Original - FAQs
How do I wash my Ergobaby carrier?
You can wash your Ergobaby carrier using a mild detergent on a gentle cycle with cold water. You can use the dryer for about 20 minutes. It will still be damp. Hang out to dry for the duration of the drying time.
What is the difference between the Ergobaby Original Carrier and the Performance Carrier?
Fabric: The Ergobaby Original Carriers are made from 100% Cotton fabric while the Performance Carriers feature a lightweight breathable mesh back panel to keep baby cool and is ideal for warmer climates. Shoulder Straps: The Ergobaby Original carrier shoulder straps are cushier and more flexible for maximum everyday comfort, while Performance Carrier's shoulder straps are curved with a firmer padding and are ideal for back carrying. Still, they can both be worn in the front-inward, back and hip carry positions and for long durations of time, the fit is more about individual preferences. Chest Strap: The Ergobaby Performance Carrier's chest strap is on a slider, for easy adjusting. Weight range: Both Ergobaby Original and Performance carriers support babies up to 45 lbs.
Are the Baby Carriers and Infant Inserts machine washable?
Yes, all of our Carriers and Infant Inserts (plus insert pillow) are machine washable.
At what age can I carry my baby in the back carry position?
Each parent and child is different but usually around 6 months your baby will be ready to be carried on the back and parents are comfortable not having their baby in direct line of sight. Baby must have strong head and neck control and be comfortably sitted consistently in the carrier in an ergonomic, frog-leg position with knees even to hips. People with larger babies who are more developed may choose to put their baby in the back carry position even earlier than 6 months especially for longer carry times since many parents find it more comfortable to wear heavy babies on their backs.
Can I put my baby forward facing in my Original Carrier?
Our Original, Organic, and Performance carriers are designed to be ergonomic for you as well as the baby. Therefore, the baby must always be facing the parent to have the proper support from the body of the carrier. So, you should not wear the baby in the front outward position in them. Only the Four Position 360 carrier is designed to carry the baby in this front outward position.
What is the weight limit of the Ergobaby Carrier?
Ergobaby recommends a weight limit of 45 pounds / 20 kilograms for its Original carriers. Our carrier will accommodate you as long as you and your baby are happy using it.
Why do I need the Easy Snug Infant Insert and how long do I need to use it?
Our Easy Snug infant inserts are designed so that you can carry your newborn baby both ergonomically and comfortably in a soothing, nest-like comfort close to you, for a cozy transition to the world from the womb. The Ergobaby Easy Snug infant insert was designed for use with Ergobaby carriers (at the exception of Adapt carrier which does not require an infant insert) for babies from newborn up to age ~4 months (from 7-12 lbs / 3,2 - 5,5 kg), or for babies more than 12 lbs / 5,5 kg but younger than 4 months or without strong and consistent head and neck control. It is designed to provide head and neck support and to ensure your newborn is seated both comfortably and ergonomically while in the Ergobaby Carrier.
The fan- shaped design securely attaches to Ergobaby's Original or All Positions 360 carriers, for an intuitive loading of baby and more airflow, while providing all the extra thigh, spine, head and neck support your baby needs in his early months.
The bottom pillow in the Easy Snug infant insert can be removed from the insert and placed inside the carrier, with your baby sitting on top of it. The use of the pillow alone is for babies with strong and consistent head and neck control who are either too short to bend at the knees when seated in the Carrier or would like to be seated higher in the Carrier.
For older babies who still need head and neck support, but can already be seated in the carrier, you can use the shell of the Easy Snug infant insert without the pillow to provide proper support.