I got the ergobaby carrier as a gift at a baby shower. I was happy because I knew that wearing a baby can be super useful to be able to get things done and have your hands free when you have a little one. With my son my hubby and I had used a Baby Bjorne and a Moby Wrap. We liked the baby Bjorne because it was easy to put on. At the time I didn’t even know than the ergobaby carrier existed.
The Moby Wrap we didn’t like because it took awhile to get a hang of how to tie it. Plus you can’t really prevent the wrap dragging the floor when you tie it which just bothered me because it felt like it was getting dirty and then that fabric was touching baby.
Picture below for comparison purposes. I have not reviewed the Baby Bjorne but we do like it and it was our go to for our son.
I say all that to be able to really review the ergobaby carrier.
I really like the way it looks. It has more style. Also the padding makes it really comfortable to wear. It also has a little fabric flap that can be used to cover the babies head. The fabric snaps in place and can be used to protect the babies head from the sun or to block the babies view of bright lights/distractions when in the carrier.
I dislike the instructions. They are just a series of pictures that my husband and I could not figure out. Luckily there was a video on YouTube that we could watch. It took a couple views but then we got the hang of it. Also, for anyone that has limited range of motion (I have limited range from a shoulder surgery) it can be hard to hook the back buckle by yourself. I had to really adjust and loosen the straps so that I could actually wear it.
The biggest disappointment was that if you purchase the carrier in order to use it with an infant you have to purchase an infant insert which is pretty pricey after also purchasing the carrier itself. I wish the insert came with the carrier. Also it just was a pain to want to use it and discover that you need another piece to use it. The insert is only needed for babies under 12 lbs or under four months. There is more specific guidelines on when to use the insert provided in the instructions.
We wanted to be able to use the carrier way sooner than four months so we did purchase the insert. We chose the mesh insert because our baby gets sweaty easily.
With all that said…
We LOVE it! Including baby! Money well spent!
Serious my little one loves it. She is a little over one month old and she usually falls asleep in it within minutes of wearing it. She falls asleep in the Baby Bjorne too however I can sit down with her because her legs are out and she knows. With the ergo her legs are held tight (frog-like to your body) and are inside the carrier so she doesn’t know and after a while I can sit down and relax while she sleeps. I don’t have to explain to any parent how much that little bit of time to recoup is worth. We will use the both of our carriers but while our little one is small we will probably use the ergo more.
Disclaimer: I was not solicited to write this review. This is this mama’s honest opinion.
Recently, my husband played a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach. This meant bringing out little one to the beach with us. Traveling to the beach, with a baby, is SUPER DIFFERENT than when it was just you and your significant other. Prepare yourself and you will have a FABULOUS weekend like we did! And don’t worry, there will be more pictures at the end!
Here are some tips I learned alone the way…
Re-evaluate what your expectations are for the trip. If you expect to sun bathe and read book while listening to the ocean, you’re gonna be miserable. Your baby is gonna need you attention ALL DAY LONG. This isn’t a bad thing, it just may not be what you are used to. He may or may not like the sand. He may love water at home but then think the ocean water is too cold. You have to just roll with. He may try to eat sand or seashells. My little one absolutely WOULD NOT put his feet on the sand, even though he can walk. He would crawl in it but if you tried to walk him over to the sand, holding onto his hands, he would pull both feet up and just hang like a monkey from a branch of a tree. He also frequently changed his mind on if he wanted to play in the sand, water, or on mommy’s lap. But it was amazing to sit back and watch him take everything in.
Baby powder helps get rid of the wet sand that’s hard to brush off, but don’t let your baby inhale it!
Remember your baby will need a nap! You may want to cool off to in the room so it isn’t a bad time to take a break.
Lather on your sunscreen! No one like being sun burnt. And it is SO MUCH HARDER to take care of a little one when you’re not 100%. I used California Baby sunscreen since it doesn’t contain chemicals for Landon and applied in 30 minutes before we went out if the sun. We were lucky and no one got burnt!
Figure out shade for your baby! We got a shaded pool that he cool splash around in. At nap time we even tried pouring the water out and laying down towels so he could take a nap there. Unfortunately, he never falls asleep in anything other than a crib, pack n play, or car seat. He squirms around like crazy when its nap time. A umbrella would work to. For our set up, we had a battery powered pump to inflate and deflate our pool. We would use a sand bucket to get water from the ocean for him to splash in and let him pour it into the pool at his own pace. This worked wonderfully and he played all day (for the most part)
Come to terms that your nights may end much earlier. We had my sister come with us to help, but felt guilty leaving her by herself in the room (while Landon slept)…so our nights out ended around 8pm. Such a big change!
Stay at a hotel or place ON THE BEACH. You will be packing so much stuff with you, you are gonna want to be close. Some of our essentials swim diapers, wipes, snacks, bath toys, large sand bucket, sippy cup, sunscreen, our baby pool (to provide fun and shade), towels, neat sheet, bottled water, and our inflater/deflater.
When in doubt of how to entertain your baby, DIG A HOLE. Yeah, it’s that simple. Bring a bucket of water up. Instant entertainment for the young ones!
Get a beach bag and make your husband carry a backpack. You are going to need help to carry all your baby essentials.
Consider water shoes. Think about being the parent, you may have gradually stroll across HOT, HOT, HOT sand.
If your baby has never been in sand, maybe try a sand box out before you go to the beach. You’ll know what to expect then.
That’s all the tips, I have! What do you guys do to make things easier?
Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself and today I definitely did. This was one of those embarrassing MOMents, that I can’t even blame on the baby! Let me explain…
Tonight, my husband, Landon, and I went to Apple-bee’s for dinner after a frantic search for a healthy cookbook. I had packed the “going to a restaurant with baby” essentials. For me this includes: the peel and stick place mat, a bib, a baby food pouch, a spoon, bowl, wipes, puffs, lil crunchies, wagon wheels, and CHEERIOS. For the most part it was a normal dinner except for this little bit of convo that happened…
ME: Wow, this sauce is really rich and buttery. I don’t think I can eat any more. But it is good.
HUSBAND: Does that mean I can have your shrimp?
LANDON: BA, BA, BA, BA (as he eats his Cheerios)
ME: I think I’m going to eat some Cheerios as a buffer for my stomach. It should work like crackers, right? Since I haven’t ate a lot today….
HUSBAND: (gives a nod that says, sure babe-whatever you say)
ME: (nom, nom, nom, just eating my cheerios)
SERVER: How is everything tonight?
ME & HUSBAND: Great!
SERVER: Mam, are you sure everything is ok?
ME: Oh yes, it’s just fine.
SERVER:(in a gentle and concerned voice) I’m sorry, Mam. I don’t believe you. You are eating Cheerios.
ME: (thinking…crap…he has a point…I haven’t finished my dinner, and I stole my son’s cheerios…) Oh, my dinner is fine. I promise.
LANDON: Ooooh (and smiles sweetly, he likes having the last word already)
A few minutes later, the manager came to our table and asked how everything was going.