Since having Q, I’ve always been interested in attempting to baby wear but really didn’t know where to start with the huge world of baby carriers and slings. Living in rural Cumbria, my nearest sling library is almost an hour’s drive away so isn’t really accessible during my day of naps, meals and school runs. On the occasions where I’ve asked the larger groups of mums (usually on Facebook) for advice, I’m usually told to go to the Sling Library or opt for an ‘Ergo’. I’d heard of the brand Ergobaby a few times, so when they sent the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier for us to review, I couldn’t wait to get started!
The Ergobaby Adapt Carrier is suitable from birth to toddler, that’s 7-45lbs and is good to go without the need to buy infant inserts. It’s incredibly easy to adjust – much easier than I had imagined, to be honest. The shoulder straps are extra-padded for comfort and can be crossed over if desired. The lumbar support waist belt ensures adequate support to the lower back and distributes the weight of baby well across the hips and shoulders.
So, what does the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier offer?
- Available in a variety of colours: Black, Pearl Grey, Azure Blue and Admiral Blue.
- 3 ergonomic carry positions: Front-Inward, Hip and Back carry positions
- Easy-to-use design, no infant insert needed for infants
- Can breastfeed in carrier
- 100% Premium Cotton
- Machine washable
- Lumbar support waist belt can be worn low or high on waist to accommodate shorter or longer torsos and hold baby close enough to kiss, with double adjusters for easy tightening
- Cushioned and foldable head and neck support
- Tuck-away baby hood for sun protection and privacy (UPF 50+)
- Ergonomic bucket seat gradually adjusts to a growing baby from newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs / 3.2-20 kg), to ensure baby is seated in an ergonomic spread-squat, natural “M shape” position at every stage
- Long-wearing comfort for parents with even weight distribution between hips and shoulders
- Padded, cushy shoulder straps with crisscross option, great for a snug fit for petite mothers and those who prefer easy buckling on the front
How to adjust the Ergobaby Baby Carrier
There are clear instructions included in the box of how to fit the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier safely and comfortably. After reading through these thoroughly, I flicked through the Ergobaby YouTube channel to find a video tutorial of how to safely fit the carrier and sit baby inside. I find it easier to follow step by step instructions alongside a real person (even if it is on video) than having to glance back at an instruction manual to find what I’ve to do next.
I found it really easy to fit the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier to my body shape using the buckles and straps on the waist belt and straps. The only part I found I needed help with, whilst adjusting for the front-inward carry position, was the small buckle that fastens the straps together between my shoulders. It’s in that hard-to-reach area just between my shoulder blades!
Before using the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier, I was a bit unsure how I would know Q was in the carrier properly. You read so much in the news of the damage that can be done to babies’ hips if they’re not seated correctly, I was quite worried about it. Whilst adjusting the carrier, you are reminded at each stage to ensure your babies’ hips and legs follow the ‘M’ shape to prevent any issues. It’s also important to know that you should have baby at a height where you can kiss the top of their head easily and as long as they can breathe without any trouble, they’re just fine.
That’s a Wrap… well, Carrier!
I have really enjoyed using the pearl grey Baby Adapt Carrier over the last few weeks and definitely wish I’d made the jump into baby wearing sooner as Q is now 8 months old. I have been wearing the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier with him around the house whilst vacuuming and dusting, on the school run to pick up O and out for Autumnal walks in the village.
Q is a rather large 8 month old, measuring in at the size of an average 1 year old, and my back, hips and shoulders have been put under a lot of pressure these last months carrying him on my left hip. Since introducing the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier into our day-to-day lives, I’m finding my back and shoulders aren’t as sore and tense as usual – which can only be a good thing! The waist belt does pull on my lower back a bit, but I think that’s just because I’m not used to spreading his weight evenly.
Q seems to be happy when in the carrier too. It’s great to have up my sleeve for when he’s tired and wants to nap a bit earlier than usual just before the school run, I can pop him in and it pacifies him until we get home and he can go for his nap. He’s definitely a mummy’s boy and I love the extra cuddles that come with using the Ergobaby Adapt Carrier too!
Have you tried baby wearing? What are your favourite things about using a baby carrier?
Disclosure: We received this product for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are our own.