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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is The Ergo The Right Carrier For Us? (16 Questions)

  1. How does The Ergo Baby Carrier compare to other carriers I have seen?
  2. Is this more comfortable to wear than other carriers?
  3. How do I know which carrier is the most comfortable for my baby?
  4. I have a history of back problems and have yet to find a carrier that I can use with my toddler - will The Ergo Baby Carrier work for me?
  5. My husband is quite large. Will he be able to use The Ergo Baby Carrier as well?
  6. I am six feet tall and my husband is even taller. Will the Ergo fit me?
  7. I am short (under 5 feet) and my waist is 24 inches. Will this carrier work for me?
  8. I am rather big busted and wonder if the Ergo work for me?
  9. What is the weight limit of The Ergo?
  10. Can the baby face out when he is in the front carrier?
  11. I am not sure if I should purchase an infant insert or not - how can I figure this out?
  12. How old does my baby have to be to be worn in the back carrier position?
  13. Won't I get hot having my baby's body right up against mine?
  14. Can I nurse my baby while he is in The Ergo Baby Carrier?
  15. Is The Ergo Baby Carrier really as good as a framed back carrier?
  16. I am used to using a framed carrier where I put my baby in first, then put him on my back. Am I going to be able to get my son onto my back using the Ergo if there isn't anyone around to help me?



  1. How does The Ergo Baby Carrier compare to other carriers I have seen?

  2. I have done my best to describe how The Ergo Baby Carrier compares to other carriers I have used. Hopefully this comparison page will be helpful to you.

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  3. Is this more comfortable to wear than other carriers?

  4. You will have to decide that for yourself, but many parents have commented that it is the most comfortable carrier that they have come across. I have tried out about 6 other carriers (three of them I owned) and I definitely find this one to be the most comfortable. But don't take my word for it, try it out yourself with our 90 day money back guarantee.

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  5. How do I know which carrier is the most comfortable for my baby?

  6. I guess if your baby doesn't fuss (once he is in and you are moving) and he is even able to fall asleep, that is a good sign. Of course my baby was happy and slept in the Baby Bjorn too. I just don't think it looks as comfortable to be hanging by your crotch as it does to be sitting on your bottom. Additionally, some people (including me) are concerned about the possibility of spinal compression.

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  7. I have a history of back problems and have yet to find a carrier that I can use with my toddler - will The Ergo Baby Carrier work for me?

  8. Obviously it depends on the type and severity of your back problem as well as the weight of your toddler. If you are like me and your back is on the weak side, but you can lift and carry your child in your arms on a daily basis with only occasional back pain, then The Ergo Baby Carrier will likely work for you. I can't make any promises, but with our risk free 90 day money back guarantee, you can try and see for yourself.

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  9. My husband is quite large. Will he be able to use The Ergo Baby Carrier as well?

  10. The hip belt adjusts to fit 28" - 43" waist/hips. There is also an extension belt (sold separately) that adds another 8 inches.

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  11. I am six feet tall and my husband is even taller. Will the Ergo fit me?

    According to the manufacturer, the Ergo should adjust to fit people who are as tall as 6'4". Tall and long-waisted people generally find it works best to wear the hip belt around their true waist instead of around their hips.

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  12. I am short (under 5 feet) and my waist is 24 inches. Will this carrier work for me?

    Unfortunately the shortest person the carrier is designed for would be around 5'1". People with hips smaller than 28" can get a carrier retrofitted (no smaller than 24 inches). You will have to email us directly for more information on this option.

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  13. I am rather big busted and wonder if the Ergo work for me?

    I used to tell everyone who fit this description that unfortunately this carrier may not be for you. I had two customers who described themselves as having "big bosoms" and they both found the chest strap too confining (even when it was loosened) and they both ended up returning it. But, the chest strap on the carrier adjusts a bit more and I got one email from a woman who said she was very big busted and loves the Ergo and that I shouldn't say it doesn't work for this group of women. The best I can tell you is that it seems to work for some and not for others. We do have a 90-day money back guarantee, so maybe you will just have to try it for yourself. And if you do consider yourself to be big busted, and are willing to take a few minutes to write me, I would love to know if the Ergo is comfortable for you and also what exactly your size is. If I had some clear feedback on this, I could write a better response to this question.

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  14. What is the weight limit of The Ergo?

    According to the manufacturer, it can carry up to 40 pounds. So basically, the Ergo should be able to accommodate you as long as you and your baby are comfortable using it. My daughter is 4 and she still loves to be carried and it's comfortable for me to carry her. I spoke to one woman who told me that she carried her 6-year-old around on her back one weekend because her daughter became ill while they were out on a camping weekend. Luckily her 3-year-old was willing to walk.

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  15. Can the baby face out when he is in the front carrier?

    No. The Ergo is designed so that your baby is carried in a seated position which supports the spine by dispersing the weight of the head over the hips, thighs and spine. Because of this healthy and Ergonomic design, it is not possible to wear your baby facing out.

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  16. I am not sure if I should purchase an infant insert or not - how can I figure this out?

    The infant insert is basically used for babies who don't yet have complete head and neck control. Babies gain this control at different ages, so you will have to decide.

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  17. How old does my baby have to be to be worn in the back carrier position?

    It is of utmost importance that your baby has good head control before trying to put her in the back position. Other than that, it is really up to you and your baby - you both will need to feel comfortable using the back position. If it doesn't work out the first time, give it a week or two and try again, until the time seems right. We recommend that you first try out the back position at around 5 months. Some babies, however, are not comfortable in back until later.

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  18. Won't I get hot having my baby's body right up against mine?

  19. It can be warm, especially hiking in the summertime, however, I found that other front and back carriers were warm too. The framed back carrier that I had was probably not quite as warm, since there was space between my daughter and me, but it was still warm and that space ended up causing other problems - it pulled on my upper back and shoulders.

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  20. Can I nurse my baby while he is in The Ergo Baby Carrier?

  21. Yes, this is one of the features that promotes attachment parenting and is just a great convenience for both mother and child. I should add that it is easier to nurse a younger child in the Ergo carrier, because as he gets bigger, his mouth gets farther from your breast. I know a Mom who still nurses her 2-year-old in the carrier, however, by loosening the straps, but a friend of mine thinks her 1-year-old is already too big, so you will have to experiment and try for yourself.

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  22. Is The Ergo Baby Carrier really as good as a framed back carrier?

  23. When it comes to comfort while walking or hiking, the answer is - definitely yes! In fact The Ergo is better. Having your child's weight close to your body makes a big difference - it puts less strain on your back and it feels more secure for both you and your baby when you are in physical contact with him. Also, any framed carrier will weigh much more and, because many of them have lots of storage space, there is the tendency to pack it full, making the load even heavier. To read our comparison of The Ergo Baby Carrier to framed back carriers, see our comparison page.

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  24. I am used to using a framed carrier where I put my baby in first, then put him on my back. Am I going to be able to get my son onto my back using the Ergo if there isn't anyone around to help me?

  25. Yes. It does take some practice to get your baby into the carrier in the back position, and at first you may want someone to be there to help you till you feel comfortable with the loading process. You will soon get the hang of it, though and realize how much easier the Ergo is compared to a framed carrier. To see instructions for how to use the Ergo in all its positions (including photos and explanations) go to Instructions for Using Carrier. If, after reviewing the instructions you still have difficulty or questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

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