Stepping Into The World Of Baby Carriers
I never used a baby carrier for T, N and E because I didn't feel like I needed to. This is why, when I realised that Z was going to be a cuddly baby who wanted to be in mummy's arms all the time, I decided that I should probably look into this unfamiliar product.
I ended up asking for recommendations on Twitter because I was an absolute novice about these things and there were just so many to choose from! The lovely @evakatona (blogging at captainbobcat.com) came to my rescue and suggested Ergobaby, saying she preferred it to the Baby Bjorn she had previously used.
After checking out the Ergobaby website and loving the look and description of their baby carriers I went ahead and ordered the Ergobaby Original in black/camel. It cost £89.90 which was a little more than I wanted to spend but after reading the good reviews and seeing that it had been acknowledged as a "hip healthy" product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, I felt it was worth the extra expense.
When the carrier first arrived I got into a bit of a pickle trying to get it on by myself and ended up asking hubby to help me. I couldn't figure out how I'd ever be able to get it on without help until I found an instructional video on the Ergobaby website.
This explained it perfectly and I was soon strapping Z in and out with ease. She seemed to find all the practicing quite amusing so I was treated to her beautiful smile throughout.
I should probably mention here that Z was already 4 months old when we started using it so we didn't need the infant insert. For newborns or babies under 4 months old you need to buy the insert for extra support. You can find all the information about this on the Ergobaby website.
I've been using it regularly since it arrived - around the house, shopping trips, the school run, out on walks etc etc. It makes me so happy to have Z close to me because it means I can give her extra hugs and kisses as we go about our day-to-day activities (I have to make the most of these moments while they last, she's my last baby after all). She also seems to be super happy with the situation because she's snuggled into her mummy the whole time.
This particular carrier can be used on the front, back or side. So far I've only used it at the front because that's where I'd rather have her but who knows where our needs will take us in the future. It carries up to 45lb so we have lots of use ahead of us.
The shoulder straps are well padded which means that it doesn't rub or feel uncomfortable in the slightest. The same goes for the waist belt, it feels so supportive and comfortable. The fact that Z usually falls asleep with her head just above my heart tells me that she's pretty comfy too!
It has an adjustable hood which is great when you need to protect your baby from the rain or sunshine.
The large zippered storage pocket is also really useful because it means I can carry my cash/mobile/debit card without having to carry a handbag as well.
The 100% cotton shell and lining keeps both of us warm in this cold weather and I'm hoping it will stay cool when the temperature rises. It is also machine washable, not something I've had to do yet but I'm sure the need will arise soon.
I'm thrilled with this purchase and so happy that I asked for advice as I might not have even come across Ergobaby by myself. I would happily recommend this product to anyone looking for a baby carrier, it's made our life with Z even more smiley and cuddly!
Have you ever used a baby carrier? Feel free to share your experiences below, I'd love to hear from you.