Review: ErgoBaby Organic Baby Carrier

03/09/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
Courtesy ErgoBaby

Putting on a baby carrier can often be like a marionette production.

There are straps over your arms, buckles around your waist, cinches hanging from your chest.

Throw your precious cargo in the mix and toting your baby on your chest can be quite daunting, and even dangerous.

But luckily for parents on the go, ErgoBaby carriers ($120-$148) make carrying your baby safe and a snap โ€” and you don’t need to have a degree in engineering to figure out how to use them.

Check out our review of the new organic carrier below.

Things We Like:

Made with plush, organic cotton, ErgoBaby’s new organic carrier has a broken in feel, which made our baby comfortable right away. And putting it on is a cinch. Unlike other brands, it’s definitely a one-man (or woman!) job. If there’s any confusion, it comes with a clear and illustrated instruction manual that explains simply how to put baby in the carrier safely and snuggly.

Available in three stylish colors (navy, tan and green), it’s also very versatile. There are three ways to comfortably wear it (front, hip, and back or piggyback) so you can switch things up.ย And despite it’s hefty price tag, you’ll get plenty of use out of it as your child grows. It accommodates babies from newborn up to 45 lbs.

Our fave feature? The front pocket. It’s the perfect place to stash your wallet, phone and emergency binky while you’re running around town.

Things We Didn’t Like:

We tried the front carry position with a bundled up 6-month-old and the outfit made it difficult for her little legs to spread around our waist as instructed. So you’ll definitely need to consider what baby is wearing when toting her in this position.

Also, our male tester found it hard to snap the clasps by himself because of his wide shoulders. But one could argue that this is a positive thing: it made him feel very buff. And, if your baby enjoys facing outward, this might not be the perfect carrier for you since baby is always facing your body no matter which position you use.

Moms & Babies Rating:

If you’re big on comfort and want an eco-friendly carrier that’s easy to use, this is the one for you.

โ€” Amy Jamieson

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Selena on

We love our Ergo! Have been using an Ergo carrier for almost 5 years straight, still my hubby’s favorite carrier. Our customers at Global Enfant love Ergo too!

Nelly on

A note to moms thinking of buying this carrier who live in colder climates. This carrier was not meant to be used for children dressed in snow suits. It is very difficult to use and is definitely not a one-woman (or man) job when you’ve got a heavily bundled up little one. I think it’s telling that the instructional booklet features children being carried around in a beach setting…

Betty Finn on

I’ve had my daughter bundled up pretty good and still had no trouble using this. If it’s REALLY cold, wear a larger coat and zip it around the both of you. That’s what I’ve done and it works perfectly – body to body you keep pretty warm. I absolutely LOVE our Ergo and don’t know how I survived without it! I don’t have the organic one, but the fabric still feels soft and comfortable – and the snap up hood allows baby to snooze while you’re on the go ๐Ÿ™‚

Ginny on

We used the Ergo from shortly after birth to even now. Our daughter will be three in August, and I keep it on hand for emergencies. Esp given everything in Japan…come the BIG ONE here – I’ll have a quick and easy way to carry her for long periods of time…if needed.

jen hannyver on

i live in montreal and the winters are very cold and snowy,, i use my ergo organic carrier all the time for outside walks or running errands, was easy to use with my 6 months baby wearing his snow suit, and in front position , keep us really warm and when i got use to the ergo i even breastfeed my baby outside,,,i really recomend it to new parents

becky on

Hands down the single best purchase I made. My son is 18 months and 25 pounds and I am still wearing him confortably in the carrier every day (and I am a very small person) with no back issues. It is amazing for keeping him calm on planes and for rocking him to sleep when he is teething or ill.

Dani on

as someone who lives in colder climates I can speak from experience how hard it is to fit kids in when they are bundled. As a previous poster said the ergo is not meant to carry children wearing snow suits. They did however just come out with a line of coats, one of which is designed to be warm. Another option is a peek-a-ru vest. There are a few other brands of vests but I have a peek-a-ru and it works great. Only downside to the vests is you have to carry your child in the front carry position and I am a big fan of the back carry.

Kdm on

I hAve no problem carrying my 12 month old in her snowsuit, in fact we do it everyday. I wear the ergo outside of my coat and we are both warm and cozy.
The Ergo is the best baby item ever. I have used mine for the past 3.5 years (I still occasionally carry my 33 pound, 3.5 year old boy around, without a problem) and I give one as a baby gift tp all of my close friends. This carrier is a must to any parent raising their child in an urban environment.