Here’s a really poorly-kept secret: I love baby wearing. Not only do I love baby wearing, but I will champion the benefits of baby wearing until the cows come home. Also, a baby wearing picture that allegedly “broke the Internet” might be the reason why you’re reading my words in the first place. During the media whirlwind I experienced in January, I kept dropping the name of the company that made the awesome carrier I’ve sworn by for the three years I’ve been a Daddy.
Not to mention, people always ask if I have a favorite baby carrier and my answer is always the same.
Ergo, Ergo, Ergo, Ergo, ERGO!
In almost every TV/radio interview, I mentioned the amazing carriers made by the wonderful folks at Ergobaby, and I’m sure they enjoyed the positive publicity that I provided to them. But hey, it’s real. I believe strongly in their products.
Those of you who’ve followed me for a long time probably notice that I don’t publicly endorse many products because A) I don’t like putting my name behind anything that I don’t 100% believe in and B) I’m not the easiest consumer in the world to please. I can usually poke holes in anything if I try hard enough.
The Ergo is a different story altogether.
In my mind, the Ergo is simply the best made and most comfortable baby carrier on the market, and it isn’t even remotely close. If you don’t believe me, just ask my wife and daughters (well, my 7-month old doesn’t say much other than “DaDa” these days, but you know what I mean). It is a meltdown-ending, nap-sending, heart-mending, fashion-trending piece of epicness that everyone should have in their arsenals if they have young children or will become parents in the near future.
As you can see, our family has five (yes, FIVE) different Ergos. To say we’re obsessed with this company would be the understatement of the century.
Other than comfort and quality, the Ergo carriers just look good. I remember when I was sitting down with my wife when we were pregnant with DDW1 over three years ago trying to select a carrier for our registry. More often than not, I would laugh at the other carriers and say, “There is no way in hell I’d use that.” Then when I saw the Ergo Sport, I was like, “It’s cool, sleek, and durable, and it’s in a great color. Let’s do it.” So we did and we never looked
back. Here’s a photo of DDW1 when she was five months old in our Ergo Sport (this photo was taken over a year before I started the Daddy Doin’ Work blog). It was love at first wear for both of us.
Now let’s fast-forward to present day. When I was invited to meet the Ergobaby Marketing team in their Los Angeles offices, I didn’t hesitate to take them up on it. Christina (Ergobaby’s lovely Community Manager) gave me a brief tour of their office and her team gave me a rundown on what all of their carriers can do – and a lot of it was extremely educational.
Let’s start with the ridiculously cool Ergo 360 that doesn’t hit the market until April 17, 2014. This new carrier allows parents to place their baby in four different positions. Normally, I just put my girls in the position where they face
my chest, but I tried out a few additional options with DDW2 as you can see here. I know some parents are nervous about having babies facing out, but rest assured that the Ergobaby team spent a lot of time and money researching ways to ensure this is the most ergonomically-friendly carrier for babies and their parents (they are named “Ergobaby” after all). If worn properly, the baby is always in a natural seated position. If you’re worried about overstimulation of a baby facing out, just use common sense. Nobody knows your baby better than you do. If he/she is going bonkers or has a glazed look, simply turn them around facing your chest. That’s what makes the 360 so awesome. You have options. Many of them.
So when the baby is awake and wants to see the world, face him/her out. If the baby wants to be close to Daddy (or Mommy) for a nap, face him/her in. Out of all of the carriers these guys offer, this is my favorite due to the options and design.
The Travel Ergo? Genius. If you’re on vacation, in an airport, or just need a carrier in a pinch, this is a must-have. It’s lightweight, super portable (it can fit in the pocket of my cargo shorts), and can be used for any occasion.
The Performance Ergo is for active parents. Going on a hike? A walk on the beach? You gotta have one of these. Not to mention, it’s excellent for wearing toddlers on your back. Speaking of which, check out DDW2 in the Ergo 360 on my chest and DDW1 in the Performance Ergo on my back. Yes, the Tandem Wear is an “advanced move,” but it’s completely safe and surprisingly comfortable.
And last but not least, there’s the original Ergo. My wife loves the design and support – and it’s still extremely popular with Ergobaby’s followers. Everyone loves an original, right?
So there’s my impromptu commercial for the Ergobaby products our family uses. I know what some of you are thinking, so let me put this out there: Believe it or not, Ergobaby isn’t paying me a dime to offer these opinions and they didn’t even ask me to write this blog. I’m simply doing it because I believe in the power of baby wearing and I believe their company provides the best products to facilitate that. If there’s a product you love that also enhances the quality of your life in the process, you’d share it with the people you care about too, right? Of course you would. It’s no different here.
When it comes time to buy a baby carrier, do your research, talk to people you trust, and ask a lot of questions. It’s no secret that the Ergo is my favorite. No matter what you choose, we can all agree on the profound positive impact baby-wearing has when it comes to bonding with our children.
Baby-wearing for the win.
UPDATE: I’m running a giveaway where one lucky person will win a brand new Ergo! Follow the directions below to enter!
NOTE: Due to high demand, the Ergo will ship to the winner in approximately 6 weeks.