Post # 1
So, everyone and their grandmother seems to have the Baby Bjorn. I was going to register for one, but after reading Consumer Reports I think it’s a bit limited and a bit expensive for what you get.
I’m considering the Lillebaby EveryWear Organic Earth Carrier by ScandinavianChild. (https://www.buybuybaby.com/product.asp?BRN=1&sku=17379224&😉 It was well rated by CR, and what I like about it is that you can carry your infant (with an insert) on the front, but then the carrier converts to a back carrier for when your baby is older and would ordinarily outgrow a Baby Bjorn. So, it has longer usability than the Baby Bjorn.
And they sell their organic model for $119, which is cheaper than the conventional Baby Bjorn.
Thoughts on a child carrier of this type? Do you have one? Would you recommend it?
Post # 3
I heard that you should wait until your baby is here before you decide. Then you can take the baby to the store and see what ones he or she is most comfy in, and which ones you like best with her in it.
Post # 4
This is true… Though that poses a problem with putting it on the registry. But since the store has such a good return policy, I can always try it out and swap it if it doesn’t work.
Post # 4
I have a Baby Bjorn, and I really liked it for ages 0-6 months. Afte that, my husband still used it, but my daughter was too tall for me to comfortably use the Bjorn (her feet hit my thighs, lol). I just bought my husband the Ergo Performance for Father’s Day, which I think is going to be more comfortable now that our daughter is 1 year.
I don’t have experience with the carrier you linked, but the Ergo I just bought is similar. It’s a soft carrier with 4 available holds (front in, front out, hip, and back) and a weight limit of 90 pounds. It also uses an infant insert for newborns, and is priced slightly higher than the carrier you linked. It also comes highly recommended (one of the highest rated on the market).
I think we’ll probably still use the Baby Bjorn when our next baby is in the neborn stage (basically until he/she can use the Ergo without the infant insert). I found it really convenient and comfortable, but you’re definitely right that it has a much shorter usage time than a larger soft carrier. Also, our Baby Bjorn Spirit was only $70 bucks, so it was a good initial purchase (since the Ergo I just bought is twice that price).
Post # 5
We own a hotsling, a Moby, and an Ergo, and have borrowed a Baby Bjorn and an infant insert for the Ergo.
I disliked both the sling and the moby- I found them to be a pain to put on, and I never felt secure totally letting go of him. I know tons of people who love the Moby, I think I’m just not smart enough for it! I also kept worrying about his breathing in those because I was paranoid about that. He didn’t mind them- he’d fuss at first but go to sleep as long as we were moving around.
We haven’t used the Ergo yet- DS (at 10 weeks) doesn’t have the neck control yet to go without the infant insert, and sticking him in that insert when it’s 90 degrees outside seems like a recipe for one super sweaty baby.I expect we’ll quite like the Ergo once he’s older.
Currently, both my husband and I like the Bjorn the best. He’s only 13lb6oz, so it’s not such a strain on our shoulders, and neither us nor the baby get as overheated as we would in a Moby. I feel like he’s really secure in it, and I can actually use both my hands. It’s also super easy to get on and off, and get the baby out of (getting the baby in and out of the hotsling is a huge PITA).
Post # 6
Baby carriers are definitely something I’d look into buying secondhand- I realize that doesn’t help with the “put it on the registry” issue, but I’d happily buy a used Bjorn or Ergo.
Post # 7
My baby is almost 3 weeks so we haven’t had a lot of time to try stuff out – right now she’s a bit under 7-1/2 lbs so still quite a tiny thing.
I have a homemade moby-like wrap, she falls asleep immediately in it, and I’ve breastfed her in public in it and you can’t tell at all since there’s tons of fabric, but that’s the only bad thing is she’s so tiny I feel like she gets a bit lost in the fabric.
We also have a sling carrier, she’s able to peer over the side if she wants to and it feels pretty secure but it does come off my chest a bit when I move around, unlike the moby-like one and I’ve tried breastfeeding her at home in it and I’ve only done it awkwardly so far. But it’s a lot easier to throw on than the moby, so I use it shopping, and just pop her from the car seat to the sling and it works out really well.
We also have an Ergo, she’s too tiny for it right now but I think it will be great for hikes and shopping in the future, especially when she’s bigger I’m not sure that the other two types of carriers will work that great even though they’re supposed to be fine for awhile, but the Ergo looks like it will last up to her being a toddler.
Post # 8
We still babywear and are a little baby-wearing obsessed.
We avoided Baby Bjorn because it is considered a “crotch-dangler”. It puts pressure on the crotch instead of evenly distributing the pressure. We use carriers that put the baby’s hips in a more anatomically correct position.
When she was little we used “Lovey Duds” which is basically like a Moby wrap (except lighter weight and cuter) then as she got older we transitioned to Ergo. We have two of them… one is the Performance because it’s better to hike in and the other is a denim type material which is great for cold weather.
With Cecilia at 20 lbs the Ergo is still totally comfortable.
Post # 9
I got the Moby as a gift before our daughter was born and I really like it once I have it on but it’s a pain to put on, not that challenging step-wise once you do it a few times but it is so long and huge that you have to be so careful that it doesn’t touch the ground or parking lots, etc. I usually put it mostly on before we go anywhere and then finish once we arrive.
I just ordered a Ergo for my husband (I’ll use it too) for Father’s Day because of all the good ratings, wearing options, and comfort levels for both baby and adult.
Post # 10
Thanks so much for the great responses. It seems that Ergo has a lot of fans out there. I may go with that one ultimately, based on your great feedback. Need to go to the store and (try to) try it on!
I’ve been tempted to explore a sling. They’re really lovely looking and I love the closeness factor, but I just don’t think I would have anywhere near the comfort level security-wise that I would have with a soft carrier.
Thanks again. Keep ’em coming!
Post # 11
Not a mom yet, but just wanted to chime in that lately it seems like every mom I know just raves about the Ergo. So I’m guessing that’s what we’ll end up going with too when the time comes.
Post # 12
@eurekaanchovies: Ring slings have some of the same benefits as wraps but are much less complicated, if you are looking for an alternative. You could always try it out; I personally was never worried about the safety/security of my Moby (there was too much fabric for Addie to go anywhere!), so you might feel differently after wearing a wrap or sling carrier than you do now. Good luck!
Post # 13
I have a Sleepy Wrap which is basically the same thing as a Moby.
Let me just say I LOVE IT! I couldn’t figure out how to wrap it until I ran into a women at the store with the same wrap. She said to go home and watch YouTube. After watching a video or two it just clicked. Now it’s super easy to get on and DS LOVES it. He’ll sleep in that thing for hours! I use it instead of the car seat when shopping (I usually put it on at home though because it is so long). I’ll be sad when he outgrows it for sure.
Post # 14
Our baby finally took to the Bjorn at 3 months old, but now also likes the Ergo in month 4. She likes being in the Bjorn longer (an hour) than the Ergo (30 minutes) though. I feel like she’s going to grow out of the Bjorn quickly, but she loves to look around, facing outward. I do have concerns about how long we have her in the Bjorn because of the limited neck support, facing out and the pressure on the hips/torso as previously mentioned is not supposed to be good. But it’s soooo easy to put on and DH is tall and loves it. I have yet to try her on the Picklebottoms sling. It’s so nice to finally have a wearable baby…but we had to wait awhile until her comfort level grew.
Post # 15
I would definitely go and try some on once your baby is here. We have both an Ergo and a Beco Butterfly 2. My husband wears the Ergo and I wear the Beco. Seems kind of silly to have both since they are very similar, but I’m short and I felt like the Ergo was really bulky on me and the Beco doesn’t feel that way. The Beco also has an infant insert, but it’s not bulky like the ergos insert. It’s pretty much just an extra piece of fabric that velcros in that boosts the baby up. My husband uses his Ergo every night and wears our son while he does stuff around the house after he gets home from work.. it is the one fail safe way of calming him down if he is being fussy. I will say that if/when he falls asleep in the Ergo it is a lot easier to get him out of the carrier than it is with the Beco due to the way the Beco straps on, so that is something to consider too.