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07 February 2010 @ 11:48 am
Ergo without insert?  
We have an Ergo with the heart-to-heart infant insert for our 8 week old son. It's a great combo that we've been very happy with for walks and such. However, baby is growing FAST and seems like he's starting to get too big for the insert (haven't measured recently, but he's well over 13 lb and 24 inches long). At this point, his head is well above the insert when we put him in it the proper way (with his butt on the pad thing). He already has pretty good neck control, so it works ok, but honestly it's starting to look like he's going to 'pop' out of the thing from the top soon. Plus, it's just a LOT of bulk on my front. It's getting very hard for me to do anything at all, because I can hardly see around baby and all that material. Ergo doesn't recommend using the carrier without the insert until baby is 4-5 months old, and I cannot possibly imagine waiting that long.

So, how would you decide a baby is big enough for being in the Ergo without the insert? What would that physically look like? How early have you used the Ergo without an insert? (I'm guessing he's not there quite yet, but maybe soon-ish?) Thanks!
mountainmaidenmountainmaiden on February 7th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I would say it's more dependent upon weight/size than age. I have a Beco, not an Ergo, but my daughter is about 11 pounds and I quit using the infant insert when she was about 10lb (3-4 months?). I'm not sure if it's completely comparable, but the carriers are similar, and I would guess you don't need the insert any more.

Maybe someone with an Ergo can give better input, though.
Dianafaerieflings on February 7th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Definitely about size more than age. Ergos are a short and wide carrier, so if you can sit your child safely and comfortably without the insert and it feels more secure than with the insert at this point than go with it. I found my youngest had long since outgrown the froggy position by 15 pounds at 2 months, and I carried him in a mei tai with his legs out.
anthologie on February 7th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
The thing with the Ergo is, you need something to hold the baby's head upright if he's not doing it on his own, which I'm guessing isn't the case at 8 weeks. That's part of what the insert is for.
katie bugbugorama on February 8th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Right. But my point was that his head is already too high to be held up by the insert -- it hits at his shoulders right now unless he's crumpled up and asleep.

And, actually, he's getting pretty good at head control (when he's awake).
Aleinacrashfancy on February 7th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I wore Orrin in ours the other day without it and liked it sooo much more! Haven't weighed him in a couple weeks, but I'm guessing he's up to 11 lbs at this point. I put him tummy to tummy with his legs kinda wrapped around me (I guess pretty much the standard postion) and he was fine. He has pretty good head control already, and it seemed supportive enough for walking around, but I probably couldn't bend over or anything without supporting his head.
I can't imagine using the insert until 4-5 months...it was a million times more comfortable without it!
katie bugbugorama on February 8th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I can't bend over WITH the insert either, so I guess that's not too different.
Beccarebbyribs on February 7th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
We don't have the insert for our Ergo. I started using it with Neil at around 3 months and 14 lbs, but I'd still hold his head a little once he started getting tired or if I was going to bend over a bit. Zinnia was a bit smaller and didn't hold her head up as well, so I didn't carry her in the Ergo until 4 months or so.
Daniellemokey4 on February 8th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
we did it @ 11 weeks. maybe 13 lbs? dd had good head control.

i usually froggied her legs, but here dh wears her legs out @11-ish weeks