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Beco vs. Ergo

post #1 of 34
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i definitely want a soft structured carrier for the next babe, but i don't know which would be better, the new Beco with the hood, or an Ergo. i've tried an ergo with dd and thought it was very comfy and user-friendly enough for me. i haven't tried the Beco, but i must admit they're wayyyyyyy more cute than the Ergo. anyone have a good reason to pick one over the other, aside from the obvious price difference?

thanks!!!
post #2 of 34
I replaced my worn out ergo with a beco because I liked the removable sleep hood since I wasn't often using it for naps (babe was over a year old), also liked the breathable fabric layer in the body of the beco, and the slimmer waistband. The ergo tended to bunch up and fit funny on my waist and made my pants fall down. And of course, cuter fabrics since this was for me and dh hardly ever wore the baby.
post #3 of 34
I was recently trying to decide between the two- the becco is a lot cuter in my opinion, but when I tried them both on, it was ergo , hands down, on comfort...also, although dh can wear both, he found ergo much more comfy too... (I wish ergo would come out with some nice prints!)
make sure you are getting a new becco if you go that route, as their old ones had different buckles that were voluntarily recalled by the company..the new ones are VERY safe, so that shouldn't be an issue in deciding.
post #4 of 34
I find my BECO very comfortable as does my DH - and with the Ergo business practices I'd just about never buy one.
post #5 of 34
I chose the Becco because it's made in the US. I couldn't live without it!!
post #6 of 34
just to be clear, you're thinking the Butterfly from Beco correct? I think the Butterfly is a lot more versatile, imo. eta that the built-in infant insert is a very nice feature.

hth

good luck with your decision.
post #7 of 34
Thanks for posting this, I'm trying to make the exact same decision.

KailuaMamatoMaya -- what business practices are you referring to?
post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by maymorales View Post
just to be clear, you're thinking the Butterfly from Beco correct?
i think it's the butterfly. i'll go back and look online to be sure, but it was the one that was a lot more Ergo-like in design, with the nap hood.

my biggest concern is comfort. i'm 5'5" with a small frame and chronic neck/shoulder issues (scoliosis) so slings and other non-structured carriers (i.e. moby wraps and the like) just don't work for me. i need something that evenly distributes the weight of the babe and stays where it's supposed to.

thanks everyone for the comments so far! please keep 'em coming!
post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by sarahtdubb View Post
I chose the Becco because it's made in the US. I couldn't live without it!!
The 4th generation Beco's were made in the US. The Butterfly (I believe) has been outsourced.
post #10 of 34
I'm trying to make the SAME decision right now. Puttin that tax rebate check to good use!
post #11 of 34
I bought a Butterfly, tried it, sent it back, bought an Ergo and love it. To each their own, but I thought the Ergo is simpler and more useful. The Beco is more complicated and has too many dangling straps and buckles for my taste. If you want your DH to use it and he is broad accross the chest, the Beco won't fit. The waist strap on the beco may be better, but I like the ergo much more.

Buy both, send the one you don't like back.
post #12 of 34
So I've been looking today too, and I found the Pikkolo to throw in there as well. Anybody know about this one? It seems very similar to the Beco.
post #13 of 34
Another vote for the Ergo. I actually like how plain it is- most of carriers are too pretty for DH but he (and everyone) seems to like the look of the ergo.
post #14 of 34
Here is a graph that compares a ton of ssc.
post #15 of 34
We decided to go ahead with the Beco Butterfly. The most important feature we liked was that you can pass the baby from one person to another. My husband likes my Mei Tai, but he can't put it on his back by himself. He's excited for this one because you can put the baby in first and then put it on like a back pack. Unfortunately my husband wants the plain black one! I don't want to pay $140 for a boring black carrier when there's so many cute patterns! I heard there will be a few new colors released this month, so maybe we'll find a compromise. Good luck on your decision!
post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by prancie View Post
If you want your DH to use it and he is broad accross the chest, the Beco won't fit.
Buy both, send the one you don't like back.
these are both very good points!!! i will certainly get more wear out of it than DH. i'm 5'5" and very petite across the shoulders and ribs, while DH is 6'2" and built like a lumberjack--very broad shoulders and chest. the point is, we have 2 very different frames to try to fit.

i think there's a store about an hour from here in ann arbor that carries both in stock. i could make a trip out there and have DH try both on with our 2yo dd in them. she would definitely be a big test of comfort, although she usually flips her lid when we try to put her in a carrier.
post #17 of 34
With a broad-shouldered/barrel-chested dh, the Ergo is probably a better bet than the Beco. My dh is only 6' but fairly broad-shouldered, and loves the Ergo but doesn't like the Butterfly at all -- not enough shoulder padding length.

My 6'4" BIL who's HUGE in the chest can't even wear the Ergo -- my sister had to make him his own custom SSC because even the Ergo is too small for him. So it too definitely has an upper limit.

You may find that you can't really both share an SSC that is comfy for both of you, since your sizes/builds are so disparate. If you want an SSC, you might each get different ones if you can't both wear the same type.

Alternatively, you could get your dh to learn to use a mei tai -- he might or might not need XL straps, but mei tais are highly customizable fit-wise. My BIL used a Kozy almost exclusively until my nephew was well over a year.
post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by Quirky View Post
With a broad-shouldered/barrel-chested dh, the Ergo is probably a better bet than the Beco.
ok, just curious here, but if an ergo is better for a lg frame, then would the converse be true? would a beco be a better fit for a small frame, or do either work well for a small frame, just the ergo has more shoulder strap length?

another question--does anyone know what the difference is (if any) between the shoulder strap padding in the ergo vs. the beco butterfly? is one a higher grade material, or are they both pretty evenly matched?
post #19 of 34
One of the websites that carries both the Beco and Ergo is TreeCityDiapers.com. Their contact address is in Ann Arbor. Isn't that kinda close to Detroit? I just mention that because we found a web retailer in our town and went to her house (since they didn't have an actual store) to try the Beco on before making our final decision. Maybe you could contact Tree City Diapers and arrange to try on both carriers on first.
post #20 of 34
We went to a store to try out the Ergo and Beco Butterfly, but when we got there DH didn't even want to try out the Ergo because he liked the enclosed pouch feature so much on the Butterfly. We've only had it a couple of weeks so far, but there have been a few occasions already where we've passed DD between us. It also makes putting her on my back pretty easy.

DH has broad shoulders so we put the shoulder strap as wide as it can go and it works well on him.
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