Interested in an Ergo but confused about which one you want to buy? I had the opportunity to try out 3 different Ergo styles to find out just what the differences are.
Ergo carriers are soft structured buckle carriers that are great long haul carriers (infant through toddler). All three have sleeping hoods and the Performance and Organic both have a zipper closed pocket for carrying small items on the body of the carrier. They come in a variety of colors (depending on the model) and are easily adjustable between multiple wearers.
Ergo carriers are easy to find, you can buy them online and through local retailers like Target and Babies R Us. These carriers are a popular choice among both moms and dads!
The Performance is the sturdiest carrier of the three. The shoulder straps, waist strap and body are more contoured and fit a little differently that the Sport or the Organic. The inside of the carrier has a mesh water resistant liner that is breathable and helps pull moisture away from baby in hot weather or on long walks or hikes where the parent may become hot.
I used this carrier a few times during my older son’s soccer practice (when the temperature was in the 90’s) and did not feel as hot as I would in other soft structured carriers.
The Sport is surprising light weight and takes up less space than the other two types. The hood on this carrier is also easily removable with buttons snaps. It folds up a little smaller and would be great for throwing in a diaper bag. My son also felt much lighter in this carrier than in the other two. This carrier was great for doing things like housework and yard work because of the weight. There is also a vent in the body of the carrier that is supposed to keep baby cooler.
The Organic is the most comfy of the three. The fabric is a little softer and it has a bit more fabric in the body than the others.
This is just a great for anytime carrier, although not as cool as the Performance or as compact as the Sport, this was my favorite (and my son’s favorite) of the three. This carrier just works for everything from snuggling to hiking. I also love the vibrant prints.
If you would like to try the different Ergo styles for yourself, join us at a monthly meeting or open help hours!
*Credits on the babywearing pictures to my four-year old son.
We bought the Wrapsody Water Wrap because we thought it would be a popular choice in the lending library for summer. I was able to try it out with Baby Girl at a pool party recently. I also took it along on an all day trip to the water park.
The material seems similar to rash guard shirts that the kids wear. It is said to be SPF 45. I always worry about my fair skinned kids burning, so another layer of sun protection is fantastic. I liked being able to spread the wrap out on my shoulders for some extra sun protection for myself.
And, really, nothing makes you feel more confident about your post baby swim suit body than strapping on a baby to cover part of it!
The wrap is rated for water use to 35 pounds; land use to 25 pounds. Baby Girl is less than than and was very comfortable in there. Like the rash guard shirts, the material is stretchy enough that I could pop baby in and out without untying, but not so stretchy that it was saggy. With a wiggly and squirmy 1 year old, I really like having a two shouldered carrier to contain her. I felt very secure in the pool with her.
At the water park, we did the wave pool and even a small slide with her in the wrap. Even wearing her around all day long, I didn’t feel like I needed to adjust too much. It was really nice to be able to help my older child fill water balloons and still take care of baby. I didn’t try this in the shower. I think the water ring sling might shine a bit more for that.
The material dried quickly, so it wasn’t awkward to wear around, even empty. Being very thin, this also folds up much smaller than most wraps. This is a big bonus for us as we are generally packing up half the house for a trip to the pool. The material is soft enough for use with a newborn.
All in all, I think this is a terrific water carrier for a tiny baby or squirmy toddler!
To wrap up World Breastfeeding Week, I thought today’s tip should show one of the ways to make breastfeeding easier while babywearing. I am using our lending library’s Girasol in a size 2 in a rebozo carry. I really like wearing a tank top under my shirt to provide belly coverage when using a ring sling or rebozo carry when you don’t have as much coverage from the carrier itself.
Before putting on the carrier I pull up my outer t-shirt.
T-shirt now in position for nursing.
Next I would put on my carrier. Put baby in a bit lower than normal to the right height for nursing in the upright position.
I can then pull down on my tank top or unclip it if it is one made for nursing.
Now I am in the nursing position with nipple fully exposed but plenty of coverage. You can also use a button down shirt, one that crosses in the front for the same coverage.
Babywearing while travelling is not only a convenience but also a necessity sometimes.
I love being able to wear my son while traveling. Not only is it convenient, it is easy, quick and leaves me with free hands to do other things, such as pull my bags or grab a bite to eat. We have travelled quite a bit by plane in the last few years and it is always so nice to keep my son close to me while walking through busy airports, waiting to go through customs or just trying to get to the next gate in a large airport on time. While I love walking at a toddlers pace the majority of the time, sometimes you just need to get to the gate in a hurry. I don’t have to worry about bumping into anyone with my stroller or stopping at the end of the jetway to open or fold up my stroller and HOPE that the baggage handler will be gentle with my stuff. I walk right onto the plane with my son on my back and quickly find our seats. If I am using a wrap it also has been a great snuggle blanket, pillow and cover up for breastfeeding.
On train rides
it is so much easier for me to get on and off the transportation in a timely manner and not have to struggle with equipment so that I can hold my bags with ease. I have watched fellow passengers struggle with all their belongings and the stress it causes them. I have even been asked to hold a women’s newborn at the security check point when she was traveling on her own as she had to disassemble her stroller and car seat and load it onto the scanner. Of course you never mind holding a little newborn to help a mama out but I thought of how much easier it would have been for her to have the baby in a comfy sling and her hands free to do what she needed.
I have also worn my son while on day trips to museums or the airshow when the day is just a bit longer than little legs will hold out for. It is so nice to be able to hear his comments and have communication that isn’t possible for me to have with him when he sits in a stroller without me stopping to bend over and hear what he is trying to say.
On this last trip I took with my son I was so grateful to have my carrier with me. My son is 3 years old now and can walk the entire time at an airport especially with a direct flight so I thought I wouldn’t need a carrier. As it turns out he hurt his foot the night before our flight in the hotel pool and had to be carried through the large airport. Without my carrier I would have had no way to pull luggage and hold him in arms while travelling solo and being 6 months pregnant. So next time you plan to travel by plane, train or even just in the city for the day consider the convenience of a carrier.