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the babywearing series | my all around favorite: the ergobaby performance carrier

Part 5 of 7 in the Babywearing Series.

pregnant mother babywearing a toddler in an ergobaby carrier

baby sandwich: levi and i (and judah!) traveled to new zealand last winter for work. (30wks.)

The ErgoBaby Carrier is easily my favorite baby carrier. We have the ErgoBaby Performance Carrier, which is is perfect for use in hot, humid, tropical Australia!

What I love about the ErgoBaby Performance Carrier:

  • The main reason I love this carrier is that it’s comfortable – super comfortable. I’m 5’9” and my husband is 6’3” (with very different waist sizes) and it adjusts to fit both of us perfectly. (My 5’2” friend says the same!)
  • It can be worn with the baby on front, side, or back.
  • Even now I can wear my two-year-old in the Ergo on my back with no problem. I love to use it when I run quick errands but don’t want to get out the stroller OR have him running amok or lagging behind me walking on his own.
  • It’s an essential for airports and traveling or hikes with the family.
  • I could easily wear the Ergo with Levi on my back while sporting a big old preggo bump on my front. (I call this a baby sandwich.)
  • It has a detachable hood that you can snap into place for when baby is falling asleep or you want to block out some visual stimulation. It’s also handy for when it’s sprinkling rain (it’s water-repelling) or really sunny.
  • It’s made with a moisture-wicking mesh for breathability. (Needed big time in this climate.)
  • Machine washable.
  • There’s a zippered storage pocket on the front that is big enough for my keys, phone, and wallet.

daddy babywearing a baby in an ergo traveling to america

What I don’t love about the ErgoBaby Performance Carrier:

  • You have to purchase a separate newborn insert if you want to use it during the first few months since baby’s not able to spread his legs wide enough around your tummy comfortably. I’ve been wearing Judah in ours (without the insert) since he turned four months or so, but Ryan (who is much larger) is still unable to carry him in the Ergo (We don’t have the newborn insert.)
  • The Ergo isn’t designed for outward carrying. (I personally don’t mind this since I prefer baby to face me anyway.)
  • The ErgoBaby Performance Carrier is pricey. Ours cost around $130. (But you get what you pay for – top quality.)
  • I would like for those places that teething babies suck and chomp on to have some sort of removable cover for quick washes in between washing the whole thing. (Note: you can buy separate teething pads to be placed around the straps, but I’ve not tried those. It bugs me that you have to buy everything as “extras”.)
  • Breastfeeding is not convenient. (I know some mothers nurse while bubs is in the Ergo, but I’m not able to.)

Overall I think the “loves” far outweigh the “not loves” for the Ergo. We love love love ours.

babywearing family hiking with toddler in the ergobaby carrier

Dear friends, I hope you’re enjoying this babywearing series so far. Do you have an ErgoBaby carrier or have you thought about getting one? What do you like/not like about it?


P.S. We are camping out bush all this week! That means unplugged, baby!!! No internet, or even phone access for me. (Crikey!) I’ll do my best to respond to your emails and comments when I return. 🙂

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  • Reply maura 8 March 2012 at 1:00 am

    love this post! we are big babywearing fans. Can’t wait for the link up we have tried just about every carrier out there! 🙂
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  • Reply Krystle 8 March 2012 at 3:01 am

    I found a pattern for those “teething pads” online, and had my friend whip up 4 sets in about 30 minutes and it cost me about $10 (US) total! I too wanted the pads without having to spend that much much…we used a terry cloth and then cotton material over the top so I have really cute pads that match the carrier colors 🙂

    • Reply Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos 13 March 2012 at 10:04 pm

      that’s a great idea. thanks krystle! only problem is, both of my boys chew/suck on the corner of where the strap meets the main part. (does that make sense?) so i’m not sure the strap covers would even work for them!

      you’ve inspired me though. maybe i’ll rig up a temporary over to see if that works, and if so then i can sew some.

      great idea. thank you!! 🙂
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  • Reply Rachel 8 March 2012 at 8:29 pm

    We LOVE our Ergo too! But now Xave is 16 months and I’m only 156 cm (5’2″) and I do find it hard to wear him anymore *sniff, sniff* It just hurts my back too much.
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