Babywearing: ErgoBaby Organic Carrier

The ErgoBaby Organic Carrier is a soft-structured carrier (SSC) made of organic cotton and can be used for front, hip, and back carries as well as breastfeeding your little one.  The ErgoBaby is versatile and can be used for babies from 7 (with the newborn insert) through 45 pounds.  The carrier also has an integrated hood with 50+UPF to protect babe’s head from the sun, wind, and rain.  Since this is a cushy carrier for all involved, the hood is a great feature to have when you are out and about and your little one falls asleep.

Those are the facts.  You can find those on the ErgoBaby website, but I bet you a wondering how the carrier really works, so let me tell you a little about my experience with the Ergo.

ErgoBaby made this zoo visit fun and simple!

ErgoBaby made this zoo visit fun and simple!

I was so excited when my new ErgoBaby Organic Carrier in Lattice arrived on my doorstep.  I immediately pulled it out of the box and proceeded to put it on, and try it out with my toddler.  It was so easy to figure out that I bypassed the instructions at first.  (I can almost hear the entire ErgoBaby legal department collectively sucking in their breath.)  I know, I shouldn’t have done that, but I felt confident in figuring out the front carry.  I had seen the Ergo demonstrated in the past and had been babywearing for over a year when I first got my ErgoBaby Carrier.  Even if you are experienced, you should absolutely go through the instructions before trying out the Ergo.  You want to make sure that you and babe are being safe! (A classic case of “do as I say, not as I do”)

I found the buckles and straps easy and quick to adjust, which makes it simple to transfer the carrier between adults, take baby out/in when running multiple errands, and allows for detailed tweaking for achieving the best fit.  Maybe it is just me, but I also found the waist belt fit quite snugly against my body with meant that my toddler didn’t slide down in to that space between the belt and my stomach/hips.  I have had that happen with other carriers, so being able to get a nice snug fit was important.  As a petite and small-framed woman, I like that the waist belt adjusts smaller than some other SSCs on the market, but also has a belt extender if needed.

We began using the ErgoBaby Carrier when our son was about 14 months old.  He weighed just under 20 pounds and was about 29 inches tall.  He fit perfectly in the ErgoBaby and fell in love with it (so did we).  He especially loved that we could attach organic teething pads to the shoulder straps for him to chew on during those pesky teething days (weeks, months…). I especially love the zip pocket which is big enough for me to stash my car key, wallet, and phone for short outings.  The pocket allows me to leave my purse behind!

During the early months of our Ergo use, it was warm out.  Because the Ergo carrier has such wonderful padding and support, this carrier can get a little warm for wearer and wearee in the hot weather.  However, after recently going to the zoo and using it for 2 hours in the hot and sunny weather, I have to say that I appreciated the padding more than I lamented the warmth of the carrier.

When we got in to the winter months, the added warmth of the carrier was a definite plus.  I also found that I could wear a loose winter coat over the carrier when using a front carry.  Since the Ergo keeps the baby close to the wearer’s chest, I could even bring the coat around and almost zip it.  This kept us both nice and cozy.  I also thought the hood was a nice way to add extra warmth and protection, over and above our toddler’s hat, when the wind was especially cold.

Fast forward a little and here we are in the summer.  Our toddler is almost 2 now, weighs just over 20 pounds, and is about 32 inches tall.  We still use the ErgoBaby carrier most days in both front and back carries.  I am sad that our toddler is just about too tall for the back carry since he likes to wiggle and do back bends all while giggling hysterically.  I imagine when he is another inch or two taller we will stick with just front carries for the ErgoBaby so that we don’t have to worry about him flipping out somehow (although I’m not sure he would be able to do that easily, I just get nervous).

Overall, I have to say that I really have enjoyed using the ErgoBaby Carrier in Lattice.  It is an attractive, well-made, comfortable carrier that promotes an ergonomic seat for baby, breastfeeding, and closeness for caregivers and baby.  I also like that many national retailers now carry ErgoBaby carriers, which makes them easy to find!  I hope that you have the chance to try an ErgoBaby Carrier.

* Disclosure: I received a complimentary Organic Ergobaby Carrier in Lattice from ErgoBaby in order to write this review and demonstrate the carrier in my L.E.A.N. Expectations classes.  I was not required to provide a positive review.  All opinions are my own, and are based on several months of use, in many different conditions, and 3 different seasons.  I only recommend products that I either have purchased myself and love or products I have been given a chance to review by the company that I believe are products my readers would benefit from. Amazon links are affiliate links.