A lot of parents are discovering the freedom that babywearing brings to their families. Free hands, no stroller, the closeness with the baby. It’s no surprise baby carriers are all the craze these days from wraps to sling rings to soft structure carriers, everyone has heard or has used a Bjorn, which is the most famous name for a baby carrier. Of course babywearing is not new and it has been part of many cultures for centuries but now in the Unites States is taking more of a trend form like breastfeeding and cloth diapering. More parents are discovering the benefits and it has more appeal as attachment parenting has more and more followers.
In recent years the Bjorn has taken a stab because of the way the position of the babies legs fit in the carrier. Making ergonomic carriers favorable, enter the Ergobaby and Beco. These two companies started in 2003 and 2005 respectively and they have taken over the market in the soft structure carrier, because of their ergonomic design, their functionality and the all around philosophy of the companies.
Here is a side by side comparison of the two. I will be using the Ergobaby Original Carrier and the Beco Soleil Carrier.
Ergobaby Original Beco Soleil
Price $115 $140
Weight Limit 45lbs 45lbs
Postions 3 3
Colors 8 9
Fabric 100% Cotton 100% Cotton
Waistband length 26″ to 55″ 27″ to 59″
Shoulder pad 3″ 3″
Pockets 2 pockets 1 pocket
There are a couple of extra features in the Beco like the tribuckle, which means you need to press 3 things to open it and the DASSS (DOUBLE ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP SYSTEM), the hood is also removable.
The Ergo has 2 pockets, one of them zippered.
Both have a 1 year manufacturer warranty and are made in China.
Although the Beco has more features, I am personally partial to the Ergo because it was the first carrier I ever tried and it felt really good. But I do have them both and use them both regularly. I advise everyone to go to the store and try these one. It is really a personal choice when it comes to how they fit. Try to clip it yourself and use a doll at the store to learn how to properly secure the baby. Babywearing is fun, and it can provide a much needed extra hands when you have little ones. I am adding some pictures of side by sides so you have a better idea of what they look like