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Comparison of The Ergo Baby Carrier to the Baby Bjorn and Other Front Carriers



I think that most of you who are reading this will fall into one of three categories:

  1. You love your Baby Bjorn, but your child is now getting too big for it or heavy for you.
  2. You have tried the Baby Bjorn and/or other front carriers and don't feel they work for you.
  3. You have never had any kind of carrier and are trying to decide between the Baby Bjorn and other front carriers.


  1. You love your Baby Bjorn, but your child is now getting too big for it or heavy for you.

    I would say the majority of Moms who contact me have been happily using the Baby Bjorn, but as their babies grow, their back/neck/shoulders just can't take it anymore. Others say that their baby just won't fit in the Baby Bjorn anymore. The great features about the Baby Bjorn are that it is light and can easily fit under a stroller, it's easy to put on and take off, it keeps your baby close to your body, you can use it for very tiny babies, you can wear your baby inside your coat, it is washable, and you can wear your baby facing either toward or away from you.

    With all those benefits in mind, I will now tell you how the Ergo compares. Like the Baby Bjorn, the Ergo is very light (about one pound) and it folds up relatively small (15"x5"x4" when rolled up tight) so it can easily fit into the bottom of a stroller or a knapsack - sized diaper bag. It is also easy to put on and take off and can be used for any size baby (infant through toddler). And because there is no frame, the Ergo keeps parent and baby in close contact, whether worn on the front or the back and you can share a coat as well. The Ergo is also washable.

    There are two big design differences between the Baby Bjorn and The Ergo Baby Carrier. One affects the comfort of the adult and the other affects the comfort of the baby. The Baby Bjorn straps place all the baby's weight on your upper back and shoulders. As any hiker knows, it is much better to carry extra weight on your hips and that is why any decent backpack has a hip belt. The Ergo Baby Carrier has a hip belt and it makes a huge difference - much more comfortable for you! I think my daughter was about 16 lbs. when the strain on my upper back became too much for me to continue using the Baby Bjorn. Now she is 26 lbs. and I often carry her in front with The Ergo Baby Carrier (usually when she has fallen asleep in the car and I need to do some errands - it's easier to put her on front without waking her). I have noticed that cinching the hip belt extra tight, to insure the weight is not pulling on my upper back, makes it possible to carry even a large (she's over two) toddler in the front. I never carry her more than a couple of hours or so at a time on my front though, because she does seem sort of heavy there - we aren't really built to carry large front loads. On my back, however, I can carry her for many hours without any discomfort at all.

    The second big design difference addresses the comfort of your baby. The Ergo supports the baby in a natural, seated position which does not put strain on the crotch or spine. Even if you don't feel this is a valid concern, doesn't it just make sense that being seated on your bum would be more comfortable than hanging by your crotch - no matter how light you are? I should mention that some of my customers have reported that it was an adjustment for their babies to switch from the Baby Bjorn to the Ergo because this new, healthier, position doesn't allow for them to face away from their parent in the forward position. Most children don't have any problem with it, though, because after all, looking at and talking with Mom is usually their favorite activity anyway. If your child has trouble with this adjustment, however, he may be ready to try being in the back. Additionally, some customers have reported that their babies (usually the younger ones) seem unhappy in the new seated position. Though this is a natural way for them to sit, they may not be used to having their legs spread apart after using the Baby Bjorn. During this period of adjustment, you might try positioning your baby differently for awhile. Here are some ideas to try in the FRONT position: One way is with both legs off to one side, with his bum still located in the center of the carrier. Another way is having one leg/foot tucked up in the carrier close to his bottom and the other leg dangling down on the other side. Keep trying every once in a while until he seems content sitting in the carrier normally.

    There are also other features of the Ergo that are different from the Baby Bjorn that you may enjoy. You can use it in the front and back positions and when your toddler chooses to walk, you can just wear it empty on your back and it doesn't look stupid. The sleeping baby hood is my favorite feature - it's especially great when your child falls asleep in the back position. The Ergo also allows you to nurse your child while he is in the carrier. As the child gets older you will have to lengthen the shoulder straps and lift your breast to his mouth. I should mention here, that I do not have personal experience nursing while wearing the Ergo, but since I am currently pregnant, I hope to be able to write more about it in the future. The Ergo can also be used as a changing cloth when the sleeping hood is extended. Additionally, it has built-in storage which accommodates a couple of diapers, wipes, and a snack (in the back pocket) and a credit card, some money and a key (in the hip belt pocket). For more storage, a detachable front pouch is sold separately.

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  3. You have tried the Baby Bjorn and/or other front carriers and don't feel they work for you.

    If you are like me, you have tried a number of carriers, but haven't yet found the RIGHT one. I originally wanted to use a sling, but never felt comfortable with one and my baby hated it. That is when I moved on to the front carrier options. At first, I purposefully avoided the Baby Bjorn, because I was concerned about suspending my baby from her crotch because I had read that it could cause spinal stress. But when a friend gave me her old one, I decided to try it out anyway, since I hadn't yet found a better option. I really liked the closeness of carrying my infant in a front pack, but I still didn't use it a lot, and whenever possible I supported her bottom with my arms to avoid the pressure on her crotch, so I never really had that hands-free feeling. I also tried out another friend's Kelty front carrier, but found the Bjorn was easier to load/unload my baby from the car (I didn't use a snap out car seat). By the time my baby was about 16 lbs., my neck, shoulders, and back were killing me every time I carried her in the Bjorn. My neck and shoulders would even tingle after I had taken her off and I didn't take that as a healthy sign. I know now that this is a common complaint that mothers have about many front carriers, because many of them place all the baby's weight on your upper back and shoulders. As any hiker knows, it is much better to carry extra weight on your hips and that is why any decent backpack has a hip belt. The Ergo Baby Carrier has a hip belt and it makes a big difference - much more comfortable for you! As I said, my daughter was about 16 lbs. when the strain on my upper back became too much for me to continue using the Baby Bjorn. Now she is 26 lbs. and I still often carry her in front with The Ergo Baby Carrier (usually when she has fallen asleep in the car and I need to do some errands - it's easier to put her on front without waking her). I have noticed that cinching the hip belt extra tight, to insure the weight is not pulling on my upper back, makes it possible to carry even a large (she's over two) toddler in the front. I never carry her more than a couple of hours or so at a time on my front though, because she does seem sort of heavy there - we aren't really built to carry large front loads. On my back, however, I can carry her for many hours without any discomfort at all.

    In addition to the comfortable, Ergonomic design which benefits both Mom and baby, the Ergo has some other nice features and benefit that I really like as well. It is very light (about one pound) and it folds up relatively small (15"x5"x4" when rolled up tight) so it can easily fit into the bottom of a stroller or a knapsack - sized diaper bag. It is also easy to put on and take off and can be used for any size baby (infant through toddler). And because there is no frame, the Ergo keeps parent and baby in close contact, whether worn on the front or the back and you can share a coat as well. It can also be used as a changing cloth when the sleeping hood is extended, which is handy, and it is machine washable as well. You can use the Ergo in both the front and back positions and when your toddler chooses to walk, you can just wear it empty on your back and it doesn't look stupid. The sleeping baby hood is probably my favorite feature - it's especially great when your child falls asleep in the back position. The Ergo also allows you to nurse your child while he is in the carrier. As the child gets older you will have to lengthen the shoulder straps and lift your breast to his mouth. I should mention here, that I do not have personal experience nursing while wearing the Ergo, but since I am currently pregnant, I hope to be able to write more about it in the future. Additionally, it has built-in storage which accommodates a couple of diapers, wipes, and a snack (in the back pocket) and a credit card, some money and a key (in the hip belt pocket). For more storage, a detachable front pouch is sold separately.

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  5. You have never had any kind of carrier and are trying to decide between the Baby Bjorn and other front carriers.

    I am guessing that if you are reading this, you are either expecting your first baby or looking for a shower gift and are trying to figure out which sling or carrier to buy. To me, the most unique aspect of The Ergo Baby Carrier is that it is the only carrier you will ever need. It can be used with your newborn (using the infant insert), older baby, and toddler. On top of that, it is Ergonomically designed for both mother and baby. If you look on any message board where there is a discussion about carriers, you will see that mothers who have loved their slings and Baby Bjorns are complaining that their baby has gotten too heavy and their neck, back, and/or shoulders are really aching. The padded hip belt and shoulder straps on the Ergo distribute the weight of the baby comfortably onto the parent's hips and shoulders, making it one of the most comfortable carriers available. Additionally, you might come across some discussion regarding infant carriers and spinal stress. The Ergo was designed to support baby's spine and hips in a healthy, seated position while he is being carried - many people don't hear about this debate early enough to consider it when buying a carrier. Additionally, The Ergo Baby Carrier folds up small, is light, easy to use, and promotes a harmonious parent-baby connection. It has built-in storage which accommodates a couple of diapers, wipes, and a snack (in the back pocket) and a credit card, some money and a key (in the hip belt pocket). For more storage, a detachable front pouch is sold separately. You can use it in the front and back positions and when your toddler chooses to walk, you can just wear it empty on your back and it doesn't look stupid. The sleeping baby hood is my favorite feature - it's especially great when your child falls asleep in the back position. The Ergo also allows you to nurse your child while he is in the carrier. And it can be used as a changing cloth (when the sleeping hood is extended) which comes in handy too. As you can see there is a lot of information for you to sift through and decide what makes sense for you. In my opinion, you can research and ask people all you want, but you will never know for sure what works for you without trying it out. This is why, if you decide you are interested in the Ergo, we offer a 90 day money back trial.

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