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I like this baby carrier! Once i had my son I was gifted a Chicco baby carrier. I hated becoming it was very hard on my small back, even with a new baby. I have had back problems all of my life i knew that it would only cause more back problems as my son got older so I went and "splurged" around the Ergo. We are so glad Used to do, I've not had one aching back after use since I've bought it. My spouce and i took our son to India and Italy in May and used just the Ergo since we nixed utilizing the stroller along. My son (4 months old during the time) am happy to be so near to us and neither my partner nor I had created problems carrying him within the Ergo the full trip. It was so simple to make use of the area train systems and buses and not have to hassle having a stroller. I read another reviews about how the Ergo's draw back is the fact that babies can't be in the forward facing position, however, I found that putting the baby inside the hip carrier position solves this problem. Anytime my baby gets fussy I switch him inside hip carry position and he is able to see the globe and me. Furthermore, i like while using Ergo in your house to do chores as it keeps my baby happy and i am still able to find stuff done. I strongly suggest this to any parent with back problems and also those without.


 
 
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I have worn and loved my original Ergo for almost36 months. Seeing thatI've a summer baby, I ordered the game version due to the lightweight fabric---thinking it  would beidentical tothe initialaside from fabric and longer straps. It is notthe case. The experience is cut for a larger frame. For methere isexcessive unpadded area for  the front from the straps in ways that the padded part just barely covers my shoulders (We are 5 foot 2). In addition, with front carry,  I'm can not reach behind my back and secure the strap that connects the twoshoulder strapsto prevent them from slipping. I need to ask someone to buckle the strap for me personally or do a little serious contortion (and sweating) to get it done myself. Also, the activity version is wider compared to the original so my infant really has got to straddle my entire torso as opposed to letting his legs dangle just a little. Moreover,   inspite of the lighter fabric, it is hot. No matter what fabric a carrier consists of, having two bodies touch in 80+ degree weather causes some serious heat so don't expect miracles. I'm keeping this due to the factwe'd like 2 carriers for 2 kids and my better half can wear this comfortably. Personally, the firstis much better. Lastly, among the snaps for the hood has now popped off and only been a short time. Hopefully Ergo customer caresends out a new one.

 
 
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I own the ERGO baby carrier and also the Baby Bjorn Active plus a sling, and have used a Snugli. The ERGO is in no way the top baby carrier out there. All of the others hurt my shoulders/neck after 15-30 minutes. The ERGO feels safe, and distributes most of the weight to my hips/legs. I have been previously on many hikes (20+) with Kai in the ERGO, the longest being 7 miles (almost 4 hours), without having problems. He loves it, and falls asleep inside it each and every time we go hiking. The only problem is that you can't hold the baby face out. For that first A couple of months, that didn't matter- Kai was perfectly happy to face me and snuggle in- I made use of the top cover for shade and the man slept happily... At 4 months, he wanted to see the thing that was happening, but he couldn't hold up his head very well to take a seat inside the ERGO 'backpack' fashion, so I bought the child Bjorn Active. Kai liked it, Lars(dad) liked it, I tolerated it for 45 minutes, but merely couldn't bear any hike more than that. Also, Kai's legs hang in front so that they hit your legs if you walk uphill- irritating to Lars. Kai also can't really sleep in the Baby Bjorn. (I believe he would have when he was little and facing inward, but him out, there isn't a comfortable sleep position for his head.) We utilize Baby Bjorn in short trips, such as stores and around the house, and it is ideal for that, but we started using the ERGO as a backpack for too long hikes again when Kai turned A few months. He loves searching, and when he falls asleep, I simply put the head cover on help hold his head beside me. I haven't identified getting him inside the ERGO backpack fashion without any help yet, therefore i really need to get help for that. Also noteworthy: the Baby Bjorn has zero storage- not really a little zipper pocket. The ERGO has enough room for 3 diapers, a tiny pack of wipes, an additional bib and onesie, my keys cellular phone and small snack. This will make a positive change for hiking- all I need to carry within my hands is my water bottle(s), i work with a carabiner to clip the bottle to the waistbelt i really am hands-free. We recently obtained a Sherpani Rumba and Kai and Lars love that, too. It's kind of heavy to me, but I'm becoming familiar with it. It gives Kai wonderful views, an appropriate seat, and gives Tons of storage.