Along with the fourth trimester, there’s other stuff I haven’t discovered until my third child. Like the amazing Ergobaby baby carrier. It’s up there with the dishwasher and sat nav for gadgets that have changed my life. Here’s why you need it in your life.
The carrier with the cool factor.
I’ve always been a Baby Bjorn kind of gal.
Aside from the fact that I recently found out they aren’t very good for baby’s hips (if the knees hang below the hips, this can place a strain on your baby’s hips), once your baby gets to around 10 months, assuming he’s as chunky as mine seem to be, it’s bye bye Baby Bjorn. Hello ‘awkward, back straining, carrying on hip’ time. Ugh.
So when my friend bought an Ergobaby 360 carrier that can potentially carry your baby up until his third or fourth birthday (33lbs weight limit), I was like, ‘Yeah, Ergobaby! I’ve got to get myself one of those.’
Ergobaby is a BIG brand Stateside. Celebs like Gwen Stefani have given it the cool factor. It’s lesser known over here but it fully deserves to be the no.1 baby carrier on everyone’s wish list.
And soon will be, I suspect.
Ergobaby have several carriers in their range.
All are suitable from birth with an infant insert (which they sell separately). I went for the 360, which allows you to carry your baby in four positions. Front inward (up to 24 months). Front outward (up to 12 months). Back (up to 36 months). And hip (up to 24 months).
The 360 is the only one in their range which allows carrying your baby in the front position, facing outwards. However they do stipulate this position is really only suitable until your baby reaches 12 months and having tried this position with a rather chunky 13 month old, I can vouch for this. It put far too much strain on my back. So if, like me, you’re buying an Ergobaby for the first time when your baby is already a year, I would probably suggest going for the Ergobaby Original, which has an extended weight limit of 44lbs (in the back position).
The Ergobaby Performance is another option. It has the same features as the Original, except it’s made of a more breathable fabric. So it’s perfect for the active family who want to use their carrier for more arduous journeys than a trip to the shops.
Mount Everest anyone?
So. Why is Ergobaby so brilliant?
First and foremost? It’s incredibly comfortable. And supportive. For you.
The 360 has a wide strap that you can wear above or below your waist. The padded shoulder straps and the clip that does up across the shoulder blades give increased wearer comfort and support (although I haven’t yet worked out how to do this up without help!). These features mean the Ergobaby is carrying your baby, rather than you.
For your baby’s comfort and safety, the structured bucket seat in all of their designs keeps him ergonomically seated in all four positions, with knees even to or above hips and the spine in a curved “C” position. This is incredibly important, because if you’re using your carrier a lot (which you will), you want to ensure it’s not affecting your baby’s development.
Also, did you not hear? Gwen Stefani has one.
The proof is in the pudding.
We road-tested our 360 on our two week summer holiday to Turkey.
With three kids in tow, we knew we were going to need four hands, at least.
We used it to get through the airport.
We used it in the evenings, meaning we only had to take a single buggy that our three year old could retire to if she got tired. The three year old went in the 360 herself and LOVED it. It’s so much better for my posture than carrying her awkwardly on my hip, as we all do.
We used it at the beach and on a boat trip, to keep our newly walking boy from jumping overboard.
And now we’re back? I use it for the school run. And anywhere I want to tackle without the hindrance of a bulky buggy. It’s made my life with three kids manageable. And more rapid! I thought that baby wearing was over the moment The Boy with No Name hit 10 months. I’m so glad it’s not.
My only regret? Not discovering Ergobaby sooner.
It almost makes me want to have another baby. So I can use it from day dot.
(I said ‘almost.‘)