I am a big fan of baby carriers. I cannot get enough of holding my precious one close to me. The day my sweet Charlotte becomes too big to carry I will cry. Knowing that my days are limited for carrying my babies I try to take advantage of the days I still have. With that said, which carrier is best? Here is what I have learned from my baby wrap, Bjorn, and Ergobaby carrier.
Before Charlotte was born, we received an original baby Bjorn and I found a wrap for only $15. It was not until about six months ago that I purchased an Ergobaby original.
Let’s start from the beginning. The wrap. This was the very first baby carrier I used with Charlotte. This carrier is the most organic in feel. For an infant this is a wonderful transition from womb to arms. My biggest complaint about a wrap is it takes a long time to get it set up. It is not very practical on time. I felt bad leaving Charlotte on the bed crying while I set up the wrap. If you want something that is speedy and easy to set up I would skip the wrap.
Now the Bjorn. The Bjorn was much better on timeliness. It is a great carrier and very easy to use. The one thing I loved: how quick I could Charlotte in and out. The one thing I did not love: how low the weight limit is. The weight limit is 25 pounds. Charlotte outgrew the carrier rather quickly. Also, if you have back issues/pain I would skip the Bjorn. There is no support strap to distribute the weight some where other than your upper back. My back grew tired very quickly.
Last but not least, The Ergobaby. This carrier is very versatile. The weight limit is high, so we can use it longer. My favorite thing about this carrier is how comfortable it is. It has a strap that buckles around the waist taking a lot of weight and pressure off my back. It is also easy to use it in backpack mode for Charlotte while I’m pregnant with Bow. I wish that I would have started with this one. It does have a few more adjustable parts than the Bjorn but it is much more comfortable.
For you moms out there doing your research on carriers, I hope this article helps! I know that all the reviews and feedback can get confusing. My suggestion for picking out a carrier is to make a list of priorities and then choose from there. Then you will know what is most important and can make a better decision.
UPDATE: A sweet friend of mine, who is a pediatric physical therapy, shared an article with me that give clear direction on carriers that are good and bad for an infant due to their positioning. I have included the article below. Please take a look at the article. It provides you with some good knowledge before you start buying baby products.