Location: Atlanta, Georgia
How many of your children did you wear in your carrier?
What was baby's favorite activity in the carrier?
Taking walks with you
Describe your Ergobaby life in three words
I was so hesitant to spend the money on an Ergobaby with my firstborn. There were so many major expenses leading up her birth, we’d recently moved and I was not working, and you always wonder “do I really need this” when it comes to baby gadgets. I gave birth on 11/17/2016 to a bundle of baby girl joy! At first, I just held her all the time. Shockingly, to me as a naive new mom, newborns and infants want to be held ALL THE TIME! She was never a great napper or sleeper; she slept best when I held her. So that was how I spent my days…holding my girl. Neither of us minded, but sometimes mommas need a hand (to eat, drink, put away dishes, fold laundry, type, etc etc) — both hands are even better!
I was struggling to do ANYTHING but hold my baby. We tried a wrap carrier but both found it incredibly uncomfortable. I broke down and bought an ergo with an infant insert. It was a complete godsend. Suddenly, I could do things again. And my back (mostly) stopped aching from constantly holding my quickly growing infant in my arms. The ergo kept up with us through CMPA colicky crying — when the only solution was long walks outside, then it kept up with us through vacations to North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Boston, Texas, not to mention trips all over our home state. It was there on fussy toddler days when she just needed a hug, but I just needed to mop.
The ergo came to weddings and funerals, it went through Targets, grocery stores, Zoos and Aquariums and Airports. It kept me and my girl together when she needed me most; it kept my sanity together when I needed to get things accomplished; it kept my daughter safe and close in crowded, busy venues; it even kept my daughter close and my hands free while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan in 2019, a time when I needed both so badly. We used the original carrier right up to the 40 pound limit (our first born’s 4th birthday). For our second baby, we decided to upgrade to an Ergo 360 because we know that, while we can parent without an ergo, we would never want to.