This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Andrea Toman for winning an ERGObaby Carrier!
I am happy and proud to describe myself as a baby-wearing mom. A lot has been written about the benefits of wearing your baby (Benefits of Baby Wearing from LLL and 10 Reasons to Wear Your Baby) and my desire was to be a ‘baby-wearer’ from the time my first was born, so I dutifully asked for and received a baby carrier and tried to wear my sweet baby from the beginning.
While I did use the baby carrier a lot, but I would not have classified myself as a baby wearer because that first carrier and others that followed, (you know the ones that you find at the local baby stores) just weren’t comfortable enough to allow me to wear my baby for long periods of time day-in and day-out.
That continued until I was expecting our 8th baby and my mom purchased me an ERGObaby carrier. I was 7 1/2 months pregnant when I first wore one of my children in the ERGO and Savannah (then 16 months old) spent 2 1/2 happy hours while we shopped. No tired shoulders or sore neck, just a completely content little girl who enjoyed being so close to her mommy and a mommy who had discovered that baby wearing could be comfortable.
What is an ERGObaby Carrier?
An ERGObaby carrier is a soft frame baby carrier designed for use with babies with good head control (4-5 months) up to children around 40 pounds. (ERGO does provide an infant insert that enables you to wear your baby from birth through 4-5 months. I will be trying that accessory and telling you about it after our little one is born in July.)
The carrier has been tested safe up to 90 pounds, so really it’s for as long as both you and your baby are happy using it. We still wear our 3 1/2 year old and our 2 year old and yes, I am still wearing them even though I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant. However, I might encourage them to ask one of their siblings or their daddy to “ERGO” them.
The ERGO is designed to enable you to carry your baby in three different positions front, back or hip carry.
The ERGO is also equipped with a sleeping hood that supports the baby’s head when they are sleeping. Trust me, this is a wonderful and important feature, because the ERGO is one of our boys favorite places to nap when we are on the go.
What makes an ERGO different?
The ERGO was different from the other carriers that I had used in that the weight of the baby is carried on your waist, not your shoulders, back or neck. This is amazingly comfortable and Mark and I have carried our babies on 6 mile hikes over rocky terrain quite comfortably.
In whatever position you are wearing your baby, the baby faces you and conforms to the shape of your body. This not only makes the ERGO more comfortable, it also allows you to interact with your baby. Even when I’m wearing one of our boys in the back carry position (and can’t see their face) the interaction is sweet, they will rub my back, ask me to rub their legs and point out different items of interest as we walk along. And of course, when they are tired they will lean their head up against my back and go to sleep.
“The ergonomic design supports a correct sitting position for the baby’s hip, pelvis and spine growth. It disperses most of the baby’s weight between the hips and thighs and helps prevent compression of the spine.” This is much better for the babies growth and development than other carriers that dangle babies by their crotch.
Why we love our ERGO.
Need I say anything more? Our two youngest children, whom we call our ‘ERGO babies’, have had this reaction nearly every time we pull out our ERGO. Until just before his third birthday Colby would bring me the ERGO or ask me to “ERGO” him during that” tough-for-little-kids-time-of-day” while mom is getting dinner ready.
After 7 children I was finally a baby-wearing mom and our family has been reaping the benefits ever since. We no longer use our stroller, or have to leave a store because the baby is screaming. Our babies have been much more portable and adaptable to going and doing in different places at different times. Because they are able to comfortably nap in the ERGO it’s much easier to have a more flexible schedule without having a miserable little one.
We even used the ERGO to train one of our boys to sit still during church. From the time he was just a few months old we would simply put him in the ERGO at the beginning of the service and our hyper active, overly stimulated little one would calm down and eventually take his morning nap in the ERGO.
As a mom of soon-to-be 10, there are very few things that I consider “necessary”, a good, quality baby carrier is one of those things, don’t settle for less, baby wearing doesn’t have to be painful or uncomfortable. It really is worth it to find a baby wearing product that you love, for our family the ERGO is one of those products.
Buy an ERGObaby Carrier.
You may purchase an ERGObaby carrier from between $105 and $148 at ERGObaby carrier.com.
Don’t forget to check out their infant inserts if you want to use it with a baby younger than 4 or 5 months, their practical front pouch, perfect for camera, keys and cell phone and other accessories!
Win an ERGObaby Carrier.
I’m thrilled that ERGObaby has offered to give one of my readers their very own ERGObaby carrier. Our family LOVES this carrier, we recommend it all the time and we firmly believe that it’s completely worth the investment.
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Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and will end at midnight on Thursday, June 24th.