|Originally posted by IdentityCrisisMama
1.How do you get the kid in it? Would I need help from another adult in order to get my daughter on my back? That would be a deal breaker because I usually travel with just me and my daughter.
2.Do your kids sleep well in it? Can you sit down at a caf?with the sleeping kid in the back or front? Would it be easy to lay a sleeping kid down who has fallen asleep in the Ergo?
3.Can the child go forward facing in the front position?
4.How is the backpack accessory that they sell to go along with the Ergo?
Thanks and any other words of caution or advice about the Ergo (or other carrying contraptions) would be most appreciated.
BTW, I changed the heading because I wanted to draw other Ergo users into this discussion.
1. I put it on my back with one shoulder strap hanging off. I kneel on the ground with DS standing behind me and I kind of hoist him in. Once he learned how to get in, he helps by hanging onto my back while I get his leg through.
2. DS is never one to just fall asleep unexpectedly so it hasn't happend to me, but I know other kids who fall asleep in it, then you can use the sleeping hood and sit down with them in the back. If you wanted to lay them down, you would unbuckle the chest clip, take one shoulder strap off and kind of swing them around to the front at which point you can let the back fall down so you could lay them down. I think this would take a little effort, but would definitely be easier than if you 're using a frame backpack since you would have to pull them out of it.
3. I don't think you can.
4. I don't have the backpack accessory, but it looks like it would convenient. It's not the most convenient to carry any type of bag with any carrier, IME.
I cant carry DS comfortably in a sling anymore (he's maybe 27 lbs-ish) and we have an Evenflo trailtech frame backpack that I find it really hard to walk around with now that he's bigger because I'm swaying all over the place. The Ergo is still comfy, I thnk because he's snug to my body. Of course, after a couple hours of carrying him in anything I'm feeling it, but less so with the Ergo. I like the look of the Kozy though, I wish I could rationalize buying one but DS never wants to be carried anymore. There's also the Packababy
, Baby Backtie
, and several others if you decide to go with a constructed soft carrier.