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#1 of 9 Old 09-10-2007, 06:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm about to invest in an Ergo for my 7 week old, and I'm wondering if the infant insert is necessary. I've looked on the website, but I really can't tell what the insert does.

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I have an Ergo, but have not used it for an infant yet. I don't necessarily think you need their insert, but you will need something to support the baby with until he/she is bigger. It does not support their heads at all and probably would be too big for a baby of 7 weeks. I just went ahead and ordered the insert so I don't have to worry about it, but I'm not due until January, so I haven't tested it out.
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Thanks for the reply. I was wondering if there was any kind of head-support. I've heard great reviews on the Ergo, but I couldn't tell from the pictures about the head-support.

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I have an Ergo, but have not used it for an infant yet. I don't necessarily think you need their insert, but you will need something to support the baby with until he/she is bigger. It does not support their heads at all and probably would be too big for a baby of 7 weeks. I just went ahead and ordered the insert so I don't have to worry about it, but I'm not due until January, so I haven't tested it out.
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It really depends on the size of your child. With a lot of little babies who are not quite newborns but still quite little, you can just put them in a tummy to tummy position, froggy legs, upright, legs inside in the carrier, snug it down and they will do just fine. Or you can try a side saddle position, just like you'd do with the insert -- body perpendicular to yours, both legs sticking out one side, like you'd wear them in a sling. If these positions work and are comfy and secure for your baby, then you can skip the insert.

For other babies/parents, they find that the insert is useful to provide head support and body cushioning (to keep baby from falling out the side) up to the 4 to 5 month mark.

My recommendation would be to get it, try it both with insert and without, and return the insert if you don't need it.

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i got the insert and i think just folding a towel would have worked just as well. the baby shown in ergo's video explaining the thing is *tiny* and ds2 was never that small.
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i got the insert and i think just folding a towel would have worked just as well. the baby shown in ergo's video explaining the thing is *tiny* and ds2 was never that small.
I have an insert and also think a plush towel or baby blanket would suffice. I'll post pics of the Ergo in action with my preemie baby in a bit for you to look at. I use the side infant carry though (where his legs are on the same side not spread eagle, he doesn't like it and doesn't have enough "girth" yet for that carry).

Here are some pics I found :

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...n/P1050054.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...n/P1050052.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...n/P1050056.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...n/P1050057.jpg (close up of infant insert in action in infant side carry)
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I don't have the insert, as I started using the Ergo when dd was 6 months, but I agree that it is probably not necessary. After seeing the insert IRL, I have decided to save my $25 or so and improvise. I am willing to spend the extra 5 minutes to fold a towel or blanket (whichever works best...we will see when baby comes). If you don't want to deal with the hassle of folding something, maybe the insert is worth it for you. As far as I could tell, the insert is meant to be used in the side carry (as Sheal's pics showed).

I hope you find something that works for you

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I got the Ergo when ds was about 7 weeks and got the insert. It was briefly useful (he's big). I could have done without it but it was nice to have it. Not essential, though.
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I got an ergo when my dd was 7 weeks and was advised by the storekeeper where I bought it not to get the insert. It would have been too hot for summer. The storekeeper showed me how to insert dd into the ergo sideways, just like with the insert, but just having her in there alone. She fit just fine and liked it better than being frog-legged. I also put her sideways in my mei tai and she prefers that to being frogged in there as well. If my baby was not big and I needed more for her, I would just use a towel. I would not put baby in the ergo tummy to tummy until at least 3 mos with good neck control.
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