You probably don’t know where I am going with this. Well, on my many trips to Whole Foods, my local malls, the parks, I noticed that a lot of moms were using this carrier. They all had this in common, the nautilus logo. I noticed that they had no problems running around in their carriers while they tended to their older ones. One day in Whole Foods, I striked up a conversation with this mom about tofu (yes, tofu also has an A grade and B grade). The entire time I was speaking with her, I noticed her baby peacefully resting his head on her chest, as he was inside a carrier. I looked down to see what kind of carrier it was and noticed the same nautilus logo that I had seen before. Then I zoomed in closer to read ERGObaby. After the mom had finished talking, I asked her if it was comfortable and why she liked it. She said she loved it because it was easy to use and most importantly, she was comfortable.
After seeing the ERGObaby on numerous occasions, I had to see what it was about. You can only hear so much, before you want to see first-hand whats being talked about. I went onto their website to read the history of the company (I like to do this with any company I am interested in). I learned that the nautilus symbolized the continuum of life and the continuum concept (read more about the nautilus on their site). One thing that I could really appreciate about this carrier was that it was developed by a mother for her son. Through the help and feedback of other parents, ERGObaby was born. I believe as parents, we know our wants and needs and therefore can better create a product that is functional for our day to day activities and our lives.
After learning about their mission and their commitment to educate and support parents about babywearing and attachment parenting, I wanted to try the ERGObaby even more. I love when companies are more than just selling products. Obviously, we all have to make a living, but when a company has a commitment beyond their product, it says a lot about the integrity of the company.
I approached ERGObaby to see if I could review their products and they graciously sent me the ERGObaby-organics carrier and backpack. First of all, I am a huge fan of organic material, organic produce, anything and everything organic. So this was definitely a treat. The carrier came with an instructional booklet, but instead of reading through the booklet, I used their instructional video online. The online video was an easy step by step instructional. After I watched the video, I did my own demo on my baby. It was as easy as it looked online. I carried her in the front position because she’s still very young. Once I had her in place, I strapped us in, and made little adjustments here and there, so that we were both safe and comfortable. I loved that the shoulder straps had good cushion and support, and my shoulders didn’t feel like they were pinching or tugging. Another added benefit to the carrier was the sleeping hood which keeps the baby’s head closer to the body while the baby rests.
The very next day, I took the carrier out for a walk. I went around my neighborhood and the first ten minutes, my baby was super attentive and was looking all over place. After that, she completely passed out and was pretty much drooling on me. I walked for a good thirty minutes and when I came back home, I did not feel any back, neck, or shoulder strain. This was not the case when I owned a Baby Bjorn with my first child.
The following day I decided to take a walk to the park. Since my older one was going with, I decided to attach the backpack to the carrier. It was super easy, as I just had to strap and snap it on. Initially before I attached it to the carrier, I thought it was going to be too heavy and give me back problems. However, to my surprise, it didn’t. I could feel that I had some extra weight in the front but nothing that put a strain on my body. I was able to place the water bottle on the holder, put my biodegradable diaper inserts, afternoon snacks, keys, and a book into the backpack. Even with all that, the backpack still had plenty of room.
I think the ERGObaby carrier and backpack are such neat products. Not only are they comfortable and functional items, they offer the parent and child the opportunity to experience a feeling of closeness, similar to when a mother nurses her baby. The organic material also gave me a sense of closeness with mother nature. When my baby rests her head on my chest, the feeling I get is indescribable, and a feeling that one could only experience through the moment.
Note: I was not able to go into great detail about every little thing the carrier and backpack has to offer. For more information, please visit their site here.
(Disclosure: Products were provided free of charge for review purposes and does not affect my views or feedback of the product. This review is based solely on my personal opinion and experience and results may vary person to person.)