It really is based on your preferences. Personally, I preferred a ring sling during the early months and short outings and my Ergo for when I'll be doing a long period of time of baby-wearing. The infant insert is generally recommended for very young infants though I haven't used it neither the wrap. Hopefully someone with more experience will see this and have some advice for you.
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I've heard of people swaddling their newborn and putting them in the Ergo, in lieu of the insert. I never tried it though. I love the Ergo for my older baby but preferred the Boba wrap for when he was itty bitty.
I have a 1 month old, and bought the Ergo and the infant insert, but haven't used either yet. We pulled out the insert one day, and my hubby strapped it all on. It seemed okay....meaning not great but not awful....couldn't decide how I felt about it. I was more worried about him having enough neck support even with the insert....nothing seemed too solid around the neck. Was also worried about his chin tilting down, because there is a warning about that in the instructions that scared me. It seemed like it was hard to see him down in there.
I really want to use them, but as a new mom, it's intimidating. Not sure what to do. I want to use it for trips to the beach here, to get close to the water. Also, to stroll around the backyard.
I am worried about the heat too, but there are other ways of getting hot, as you mentoined.......like all carriers would have that risk, i'd think. Don't have answers, hopefully someone will make this more clear.
I love the ergo for the older babies starting 4-5 months. I have the infant insert but don't like it for the reasons stated before (way too hot for a summer baby and difficult to see how the baby is doing in there).
I used an old snugli for the first month and am now using the baby bjorn for the hot summer months. A sling is also a good option for those first months.
When DS was little, we used both the Ergo w/ infant insert and a ring sling. I got the ring sling because it was more breathable cotton, and worked really, really well for summer months (DS was born in April - sometimes in the summer heat he'd be in it in only a diaper).
DH liked using the Ergo & insert better than the sling, though - so he'd still put DS in it, late spring through summer, if it wasn't too warm outside or if we were in air conditioning.
If you are looking to add a second carrier, I'd recommend looking into a ring sling as an option - ours was purchased locally and made by Rockin' Baby. They are a bit pricey ($80) but very well made (if you can find one second-hand it'd still be great). Even has lil pockets which are great for phones, pacifiers, whatever. DS lived in his for at least a year, washed often, still looks brand new! Also, they donate a sling to mothers in need, for each one purchased.
I've heard that some of the sturdier wraps last a long time, but the stretchy ones (like Moby) are really only good for tiny babes. Ring slings can be used for a looong time - even with toddlers on the hip. So, just another idea. Hope that helps!
~ Lucky wife of DH and loving mama to DS (04/11) ~
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I agree with most posters that the ring sling or other pouch styles are typically nicer for infants, but I loved my ergo infant insert for longer use (ie. grocery shopping). You just can't beat the ergo's comfort over any other wrap I've tried. The only real complaint I had with the insert was the heat that was generated by the thick insert, along with my body heat, and the infant's body heat was a bit much. Her face would get red and sweaty after sleeping for over an hour.. It was winter here, but a mild one. If you are planning on being in AC, you might be fine, but I think you'll notice it. I'd definitely dress them lightly if you go with the insert regardless of season. I had a friend who birthed a larger (10 lb) baby and had larger breasts herself, she was fine using the ergo without the insert from day one.. just something to consider depending on body types. Lastly, I have both a brand new and a many years old (found at thrift shop for $5!) ergo. They are exactly the same in all respects except my newer one is a bit more faded. They hold up incredibly well.. but I also recommend you hang them dry (as tag indicates). Many cloth diaper stores sell several styles of wraps too. You might be able to go in and try out the ones you are considering..
Is it simple to do? I have lots of little blankets. But i am going with the Boba wrap, it sounds user friendly. Is it really too warm to have baby so clise even in a/c, or its managable? Some here were saying moby is good but boba is supposedly easier?
So excited you like boba, hope i do too. Do u think its hot in a/c? It keeps baby upright a bit right? Easy to use for you? Any tips?
Very happy to come back to the ergo, the bjorn is only good for the first weeks
Have you tried using a ring sling or even a scarf carry like the ones shown here http://wearyourbaby.com/Default.aspx?tabid=86 they use the coton/pashmina scarves you may have in your closet/the polyester ones get too hot, the baby is right up against you so you should be able to tell if they are getting too hot easier.
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