Thursday, January 27, 2011

ERGO BABY CARRIER - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY (U.S. & CANADA)

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Baby Carriers are becoming more and more popular these days.  When I had my son 9 1/2 years ago I don't even know that I had ever seen one.  When I had my daughter I had one of those front carriers that you get at Walmart.  My little sister was raving about "Ergo Baby Carriers" and how wonderful they are so I decided to find out....  are they really are they are cracked up to be?  Are they worth the money?  Are baby carriers really that useful or are they just what is "in" right now?  Are they comfortable for the child?



Ergo Baby Carrier sent me one of their organic baby carriers to review.  When I received it I noticed how cute they are, they are very as my niece would say "stylish".  However, I can go buy me a cute and stylish shirt, home decor item, etc. so is this baby carrier really worth your money is the real question.


Reading about Ergo Baby Carriers helped me understand that one of the main reasons these were created was to help you be close to your baby.  This might not sound that important when you are holding them most the time anyways, etc.  However, I know from experience it does make a difference, or at least I believe that is one of the things that made my daughter and son so different.
When my son was born I held him ALL the time, no exaggeration!  I would have someone hold him so I could run to bathroom, or shower, etc..  I held him all the time.  Late at night if I was watching TV I would have him laying on my stomach, cuddling, while I watched it.  I held him as much as possible.  He in turn (at least I believe this is why) LOVES to cuddle.  Ever since he was little he loves to "soft your hair" (run his fingers through your hair) and just cuddle, he is truly my little cuddle bunny.
My daughter is a whole other story.  I love her just as much but when I had her my work decided to let me work at home (so I would not leave the company).  Between work, a son, and all the other activities in life I did not hold her nearly as much.  When she slept I put her in her crib.  When she was awake she would be held a lot of the time, but a lot of the time she was on her play mat, or in her bouncer chair etc....  Well trying to get cuddles from her is like trying to get blood from a turnip.  Maybe not quite that bad, but close.  She is so sassy about it too.  She knows we just want to hug her, hold her, kiss her, squeeze her, and all she can do is say "NO".  Really.  I say "Can I have a kiss" and get "NO", "Can I have a Hug?" and get "NO".  Don't get me wrong, there are times we get a hug or kiss, times she feels giving I guess - but she doesn't enjoy it like my son does, she doesn't want and need the hugs, cuddling, etc. the way that he does...... the way that I, as a mother do.

Ergo Baby Carriers are designed so that you can carry on your hip, back, or front.  This is a huge bonus from the ones I have seen.  It is nice because as a infant you can carry them in front and as they get older you can have them on your hip, or on your back.  It works great in all positions and you can even change the position while you are carrying your child.
I was a little nervous about trying this with my daughter, as I said she is not the cuddly type and I figured this would be way to close and personal for her.  I was wrong, the day I got it I put it on my back and put her in - she loved it.  She enjoyed it so much that she cried when I took her out.  Thank goodness it balances the childs weight so it doesn't strain your back but puts the weight on your pelvis which can handle more weight.  I put her back in and got some of the things I needed to done (cleaning, etc).  Not only was it nice because I was getting some "as close as she gets to cuddling" time with her, but anyone with a 2 year old knows as you clean they mess.  I loved that I could clean my house a little and she was right there with me rather than messing right behind me!  I even hopped on my sons scooter and rode it with her on my back.  She thought that was pretty cool too, as did I.
This carrier is not only cute & stylish, it is so useful, and so comfortable.  With how much she enjoyed being in this carrier I know that they are comfortable for her to which is even more important!
They also have a ton of great accessories you can get to go with your Ergo Baby Carrier.  You can get an infant insert, teething pads, cargo packs, and TONS more.


The Dirty Truth about Ergo Baby Carriers is....  I don't know if I like any of you lucky women that have one.  Well okay I still like you, but am EXTREMELY jealous.  I wish that I would have had one of these to use when my daughter was first born.  Maybe I could get a BIG HUG, or five minutes cuddling, or could have got more done, or had less stress, or maybe even a cleaner house!  I am glad to have one now though and even though she is already 2, I am sure we will be using this quite a bit.  If you have a little one this is a wonderful investment and is worth every penny.   It would also make a wonderful gift for someone.

TO BUY:  You can buy your own baby carrier at www.ErgoBabyCarrier.com
or on Amazon.com


TO WIN:  One lucky reader will win an Ergo Baby Carrier - Complete ALL Mandatory entries below and any Optional/Bonus entries you want - Leave a separate comment for each and make sure your e-mail address is in each comment!!!
* Please note giveaway is open to U.S. & Canada.  Canadian residents please be aware that if you win, even though the package will be marked gift you may have to pay custom fees - please keep this in mind when entering.

MANDATORY ENTRIES
  • Follow Dirty Truth Reviews on Google Friend Connect
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 Optional Entries
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  • One entry for any post that doesn't have a giveaway you comment on 
  • One Entry for every other current giveaway you enter on this blog
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  • 2 entries - Blog about this giveaway, Add it to a Giveaway Linky, Tweet it, or post on facebook (with link back to this page).
  • 5 entries - Make a purchase from www.ErgoBabyCarrier.com between now and 2/14/11
RULES:  Giveaway ends 2/16/2011 at 11:59 pm- Winner will be chosen via Random.org.  Leave a comment for each entry you complete.  Please leave your email address in your comments so I can contact the winner.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  You must do ALL parts that are mandatory or your comments will be deleted/invalid.  
Disclosure:  I was not paid for this review or giveaway.  I was given the above product to review and all opinions are my own. I am not responsible for the prize being delivered to the winner of the giveaway - I will forward your information to the sponsor whom is responsible for supplying the winner with the prize.

369 comments:

Kim January 28, 2011 at 4:43 AM  

follower and I learned - ERGObaby recommends a weight limit of 40 pounds (18 Kilograms) for its carrier; however, the carrier has been tested up to 90 pounds (41 Kilograms).

mrsking14 January 28, 2011 at 5:13 AM  

Checked out their website. I had NO idea you could use these as side carriers. How cool!
surveymom1470@yahoo.com

mrsking14 January 28, 2011 at 5:14 AM  

Following you on Twitter (email-surveymom1470@yahoo.com/username-mrandmrs_king)
http://twitter.com/#!/mrandmrs_king

mrsking14 January 28, 2011 at 5:14 AM  

Following ErgoBaby on Twitter (email-surveymom1470@yahoo.com/username-mrandmrs_king)
http://twitter.com/#!/mrandmrs_king

mrsking14 January 28, 2011 at 5:14 AM  

“Liked” you on FB (contact email-surveymom1470@yahoo.com/ Erica King)

mrsking14 January 28, 2011 at 5:14 AM  

“Liked” ErgoBaby on FB (contact email-surveymom1470@yahoo.com/ Erica King)

mrsking14 January 28, 2011 at 5:16 AM  

Posted on Ergo Babys FB wall (Erica King)
http://www.facebook.com/ergobaby
surveymom1470@yahoo.com

Christy January 28, 2011 at 7:46 AM  

Commented on Ergo Baby FB http://www.facebook.com/ergobaby
crobinson at getjive dot com

Christy January 28, 2011 at 7:47 AM  

Learned that it has met al CPSIA standards
crobinson at getjive dot com

Nikki January 28, 2011 at 8:19 AM  

I follow you through gfc -- I learned that 'Children can begin signing as early as 6-7 months, and through using physical gesticulations they learn to integrate audio, visual and kinesthetic learning.' from their parenting resources link. ngiraldi @ gmail . com

Nikki January 28, 2011 at 8:22 AM  

I've Friended Ashly at DirtyTruthReviews on Facebook ngiraldi @ gmail . com

Savvy Addy January 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

I follow you on GFC as Addy Sue and learned that they have a carrier called "options" that lets you change the pattern (HUGE plus so I can have a fun pattern and husband basic black!)

savvyaddy at gmail dot com

Nikki January 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

I thanked ergo on FB http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=490386691646&id=100000490296198
ngiraldi @ gmail . com

sacholn January 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Ergo started and is based in Hawaii! How cool!

sacholn at gmail dot com

Ashley N January 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

I learned that the Ergo Carrier is safe to use even when you are pregnant, though its personal preference (so I would assume that some might find it uncomfortable lol)

I also follow you on GFC publicly

My username is Charleene on there

dragonflye2003(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ashley N January 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

I follow you on Twitter and I sent a friend request on FB!

Petes Sake is my Facebook Name.

@Katishma is my TwitterID.

dragonflye2003(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ashley N January 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

I follow ErgoBaby on Twitter and fanned them on Facebook already!

Petes Sake is my FB name.

@Katishma is my TwitterID.

dragonflye2003(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ashley N January 28, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

I left a wall post on ERGOBaby's facebook page telling them I entered your giveaway!

http://www.facebook.com/OhForPetesSake/posts/490396786646

dragonflye2003(at)hotmail(dot)com

deanna January 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

GFC
learned: they also sell doll carriers so baby can be like mom/dad
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

deanna January 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

follow ergo baby on twitter @dlw447
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

KM January 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

I learned that they are based in Maui! I had no idea!
mrskmartin@gmail.com

KM January 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

tweeted! #1
http://twitter.com/#!/livinginwi/status/31109921835585536
mrskmartin@gmail.com

KM January 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

tweeted! #2
http://twitter.com/#!/livinginwi/status/31109921835585536
mrskmartin@gmail.com

traciet January 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

gfc follower- I learned that the recommended weight limit is 40 pounds but is tested for up to 90 pounds! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Kimberly January 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

I learned that they have auctions for final sale items. That's more fun than a clearance section. :)
kirbycolby at gmail dot com

Kimberly January 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

tweet! http://twitter.com/Aerated/status/31115732141998080
kirbycolby at gmail dot com

Kimberly January 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

tweet #2! http://twitter.com/Aerated/status/31115732141998080
kirbycolby at gmail dot com

DrewsMom1998 January 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

I learned that babies sitting in a stroller are less likely to positively interact with the caregivers.
AlleyKatt22 @ cfl.rr.com

Jessica January 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM  

I follow through google friend connect. I learned that you can get your baby in and out of the carrier by yourself, but ERGO recommends practicing a couple times with someone else there to help just to make sure you have the hang of it.
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

Jessica January 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

I subscribe to Dirty Truth Reviews via e-mail
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

Jessica January 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/31403637636861953
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

Jessica January 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

I tweeted 2
http://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/31403637636861953
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

Nina January 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

I was amazed the ergo could carry kids up to 90 pounds!

hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

Barb @ getupandplay January 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

I didn't know that the Ergo could be used in either front or back carrying positions!

getupandplayblog at gmail com

eek031880@hotmail.com January 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

I am a follower via Google Friends Connect. I learned that the carrier has a weight limit of 40lbs.

eek031880@hotmail.com January 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

I posted on ErgoBaby's Facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/ergobaby#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=491007586646&id=100001884874109

eek031880@hotmail.com January 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

I blogged #1: http://ekaulfuss.blogspot.com/2011/01/dirty-truth-reviews-ergo-baby-carrier.html

eek031880@hotmail.com January 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

I blogged #2: http://ekaulfuss.blogspot.com/2011/01/dirty-truth-reviews-ergo-baby-carrier.html

eek031880@hotmail.com January 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM  

I shared on facebook #1: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001884874109#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=187053241314942&id=100001884874109

eek031880@hotmail.com January 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM  

I shared on facebook #2: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001884874109#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=187053241314942&id=100001884874109

akritical January 30, 2011 at 3:32 AM  

I follow via GFC id akritical.
I learned that ERGObaby is a family owned and operated company located on Maui, Hawaii.

star84vu January 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM  

I learned that Ergobaby is family owned and located in Hawaii since 2003!

samantha.holcomb at gmail dot com

star84vu January 30, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

I posted on Ergo Babys FB wall
http://www.facebook.com/samantha.holcomb1/posts/491224411646

samantha.holcomb at gmail dot com

star84vu January 30, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

I entered the sure cuts alot giveaway

samantha.holcomb at gmail dot com

star84vu January 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM  

I entered the Eat Smart Scale giveaway

samantha.holcomb at gmail dot com

Kristina January 30, 2011 at 6:38 PM  

I'm a new follower. I learned that the performance Ergo has a longer waist strap than the ergo carrier.

Michelle @ OnceLostJewelry January 30, 2011 at 8:19 PM  

I'm a new follower. Their organic ergo's are made of 100% cotton. Makes me want one really bad!

oncelostjewelry@ gmail com

sos January 31, 2011 at 1:52 AM  

gfc follower
In the Natural Sitting Position, the baby's legs are bent with his knees level with his bellybutton, and spread apart at about a 45 degree angle.

rubymoon January 31, 2011 at 3:22 AM  

Wow! Learned this:
"Important Notice: Counterfeit ERGObaby Carriers are being sold on various websites with addresses similar to “ergobabycarrier.com”. These websites may look similar to the official ERGObaby website."


That's absolutely awful!
rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Chelsea January 31, 2011 at 6:25 AM  

I learned they're located in Hawaii. Looks like such an awesome product, all the other carrier's I've seen are so bulky. This would be so great for my daughter...and LOVE that it's organic, natural products are very important to me, especially because she was born very premature. Thanks for the opportunity!

ch3ls23@yahoo.com
Chelsea H.

Emily R. January 31, 2011 at 8:02 AM  

I follow you

And I learned you can buy affordable organic carries from them. And that they are located in Beautiful Hawaii

HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

cmyoung January 31, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

I learned that you it's not good for baby's joints to sit forward-facing in a carrier, as we have done with our Bjorn. Would love to win an ergo to replace the Bjorn

candice126 at gmail dot com

cmyoung January 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

sent you a Friend request on FB - Candice y

candice126 at gmail dot com

Sarah January 31, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

I had no idea the carriers had been tested for up to 90 pounds!

sarahmarietownsend(at)gmail(dot)com

The Fam January 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

I learned that I can use this with my two year old!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

auntietina January 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

I learned they were smart and made the Options pack with 2 different sets of covers to change the look. (this would be perfect for my "fashion-forward" niece, but she is not the one pregnant)
auntietina21 AT hotmail.com

redi2adopt January 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

I learned that they have a tell a friend rewards program (in case I don't win). Pays up to 8% commission on sales you deliver to their site from yours.
heinzmom at hotmail dot com (new follower)

redi2adopt January 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM  

I entered your Simple Fit Redi Blinds giveaway. heinzmom at hotmail dot com

Tiffany January 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

I learned they have organic carriers. I follow via GFC. etwilkins at gmail dot com

shannon b January 31, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

I learned that the original ERGObaby carriers are made in China and the organic ERGObaby carriers are made in India. The factories are inspected by independent Japanese companies to make sure that fair labor practices are upheld.

sbaka3 at gmail dot com

Amy January 31, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

I follow your blog, and I learned that ERGO has a weight limit of 40 pounds but they have tested up to 90 pounds. There is no way I could carry a 90 pound baby :)

Amy January 31, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

Wrote on ERGO Baby's fb wall that I entered the give wasy at Dirty Truth Reviews dot blogspot dot com

star84vu February 1, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

I commented on the post "$5 Credit to use on daily deals"

samantha.holcomb at gmail dot com

deanna February 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

#1 tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/dlw447/status/32483072976879616
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

deanna February 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

#2 tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/dlw447/status/32483072976879616
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

Nicole B February 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM  

I'm a GFC follower. I learned that they also sell ERGO carriers in Organic Cotton options.
nicolebang@gmail.com

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