Jump to content

ergo vs baby bjorn miricle?
which is easier to use?


  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 bebe12

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

HI,

I need to buy a carrier for my ds. He is 10 weeks old and weighs 6.5kg already and is very tall (both DH and I are tall). I am currently using a sling but he is getting to long and a bit heavy to carry like that any more.

Has anyone used these items with thier LO?

Is the baby bjorn miricle hard to carrier a heavier child - my concern is that he is big already and is hard to hold with sling as weight is on one shoulder mainly with the sling. So is it hard to hold when they are 8-10 kg?

With Ergo my main question is do the kids like the side postion, and do you then lose the ability to use both hands in that postion? Second question on ergo is how old do they need to be to be carried on your back?

Hope EB can help me with this decision biggrin.gif

#2 Caseymay

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

I have a Manduca (similar to an ergo) and it is great. It puts the weight of the baby more onto your hips and I can carry my 8 month old DD who is about 10kgs for ages without it hurting. The Manduca also lets you cross the straps over your back so that you can make it even more comfortable when carrying heavy babies.

I used to have a BB (older style one) and it made my shoulders ache after about 30 minutes.


#3 solongsuckers

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

Ergo over bb no competition at all

#4 mayahlb

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:15 PM

I only lasted 10 minutes before giving up on the BB. My shoulders were in a lot of pain. Our ergo is great, I can still carry my 4 year old on my back fairly easily. I did have to stop using the front carry with DS2 when he was 2 but that was because I threw my back out, not actually anything to do with the carrier. Never used the side carry, but the front and then back were fabulous. Still use the back occasionally when shopping with the 2.5 year old.

#5 Le-a

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

As PP I had/have a Manduca and a BB. I hated the BB. The crotch-dangling, neck hurting, BB didn't get used by me after I bought the Manduca. DH liked the BB, but also used the Manduca because it seemed to be more comfortable for DS.

Plus, back wearing is great for arms free activities!

#6 CountryBumpkin

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

BB shouldn't be bought for anyone, Manduca or ergo are both great carriers, I always preferred the Manduca because of te built in infant carrier over the bulky horrible ergo infant insert. Personal choice.

#7 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:30 PM

A zillion years ago, we had an Ergo. We chose an Ergo because it put bub's weight onto your hips, rather than onto your shoulders and back. Hips are designed for carrying weight, backs are not as good at it. It meant that I could carry DD for hours at a time (used the front position) without getting tired or strained.

My friend who had a BB, tested our Ergo - and promptly went out and bought one for herself. It made a huge difference to how long (as in age and size of bub) that she could carry her child for.

#8 pippityroo

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

Ergo by a long mile. The Bjorns are horrible.

#9 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

Ergo ergo ergo. Better for you, better for baby. End of story. I love mine, DS is 18 months old, back for wandering about, front for snuggles and sleeping.
Best baby purchase hands down.

I'd advise ANYTHING that carries baby in a ergonomically hips supported position and the weight evenly on your hips.


#10 Madeline's Mum

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Ergo over a BB any day! I always cringe (yes I'm a judgemental cow) when I see people using a BB, it's so bad for the baby's hips, because it leaves them crotch dangling.

I still carry my 10.5kg 16mo in my ergo. Highly recommend them!

#11 pinkyjim

Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

Ergo! love it, still carry my hefty 3yo up & down the sand dunes in it. Best baby gift I received

#12 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

I think the miracle carrier is different than the standard old style BB - no wait I just checked it's the comfort carrier that's like the ergo http://www.babyzonedirect.com.au/baby-bjor...anthracite.html OP I would say get that one if you must get a BB, otherwise an Ergo or a Manduca is fine.



#13 jimbobmel

Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

Ergo all the way from here too. We actually have 2 now, 1 for DH & 1 for me.

We started with a BB that was given to us..... It was awful & I'm hesitant to even pass it on to anyone. Then we got an ergo & have never looked back.

If you end up getting an Ergo, make sure that you buy it from a baby shop or a reputable seller as there are many cheap rip offs around on eBay etc.

#14 tick

Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

10 weeks is a bit young for the ergo I think, unless he will have his legs froggied inside the carrier. I have a beco Gemini and think it is the best option for smaller babies, can use it from birth to about 12-18 months. I love mine and use it a lot more than the ergo for my 6 month old. Still use the ergo for my 3 year old though!

#15 Le-a

Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE (tick @ 17/12/2012, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
10 weeks is a bit young for the ergo I think, unless he will have his legs froggied inside the carrier. I have a beco Gemini and think it is the best option for smaller babies, can use it from birth to about 12-18 months. I love mine and use it a lot more than the ergo for my 6 month old. Still use the ergo for my 3 year old though!

This is why (as pp pointed out) the Manduca is so good, there is an inbuilt newborn "sling" for little babies to sit in. I think ergos have a seperate newborn insert?

#16 tick

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (Le-a @ 17/12/2012, 07:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is why (as pp pointed out) the Manduca is so good, there is an inbuilt newborn "sling" for little babies to sit in. I think ergos have a seperate newborn insert?


Yes the ergo infant insert costs extra and is rubbish too. I didn't like the manduca insert either personally but that's just me. Neither of my babies have liked frog leg positions which is why I love the Gemini! Looks a bit like a Bjorn actually but with a hip strap and a proper seated position for baby.  It can do front back and side carries and the straps can be optionally crossed over for more comfortable front carries.

#17 José

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:44 PM

QUOTE (bebe12 @ 17/12/2012, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
HI,

I need to buy a carrier for my ds. He is 10 weeks old and weighs 6.5kg already and is very tall (both DH and I are tall). I am currently using a sling but he is getting to long and a bit heavy to carry like that any more.

Has anyone used these items with thier LO?

Is the baby bjorn miricle hard to carrier a heavier child - my concern is that he is big already and is hard to hold with sling as weight is on one shoulder mainly with the sling. So is it hard to hold when they are 8-10 kg?

With Ergo my main question is do the kids like the side postion, and do you then lose the ability to use both hands in that postion? Second question on ergo is how old do they need to be to be carried on your back?

Hope EB can help me with this decision biggrin.gif


My DS was 6.5 kg at 8 weeks. I have been using a manduca since he was 4 weeks. He usually goes to sleep in it. I find the Mandela to be comfortable. I barely know I'm carrying DS. I wear it with the straps crossed at the back  with some carriers a larger person might need to buy strap extensions to get the carrier to fit. Not so with the manduca which means my tall DH can also use it. Manduca can be used in front side and back positions. I bought mine from a baby store and staff were really great at letting me try on different carriers. They even had a doll which was the size and weight of a 2-3 month old that you could usr when trying the carriers on.

#18 Awkward Penguin

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:54 PM

Ergo!  I wouldn't recommend the baby bjorn to anyone.
I personally use a Boba 3G carrier and love it.

#19 bailee

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

I don't know anyone who has used a BB past 6 months at the latest. My DD is nearly 2.5 y and we still use the Ergo several times a week. Can't say I've ever used the hip carry though, front and back have been sufficient.

#20 CallMeFeral

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:21 PM

QUOTE (SirDidymus @ 17/12/2012, 05:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ergo over bb no competition at all


This.

DD did like the side position in the Ergo, hands were still free but it did mean I could only feed from one boob without removing her!
DS sat in the upright position in the Ergo (the infant insert for that wasn't around when DD was born). I actually preferred the old sideways insert better though.

I wouldn't recommend a Bjorn to my worst enemy. Well, actually I would. But not to a friend Tounge1.gif

#21 bluedragon

Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:14 AM

Another one who loves my Manduca! But either the ergo or Manduca are miles better than a BB. Much more comfortable for you and much more comfortable for baby. Will last you much, much longer too. I haven't used the side carry, it seems a bit complicated tbh. But DS hasn't seemed to need it, he likes both the front and back positions. If you specifically want a side/hip carry you could look at ring slings or similar.

I'd recommend the Manduca over the ergo as it has a number of features the ergo doesn't: built in infant insert, organic cotton as standard, adjustable height for when baby grows, can cross straps across back when using the front carry position.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Celeste Barber: the hilarious Aussie mum you must follow

If you have ever looked at a photo of a celebrity mum and felt a pang of despair then Celeste Barber is your new best friend.

18 tips for surviving the first few weeks with a newborn

Here are 18 tips I think would have helped me when I went into this whole parenting thing blind.

Share your baby's first taste photos to win

Heinz and Essential Baby are giving away $1000 and baby food hampers - enter today!

Thumb-suckers could have less allergies, study shows

Thumb-sucking and nail-biting might alter the immune system function.

The shocking statistic that shows pregnant women need more support

For women suffering from chronic morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), pregnancy is the roller coaster from hell.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Dad-to-be plans big surprise for gender reveal party

But for one mum-to-be, the big announcement was mixed with another emotional moment, all planned by her partner.

I was a victim of narcissistic abuse - now I'm speaking out

I met a guy who immediately swept me off my feet. Fast forward five years and I'm sitting alone in a house, crying and pregnant.

Alanis Morissette welcomes baby girl

Alanis Morissette is sharing pictures of her baby girl on social media.

Enduring postnatal anxiety

My hopeless, paralysing love for my children wasn't useful; it wasn't practical. I wasn't in charge.

New mum shares photo of herself in a "giant diaper"

After giving birth, most mothers post a photo to social media.

The art of oral storytelling - and how you can start it with your kids

In this form of communication, the heart listens as well as the ears.

Healing after miscarriage: 6 ways to soften the grief

If you have suffered a pregnancy loss, here are six ways to help soften the grief.

Your handy guide to a mum's tired signs

From the minute that tiny babe is out of you, you'll start hearing about "tired signs".

Prince George checks out helicopters at air show

The Duke of Cambridge has shown his son the inner workings of a helicopter at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Dad catches a Pokemon as his wife waits to give birth

An Aussie dad found himself capturing a Pokemon in a very unusual place: his wife's hospital bed as she waited to give birth.

Mum's warning on dangers of liquid detergent capsules after toddler's accident

A mum has taken to social media to warn others about the dangers of laundry liquid capsules after her daughter was left with serious burns in her eyes.

Mum left reeling over 'breastfeeding' toddler post

For so many little kids, breastfeeding is just something that mummies do.

Does cannabis affect a man's sperm?

If you're pregnant or planning to be, tobacco and alcohol are high on the list of things not to use.  But do we need an equally loud message about avoiding cannabis too?

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win $1000 with Heinz!

We want to see photos of your baby eating - and by sharing, you'll be in the draw to win $1000 and baby food hampers. Enter today!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.