Since Oliver was tiny he’s loved being carried. We had been given a Baby Bjorn carrier as a present from my work, it was great when he was little, but once he was about 4/5 months I noticed it was giving me back pain and I could only carry him for short periods of time because it pulled on my neck as it had no lower back support.
I spent many evenings researching carriers, I learnt all about ergonomic carriers and found there was a whole world of carriers I had never heard of before. We wanted something that would last a while, as we knew Oliver wouldn’t want to stop being carried any time soon. I loved the look of Connecta’s and when I tried one it was so comfy, their designs are all amazing and if I could I would buy them all, I may still get one at some point. Stuart decided that he wanted something that Oliver could world face in. There aren’t a huge amount of carriers that are ergonomic and world face so our search was significantly narrowed down.
I had heard of Ergobaby before and knew of their original carrier, but the 360 I hadn’t heard of. When I saw it I knew that it would be perfect for us. The only thing was I wasn’t so keen on the colour of the original carrier, black with beige. I find black a bit boring, and wanted something a bit different, I then came across the grey, but it still wasn’t what I wanted. I then came across the Natural Baby Shower website, they had the Ergo 360 in lots of different colours that I couldn’t find anywhere else! I’m a sucker for a bit of blue, our prams navy, and I tend to wear a lot of navy. They had a nice dusty blue one which had little pinky coloured spots on the bib but Stu said Oliver wouldn’t appreciate the colour of the spots(!), so we decided on the plain midnight blue one instead.
It was really quick delivery and I was so excited when it arrived. It comes with a great how-to guide, showing you all of the different carries. There’s the forward in-facing, forward out-facing, hip carry and back carry. It can be used from 12-33lbs (or 7-12lbs with the additional insert which is sold separately) so it is a really long wearing carrier, and I am sure we will get a lot of use out of it. I was amazed at how easy it is to put on, it just has a big Velcro strap you put around your waist with a buckle for additional security, then it just has two shoulder straps which you put on like a rucksack with a buckle between the two for a bit of security and it holds the straps in place on your shoulders too. There are leg adjustments depending on whether your baby is in or out facing, and these are very simple to change, with just a button to adjust the leg width.
So far we have carried Oliver mainly in the front inward carry, occasionally in the front outward carry and I have once tried a back carry, but I think this is one I will wait until Oliver’s a bit bigger because at the moment he’s in a hair pulling phase so I spent 10 minutes with my hair being pulled constantly!!! He looks so comfy, his legs are around me like a little koala bear. He enjoys the freedom in the carrier, even though it’s structured, his head is free, so he can look at the world around him.
It has a great hood built in, you can use it as a sunshade, a cover when they’re snoozing to support their head, or if you wanted to breastfeed in the carrier you can use it as a cover. It is SO comfortable for me, I have carried him for a few hours whilst out shopping and I was surprised that he didn’t pull on my shoulders or get any aches or pains. The carrier makes sure your baby is sat in a good position, with their knees constantly kept in line or above their hips, and their spine in a curved C position. They’re also approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
At £129.90 it is on the pricey side, but if you know you will use it plenty, it’s well worth the money. For the sake of you and your baby being comfortable, I would invest in it again Ina heartbeat. The Natural Baby Shower also have a 10% off code if you’re a first time customer and sign up on their website.
NB I paid for this with my own money and have reviewed it in hope it will help others in their choice.