Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Battle of the Baby Carriers; Ergobaby Vs. BECO

Good Morning Little Momma,
        Let's go back to about four months ago. We're in my sister-in-laws living room, and as she is nursing her two month old daughter, I start chatting with her as I tap my finger tips on my seven months pregnant belly. We were having some little momma moments while my 3 year old niece was running circles around my husband in the next room. And this is where the conversation began. WHICH BABY CARRIER WAS THE BEST ON THE MARKET? She had just been gifted an Ergobaby which was leading in popularity, as far as we could tell, and I was trying to do some hands-on research with all of my friends’ and family’s carriers to decide which one I wanted to register for.  So once my tiny niece was nice and full we both took turns marching her around the house in the Ergobaby.

        Fast forward two months and this time my sister-in-law was now in my living room and as I was nursing my two week old, she rocked her four month old and my 3 year old niece was running circles around my husband in the next room. :) By this time, I had just received a very generous gift from a CBS T.V. show, The Talk which included a BECO carrier. So once my tiny daughter was nice and full we both took turns marching her around the apartment in the BECO. Talk about déjà vu!  So what did we decide? Which of these carriers was superior? Was it Ergobaby or BECO? Well let's just see how this “Battle of the Baby Carriers” plays out. What I can tell you, is the results were absolutely unanimous!

 
BENEFITS of BABY WEARING
        Before we get into the specifics of each of the lines, let’s chat about the benefits of baby wearing. This image from the BECO website represents 7 advantages to baby wearing.  

 
  • Baby Wearing allows mom to be hand’s free.
  • It also facilitates healthy attachment.
  • Wearing  a baby allows flexibility to travel places your stroller may not suffice. (This reminds me of a picture a friend of mine recently posted on Facebook of her and her momma friends hiking up a Hawaiian trail.  In this photo all 8 of the children were being worn in baby carriers. In the comments of the photo she specifically talked about strollers not being fit for the trail. Just think of the beautiful sights these children may have missed if it were not for baby carriers.)
  • A baby carrier lifts the baby close enough for kisses, opposed to being much lower in a stroller.
  • Baby wearing has been shown to reduces crying .(As if I weren’t already sold, they’ve got me now.)
  • In some ways baby wearing simulates the womb.
  • And finally they make some good points on how baby wearing can encourage the child’s mental Development. (This is one of my favorite parts. I find myself explaining everything from the sights to the smells of anything in Little B’s line of sight. While I intentionally try to do this while she is a stroller as well, I have to admit baby wearing makes it much more fun as we are seeing everything from the same point of view. These interactions also increase her exposure to new words, and  we all know how important vocabulary is!)
(*The ergonomic benefits explained in this image specifically address a BECO benefit. While the Ergobaby
brand shares this benefit, it is important to note that not all carriers on the market share this quality.)


The Ergobaby website adds to this list of benefits by pointing out:
  • Baby carriers are clearly more compact than strollers, therefore making traveling easier, and
  • Baby wearing leads to calmer babies who snooze more.
Now that the benefits are established, let’s get into the comparisons!

COMPARISON
(Please note these comparisons are made between the similar options in both brands. Ergobaby offers Organic and Designer lines which appear to be very similar to the Original line except for they have slight variations in price. They also have a Performance line, which is not addressed in this chart as BECO does not have similar one to compare.)

 
BECO
Ergobaby
BECO
Ergobaby
Gemini
4 Position 360
Soleil
Original
Carry Positions
4 Carry Positions:
Front carry facing in, Front carry facing out, back carry and hip carry
4 Carry Positions:
Front carry facing in, Front carry facing out, back carry and hip carry
3 Carry Positions:
Front carry facing in, Back carry and hip carry
3 Carry Positions:
Front carry facing in, Back carry and hip carry
Weight Capacity
7-35 lbs
7*-26.9 lbs
(*with infant insert)
7*-45 lbs
(*with infant insert)
7*-45 lbs
(*with infant insert)
Carrying Newborn
Yes
Yes*
(*with infant insert)
Yes*
(*with infant insert)
Yes*
(*with infant insert)
Storage
None
None
Expandable built-in waist pocket & built in key ring.
Large zippered storage pocket
Shoulder straps
Padded shoulder strap that can be worn criss-cross on back, or straight like a backpack
Padded shoulder straps that are worn straight like a back pack. Equipped with chest strap.
Padded shoulder strap that can be worn criss-cross on back, or straight like a backpack
Padded shoulder straps that are worn straight like a back pack. Equipped with chest strap.
Ergonomic Seat
(Thus decreasing
the chances of
Hip Dysplasia.)
Yes.
Adjustable ergonomic seat from wide base to narrow base to transfer baby’s weight efficiently between carry positions
Yes.
Adjustable ergonomic seat from wide base to narrow base to transfer baby’s weight efficiently between carry positions.
Keeps babies knees even to or above hips, with baby’s spine in curved “c” position.
Yes.
Wide darted seat more comfy for older toddlers, ensures your baby in proper “M” position
Yes.
Cradles baby in a natural siting position with the wide, deep seat.
 
 
Head Support
Built –in padded foldable headrest that adjusts to baby’s needs
Sleeping hood supports baby’s head while sleeping, plus adds protection from sun and privacy while nursing.
Built-in padded headrest with ability to attach Soleil hood.
Sleeping hood supports baby’s head while sleeping, plus adds protection from sun and privacy while nursing.
Baby Comfort
Richly padded leg supports for growing baby
Extendable back panel can be adjusted depending on position to provide extra head neck, and back support for baby.
Richly padded leg supports for growing baby
Infant insert provides a padded back panel to support curve in baby’s spine. This support can be used after removing pillow for larger or taller babies who still need the head and neck suport
Parent Comfort
Distributes baby’s weight evenly across hips & shoulders
Distributes baby’s weight evenly across hips & shoulders Baby’s weight leans towards parent’s center of gravity making her/him feel lighter.
 
Distributes baby’s weight evenly across hips & shoulders
Distributes baby’s weight evenly across hips & shoulders
Breastfeeding in Carrier
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wear while Pregnant
Yes
(Check with doctor
before wearing)
NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE.
Yes
(Check with doctor
before wearing)
Yes; in hip and back carry positions
(Check with doctor
before wearing)
Parent’s Fit
Waist: 27”-59”
Shoulder Straps: 23”-45”
Fit’s adults from 5’ to 6’5 in height
NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE.
Waist: 27”-59”
Shoulder Straps: 18”-45”
Fit’s adults from 5’ to 6’5 in height
Waist: 26”-55”
Shoulder Straps: 24”-44”
 
Machine Washable
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Price
$130 - $140 + tax + S&H
$160.00 + tax + S&H
 
Infant Insert
$25-$38
$140+tax +S&H
 
Infant Insert
$25
$115-120 + tax + S&H
 
Infant Insert
$25-$38

        On paper the options are fairly identical. One thing I find particular interesting is Ergobaby’s newest carrier, the 360, is incredibly similar to BECO’s first carrier, the Gemini. Likewise, BECO’s newest carrier, the Soleil, is incredibly similar to Ergobaby’s first carrier, the Original. If you opt to go with a four position carrier, you can save up to $68 by going with BECO because the Gemini does not require an infant insert. If you opt for a three position carrier you can save up to $25 by going with Ergobaby. Another noteworthy comparison is that you have to prioritize what is more important to you: the fourth position of front carry facing out or the storage, because in both brands one is sacrificed for the other.

TIE BREAKER…
        It is now time to weigh in the information gleamed from my hands-on testing. First of all, I would say that the BECO carrier is much softer than the Ergobaby. This was abundantly clear when I tried to sit-down while still carrying the little ones. The rigidness of the Ergobaby meant it was not nearly as comfortable to wear while sitting. Also the angle of the BECO shoulder straps feels more comfortable than the Ergobaby straps. As a woman with some back troubles, I greatly appreciate the criss-cross shoulder strap position with the BECO. It is true that crossing the straps while putting on the BECO, felt a bit more clumsy than the straight position offered by both brands, I still felt it distributed the weight of the little ones more efficiently. All this said, it was a close call, but…

THE WINNER IS
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        In fact my Sister-in-law loved my BECO so much, she even returned her Ergobaby at a loss in order to purchase a used BECO! I personally opted for the Gemini because I like the idea of showing Little B the world on our many fun walks to come. We have to wait until she no longer depends on assisted neck support, but in a few months she will be able to interact with her environment while being worn! Yay, Congrats BECO!!!

Love,
Little Momma, April Faith

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