March 13th, 2011
You know that old saying — “The grass is always greener in someone else’s baby carrier?“
Well, maybe that’s not the exact phrasing, but the sentiment is right. For the past two years, I’ve been plagued by a serious case of Baby Carrier Envy. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect hippie-trendy-yet-super-useful accessory for strapping my baby to my person for easy transport.
When Miss Mouse was born, I had two carriers:
A Maya Wrap ring sling that I bought because several friends had (and loved) them.
And a Baby Bjorn knock-off that someone tossed in as an extra freebie when I bought some other stuff from her off Craigslist.
As the pictures testify, I used them both. But not that much. The Bjorn wasn’t quite comfortable and I could never get the hang of the sling. It took huge amounts of fersniggling to get it adjusted right and Mouse never loved being in it.
So, when I found out that Baby #2 was on the way, I vowed that this time, I would find the perfect baby carrier. Having my hands free to wrangle a toddler seemed vital to my success as a mother of two so I did a bunch of research and settled on a SleepyWrap. The SleepyWrap is basically a huge long piece of fabric (not unlike an Indian sari, but stretchy) that you wrap around yourself, tie in knots, and insert your baby into. Snazzy.
Alas, I was still unsatisfied. The SleepyWrap was a hassle to put on, a hassle to take off, and the stretchiness of the fabric left me feeling like Buggie was never secure in there. I didn’t use it as much as I thought I would.
Then one day about a month ago, a friend alerted me to a terrific deal on Ergo baby carriers. I’d heard of Ergo before, but tended to rule them out on account of their fierce price tag. But now, at last, it was possible to procure one at a reasonable price. My mother, bless her heart, had been patiently buying me baby carriers — first the Maya, then the SleepyWrap — and graciously agreed to fund One More Carrier.
At last, my search is over. The Ergo is comfortable, easy to put on, adorable (the picture really doesn’t do justice to the embroidered flowers!), and machine washable. Be still my heart. It’s also super sturdy. If I was so inclined, I could carry Miss Mouse in it. Though why I would want a two-year-old strapped to my chest like a marsupial remains a bit of a mystery.