1) light weight
2) comfy for babe & mama
3) non-disruptive to hip development, etc.
5) easy in & out
I am only 5'2" so I need something that is not big & bulky. Does the Ergo meet these criteria?
If you want something more flexible though -not big & bulky - think about a mei tei. While the Ergo is very comfy, it's better if you don't have to take the kid out while using it. If you may have a need to do that, a mei tei is a lot easier, similar in how it works/wears and is really lightweight.
Check out babywearing too.
That said, if you don't mind a little steeper learning curve, a Mei Tai will give you the same basic fit for baby as you get with the Ergo, but it's more adjustable, lighter in weight for the most part, more breathable, and less bulky. I found it easier to nurse in the Mei Tai, and there wasn't the constant fussing with the straps that I had with the Ergo.
So I'd say it's a tossup. But the Ergo is great, if you decide to go with that. I had both, and liked both a lot.
We just started trying it on the back so I'm hoping that will be a new option for times when I need more openess with my arms.
It has been worth the investment for us, as has the ring sling.
My babe is 19 lbs now and we still use the Ergo comfortably.
Hopet his helps.
mom to DD and one on the way, wife since 1997 to a great guy
Wife to DH, Mama to DS1 (06/2007) and DS2 (06/2013), missing babies (mc 08/2006 @ 5 weeks) and (missed mc 06/2012 @ 11 weeks)
It's awesome. I have a MT that I used constantly when dd was little, but for back carries I prefer the Ergo. I can still carry my 40lb 3yo in it totally comfortably. I'm also 5'2.
I just wish they'd come out with their cuter colors before we got ours...we're stuck with camel
Sarah ~ ds X 12/05 ~ dd E 3/08 ~ 7/12
Our guy is 18 pounds, and I can comfortably carry him on my back or front for hours. It's very quick getting him in and out. The straps are bulky, which makes it harder to carry a shoulder bag. It's still one of my favorite carriers, though.
The new Ergo Sport is supposedly made of a cooler cotton/poly blend. Although, we used our regular Ergo (with bulky infant insert!) during the hot, midwestern summer months, and it was comfortable enough.
OB RN, partner to and mama to (2008, 31 weeker) and (2011)
I vastly prefer a chunei to an Ergo. They rock. I have one and it was so comfortable that I could carry my nearly 2 year old all over airports in Europe this summer and I was 20 weeks pregnant. The weight isn't on your shoulders or on the belt but is spread across your chest. I got mine from Jen at the Korean Baby. I got the mesh Baby Comfort one and recommend it to everyone who asks!
I also have a mei tai, but I infinitely prefer the Ergo to my mei tai. The mei tai was fine when dd was a baby, but when she got heavy, the Ergo was so much more comfortable. I'm really small with a bad back, so I needed something that would help support dd's weight. Our mei tai got about a month's worth of use, but the Ergo has been in service for years now. And I like how my husband loves the Ergo; he refused to wear the mei tai.
Julia, mama to Bumpa 2008, and The Mole 2011
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