on 9 October 2013
since my baby bjorn was now getting very uncomfortable to use with my toddler (even though she'd on the small side - the straps were digging into my neck/shoulder muscles quite badly), I set out to find a replacement that would accommodate a growing wriggly toddler plus still be usable for a newborn when the time comes to do it all again. I can't recommend this highly enough. I tried a friend's ergo baby original and was impressed but quite hot. This version is just as comfortable (loads the weight nicely onto the hips - I have had major pelvis problems but find this really really comfy even for hours at a time) but is lighter and so you don't get so warm. Tried and tested on a hot holiday, no probs. Very easy to use - was able to quickly slip the little one into this and lug all the holiday baggage around when travelling solo. Friend (total carrier novice) has used it with newborn too, easy peasy.
on 26 June 2014
This was bought to replace our first one, which we've used daily for over 7 years. Much, much easier and nicer than the pushchair. Our children used it constantly up until aged 2.5, then occasionally after that. My 4 yr old still likes a piggy back in it when tired.
on 11 May 2012
After trialling a few carriers (and buying the wrong ones), we ended up choosing the ERGO Performance one for its extra compact design. It is made from very light weight and cool material. It doesn't take much space at all when folded up (could come with a storage pouch or a closing system of some kind to make it even better). It's perfect to just grab and go. But this is not very comfortable if you want to carry your little one around for a long time. I can manage about an hour, and after that I need a break. Your baby is held slightly higher up than in the other carriers we tried, which is good as you don't feel pull down as much. You also need to make sure it's adjusted to your body before being left on your own: it is not very easy to adjust if you're by yourself, and if you swap with your OH like we do, this can be quite often. All in all, a good carrier, expensive but practical because it is compact: you'll end up using it more often than those with thicker straps, which also tend to be more cumbersome to take with you for a quick 20min walk.