Good morning on this grey day! We still have so much snow here in Brooklyn.
Today’s post will be dedicated to my experience with baby carriers. I own and have been using three of them but I will focus on comparison between two major brands: Ergo and Baby Bjorn. Most mommy forums will recommend Ergo but in our experience Baby Bjorn has a lot of good applications too. I own Ergo Baby 360, which I bought myself and Baby Bjorn Original, which was a baby shower gift.
Baby Bjorn Original Pros:
- Extremely easy to put on. You can actually do it in seconds, which is its major advantage.
- Can be used with newborns right away without any inserts.
- Baby can face in or out.
- Good for men who don’t like having any waist band. My husband loves this carrier and uses it all the time with our daughter.
- Reasonably priced (around $55).
Baby Bjorn Original Cons:
- Doesn’t have the waist band so it distributes the whole weight of your baby on your arms, which becomes difficult to use when the baby is heavier, especially for women who, like me, have weak arms.
- It’s a bit difficult to bend or sit with a baby in Baby Bjorn.
- Not a very ergonomic position for the baby, however my daughter loves to be in it and takes nice long naps in it.
Ergo 360 Pros:
- Has the waist band that distributes the baby weight mostly on your hips, making it much easier to carry an older baby for longer periods of time.
- Very comfortable and you can easily bend and sit with the baby.
- Has 4 positions: front-facing and rear-facing (tried these two so far), on the hip and at the back (didn’t try these yet).
- Features ergonomic adjustable bucket seat that is supposed to be best for babies. My daughter likes it a lot.
- Can be used for 2 years so much longer than Bjorn thanks to back and hip position.
- Has a pocket with the hood in it.
Ergo 360 Cons:
- Takes FOREVER to put on. Of course, practice makes master but you will still need several minutes to put it on, especially if you are using an infant (newborn) insert (recommended for up to 4 months). It gets easier to put on once your baby doesn’t require the infant insert. The most difficult part is to buckle the chest strap if you have no one to help you as it buckles at the back.
- Velcro waistband makes a lot of noise while opening and will most likely wake up your sleeping baby.
- Very expensive (around $160) and infant insert is sold separately ($23-38).
I use Bjorn for short trips and Ergo for long trips. My husband only uses Bjorn as he doesn’t like the waist band or the chest strap on Ergo. I hope this article helps in your decision on what’s suitable for you and your baby!
There are plenty of other baby carriers and slings. Please share your recommendations in the comments below!