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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Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


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