I already own an ergo ...
December 29, 2015
I already own an ergo organic, but my baby got to a certain age (just before 3 months) when it seemed like she didn't want to go in it anymore - I thought if she could just face forward she would enjoy it a lot more. So I bought the 360. It turns out she was just at an awkward size, too big for the infant insert, but too small to go without it. We do enjoy doing front facing carries once in awhile, but since she has developed more head control she is able to face inwards and still look around. Things I like about this carrier: It's nicely padded, with a structured bucket seat. However it's less easy to stuff in a diaper bag for that reason. It's easily machine washable and dryable, although sensitive to brightening laundry products - such as when I tried to spot clean with Shout and now have some lighter patches. My biggest bone to pick is the velcro waist band. Most Ergos have a buckle. Last time I checked, I'm not changing in size daily, so it's annoying to do up - and impossible to adjust once baby is up. I could see it coming in handy when Dads want to use the carrier as well. The velcro strap is rather large so would suit a larger frame. I'm a medium and am pushing that definition at 20 pounds overweight post-partum. However I still feel like I have to wrap the huge velcro strap around me six times - In reality it could go around me one and a half times, with a large tail sticking out. If you are anything smaller than medium, this will be a pain. Theres a small buckle to do up overtop of the velcro, which is a big annoyance since it unnecessary yet needs constant readjustment because the velcro, when done up, is never consistent. That buckle is on a strap so long that if you don't attend to it, it will swing around, but with the baby up it's impossible to see. The shoulder strap, on this model, doesn't move up or down so must be buckled before you put the thing on, so hopefully the baby is small enough to slide through the top. Oh, and one last thing - if your baby falls asleep in the carrier (which, face it, is every Mom's goal) good luck putting your baby down on the bed sleeping for the 'carrier dismount nap.' Fat chance of your baby sleeping through the noise of velcro being undone.
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