Here I am carrying Miriam in the Beco last month at Meredith’s baby shower.
Gabe enjoying the views from my back at the zoo when he was 10 months old.
Today is the battle to decide which is the best baby carrier. I have heard several moms debate between which one to get, so I thought that I would give the pros and cons for each, from my humble opinion :).
The Beco Pros:
- Let’s start with the superficial shall we. The Beco carrier is much cuter than the Ergo. I almost feel like I should be walking down the red carpet of stylish baby gear when I sport the Beco (if such a thing existed that is). They really have adorable prints. I mean, take a look here. I could even put a bird on my beco :).
- The Beco I know was at one point made in the USA, but I’m not sure if that is still the case. I think that my Beco says that it was assembled in another country. Do any of you know if they still make the Beco in the USA at all?
- The Beco has a built in carrier for small infants, although Miriam was already too big for that part when I got it used off of Craigslist.
- I don’t know how to explain the design, but I feel like babies are a little more secure in the Beco. With the baby secure in place within the carrier between an extra layer of fabric, it would be ideal for transferring baby between adults (although we have never done this) or a little safer to put on my back.
The Beco Cons:
- I feel like I have a harder time getting comfortable in the Beco. I think that I need someone who is a Beco expert help me get situated in it, because I feel like no matter how much I adjust it, it just doesn’t feel exactly right or comfortable. I think the weirder fit has something to do with the extra piece of fabric in the inside that keeps baby more secure.
- It is a little more of a pain in the booty to put on than the ergo, and because I haven’t gotten the perfect fit, I haven’t even attempted to use it on my back.
- The Beco is more expensive than the Ergo. It is at least a solid $20-30 more from what I have seen online.
- Okay, so a little of this will be repetitive since I have already started comparing, but the Ergo is so comfortable. Last Saturday, I literally carried Miriam (who weighs probably 21 pounds), for around 5 hours before my back started hurting, and truth is…. I was just exhausted from being out and about that long.
- Ergo is a little more affordable and a little more common so it may be easier to find used??
- I have mastered putting babies on my back in the Ergo. Miriam is just barely getting to the age where I feel comfortable moving her to my back.
- I think that newer Becos have the head cover, but mine doesn’t. I love that when Miriam falls asleep, I can cover her head with the head cover to give her peace and protect her from the rain or sun.
- Like I mentioned before, the Ergo doesn’t tend to be as cute as the beco, although I think that they are coming out with funkier colors/prints.
- Even though the Ergo is more affordable than the Beco, it is still expensive. $95 is a lot to pay for a baby carrier.
- Okay, is there any way that the designers of the ergo can make it so my fat doesn’t get sucked over the strap of the ergo when I wear Miriam on my back? It is so not complimentary. What’s that you say… I just have to lose stomach fat to prevent that… oh shucks!!
- I don’t love the infant insert with the Ergo. I’d honestly rather just use the Bjorn until baby’s legs fit into the Ergo. They just don’t seem that secure. The Beco is probably better for a tiny baby.
Okay, so although both baby carriers are great, I think that we have a clear winner. If I had to choose, I would definitely choose the ergo!! In fact, often times when they are sitting next to each other, I do choose the Ergo. I would love to hear your opinions. Do you agree? Disagree? Or are you the leader of the fan club for a totally different carrier?