- User Rating: Very Good
Ease of Use:
Pros:Very comfortable when baby is in
Cons:Hard to get baby on back, customer service lacking
The Bottom Line: If you have the patience to work with this carrier, then go for it! If you want something easy to use from the very beginning, then pass.
I have a love/hate relationship with this carrier. Once the baby is in the carrier, it’s very comfortable. The most annoying thing about this carrier is actually getting the baby in, and not being sure if the baby is actually in securely. Although they have newborn contraptions to hold a newborn, it seemed that this was an afterthought. The carrier doesn’t seemed designed to carry newborns.
Now that my baby is 7 months old, I use it more. In the front position it’s very comfortable, but it seems to be designed for the baby to face in, towards you. And since my baby, like many, like to face out, it would work better if they could face out. I think you can do it, but Ergo literature doesn’t have pictures of this, and I don’t think it was designed for this.
Getting a baby in the back position is still frustrating for us (baby is now 7 months). It’s best with 2 people (one to spot), but since most of us don’t have that luxury most of the time, I always try to check a reflection/mirror, to confirm baby is in securely. And, you need to have a good back, since you have to lean over a bit, while getting baby in place. (I actually stay leaned over until I know baby is in securely, since a couple of times baby would have dropped right off the back if I had stood up straight.) This alone, frustrates me a bit about this carrier.
Lastly, I have a bit of a pet peeve. I had e-mailed the company informing them that they’re waist straps are made fairly small (especially for a new mom). I wear size 10-12 now and the waist strap barely fit when my baby was 2 months, so I can imagine that there are bigger moms. (of course all the models in their DVD are smaller women!). I never got a response from the company about this. I learned on my own that they do have strap extensions though. I work with clients/customers, so the fact that they never bothered to respond to my e-mail question is a bit annoying
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Amount Paid (US$): 90
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months