When my first was born I have to admit I wasn’t much into “wearing” her. Oh, when I was pregnant I dreamed of myself walking on the beach in my maxi-dress with my babe on my bosom. But then she was born and the reality that I a) didn’t live on a beach and b) had a baby who could only be calm when swaddled into a cocoon hit and like a lot of things I got at my shower, the European Carrier I attempted to use was put in a closet to collect dust.
My second baby was worn a little more but I was never happy with that first carrier and too overwhelmed to look for another. Thankfully, my two year old was quite compliant so I never needed to use anything but my arms to carry the baby.
When my third baby was born and rocked our world from the start, I knew I’d need to get that boy on my body as quickly as possible. I had a Moby wrap in the early days, which I loved but never felt totally comfortable with when he got bigger. I am sure it would have held him fine, but I never relaxed when he was in it because I was sure it would slip or he would wriggle out. I knew I didn’t want the other carrier I had because no one was comfortable in that-mom, dad or baby. I thought I was out of luck until a woman walked into preschool with an ERGO carrier on. She had her child on her back but I could tell to look at it that it wasn’t your typical back pack carrier.
I grilled her on it for what seemed like hours and she was pleased to spend time raving about it. I went home, googled ERGO and the rest is carrying history. I can tell you first hand that you will get every penny you spend out of this thing. It may be more pricey than some others on the market but it is worth it. I used that thing from babyhood well through toddler-hood. No, I would never leash my kid, but that’s not to say he didn’t need it from time to time. When you’re trying to walk two preschoolers to drop off, in the rain, carrying back-packs, lunches and someones “lovey” you don’t have any hands left for a wriggly toddler and you certainly don’t have the speed or dexterity to chase said toddler through the parking lot either; ergo the Ergo. It’s comfortable, sturdy and can be worn front, back or side so it accommodates any age child. And wouldn’t you know, it originates in Hawaii so all the pictures are women on the beach!
If you’re pregnant with your first or your fifth, or if you’re just wondering how to corral your active tot while on errands, the Ergo baby carrier is for you.
**Pictures courtesy of Ergobabycarriers.com
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