Why, yes I am a babywearer! 3 years ago when I was registering for Hayley’s baby shower, I would have laughed if I heard myself say I was going to babywear. I scanned the aisle with the carriers and thought for a split second to register for one and then went on to the next aisle. I simply thought I would put Hayley in a good stroller and off we would go!
Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. From the time she came home from the hospital, she hated being confined by anything with straps. You can imagine my fun in the car! I tried every possible stroller but she hated it. She would thrash around profusively and scream bloody murder. I’ll never forget those stares from people when I tried using a stroller. It just wasn’t happening!
So, then I decided maybe I should try out a baby carrier. Hayley instantly took to almost all the carriers but me on the other hand, hated it! I, personally, didn’t feel secure with some of the carriers and others I ended up having to take a nightly aspirin for the severe back pain. I ended up baby wearing for a few months(soothed her completely) but then I gave up on it and suffered thru holding her most of the day. It was better than the constant back pains.
Then Zane came along. I really wanted to try to babywearing again especially because it was hard to play with my toddler when I was carrying around my little guy all day. Well after a couple of years of searching, 5 different carriers bought, and more than $400 dollars spent on carriers, I found my love- The ERGO! I just wish I knew about it sooner!
So, people ask me all the time, why I love the ergo! Plain and simple it is awesome! It is extremely easy to use, light weight, comfortable, and functional. It is also very versatile in the ways you can wear the child in it. The design of the ergo with the padded straps and the nice waistband allows the weight to be distributed around the shoulders and the hip. Goodbye back pain!
I will honestly say I wore Zane in the ergo the first few months a couple hours a day. In the beginning we used the infant insert and after time, I had enough strenth to wear him without the insert. I ate, read, and went for my daily walks with him in it. He happily went to sleep in it for hours. He loves it and it makes life so easy to deal with a 2 year old and continuing our routine without a crying infant in the background. In the beginning, I used it for around 6-7 hours a day (no, I am not exaggerating). It was perfect! Now, that he is beginning to transition to his crib for naps, I have used it slightly less but I still use it daily! People in the store marvel at our system. Hayley is finally loving the stroller (yes, it only took her 2.5 years) and Zane sits in my ergo cuddled up close to me. We stroll all over like this!
So, for the new moms out there, the Ergo gets a 5 out of 5 for me! The ergo might not be for you and that is fine. However, I would definitely suggest trying out babywearing. Maybe you won’t like it and again that is fine! You have to do what is right for you and I would never judge. But, you might realize how much you do love it if you give it a chance. How easy it will make your life and how much you enjoy the cuddling experience!