Before I get started, let me make it clear that this is not a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with the company and was not compensated in any way for my review. I’m simply a mom who loves a product hoping to maybe help out another mom.
It’s no secret that I’m a babywearing fool. I love to wear my babies for the closeness and comfort it brings and also for the ease and convenience. While I wore Evalyn quite a bit during her infancy (and well into toddlerhood – I wore her on my hip a ton until I was too pregnant to do it gracefully anymore) I have found that I am doing it even more so on my second go round. With a toddler on the lose and an infant in my arms, baby wearing has become much more about survival and necessity than simply preference.
With Eva I had a ring sling, a moby and a few different pouch slings. I wore the moby the most often when she was a little baby and then from about 7 months on, I stuck mainly to the pouch slings, using the hip carry. I never really liked the ring sling much past a few weeks of age. The funny thing is, considering how often I wore Eva, I never invested anything into my carriers. Two of my pouch slings were handmade and bought for $5 each, my other two pouch slings are Seven Slings and were free, my moby was handed down to me from a friend and my ring sling was $8 at Once Upon a Child. When Gwen was born, I also added a MeiTei to my collection, thanks to my girl, Erin.
During the first few weeks of Gwen’s life, I started to realize how much of a necessity baby wearing would be. Unfortunately, Moms don’t grow an extra pair of arms with each child so here I was – one extra kid to take care of and still only two hands. I knew I needed something that would allow me to be hands-free and comfortable. Sometimes for hours and hours at a time. I started to do some research and quickly fell in love with the Ergo. I started trying to convince Evan. He wasn’t buying it because as far as he was concerned, I already had 8 too many carriers. I tried to explain to him that him saying I didn’t need another one when I already had so many was like me giving him a cap gun and telling him to go shoot a deer. Gotta speak his language, right? Eventually, I convinced him. Well, actually – I didn’t. I ended up getting enough money from gifts for Gwen to cover the cost so really, he had no say. And, what’s even better, I ended up scoring myself a brand new, never used Ergo for $80 instead of the regular $120-150 due to a mislabeled box at Target. Can I get a what what?
I got my Ergo when Gwen was four weeks old and I am not even lying when I say that it has changed my life and transformed me as a baby wearer. I always thought my other carriers were good – now I know what I was missing. I even tried using the moby once since I got my ergo, thinking that since I still have it, I should probably try using it sometimes. That lasted about 10 minutes. Other than my pouch sling, which I use at church since it is easy to fit into my diaper bag, I have not used any of my other carriers since the day I met the Ergo. It is, hands down, the most comfortable, easy, hands-free carrier that I have ever tried.
It only took a few weeks of having it for Evan to realize that I was right and it was a good purchase. I think once he saw that I was able to scrub baseboards, wash walls, vacuum, mop and scrub out our fridge and freezer on moving day, all while wearing Gwennie, he finally saw the value.
I will still keep my other carriers for future babies – because I do like the ring sling, moby and mei tei for when they are itty bitty, and I don’t want to bother with the infant insert on the Ergo again (hello, annoying), but for now – I am an Ergo girl. I have even wore Evalyn on my back while walking and she really enjoyed it as well.
If you’re in the market for a
good amazing baby carrier – I’m telling ya, the Ergo is where it’s at. I cannot say enough about it. Just be sure when you purchase that you check on the website for the list of authorized versus counterfeit distributors. There are many websites and stores out there that are selling fakes – and if you get one of those the safety, quality and durability may be compromised.