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April 17th, 2014

Ergobaby 360 Carrier Review by Dr Amy Giannakis

Ergobaby 360 Carrier Review
Dr Amy Giannakis
Chiropractor, babywearing advocate and mother-of-three – reviewbabycarriers.net

My Rating :

 

Ergobaby has come up with an ingenious design that allows for an ergonomic carry for both baby and wearer in all four positions! The great features of the Ergobaby 360 Carrier are an ergonomic bucket style seat that easily adjusts in width so you can either face baby outwards or inwards, a velcro waistband that gives a snug, comfortable fit and a height-adjustable backrest.

My Chiropractic Opinion on the Ergobaby 360 Carrier: 

Firstly, I should say I was surprised when I heard that Ergobaby had designed a baby carrier that allowed for a forward facing option that was completely ergonomic but when I tried it with my 5 month old facing outwards I was very impressed! This new revolutionary carrier allows you to carry your baby in four different positions, all while remaining ergonomic for you and your baby.

In the Ergobaby 360 Carrier the baby is well seated in the “M” posture with their knees held higher than their pelvis and their spine is supported in the “C” curve that babies naturally have.  For more information on this, please refer to my page on The Importance of Ergonomics. In the forward facing position the “C” curve is not maintained but since this feature is only recommended for babies over 6 months, that’s not as important as their postural curves have already started to develop from tummy time/crawling/sitting etc. In the forward facing option the “M” posture is maintained which is important, as their body weight is distributed well as they are in the seated position with their knees higher than their hips.

While the carrier is an ergonomic option if you choose to forward face, you must also read your baby’s cues and know when they are feeling or acting over-stimulated.  Forward facing allows the baby to face outwards and see what is around them but at the same time, if they get overstimulated or tired then they may want to turn and nuzzle into the wearer. Ergobaby suggests that you only forward face for a maximum of 15-20 mins and I would tend to agree. I only wear my baby forward facing when he has just woken from a sleep or is happy and not grizzly or tired.

The forward facing position

Please watch the video for correct positioning when forward facing your baby in the Ergobaby 360 Carrier to ensure it is worn correctly and ergonomically.

My Highlights

  • Easy to put on. With the wide velcro waist band, you get a snug fit and it makes it easier to swap between wearers as there’s less adjusting
  • Easy to adjust the seat for the baby with two big buttons
  • Ergonomic and comfortable seat for baby when forward facing
  • Feels very compact when worn
  • Height adjustable backrest for when baby falls asleep or for taller and older babies

The Negatives

  • None to mention

A Day In The Life Of…

A review of the Ergobaby 360 Carrier in my daily activities

Getting baby into carrier in the car park. It is quite easy, first put on the velcro waistband and fasten the safety buckle then take your child out of the car and put them in.

Is it easier to put it on before leaving the house?  No, it’s easier to put on after getting out of the car.

How supported is the baby in the Ergobaby 360 Carrier?   Very. The extendable back rest means baby’s head is supported when sleeping.

Is it easy to carry my baby bag with the carrier on?  Yes.

Can I hold my older child’s hand with the carrier on?  Yes.

Does it feel hands-free?  Yes, especially with the headrest up.

How supported is baby when they fall asleep?  Very, the headrest supports baby’s head very well.

Can I breastfeed while wearing the baby in the Ergobaby 360 Carrier?  I have found this a tad tricky as I would normally lower the waistbelt on the carrier but you can’t do this easily with the velcro waistbelt.

Can I bend down to pick up toys, laundry etc?  With the headrest up yes you can.

Can I sit down while wearing it? Yes.

How does it feel after 30 minutes?  Feels very comfortable. I have worn it for long periods.

Does it pass the late afternoon/dinner time test? ie; the witching hour! Yes, the Ergobaby 360 Carrier gives you your hands back!

Can it hold a toddler?  Yes I can carry my almost 2.5yr old in it.

Features and Benefits of the Ergobaby 360 Four Position Carrier as taken from www.ergobaby.com

  • 4 carry positions front, back, hip and outward-facing front carry
  • Outward-facing front carry position recommended from 6 to 12 months
  • Aligns with the recommended carry position from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute
  • Ergonomically structured seat supports baby in an ergonomic seated position
  • Adjustable seat width and carrier height grow with your baby
  • Velcro adjustable waistband can be worn high or low for maximum comfort
  • Highly adjustable carrier suits wearers from 153cm – 195cm (5’ to 6’5”)
  • Safety tested and certified design (JPMA Certified, ASTM F2236)
  • SPF 50+ hood allows for sleeping baby, discreet breastfeeding, and sun/wind protection
  • Naturally breathable 100% cotton fabric and filling

 

March 19th, 2014

Wrap Ambassador: Fields Of Sage

Our second Ergobaby Wrap Ambassador is the gorgeously divine Anna, an early childhood teacher currently on maternity leave.

Fields of Sage – @fieldsofsage

Anna is the proud mama to a darling little girl, Sage Mila Wren, who has just celebrated her second birthday, and a precious little boy, Alby Fox – who was born on the 5th day of this month. And of course, she’s married to her beloved Simon (you can catch all their adventures on Anna’s blog here).

Since the first week of Sage’s life, Anna and Simon have worn her close. In her first 24 months she has spent her days in an Ergobaby Organic Carrier {using the infant insert during those early weeks} and a variety of silk and linen ring slings.

When we asked Anna why babywearing appeals to her, she told us: “Our babies grow so very quickly, seemingly before our eyes. The haze of newborn days is fast replaced by tiny, independence-seeking toddlers, before the whirl of school life begins. Never has the common motherhood saying “The days are long, but the years are short” been more true — blink and they are grown. Baby wearing allows the opportunity to keep your baby, a baby for just that wee bit longer as, like in the womb, your most cherished becomes an extension of your very being. Wrapped in the softest of fabrics and cocooned close to your heart, you can wander and explore the tiny corners of this vast earth, each wholly immersed in the presence of the other.  And together, you learn the true essence of what this life is all about.

When not following Anna on Instagram, you can read her regular blog, catch her pins on Pinterest and find her on Facebook page.

 

March 15th, 2014

Wrap Ambassador: Mumma Tells

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to our Ergobaby Wrap Ambassadors. Enjoy their journey with their bub and wrap on their instagram.

Mumma Tells – @mummatells

Oh hi there. I’m Bec. A twenty-something wife, and  Mumma to one terrifically illogical toddler {2.25 years} and one deliciously squishy newbie {3 months}. What once was a life filled with marking English essays, and debating current events is now one of scrubbing coloured markings off walls, and debating the existence of fairies in rose gardens. And I’m journaling my tales from the Mumma Front Line along the way, at Mumma Tells.
I discovered the art {and benefits} of babywearing while still wearing my first baby in utero. I have since acquired a stretchy wrap, soft structured carrier, ring sling, as well as a woven wrap. There is nothing quite like the comfort and calm that babywearing affords both Mumma and babe. Nine months in the womb. Nestled safely. Securely. It makes sense that holding them close is a welcomed relief. Quiet time. Away from the hustle and bustle. Breathing in new experiences while surrounded by familiarity. Body to body. Face to face. Heart to heart. Close enough to kiss. We sing this song because these years are short, and babies be babies. And babies need their Mummas.
March 15th, 2014

In Profile: Gold Dust Baby

A huge welcome to Gold Dust Baby – www.golddustbaby.com.au who have just launched their retail store in Kalgorlie-Boulder, Western Australia. Run by the fabulous Lynette van den Elzen, a mum of three gorgeous children: Elissa (5), Harrison (2) and Jackson (8mnths), Gold Dust Baby will be offering Ergobaby carriers and Wraps, Full Buckled Baby carriers, , Wraps, Ring Slings and accessories including Kangaroo-care breastfeeding/teething/baby wearing jewellery to the local area in store and Australia wide via their online store.

Lynette began her babywearing journey when her youngest child, Jackson, was diagnosed with Developmental Hip Dysplasia at birth. She  began researching effective ways to carry him and through her research discovered the benefits of ergonomic style carriers. She searched for an ergonomic carrier in Kalgoorlie only to find that NONE were available.  She discussed this with other Kalgoorlie Mums and discovered that everyone bought online but were going in blind with no access to other knowledgeable babywearers or sample carriers to help them make an informed decision when it came to carriers.

Lynette took a proactive approach to this dilemma and set up the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Babywearers group.  The group provided staff with a forum to seek advice and be able to try products before going online to buy it – ensuring that they had found a comfy carrier.  Lynette’s group now has 81 members after starting in October, 2013!   However, this still didn’t address the lack of products available directly to locals in the area. Lynette developed the idea of Gold Dust Baby which she has just launched.

Gold Dust Baby profides Goldfields parents with the opportunity to try on products before they buy and save money on shipping (so they have a well deserved coffee with the money instead!). She offers a price match guarantee of 5% for locals too. Lynette is firm that her goal is to make carrying your baby using quality and ergonomic products affordable and achievable to the people who live in her community and empower them to make choices that will keep them and their children comfy and safe when baby wearing.

Lynette will also be offerining one on one babywearing consultations  to Kalgoorlie and local surrounds customers via appointment.

Check out the Gold Dust Baby Facebook page for the latest news, offers and events.

March 9th, 2014

Birthing Wisdom: Share your knowledge and you could WIN!

Preparing for birth these days requires an understanding of the birth process, deepening your trust in your body and reframing your attitude to functional pain. It also needs an understanding of the birth culture and the necessity for wise choices in regard to birth place, care-givers and birth support.

Rhea Dempsey’s Birthing Wisdom, with its emphasis on supporting normal physiological birth, explores all this and more.

An educator, speaker and birth attendant with experience at over 1,000 births, Rhea Dempsey is a respected birth practitioner with a reputation as one of the foremost thinkers on the topic of working with pain in childbirth and its connection to normal physiological birthing.”

We are very excited to offer you the chance to WIN a copy of Rhea’s latest book “Birth With Confidence: Savvy choices for normal birth” and our NEW Ergobaby 4D-Stretch Wrap.

Simply follow the prompts below to enter. Good luck!

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February 16th, 2014

Ergobaby Wrap – Video Instructions

Babies want to be close to their mamas or daddies—the scent, voice and familiarity of parents keeps them happy and at ease in their new world. The Ergobaby Wrap is the perfect companion in those first months and beyond. Soft, stretchy cotton makes different carrying positions easy both for you and your baby—refreshingly simple.

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Basic tie for a newborn (3 – 5 kg)

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Front Wrap Cross Carry Tie (3 – 8 kg)

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Basic Tie Infant (5 – 14 kg)

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Hip Carry Tie (6 – 14 kg)

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Back Carry Tie (6 – 14 kg)

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Pregnancy Tie (about week 30 of pregnancy)

 

 

February 16th, 2014

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Basic Tie Infant (5 – 14 kg)

Babies want to be close to their mamas or daddies—the scent, voice and familiarity of parents keeps them happy and at ease in their new world. The Ergobaby Wrap is the perfect companion in those first months and beyond. Soft, stretchy cotton makes different carrying positions easy both for you and your baby—refreshingly simple.

February 16th, 2014

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Hip Carry Tie (6 – 14 kg)

Babies want to be close to their mamas or daddies—the scent, voice and familiarity of parents keeps them happy and at ease in their new world. The Ergobaby Wrap is the perfect companion in those first months and beyond. Soft, stretchy cotton makes different carrying positions easy both for you and your baby—refreshingly simple.

February 16th, 2014

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Back Carry Tie (6 – 14 kg)

Babies want to be close to their mamas or daddies—the scent, voice and familiarity of parents keeps them happy and at ease in their new world. The Ergobaby Wrap is the perfect companion in those first months and beyond. Soft, stretchy cotton makes different carrying positions easy both for you and your baby—refreshingly simple.

February 16th, 2014

Instructions Ergobaby Wrap – Front Wrap Cross Carry Tie (3 – 8 kg)

Babies want to be close to their mamas or daddies—the scent, voice and familiarity of parents keeps them happy and at ease in their new world. The Ergobaby Wrap is the perfect companion in those first months and beyond. Soft, stretchy cotton makes different carrying positions easy both for you and your baby—refreshingly simple.