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#1 of 21 Old 10-15-2007, 12:09 AM - Thread Starter
 
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notwithstanding any business practices or what have you, i just love this carrier. we just got it yesterday, and it is the only carrier DD has not protested when first being put in...she naps well in it, is content in it when awake, and it is sooooo comfy.

DH has been a bjorn fan for awhile now, and he's finally like, "uh, yeah, the bjorn has some issues. not so comfy." i think the comparison is like night and day (i don't know as i have used the bjorn like twice and hated it). he says it's the best carrier he's seen (he's tried a MT, too).

i am so glad we bought it! that's all

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I really love it too... ds spends many hours in it daily now. I wore him recently while travelling, and my back was not sore once, and he was always happy in it! What business practices???
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I really love it too... ds spends many hours in it daily now. I wore him recently while travelling, and my back was not sore once, and he was always happy in it! What business practices???
there was another thread about ergo pushing other carriers off the market through its business practices, but the thread got locked for some mysterious reason. this one might too if i keep talking about it

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Yes, the ergo is comfier for the child as their weight is distributed throughout their legs instead of being slung up by their crotch.

I just got mine last week as well! I'm trying to experiment with nursing in it. Maybe my 5 month old is too tall already but it seems like I have to wear him pretty low to get him to latch on...or I'm a bit too saggy from two nurslings!
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we love ours too
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I love my ERGO to. My dd2 will be 2 next week and weighs almost 33lbs! My back doesn't hurt when I wear her! We love it!
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Despite some of my reservations about the company, I ADORE our Ergo.
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We love our Ergo too. My son will be 2 next month and it works so well for me, better than anything else I have tried. It is the first carrier where I could tell my son truly loved it in there.

Mom to three great boys Michael (Sept/01), Carter (Nov/05) and Reid (March/10).

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There are some days where DD is in the Ergo with me, DH, Grandma, Grandpa, cousins, etc. for 23 out of 24 hours. Wish I'd tried one before I bought a sling (killed my shoulder), a Bjorn (DD looked so uncomfortable w/dangling legs), and a stroller (although I'm sure it'll be useful when she's older).

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Dh and I both love our ergo - dd is 9 months old now and has been in it many hours a day since she was 3 weeks old. I have a sling, too, but never found it to be as comfy as the ergo. I just wish it were a little prettier...
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Just curious if you mamas can give me some suggestions.

I bought an Ergo (w/the insert) for my very mainstream cousin who just delivered her first born. I chose the Ergo because I thought there are no prints to decide & her husband would wear it too, since Ergo's are more gender neutral. And it's close enough to a Bjourn or Maclaren carrier (which they got at the shower).

I asked if she's using it. Of course, I was expecting excitement / exhilaration. But to my disappointment, she said, "well, it's okay. It's kinda complicated and difficult to put-on. I only use it when Lana (her baby) gets fussy around the house."

I know they are very active people. It's a shame that they are not getting more use out of this carrier. I want to help her but I don't remember any learning curve with the Ergo. [i can't visit her until Christmas] Can you help me give her some useful tips so that it's not such a complicated carrier?

Or am I being too pushy to a mainstream mom?

TIA for your candid thoughts.
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Hmmm, I would ask if they've watched the DVD. But in all honesty, a soft structured carrier is not my absolute fave for a newborn, because it is kinda bulky. I know people who make it work, but my personal preference is for a different carrier in the early days. So I would encourage them to hold on to it and not give up on it yet, reassure them that it will come into its own as baby gets bigger.

If it's the insert in particular that they're finding difficult to use, they can always try a tummy to tummy position vertically with baby's legs froggied underneath -- feet flat so they don't get squished -- and baby down enough in the carrier to get good head/neck support. Remind them that the hip belt should be quite snug, and so should the shoulder straps -- baby should be very close to parent's body. Also, if it's too much of a PITA to fasten the sternum strap with two hands behind the head (like the DVD shows), they can try loosening the shoulder straps, pre-clipping the sternum clip together, then putting baby in and ducking through the sternum strap, then putting arms through the shoulder straps and snugging up the straps to get everything nice and tight. Also remind them that the shoulder adjusters do best when pulled parallel to themselves, i.e. the nylon straps are in line with each other -- towards the front if baby is on the front, but don't pull down.

This is kinda stream of consciousness so I hope it helps a little!

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Can I send them to you?
That was very helpful. Thanks a million. :
Keep on streamin'
Just hope they don't sneak off and sell it behind my back like my other friend did. :
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Can I just say that that is very generous and sweet of you to give the Ergo as a gift!

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Just curious if you mamas can give me some suggestions.

I bought an Ergo (w/the insert) for my very mainstream cousin who just delivered her first born. I chose the Ergo because I thought there are no prints to decide & her husband would wear it too, since Ergo's are more gender neutral. And it's close enough to a Bjourn or Maclaren carrier (which they got at the shower).

I asked if she's using it. Of course, I was expecting excitement / exhilaration. But to my disappointment, she said, "well, it's okay. It's kinda complicated and difficult to put-on. I only use it when Lana (her baby) gets fussy around the house."

I know they are very active people. It's a shame that they are not getting more use out of this carrier. I want to help her but I don't remember any learning curve with the Ergo. [i can't visit her until Christmas] Can you help me give her some useful tips so that it's not such a complicated carrier?

Or am I being too pushy to a mainstream mom?

TIA for your candid thoughts.
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Oh thanks. I'm probably just the pushy, crunchy mom of the family.

An update...cousin still doesn't really care for the Ergo. :
Hoping for the best.
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Oh thanks. I'm probably just the pushy, crunchy mom of the family.

An update...cousin still doesn't really care for the Ergo. :
Hoping for the best.
Probably doesn't see the benefit of it just yet. With my first I didn't catch onto baby wearing until DD was older, like 6 months, and her weight was starting to get harder to carry around. DS was born huge so I have to use a baby carrier or I can't carry him for any lenght of time.
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well, personally i think the ergo is about a million times easier to use than a bjorn. once you do it like 3 times, it's plain as day. fastest learning curve of any carrier i've used...but admittedly, i did not use it with a newborn. i could definitely see how that might be a lot harder.

like PPs said, definitely let her know that around 6 months, the ergo will make a lot more sense (as the bjorn becomes torturously uncomfortable).

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Thank you. That's very reassuring.
Sorry to have hi-jacked the thread, though.
It's suppose to be about Ergo love.
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we lloooovvve our ergo too! our challenge is in wearing Aidan on the back....i just can't seem to find a comfy way to transition him around ....who has tips on this one? it seems hard for Aidan to 'get' the hang on to Mama move while we shift so usually I have to get hubby to help me get him situated. He doesn't really like the back as well but I have a hunch that he might with more time in that position. He does love the ride and RUNS to me when I say 'lets ride together'...lol. I have never been able to nurse well in this one though unless we're in a totally uninhibited location where babies and ninnies are better than all the magic mud and moonbeams put together.
I still use a maya around the house when he's feeling hippy and love that one too.
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Despite some of my reservations about the company, I ADORE our Ergo.
What reservations, exactly? See, I'm trying to find another back carrier to replace my babytrekker. Part of the reason I got the trekker was because it is made in canada, uses veggie dyes and no fire retardants. That's what I love about it, along with the fact that it's well padded. What I hate about it is the crotch dangle. So I'm looking for a similar type of thing with better bum support, and the ergo seems like the right way to go... I would do a MT but I don't think there's enough padding for my linking. Comfort is more important than portability for me, because I use it for long walks and market trips. And DD seems to like all the padding for sleeping. So can you tell me a bit about the company? And, if they are so deplorable, a better structured carrier company? Thanks!
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I think pp was referring to their business practice. you can find more on the TBW forums. It's very heated, though. The post here was deleted so I won't say more...
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