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.
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