Babywearing is certainly not a new fad since it has been practiced around the globe for many centuries, long before there were such things as an Ergobaby or BabyBjörn. Earlier traditional styles that were adapted (and still exist today in some countries) included a cradle board that the Indians wore, which was usually made of woven twigs or flat pieces of wood; an amauti, which was an Inuit Eskimo parka; rebozo, a shawl cloth worn by Mexican women; and a podaegi, a Korean style baby carrier. Even though some of these styles are still worn today, different companies have made babywearing more innovative, stylish, and easier to wear. Baby carriers have certainly come a long way!
I’ll freely admit that baby carriers are “new” territory for me. I was apprehensive about wearing one when my son was a baby, because they looked uncomfortable and unsafe. I can’t vouch for other styles and brands, but I can truthfully say that this isn’t a fraction of the truth with the Ergobaby Bundle of Joy ($130 – $163; Available in Original Galaxy Grey with Galaxy Grey Insert, Original Black/Camel with Camel Insert, Organic Navy with Navy Insert, and Organic Dark Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Insert). This was once I fully grasped how to use the infant insert.
The infant insert is recommended for babies ranging from 7 to 12 lbs or newborns to 4-6 months, because it offers superior support for their head and neck. The first few experiences wasn’t an easy task since my daughter is now at that stage where she’s really squirmy and doesn’t seem to like confinement that much, yet it is becoming easier for me to place her in the carrier. This makes it a comfortable experience for the both of us. It also helps that the carrier is made of an utterly soft material (100% Cotton).
Looking back at a time when my son was a baby, I’m not sure how I got things done without a baby carrier. I had a stroller then, and I have two right now, but I think it’s good to have a stroller AND a baby carrier. Both can be convenient, depending on the situation. There’s certainly no turning back since I know the convenience and benefits of a baby carrier, though!
❏ Ergonomic: Proper facing-in spread-squat seating position supports baby’s hip, pelvis, and spinal development.
❏ Carry Positions: 3 Positions – Front, Back, and Hip Carry
❏ Machine Washable: Cold with mild detergent on gentle cycle. Dry on delicate cycle and remove when seams are still damp. Air dry.
❏ Sleeping Hood: Integrated, 100% cotton poplin with elastic edging and snap-to-strap attach. Supports baby’s head while sleeping and protects from the sun and the wind. Adjusts in length with 5 snap levels for growth of the baby.
❏ Small zippered stuff pouch, doubles as Sleeping Hood storage.
❏ Large zippered storage pocket holds your wallet, keys, and mobile phone.