Yes, you read that right.
Ergo has come through for parents again.
You now have two carrier options that allow you to skip the infant insert, and go straight into safely carrying your delicious newborn babe. The Omni 360 (7–33 pounds) and the Adapt (7–45 pounds) grow with your baby, so that you can carry them from brand-new through toddlerhood. This means you (technically) need just one carrier to get you through.
They also — huge bonus — have crossable straps to maximize support and comfort. And the Omni allows for you to safely outward face your older baby as well. My youngest needed to be able to watch his semi-feral siblings in action, so having this option is awesome.
These things are worth their weight in gold, I tell you. Gold.
I have fond memories of cozying up my tiny babies into the infant insert, and gently strapping them to my chest. We logged many miles that way. With my first, a sensitive, high-needs baby girl, it was because the only way I could get her to nap was to strap her in and walk, walk, walk. She would sleep soundly, and the fresh air would restore my new mom soul.
Eventually, I even mastered how to transfer her from carrier to her bed without disrupting that infamous Ergo sleepy spell.
That Ergo and insert combo, along with a few others we collected along the way, eventually carried all three of my babies. The same carrier that held their big sister also carried my two sons. By the time my first son arrived, I had also mastered breastfeeding while baby-wearing, making my life with a busy toddler and newborn much easier.
By the time my third baby came along, I don’t know how I would have kept up with his siblings (or purchased food, or left the house) without the option of having free hands. I was able to get the close bonding that I craved, while still keeping up (or trying) with the demands of our busy, growing family.
As we all know, babies don’t keep. They have all grown out of the “insert” phase now, but the sentimental value alone means I will never let it go. I just wish it would hold that new baby scent forever. (Creepy? Sorry.)
I won’t lie though — the idea that we can now skip that step, and strap baby directly to our chest and go, is highly appealing. Letting the carrier grow with your child without that extra step? I’m here for it. I bet you are too. Give me all those baby snuggles.
I was gifted a carrier, from the Keith Haring collection, for review purposes. All opinions, and all previous Ergo purchases, are my own.