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I just tried one of these - liked it, didn't love it, but wanted to check out what any of you thought. My DD seemed to love it, I found it...her...heavy in it. She doesn't like our slings and wraps, though. So- if you've tried it, what do you think?
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In a word: LOVE it! I use my Ergo every single day to carry my 27lb toddler and it is honestly the single thing I couldn't do without.

There is a learning curve on getting in just right on your body, so it may be worth giving it a chance to grow on you. If it's not the carrier for you, check out some mei tais available (Kozy and Babyhawk are popular.) It is really worth finding a carrier that's a good fit for you, so don't give up.
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Absolutely love it! DD could not stand being in wraps or slings. I borrowed a bjorn from someone, tried it and noticed how much DD loved it. I bought an Ergo though because I was concerned about the bjorn's effect on babies' spines. It does take a few tries to get the feel of how it should sit and be adjusted. It's so worth the price though, especially if your DD is like mine and won't ride in anything else! When you're adjusting it, make sure all of the weight is sitting on your hips - it should not be on your shoulders. It's very similar to how a hiking style backpack would fit and be worn.

Also wanted to mention that there are several Ergo threads over in the babywearing section of MDC.

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DH and I both really like the Ergo. He's 6'6" and I'm 5'8" so it's hard to find something that we both like. DS is now 34lbs and dh can still carry him in it (I'm very pregnant now so carrying ds is not an option). It's important to get the hip belt situated right and keep the shoulder straps tight enough that your child is close to your body. If they are too loose your child will feel heavier as they dangle a bit.

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In a word: LOVE it! I use my Ergo every single day to carry my 27lb toddler and it is honestly the single thing I couldn't do without.
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Best money we ever spent--totally worth it. ds is 16lb too and I could wear him all day. Make sure the straps are tight enough--babe should be pulled in quite close. And the back strap (that connects the 2 arms straps) must be high on your neck (so you can reach it by reaching around behind your neck) and tight, too.

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BEST money I ever spent too! I literally could not survive without it. I am that I did not have it with our first three kids! Better late than never. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.
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LOVE IT, use it almost every day. My dh loves it too. My ds loves it,too. Make sure you wear it low and tight, like a backpacking backpack. I tried all sorts of slings and carriers before I found this one, and it is the most valuable baby thing I own....
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In a word: LOVE it! I use my Ergo every single day to carry my 27lb toddler and it is honestly the single thing I couldn't do without.

There is a learning curve on getting in just right on your body, so it may be worth giving it a chance to grow on you. If it's not the carrier for you, check out some mei tais available (Kozy and Babyhawk are popular.) It is really worth finding a carrier that's a good fit for you, so don't give up.
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Love it. DD takes her longest naps in it now while I get my exercise walks in.
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I love our Ergo, too. We have a Bjorn and I bought the Ergo because it's SO comfortable (and the Bjorn was getting painful as my daughter got over 15 lb.). I was wondering, though, if any of you find your kids want to look around more than the tummy-to-tummy position allows? In the back carry this is still a bit of an issue. This could be less of a problem when it's warmer and my coat's not getting in the way... Has anyone done the hip carry?
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LOVE IT. Not as beautiful as some other carriers but mine gets used all day long, everyday.
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i want one! i haven't even used one yet but seen a few momma's with it and desperatly want one! anyone know if any wahm's here have some for sale? tried to get a used one but it didn't work out....
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I love my Ergo. It took dd and I a while to get used to it but now she loves to be in it.

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We have one. I wouldn't say I love it. I tolerate it. I am a heavy person and I find it uncomfortable. Dd prefers the front carry , tolerates the back carry and we have never tried the hip carry. I do use it a couple of times a week (mostly at the store because dd can't walk). I have to say, I much prefer my shopping cart cover to my Ergo.
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i want one! i haven't even used one yet but seen a few momma's with it and desperatly want one! anyone know if any wahm's here have some for sale? tried to get a used one but it didn't work out....
Try ebay. I have seen some used ones there.

I just got mine a few weeks ago and it is MUCH better than my maya wrap on my back. I saw my chiro two days after I got it and he told me whatever that cost, it was worth it! (I was wearing it at the time.) Now that I think of it, I haven't been to the chiro since.

I am able to pick up my three year old to get her in and out of shopping carts, take her potty and even go potty myself while wearing my Ergo. That is NOT something I could do with the wrap.

I look forward to ds being old enough to wear on my back so I can get things done while wearing him.
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I really like my Ergo carrier. I found my ring sling to be really hard on my shoulder once dd got over 15 pounds. I wear her in it all the time when we're out. I'm still trying to practice getting her on my back in it though.
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I could not live without my Ergo. My son is 26lbs and I wear him in it a lot of the day. I put him on my back though, I have never carried him on my front. Ergo rocks for back carries!

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I am a chiropractor and a "part-time" WAHM with an online store. I can tell you from my personal and professional experience that the ERGO is a great carrier. We have used it with our son since he was 7 months old and he and my hubby love to go hiking with it. There are some days that I have worked on my clients with ds in his Ergo on my back. (he comes to the office with me) We love to camp and could not have done it without our Ergo. It isn't as stylish as some but a great carrier, especially for toddlers!

As far as the hip carry. I personally haven't done it other than to show someone how to. I wouldn't suggest if for long periods because of the assymetrical weight distribution. But, I totally understand the wanting to look around part. I think it will definately be easier with a less bulky jacket in the spring and summer as well as when baby gets bigger. My ds has no trouble looking around at 2 1/2!

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Two other soft structured carriers to take a look at are the Beco and Yamo. I love both of mine!! Seem to fit me and DD a little better than the Ergo did. HTH??
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I've only tried ours a couple of times for short stints. It seems to rub around my arms, I may try crossing the straps behind me next time. So far my MT has been more comfy, but Zai's only 14 lbs so that may change when he gets bigger.
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I absolutely love my Ergo. I got it when my son was over 1, and it was great for the new walker stage. We could head out to the park and he could walk a bit, then ride a bit, then walk a bit, then ride a bit. It was so easy to get him in and out after lots of practice, and I wasn't stuck pushing an empty stroller all over the place while chasing a toddler.
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I have to admit that I don't like the Ergo - not because of comfort, but because of aesthetics.

See, for me, I think my babywearing is an extension of my wardrobe. And, yes, I'm totally vain and into my clothes. I'm also a plus-size mama - and this means that the Ergo (when baby is worn on the back) cuts my gut in half and then pushes down my already low jeans. That is not a good look.

Plus, I'm not really the outdoorsy-hiking-REI type. If ya know what I mean. I much prefer my numerous wraps, my hotsling pouch, my Kozy mei tai.... I'm a junkie - but it has to be good lookin!
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Pamela I put DS on my back for the first time this past weekend. Since I too don't like tight things around my tummy I pulled my tshirt out over the waist portion of the ERGO. It seemed to work for me.
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I liked my Ergo quite a lot (using 3 years and counting!), but then I found a MT that fit my body right and made baby's wheight evaporate, so I love it above the Ergo.

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