Infant Carrier Options

I know that you love and prefer the Ergo and it looks fantastic and I've heard great things.

However, as I research online about it, it seems best for older babies, more than 8 months. You yourself mentioned you didn't use it for your children as young infants.

I have also come across a similar product, the Beco baby carrier. It is a little more, but it comes with the infant insert. I'm just wondering if there is any way you could compare these two products to give a more complete review. It's really confusing and every penny counts in our house. Thanks!

Answer:

Hi Laura,

I understand the need to pick out a carrier while watching the pennies. I also did a lot of research before getting my Ergo carrier.

Firstly – I did not “not use the Ergo” when my little ones were small babies – I didn't have the Ergo. I never could have purchased such a baby carrier with my first three. We lived well below the poverty line and I used a sling I'd been given as a gift 🙂

I didn't get the Ergo until Galen was around 7 months old. So I didn't have the chance to use it with a small infant. That's why I didn't use it – it wasn't because I think it's no good with small babies.

Ergobaby has a new infant insert that I think looks good, and I'll order that when/if we're expecting a new baby. I didn't like the look of the old infant insert so much, but the new one looks great.

Take a look at the new insert here

I give the Ergo a great review because it's really a great carrier. I wear it for hours every day – still – with Galen at 14 months old. I wear him on my back at home, and with the winter weather and heavy coats I wear him on my front while we're out and about.

In fact, Galen is usually on my back, in the Ergo, while I'm writing for this website 🙂

I've logged literally hundreds of hours in it. So that's why I think it's an excellent carrier.

Now when Galen was a baby, I used a Sleepy Wrap with him. I have a Sleepy Wrap review I'll post in the next few days. That was really great for a newborn. It's a wrap carrier so just a long piece of fabric, and I liked it because it was a bit stretchy and I could just snuggle him down in the carrier.

I preferred the Sleepy Wrap to the sling – but I'll be honest, once I got the Ergo, that's all there was for baby carriers. I haven't used my sling at all since I got it. The Sleepy Wrap is in the car in case I happen to forget the Ergo – but it hasn't been used since I got the Ergo.

I wouldn't mind trying the Beco baby carrier because I know a lot of mothers like that one. I compared the two carriers a lot when I was getting ready to invest in one.

But since I am very happy with the Ergo, I can't see spending so much on another carrier just to review it… I wouldn't say no to Beco sending me one for review comparison, but as that's unlikely to happen I probably won't be able to do a fair comparison. None of my friends have a Beco so I can't borrow one.

I can say, as I did above, that I prefer the Ergo over my sling, over the Sleepy Wrap, over my EllaRoo Wrap, and over my podaegi. I use it every single day and for hours every day. I'm sorry I can't give it a fair comparison – but I can say I'm sticking with it, and I'll use it with the infant insert for our next babe!

For reference: My ErgoBaby Carrier review

About the author 

Kristen

Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com and helping families through her online childbirth class MamaBabyBirthing.com

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