The baby carriers in the Ergobaby Original Collection are designed to offer ergonomic support and comfort for parents and babies who weigh up to 45 pounds. Carrying a baby promotes bonding, but you will only experience the carrier’s benefits if you use it correctly. For safety purposes, have another adult help you hold your baby as you learn to use the carrier.
When placing a baby an original Ergobaby carrier, buckle and adjust the waist strap first, making sure to slide the buckle through the provided safety loop. Then hold the baby so his legs are on either side of your waist. As you hold him with one arm, slide the opposite arm through the padded shoulder strap; repeat with the other arm. The top of your baby’s head should be visible. Reverse the process to remove your baby and the carrier. Put your baby down before removing the waist strap.
Using Infant Inserts
Some of the baby carriers in Ergobaby’s Original Collection come with Infant Inserts that offer added head and neck support for babies who are newborns and up to 6 months old. To use the Infant Insert, place it on a flat surface. Place your baby within the insert so her bottom rests on the removable pillow. Secure the swaddle strap to the right side of the insert. Carry a baby in an Infant Insert in the front-carry position, using the same techniques you would use for a larger baby. After securing the back buckle and adjusting the shoulder straps, make sure the baby’s calves are on either side of the insert’s removable pillow. Unfasten the insert’s swaddle strap and pull the padding material that’s around the baby’s legs out of the carrier’s sides to increase airflow and support her thighs. Roll back the top of the insert’s padding, if needed, to give the baby extra head and neck support.
It is safe to carry a baby on your back when he is approximately 6 months old. Instead of placing the carrier on the front of your body, like for the front-carry position, you place it on your back, like a backpack. Similarly, when you secure the buckles, they’ll be at the front of your body instead of the back. When placing a baby in the carrier, secure the waist strap first. Allow the carrier to hang at your right hip, pick up your baby and center him over the carrier. Pull the carrier up and over your baby as you would for the front-carry position. As you hold your baby, place your right arm on the outside of the carrier and slide your left arm through the left shoulder strap. Slide your arm through the right shoulder strap. Reach behind your body with both hands and slide your baby and the carrier to the middle of your back. Buckle and tighten any loose straps. When you remove your baby from the carrier, slip the left shoulder strap off as you hold him with your right arm. Then use your left arm to pull on the waist strap so your baby and the carrier slide to your right hip. Hold your baby with your left arm to slip off the right shoulder strap.
The hip-carry position is similar to the front-carry position. After securing and buckling the waist strap, unbuckle the long webbing straps from the shoulder pads. Then secure buckles at the ends of the left webbing strap and right shoulder pad. Slip the straps you just attached over the top of your head, as you would for a cross-body bag. With the front of the carrier along your left side, slip your baby into it. Tighten the strap that’s across your back. Wrap the loose shoulder pad around the back of your waist and buckle it to the loose webbing strap; then tighten the strap.