Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Organic Ergo Baby Carrier - Review


I sent Ergo Baby an email back before my Baby K's 1st birthday event to see if they wanted to be a sponsor.  Sadly I never heard back from them.  I figured since I was just starting out and I didn't have awesome numbers, at the time, that they did not want to work with me at that time.  I was fine with that :)  Then at the end of July I got the coolest email EVER!!!  It was from Ergo!!  They had switched a bunch of stuff around in the last few months and came across my request for a review and giveaway!!

I was so super excited that I screamed and scared the Hubby :)  He wanted to know what was up and I told him.  He knew that it was a big deal and was super excited for me!  I could not believe that an awesome company like Ergo was willing to work with SAH CD Mama!!!  So I received my awesome Ergo in the mail and have had the best contact emails with Christina from Ergo about the carrier!!  She sent me a Black Organic Ergo Baby Carrier ( super soft)!!  I was super happy for the Black carrier because now Hubby LOVES to carry Baby K every once in a while!  And I have loved following them everywhere :)  They keep me up to date on all their awesome products, giveaways and information on Baby Wearing on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!!!


A Little About the Carrier (From Ergo)

Little Pilgrim K in Williamsburg, VA
Organic. Ethical. Ergonomic. The Ergobaby Organic Carrier has all the advantages of the Ergobaby Original Carrier, crafted with soft 100% certified organic cotton twill and sateen. The carrier has padded shoulder straps and a waist belt to comfortably distribute baby’s weight between your shoulders and hips. The carrier holds and cradles your baby just the way you do, with your baby’s legs properly supported in a natural sitting position.

Standard Features:
  • Balanced weight distribution: Evenly-managed baby weight between parent’s shoulders and hips for ultimate comfort
  • Ergonomic: Proper facing-in spread-squat seating position supports baby’s hip, pelvis, and spinal development
  • Carry positions: 3 positions - Front, Back, and Hip carry
  • Carrier fit: Adults from 5’ to 6’5” body height (depending on body type, height range may differ).  Hubby is 6'4" and it works great for him!!!
  • Usage Range: Carries babies from infancy (7 lbs. / 3.2 kg to 12 lbs. / 5.5 kg with Infant Insert) or up to 4-5 months to maximum 45lbs / 20kgs
  • Works with Infant Insert? Yes.
  • Accessory Compatibility: Infant Inserts, Backpacks, Front Pouches, Teething Pads, Weather Covers
  • Buckles: Custom-logo, high-test strength
  • Webbing straps: Premium quality, nylon
  • Stitching: Reinforced at all fabric intersections for extra durability
  • Reinforcements: Interior interfacing at critical intersections for added safety
  • Machine washable: Cold with mild detergent on gentle cycle. Dry on delicate cycle and remove when seams are still damp. Air dry.
  • Designed in Hawaii. Made in India.
Special Features:
  • Collection: Ergobaby Organic
  • Carrier body: 100% certified organic cotton twill
  • Carrier lining: 100% certified organic cotton sateen
  • Carrier weight: 1.52 lbs / 690 grams
  • Sleeping Hood: Integrated, 100% certified organic sateen with elastic edging and snap-to-strap attach. Supports baby’s head while sleeping and protects from sun and wind. Adjusts in length with 5 snap levels for growth of baby.
  • Shoulder straps: Padded with 1” high-density premium foam, expanding from 24” to 45”
  • Waist strap: Padded with 1/4” high-density EVA foam, expanding from 26” to 55”
  • Chest strap: Sliding adjustment
  • Fill: 100% certified organic cotton batting in body of carrier to soften edges
  • Small stuff pouch, doubles as Sleeping Hood storage
  • Large zippered storage pocket holds your wallet, keys, and mobile phone
Certifications
  • CPSIA compliant
  • JPMA Safety Certificated: Conforms to ASTM F2236 Safety Standards
  • Conforms to the European standard EN13209-2:2005
  • Certified Organic by CU to Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) Certification
  • Fabrics, Dyes, and Dye House practices conform to Oeko-Tex 100 standards
  • Factory conforms to Social Accountability Standard 8000:2008
  • Factory conforms to ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 9001:2008 certified factory
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 certified factory
  • Buckles test: SGS
My Thoughts

 I am going to organize my thoughts about the Organic Ergo Carrier a little different than I usually do :)  I am going to delete some of my usual subheadings and add a couple extra :)  Plus I am going to add Daddy's view!!!!!

Baby K on the front at the end of the hike!
How often do I use it:  Honestly I use my carrier just about every single day.  I use it for the simple things, like standing in line to get lunch to the major things, like grocery shopping.  Anytime I want to have a free hand I just toss Baby K on and go :)  Having my carrier has truly made my life a lot simpler than I thought it would!!!

Where all have I used it:  I have used it in line at Starbucks and Chipolte.  I have used it at Target, Walmart and the Grocery store.  I have used it while standing outside at Hubby's work picnic.  I have even used it while climbing a mountain!!!  I have also used it in DC (all day), both in town and at the zoo and in Williamsburg.  I use it around the neighborhood while walking.  I use it just about everywhere except for around the house.  Baby K is old enough at this point that she does not always want to be attached to me.  Usually she is playing with her sister during the day while I am doing things. 

Mommy and Baby K at the top of a mountain!!
Recommend:  I would definitely recommend a carrier like this to any Mama!!!  I love the Organic carrier because it is super soft!!  I have tried another Ergo and I did not like it as much because it was not as soft.  I also have a friend who absolutely LOVES her Ergo Sport carrier.  If you need/want a carrier I would highly recommend checking out Ergo!!!  And if you have a store close to you (like I do, Abby's Lane) I would tell you to go into the store and check them out before buying.  You can find a store near you here!  Because what one person loves about a carrier may not be what you love about it!   

My favorite things:  I love the hood that this carrier has and how easy it is to snap on when baby falls asleep.  I did have to have A hand me the 2nd side to snap while Baby K was on my back because my arm does not bend in weird ways :)  I also love the zipper pouch that the carrier has!!  You can throw your keys and cell phone in the pouch for when you go hiking or just walking around the neighborhood.

Things that are not my favorite:  The only thing I really don't like about the carrier is that buckle system.  The buckles on the Organic carrier do not have safety buckles.  They do have a piece of elastic that the strap goes through 1st and then buckles but I would much rather see safety buckles! 

Daddy and his girls
Overall:  Overall I have loved this carrier and it has been a great addition to my baby gear!!!  I love that the carrier I received is black so that Hubby will also use it!  The Organic fabric is super soft against both adults and baby's skin and is comfortable to wear.  It is easily adjustable from one parent to the other making it less hassle it switch who carries baby!!!  Definitely make sure to check out an Ergo in person next time you get the opportunity!!!

Hubby's thoughts:  Overall, I like the carrier.  Being a tall guy it surprisingly fits me well.  Usually stuff like this is not made with tall men in mind and does not always fit right.  I do have to adjust about 4 parts for the carrier to fit me though, making it a little time consuming.  But with help from the Wife we have it set to my size in no time.  I also have not mastered putting Baby K on my back without help yet.  I am a little overly cautious with that and prefer to have help to make sure she is safe and secure.  I would recommend this carrier to Dad's, especially tall ones, who want something easy to use and manly looking.

All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  This Organic Ergo Baby Carrier was  provided by ErgoBaby for review.  No additional compensation was accepted for this review. 

98 comments:

  1. LOVE my ergo!! I think that is so awesome they gave you one to try and to do a giveaway with. Makes me love the company even more. I always highly recommend an Ergo to anyone that wants to babywear.

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  2. This is my absolute favorite carrier! I have used so many in the past with my daughter that when we were gifted this one with my son I fell to my knees. It is the most comfortable ever. I love how evenly it distributes baby's weight so it doesn't even feel like I am carrying him! Oh how I wish I had it in teal or black though! Or black with a teal hood. OH!
    My only complaint is I wish I could wear baby forward facing with out having to put him on my back. But that is just a tiny thing. I don't mind cuddling him :)

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  3. I love the Ergo Organic colors a little more..I'm a sucker for the desert bloom one. I never perfected the art of getting my toddler on my back without help either. Hopefully by baby number 3 I will have it mastered!

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    1. I am going to be doing a post in the next couple weeks about how I get Baby K on my back by myself :) So hopefully that may help you!!

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  4. Great review! I think that you forget how much a carrier could come in handy, especially somewhere like Target, or the Grocery store where you might not want to put baby in the cart. Also Ergo's are the best for hikes! I love your pictures. We have used ours to hike Point Lobos here in California, and Dorr Mountain in Bar Harbor Maine. We are moving to Alaska in April and would love to have a new one to use! :)

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    1. I actually did put that I use mine at the grocery store :) But you may not have seen that part :) I never put Baby K in a shopping cart anymore!! It is just easier to throw her on my back and go!!! Bu thanks so much for reiterating the usefulness of using a carrier at stores! And I love that you have used a carrier from coast to coast :)

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  5. this sounds wonderful! i have a carrier, but would love to get one of these! yay for baby wearing!

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  6. I would absolutely love to win an ergo! I have a baby coming in December and a toddler now and it would be perfect!

    arselig05@yahoo.com

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  7. LOVE my Ergo! I have always wanted another one! I am really diggin' the desert bloom. The color is very nice and unique! :)

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  8. I like the hip straps. I have a cheap carrier that just goes over my shoulders and it is so uncomfortable! I also like that it can fit a large range of children's weights and is machine washable!

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  9. I think this would be a good carrier for my hubby who recently decided he wants to start carrying our 3 year old while i carry the baby.

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    1. I have actually put my 4 year old in this carrier just for the fun of it! It is easy to carry her in it also :)

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  10. Back and front wearing makes it versatile for any "body" that is so nice to have

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  11. This carrier looks so comfy and it makes me want to go on a hike. I love the ease of use. Great review!

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  12. I love that this has three different carrying positions. I've been eying an Ergo for a while. I love my Moby, but this baby is going to get too heavy for it quickly!

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    1. My Moby was nice when Baby K was little but eventually you will probably need something else that can grow with your little one!

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  13. my son & daughter in law used an ergo carrier and just loved it!

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  14. I have two ergos that I have litereally worn out. time for a new one sice baby is due this month.

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  15. I so want to try an Ergo! I've heard nothing but great things about it! (Michelle Ferguson)

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  16. Seems like a really great carrier... everyone that I talked to about carriers that has tried multiple carriers tell me that the Ergo is their favorite. :) I would love to try one. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  17. This carrier looks so much better than those crotch danglers I see everyone wearing. Looks so much more comfortable for the baby!

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    1. Honestly it is more comfy for Mommy also!!! When baby is in the crotch danglers there legs and feet are constantly kicking you and it gets annoying :)

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  18. I love that this is so versatile! I love that you can front carry or back carry and even carry a toddler

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  19. Love the review. I have a converted wrap and will be using it soon but am already looking into other options for when the lo is older. Thanks! cokelush at gmail

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  20. I love that this has balanced weight distribution! So many carriers hurt my back, I would love to try this one!

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  21. I like that the sleep hood on it is integrated and adjustable. And also that it's machine washable. Didn't know that!

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  22. I recently tried on an ergo and it was pretty comfy. I was thrilled that the waist belt fit without an extender as I'm a plus size mama. I would love to win one as I have yet to figure out back carries with my wrap.

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    1. I'm glad that it fit you so well!! That is super exciting and wonderful! I didn't know that you could do a back carry with a wrap? I'm not sure if I would feel safe with baby like that?!?!

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  23. I'd like to try this. I like that it can carry a toddler up to 45 lbs and could fit either my husband or I.

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  24. Good to know that it doesn't have the safety buckles. I will have to look to see if te other ergos have them.

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    1. I know that my friends Ergo Sport does not have them so I am assuming that all Ergos don't. We haven't had any problems without them but if little one likes to play with buckles then I would be a little scared.

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  25. I really want one of these carriers. I'd love to be able to hold my 3 month old but also have my hands free to do other things.

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  26. I love love love ergobaby and I am so happy that this one is organic as well. I always find the carriers so easy to use and comfortable for me as well as babe!

    sandysaveseveryday AT gmail DOT com

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  27. I love that your husband shared his feelings about the ERGO. I think my husband has only ever once worn a "baby" and we have 4 kids. I would love to see him wear our youngest (or even the toddler) every once in a while. Maybe I just need to find the perfect carrier for him - we'll have to give this one a try.
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    1. Have him check out carriers with you!! And make sure to get a neutral color. Black is always a good one :) And maybe you can talk him to at least trying it!

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    2. Thanks - I enterred the giveaway as Jodi Jordan

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  28. Thanks for the great review. I have been wanting an Ergo carrier for a while and leaning towards the organic because of the natural fabric. However, your review has defiantly made my mind. I am glad to hear the fabric is soft and your husband liked using the Ergo. Crossing my fingers that I win in the giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. I love the Organic one because of how soft it is!! I tried the options carrier 1st and it just didn't work for me :( It rubbed the backs of my arms raw and was very uncomfortable. This one is so much better!!!

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  29. Awesome review. I have three different carriers, and I really don't like any of them. They're awkward to put on, and grow more and more uncomfortable the longer I wear them. I wish I had something like this!

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    1. Would you mind sharing which carriers you have tried in the past? I have had some that I really don't like, mainly the crotch danglers :)

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  30. That sounds like such a great carrier. I love all the different types of places you've used it.

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    1. And many more awesome places to come hopefully!!! Where is the coolest place you have used a carrier?

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  31. My husband is very tall too, it's nice that you noted this works great for tall dads too!

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    1. That is one of the best things about this carrier! Hubby is around 6'4" ish and I am 5'8" and it fits both of us perfect!

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  32. i would love to try an ergo. i am due with my second child soon and i think it will be great to have my baby close and still be able to do things with my toddler.

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  33. I would really love to have an Ergo. It would make shopping with my daughter much easier. It looks so easy to use and it comes in really cool colors/prints.

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  34. This would make getting out of the house with all 4 kids soooo much easier! love having twins, but it's not easy to go places always!

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  35. It's really nice that your husband commented (and that you shared that you screamed a bit at the response email). Cute! Yes, the buckles do sound concerning... don't know that it's riskier than fabric though. Hard to tell.

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    1. Well wouldn't you scream?!?! I would only be concerned with the buckles if your little one played with them. Other than that I wouldn't worry too much!

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  36. How wonderful that Ergobaby was willing to work with you...they're such a great company! I love that this carrier is organic...you can never be too safe for a baby. Also, how awesome that your husband enjoys baby wearing!

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    1. Some times we actually argue over who gets to wear her! I usually just let him since I can wear her all day but I get a little disappointed when I don't get to wear her :)

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  37. this carrier looks so comfortable

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  38. My son and his wife are blessing me with my first grandchild in a few weeks. He is 6'4" and I like that this carrier can accommodate his height as well as his wife's.

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    1. Congrats!! This might be a perfect carrier for them!

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  39. I love that you have a review from a guy's point of view. Many guys will not even consider babywearing because 1. they aren't manly-looking and 2. they don't fit comfortable. Thank you!!!

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    1. I asked him to do it and he said yes :) I was kind of surprised! Since I go the black carrier he doesn't feel awkward while wearing Baby K!! And at 1st he didn't feel comfortable because he thought Baby K was too close to him. But after he got use to it everything has been fine!

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  40. I have never had a baby carrier and this is the brand I would love to try first. I especially love their Organic carriers.

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  41. I've been wanting a new carrier that you can carry your toddler on your back with. And you can get this one in organic? Even better!

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  42. It's cool that it fits your husband--I always worry about that when shopping for wraps/slings/etc.

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  43. I love my ergo! I love that my husband loves to wear our little guy as well!

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  44. Love this baby carrier. I'm in need of one but wanted one that would be one that didn't just look nice, but also was easy to use and made from quality materials. After reading this review, I love the organic ergo baby carrier! My baby boy will be 5 weeks soon and he's starting to sleep a little less but wants to be in mama's arms a little more and i don't want to sacrifice time that i can spend with him and time that i could be doing things around the house, so this would be the answer to my dilemma! :) Thanks for the review post :)

    Liz Ticona
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  45. Thanks so much for the review and the pictures! I have been trying to convince my husband to start baby wearing but we have the moby and it is just too complicated for him and plus it isn't manly enough. I love that the ergo can be used with either mom or dad and fits both comfortably.

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    1. I kind of agree that the Moby is not really manly :) Hubby never used ours! He likes this one because it is black and super easy to put on and use!

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  46. congratulations! :) this sounds like such an awesome carrier, and i have tried my friend's on for a bit and it was so comfy!! i would love an organic one! thanks for the fun review! :)

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  47. oi! i keep forgetting this! :D my name is beth carbone!

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  48. Wow - this looks like a great carrier! My baby loves being carried, but I have a bad back. It's really hard to find carriers you can wear on your back - which funnily enough, is far easier on my back. My baby and I would love this!
    Laura Love
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  49. Love that you included the husband's perspective and that this carrier is machine washable - two extra-useful parts of this post!

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  50. I love that it has a built in hood, which makes it great to use on sunny days as well as windy/cold days to help protect your baby

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  51. Thank you for your review! Now I want one! I love that it allows baby to sit properly and that the straps distribute the weight on my hips and shoulders!

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  52. Great review! Love how many accessories there are available! I need to get some teething guards.

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  53. I have heard great things about ergo. I have not used mine yet because I don't have the infant insert. I;d love to get one for my friend that's pregnant with her first.

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  54. I would love to get an ergo! My guy loves to be carried, but prefers a hip carry. I don't have anything to do a hip carry with, so I'm stuck just carrying him around all day! lol Maybe one day I'll get my elusive ergo!

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  55. Love that it will fit both me and my husband

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  56. I have an organic Ergo in Sunset Stripes (I think) and absolutely love it. I will agree it is hard to get baby into the back carry. I find it the easiest if I'm sitting down and set her onto it behind me and then pull it on like a backpack.

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  57. This would be really great for us for hiking, because either our son or our coming new baby could ride in it. Also, my husband could use it too, and he wouldn't mind!

    -Hannah Avery

    hannahavery85@yahoo.com

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  58. I love the ergo, I just wish it were more supportive for newborns. Even with the infant insert, it made me nervous with my newborn.

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  59. I love that this carrier is made from organic cotton.

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  60. its hard to find a sturdy and durable carrier. i love ergo for that.

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  61. Really great review, you answered all my questions and more about the Ergo carrier! Thank you!

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  62. I love that I would be able to carry my older toddler in this since the weight limit is 45 lbs! It would be perfect for hiking :-)

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  63. I heard a lot of good comments about the ergo brand. I would love to have one and i love that it's organic.

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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  64. You have great pictures! I can just imagine how over the moon excited you were when you found out they picked you to do a review post!

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  65. i like this one wish they had them when i had my kids and the one we had was metal frame

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  66. I love this carrier, hope to win for my baby! Molly Bussler

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  67. I'd really love an Ergo! I like that this one is soft.

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  68. GOOD TO know this one is so soft!i have heard from many other people its great for the back as well!

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  69. I love that its soft and can do a back carry!

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  70. I would love to have an Ergo. Me and my husband are so different in size (I am 4ft 11in and he is 6ft 1in) we really need something that will work great for us both.

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  71. I've never tried an Ergo, but your review is making me want one so bad <3

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  72. I'm impressed that your husband is so tall and the Ergo works well for him!

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  73. Oh I would love an ergo! They look so much more comfortable then crotch danglers!

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  74. Glad to see you have your husband share the load and use the carrier as well! It's great to know that it's easily adjustable for others to wear especially for long hikes or traveling.

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  75. I really want one of these - I love the purple color -- they have such great color choices.

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  76. We're an Ergo loving family, too! I have the Ergo Performance and my hubby loves it!

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  77. this carrier sounds wonderful! i'd be very interested to try it for my 3-week-old and the hip hold for my toddler. i have 5 or 6 carriers already but none of them are exactly what i'd hoped for...

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  78. I have longed for an Ergo carrier since I saw one in action- used by both a mom and dad- at the Children's Museum a few years ago. I typically use a wrap carrier, but would love one I can just put on, put baby in and go... And with a 3 week old, (baby #5) I have LOTS of baby wearing to look forward to again! :)

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  79. I have a ergo sport baby carrier and I LOVE that it doesn't hurt my back =)

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