My baby now has enough head control to be in the front carrier without the infant insert, but he doesn't seem to like having his little legs spread so wide in that position. Do you have any suggestions?
There are a few different ways of placing your baby in the front carrier. 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.
Have you experienced or do you know of anyone wearing the Ergo throughout pregnancy?
Yes, I have heard of several women who have used The Ergo through their pregnancy (in the back position only, of course). They wear the waist strap under their belly. You can ask your doctor, but I carried my daughter (who was about 30 lbs. at the time) during pregnancy, even at the end. Of course if the added weight is causing you to feel uncomfortable or is causing contractions, you would want to discontinue using the carrier.
When my toddler is in the back position, sometimes he leans way back and I feel like he could flip out backwards, what am I doing wrong?
You need to tighten the shoulder straps more so that your baby is being held closer to your body. Lots of kids like to do back bends in the carrier , but if his legs are down around your waist and his body is strapped close to yours, you should feel secure that he will not fall out.
In The Ergo, my baby seems to have to open his legs right out so that he's almost doing the splits, whereas the Baby Bjorn just goes between his legs. Is this good for him?
One of the big benefits to The Ergo is the seated position that the baby is in rather than hanging by the crotch. This can cause compression in the spine and potentially hip dysphasia. In the seated position the weight of the head is dispersed to the hips, thighs and spine which is much healthier for the baby. According to the manufacturer the splaying of the legs is not a problem. If, however, your child doesn't like it, you might try positioning him differently for awhile. 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.
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.