The carrier itself is very pretty and the fabric is very thick and strong. The straps and buckles are not flimsy, they are very well made and of appropriate size for carrying your precious cargo. My daughter is 18 months old and about 26 pounds and I had no worries with putting her in the carrier at all. ERGObaby recommends their carriers for newborn – 40lbs.
The carrier comes with a book of instructions for use and different carries. You can do a front carry, hip carry or a back carry. You can also purchase “extras” such as a infant support cushion to make it work for carrying around even a “wee little one”.
For the person carrying, it is easy on the body. There is plenty of padding on the shoulder straps as well as on the piece that goes around your hips. A lot of the weight is carried on the hips, which is nice in comparison to those carriers that put all the weight on your shoulders (ugh). I really ended up trusting this carrier a lot (compared to others) and let me tell you that it is so nice to have your hands free to do other stuff, like…stuff a shopping cart, do laundry, dishes, etc. Moms are supposed to have about 8 hands, right?! LOL
I brought the carrier with me on a shopping trip to Target and walked around the entire store carrying my daughter as well as our purchases. Granted I was a little tired at the end, but I wasn’t “hurting”. I just need to do this more often and I would be in good shape, wish I would’ve had this from the time she was born! Instead I had a wrap and my daughter never cared for it much, so babywearing never really happened for us before.
For those with tiny babies, there is even a sleep shade that pulls out of the front pocket so you can keep the sun and/or light out of their eyes, allowing them to sleep peacefully. Such a nice feature, especially since it’s attached - no worries about losing it somewhere and then being without!
The straps have a lot of adjustment to them so that they can fit a variety of body shapes. For reference when looking at the pictures…I am 5’9”.
I wish I could say that I have a ERGObaby giveaway going on with this review, but I DO NOT. However, they are on http://www.babysteals.com/ today for $70, which is almost 50% off regular price and they are totally worth every penny!
If you don’t make it to babysteals in time, you can also purchase an ERGObaby at http://www.ergobaby.com/ or you can search for a retailer near you.