old, and I plan to use that for my new little one too. Now I like the Ergo the best for DS. I have some neck/shoulder issues and using a ring sling with a 20 lb child put too much pressure on one shoulder. With the Ergo I can get DS's weight onto my hips and I don't have neck or shoulder pain.