I can’t imagine the first year of my son’s life without a baby carrier. We alternated between a sling and an Ergo, relying on the latter almost exclusively by the time he was six months old. Despite all the debates over picking the right stroller for the sidewalks and subway stairs of Manhattan, I routinely found it preferable to grab the Ergo and go. It couldn’t have been easier.
So when it was time to pack up our apartment–and at the same time pack our bags for a month in Bali—we told the movers to ship the stroller ahead, and leave us the carrier.
And while the original Ergo seemed awfully compact, and suited us just fine for plane rides, long walks, and napping on-the-go, I was intrigued to learn that Ergo has released an even lighter, stowable version of their carrier called “The Stowaway,” geared especially for travelers.
It sounds ideal: same adjustable padded shoulder straps (it fits both my 6’8″ husband and 5’6″ me), same waist belt, and same zipped pocket in front, but it can fold into itself to become as small as a wrist-clutch. Frankly, that’s good news to me whether it’s for stowing in my suitcase or carry-on or whether it’s for storing in my spare closet.
The one caveat: At virtually the same price as the original, I can’t imagine getting it as a second. I think I would have just chosen this one to begin with.
Which carrier do you rely on? Has anyone tried the Ergobaby Travel Collection carrier?