Monday Madness: Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway

There are a few essential items that every travel savvy parent has in her repertoire of gear.  For myself, our Ergo Baby Carrier is in my top 3 most useful travel gear purchases.  Our Ergo has traveled the world.  When we were in Paris with our 4 year old and 15 month old, the baby practically lived in the Ergo, happily napping on the go since big brother hijacked his umbrella stroller.

What I love about the Ergo:

  1. It’s compact: The Ergo folds up into a bundle about 12 inches long and 6 inches in diameter.  Just small enough to fit in my hand carry and a day pack when sightseeing
  2. It’s versatile: I love that you can carry a baby in the front and if big brother needs to be carried, we can use the Ergo with him on the back as well.  There are also some situations like crowded trains or when visiting a cave where it’s advisable to carry a child in front instead of on your back.  The Ergo accommodates all those situations.
  3. It saves your back: When you’re traveling, you don’t always have the luxury of being able to take a break from carrying your child, so it’s even more important to have a carrier that doesn’t strain your back.  The hip strap helps to distribute the weight of your child to your hips  whether you are carrying him on the front or back.

What I’m not so crazy about in the Ergo:

  1. It’s hard to use on the back without help. Especially with a younger child who still needs to be supported fully, it’s a pretty dangerous maneuver trying to get your baby onto your back without assistance from another adult.
  2. The child has an obscured view. In comparison to a frame backpack carrier or one that allows your child to look outwards, a child in the Ergo either in front or back has a more obscured view of the world.  When your child is awake and eager to look around he’s got to turn his head side ways to see what’s going on because his body is always facing the adult who’s carrying and a toddler won’t be able to look over your shoulder.  During nap time, this actually can work to your advantage.

Despite some of these drawbacks, I’ve found that if I have to bring just one child carrier on a trip, the Ergo’s strengths almost always make it the most compelling choice.  For a more detailed analysis of the pros and cons of other child carriers, check out “What child carrier should I Bring on Vacation?”


The Deal:  Win an Ergo Baby Carrier ($110)

Get your very own Ergo Baby Carrier worth $110 so that exploring with Junior will only be easier.  The folks at Ergo would like to give one super cool Trekaroo family an Ergo of their choice.  Choose from a variety of styles.

Number of Winners: 1 winner

Prize: One (1) Ergo Baby Carrier

How to enter:

Leave a comment below about what features are most important to you in a child carrier and specify what age child you’re thinking about.

For additional entries, feel free to do any or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra entry but be sure to leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Write a review on Trekaroo and post a link to it in the comments (include your Trekaroo username) one entry per review
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Rules and guidelines:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • US Residents only
  • One entry per person

Deadline to enter: Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:59PM PST

What is Monday Madness?

Every Monday, Trekaroo announces on our blog, either a fantastic giveaway or an incredible deal.  It could be a green water bottle or Broadway tickets. Return every Monday to the Talking Trekaroo Blog for the details. Want a reminder? Become a Trekaroo member or follow us on facebook or twitter.

About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.
151 Responses
  1. Janelle

    The most important thing for me is spreading the weight across my shoulders and hips. My kids break the 20 pound mark before 6 months.

  2. Dana

    The features that are most important to me would be getting the baby in and out of the carrier without help, having an organic carrier and also having a pocket somewhere so I don’t have to carry an additional bag. The age of the child I’m wanting to carry is 13 months.

  3. Julie M

    most importantly is safety & comfort for the child & comfort for me! also, the ability to breastfeed from the carrier.
    im having my 3rd child in august & plan to use it for them (newborn-2yrs)

  4. Wendy

    The most important features for me are how evenly the weight is distributed, the natural sitting position for my little man and the closeness it allows us to have.My son is 20months.

  5. Kellie

    The most important thing for me in a carrier is the support it gives for my child and that they are being held in the proper position. I also consider the level of comfort it is for me to wear my baby. My child that I wear is 7 months old.

  6. The most important features to me are comfort and safety – baby’s and mine.

    I have both a one year old and a two year old. Ideally, if I won, I’d like to use the carrier for our one year old but I imagine his brother will want to try it out, too.

  7. susan

    The most important feature is comfort ~ and we have an infant on the way and a toddler so it would be for both those ages.

  8. Marguerite

    The #1 feature for me is ergonomics, both for me and my 9-month old son: I want a carrier that distributes his weight well, and is also comfortable for him.

  9. Laura Francisco

    The important things in a carrier are safety, will my baby be safe and secure and also comfortable. Will my baby be comfy and will I be comfy. Also want something both me and my husband can wear. Something that’s easy to use! I would love an Ergo carrier.

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  10. Jamie

    The most important element to me is comfort for both parent and child. I have heard rave reviews about the Ergo in that regard. I’m thinking about a little baby not yet born.

  11. Debbie

    Most important is comfort for me and my baby as well as the length of time the carrier can be used for. The age I will be using it for is a newborn.

  12. Ashley Peterson

    The most important feature I look for is safety and support, some of the sling carriers really just don’t look safe or supportive I like the way this one looks. The Age I will use it for is 5mo.

  13. Jenna Wood

    I agree that that the child’s view should not be obstructed, and ease of use (can I put it on myself), is important!

    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. Jonathan

    I look for what is most comfortable for my daughter and one that is versatile enough for both my wife and I to use.

  15. Jessica

    The most important features for me are safety for my babe as well as my own sense of safety for my babe. I used to use a wrap, but I always had a hand on my babe b/c I didn’t “feel” that she was secure.

  16. Jenn

    I want a carrier that can grow with my child. I don’t want to have to buy many carriers as she grows.

  17. Yolanda

    Important features are safety of baby and comfort by distributing weight with a hip strap. My baby is 8 months old and I love that the Ergo can hold a small to large baby!

  18. Amanda

    I like that its versatile you can carry a small baby int he front and when the baby gets bigger you can carry him on your back. I am expecting my first baby and I would use this from newborn-2.

  19. Mariah Lane

    I would definitely agree that weight distribution and safety are my top concerns. My son is just 5 months old and a little over 18 pounds! The next big factor for me would be a breathable material. The temp here in FL can well top the 90 degree mark for several months and I can’t have my son drenched in sweat every time we have an outdoor adventure.

  20. Elizabeth

    The most important thing is definitely comfort…both for the carrier wearer and the carrier rider! I’m thinking along the lines of a 6 month old.

  21. karen wilson

    The most important feature for me is comfort for me and for the child. I plan to use it for my foster/adopt child in the 0-3 age range. Thank you for the chance to win

  22. Ashley G

    The most important features of the ERGO that I like is the way that baby is “sitting” not “dangling.” I feel that is very important. I also like that it is easy (no tying!) My little boy is 4 months and 17 pounds! So the stretchy wrap wont cut it anymore! ERGO is supposed to distribute the weight better!

  23. jennifer

    the most important features for me are a safe and comfortable way to carry a child, and comfortable for the parents as well. i have a 2 1/2 month and a 2 1/2 year old, though the big guy is getting a little too heavy to carry these days!

  24. Jay

    The most important feature is that it has enough lumbar and shoulder support b/c it will not get used if it is uncomfortable. This would be for our youngest that is 4 months old.

  25. Nikki Wang

    I LOST my Ergo last year- no idea what happened to it. I can say from experience that the Ergo is the most comfortable carrier on the market, however. I’ve also owned the Bjorn (Sport and Original). Thanks to the Bjorn, my Chiropractor spent a week on Maui on my dime. Not so with the Ergo! I can hike for miles with that thing. Would love another one! My daughter is 18 months.

  26. Lisa

    The most important feature for me in a carrier is comfort for both me and the wee one being carried. I can deal with an obstructed view, but I can’t deal with sore shoulders or back! I would use it with ages 6 months to 4 years.

  27. Jill L

    Well I love the attached Sleeping Hood supports sleeping baby’s head. Going to have a newborn so would get lots of use for a long time to come.

  28. Carol

    It most importantly has to be very comfortable for my baby. Nothing else is as important to me.

  29. Carol

    I am rereading my posts and don’t see my second one. I posted the age of the baby I am speaking about, and it is ages newbown to 1

  30. Laura

    I am always looking for the best back support and easily adjustable straps – this is for a child who is 6 months

  31. Kristen

    I want a comfortable carrier that won’t hurt my back. I would be using it once my baby (to be born in Sept) is old enough.

  32. Simone

    We have an Ergo and I completely agree w/ your two dislikes. Our almost 2 year old son is really fidgety (even though we have been carrying him since he was a baby in slings and other carriers) and he is a pain to get on the back. The front is not as perfect for breastfeeding as I would like. My husband prefers our Ted backpack carrier, but I love how comfy the Ergo is for back carry. I just wish it was a little better for breastfeeding myself. In any case, I would love a 2nd one as DH will not wear mine since the black embroidered design is too “girly”. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. Jack Palmer

    The most important feature in a car carrier is safety for the child, followed closely by ease of operation for the parent.

  34. Nat

    The most important features would be flexibility, my child’s comfort, and distribution of weight

  35. Safety and comfort are the most important. I’m looking for a carrier that works from newborn to toddler age, as we’re expecting a baby.

  36. Jennifer W.

    What I like about Ergo is how the child’s weight is distributed on your hips, and not on your back. I would use this for my 18-month old daughter.

  37. Jill Myrick

    I love the versatility of this carrier as I can carry my children in the front or back.
    My daughter is seven months and my son is two years old.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  38. Sarah Z

    I am thinking after they turn 1 – something that is easy to put on and distributes the weight evenly. Also must be comfy for the child and doesn’t make you sweat to death!
    Thanks

  39. kathy pease

    features i would want are that the carrier is comfortable for parent and child.safe as to be secure and not in anyway block the childs breathing.ths would be for my 3 month old niece as she get a little bigger

  40. lilshuga2001

    I HEART that I can watch my baby and carry him at a confortable position!!

    NEWBORN STYLE FOR ME!@!

  41. helenlam

    The most important feature is the safety of the child, though a close second would be how comfortable it is for both!

  42. joD

    I want a carrier that is adjustable so my husband & I can both use it, ideally. I want one that is as comfortable for me as it is for my baby, so we can “wear” longer. Ergo looks so nice!

  43. carolyn b

    For me, I look for a carrier that is not only comfortable for the kids, but comfortable for me…specifically when the kids start to get heavier…something that distributes weight evenly and doesn’t kill my back is a must!

  44. April Lamm

    Love the different ways a child could be worn in the carrier. Also the new performance line is so light and keeps you and baby pretty cool!

  45. amanda s

    My son is almost 2 so I like that the ergo is good for older kids. I like the soft sided carriers that support the baby unlike crotch dangler carriers!

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