Age You Started Using the Ergo Baby Carrier

Updated on November 30, 2010
C.L. asks from San Francisco, CA
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I am curious to know what age anyone that owns the Ergo baby carrier started using it?? Like is it beneficial to even bother getting the infant insert. I have a soon to be 3 month old and I read on their website that I could use it without when they are 4 month old. I want to start using it now because I hate using my bjorn and peanut shell.

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So What Happened?

I never ended up getting the infant insert. After everyone that commented and thinking about it more, since this was my last child, I didn't want to spend the money on something I was only going to use for a short time. He was able to fit into the Ergo baby carrier just fine. He might not have liked it but I guess it'll take some time for him to get to it as well.

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answers from Redding on

Don't buy it. If you're baby doesn't fit then put a little pillow under his/her butt. It helps them have a more comfortable position for their legs. A friend has the becco-- it seems to have a better infant insert than the ergo.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I wouldn't bother getting the insert at this point. It's really just a padded little blanket - lol.

I got my first Ergo when my first child was about 6mos old - used it for a LONG time!

On the second go around, I used the Ergo from the start. Sometimes w/the insert sometimes with a blankie. I also had a pouch that I liked when my son was brand new :-)

Congrats on your new baby!

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answers from San Francisco on

We started at 3 months when the sling just didn't work anymore. I would skip the infant insert as you could just use a baby blanket and it would work just as well. I think we used the insert twice and realized he was fine without it. It does depend how big your child is though. We still use the Ergo at 14 months as my son is just starting to walk.
Some people call the Bjorn the "crotch dangler" as I have been told that it isn't good for their spine.
Your back will thank you for switching to the Ergo as it distributes the weight more evenly and is better for the baby.



answers from Denver on

I LOVE my Ergo carrier! Used it with my 4 yo and now 6 mo old. I would say it depends on your baby's size. *Most* babies will be able to wear w/o the insert by 4 months, if they are able to hold up their heads. A few will not be able to until they are bigger. A friend's baby was a preemie, so is still only 11 or so pounds at 6 months, and the baby is just too small still. Her head won't cover the opening. I was able to begin using the Ergo w/o insert by 4 months with each of mine, born 7 lbs., 12 oz, and 8 lbs. 9 oz at birth, so around 14/15 pounds at 4 months. Don't know how helpful that is. If baby can hold up his/her head, and comfortably spread legs apart, I'd say you're okay. Good luck!



answers from Sacramento on

Don't bother getting the insert. You can try your baby in the hip carry if s/he has good head support but can't quite straddle you yet. Otherwise, a blanket should work in place of the insert until s/he big enough for the regular front wear.


answers from San Francisco on

I never used the insert, but I also didn't wear either of my babies until about 3 months. I didn't find the Ergo until my son was 13 months, but I used it with my daughter beginning at 3 months without the insert. Not sure why I even bought it.



answers from San Francisco on

It will depend on how strong and big your baby is. With my son (he's really big) I used the infant insert (heart 2 heart style) until he was at least 4 months old. However, as he got bigger (around 3 months) I just used the bolster that comes as part of the insert under his bottom so his legs didn't have to splay out so far and he could see over the top. You could probably approximate this with a balled up hand towel if you were patient. The bolster was easy because there's already enough to deal with with all the straps and I could just shove it where I wanted it. But it would save you $25 bucks or so. By the time he was 5 months old I wasn't using the bolster.



answers from Boston on

I used the infant insert a little bit, but it made my little one and me too warm. If you want to swaddle and put your LO in it sideways, use a couple of receiving blankets.

I started using it the other way when he could hold his head up for a decent stretch without getting exhausted, and when he stopped spitting up all the time (ah, baby puke down the front. Those were the days...)



answers from San Francisco on

Use it now.....I started using mine when he was three months and it was fine. They are so close to you and you can wrap your child to make sure they can breath. It is so awesome to be hands free and still close to baby at the same time. Great for walks, cooking dinner, doing will love it trust me.



answers from San Francisco on

I would think it would be more dependent on how small or big your LO is. I started using my Ergo when my Moby could no longer support my little guy (or my back for that matter). I would say he was around 9 months or so. But if I had had my Ergo earlier I would have started using it as soon as he hit the 15lb marker...which would have been around 3 months. If you have one try it around the house and see how you two like it!! I'm thinking they give an age limit of 4 months because generally speaking, most babies have good head control & they are big enough to be supported by the Ergo w/o falling or slipping around!

Good Luck hope he/she enjoys the Ergo :)

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