I have been a “poster child” for the Baby Bjorn since my son was about 3 months old. The Bjorn has enabled me to sooth a fussy child, eat with my hands free, go food shopping, take long walks, and parade around the crowded zoo or MET Museum. Now, my son’s physique is getting larger. It is no surprise that my shoulders & back are getting sore from using the Bjorn as he is nearing the 26 pound maximum.
Tired of the soreness, it has prompted me to make the transition from the Baby Bjorn to another child carrier – the Ergo. The Ergo can hold up to 40 pounds so this will prove to be a good solution as I tote my son around this fall season.
I selected the Ergo for several reasons: 1. When I tried it on for a “test drive”, it felt comfortable. 2. My friends that use it had positive things to say about it- Word of mouth is always a plus. 3. It looks more masculine than some of the other baby carriers or slings that I have seen around NYC. 4. You can wear the Ergo on your front (like the bay Bjorn) or on your back like a backpack. Unfortunately, when you wear the Ergo on your front, the child must face into your chest. Therefore, the Ergo does not allow my son to face forward – this is the biggest negative for me about this product!
After sitting in the box for about a month (yes, I was lazy), I was finally ready to put the Ergo to good use. However, after putting on my new Ergo, the strap adjustments were challenging for me. Before getting to the point of frustration, I went to the one place I knew would be extremely helpful with this scenario…and Metro Minis delivered. Even though I did not buy the product at their store, Metro Minis did not give me the red light. The helpful store associate worked with me for over 20 minutes getting me “fitted” with my new daddy carrier. This store is a worthwhile destination for parents looking for any type of baby carrier or sling. Their knowledgeable staff can answer questions and even offer free workshops. Thanks Metro Minis!