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FEATURE FRIDAY: Ergo Baby Original

FEATURE FRIDAY: Ergo Baby Original

The Ergo Baby Original has been my favorite carrier of choice for the past 10 years. I have used this carrier with all 4 of my children and it has hit the spot each time.

While there are most definitely some fancier and more advanced carriers on the market, the Ergo is the best in terms of simplicity and minimalism. If you are looking for an affordable carrier that gets the job done, this is the one! 

We love that you can use the Ergo Baby Carrier with an infant and all the way up to toddlerhood. The Ergo Baby fits babies 7-45 lbs. Ergo recommends an infant insert for babies younger than 12 lbs. We typically recommend rolling a receiving blanket up and placing it under babies bum to lift them up higher. 

We find the Ergo Baby is a great fit for almost all body types, especially for those that are more petite. Some of our other carriers can be larger in size and be more challenging for those that are petite but the Original Ergo Baby Carrier seems to be an all around great fitting carrier for those of all sizes. 


- 3 Carrying Positions: Front Carry (Facing Inwards), Hip Carry, and Back Carry
- Comfortable Shoulder Straps
- Baby Privacy Hood (UPF 50+)
- X-Large Storage Pocket (this has been a major selling feature for the Ergo for years)
- Ergonomic in All Positions (M-position)


Can I put my baby forward facing in the Ergo Baby Original Carrier?

The Original Ergo Baby Carrier is designed to be ergonomic for you as well as the baby (The Original Baby Carrier has been acknowledged as a "hip healthy" product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.). Therefore, the baby must always be facing the parent to have the proper support from the body of the carrier. So, you should not wear the baby in the front outward position in them. If you are looking for an option that forward faces please consider the Lillebaby All Seasons, Beco Gemini or Ergo 360. 

In all honesty though we find this particular feature to be somewhat misleading. Most babies only have interest in being forward facing for a short period of time (3-8 months). Forward facing carriers are also only safe and comfortable until approximately 20lbs at which point if you are finding it difficult to carry your baby on the front, you should explore back carrying options. Personally I would not use the forward facing abilities of a carrier as a main criteria since it will be short lived. I would choose a carrier that will be most comfortable for you long term! 

Most parents are transitions their babies to back carrying around 6-9 months of age. It will depend on your comfort level along with your child's needs. Baby must have strong head and neck control and be comfortably seated in the carrier in an ergonomic, frog-leg position with knees even to hips. Back carrying is more comfortable than front carrying therefore many families with heavier babies may choose to carry their babe on their back earlier than 6 months. We usually started back carrying around 4-5 months with our children. The choice is up to you! 


Is my Ergo Baby Carrier Machine Washable?

Yes! You can wash your Ergobaby carrier using a mild detergent on a gentle cycle with cold water. You can use the dryer for about 20 minutes. It will still be damp. Hang out to dry for the duration of the drying time.

How will I know this it the right carrier for me and baby?

You won't until  you try it! Though Ergo Baby Original is one of the carriers that I will often suggest as a One Size fits all carrier. Almost everyone will be happy with the carrier. If you live locally in Kingston you can take advantage of our Babywearing Loan and Tutorial Program. If you live out of town feel free to give us a call and we can discuss options with you and help you determine what will be best for your needs. You can also check out our blog post Which Baby Carrier is Right for Me

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