In my Attachment Parenting post I mentioned that Baby Wearing was a huge part of AP. So when I had the opportunity to review the ERGObaby Organic Carrier I thought "What a great tie-in!"
So why is baby wearing so important and beneficial to your little one? According to AskDrSears.com Baby Wearing babies cry less, learn more, are more organized, get "humanized" earlier, and are smarter. Wearing your baby also helps them feel secure and comforted, something many studies have proved help children grow up to be strong, intelligent, and attentive adults.
When you wear your baby throughout the day they experience things that other babies don't get to experience. Things like doing dishes, cooking, and adult conversations that help your child learn and experience these everyday things. Any positive experience we can gave our children is a good experience...even if it's something as mundane as doing the dishes may be fascinating to a baby.
I spent some time a while back lurking on an Attachment Parenting message board and learned a lot about the different kind of carriers on the market today. They definitely had strong opinions on what is a "good" carrier and what is a "bad" carrier. Some disagree about what the best kind of carrier is, but almost all agree that ERGObaby carriers are among the best available on the market today! I personally love ERGObaby because they have a line of Organic Carriers that definitely appeal to me! This what the website says about their Organic Carriers:
So you can feel confident with your ERGObaby Organic Carrier purchase! It will both benefit your baby and benefit the environment!
On a personal level, I was so excited to be getting an ERGObaby Organic Carrier to review because I have recently started helping out a few friends as a "Mommy's Helper". One of my friends had a premie little girl 7 months ago who is such a beautiful little joy, but needs a little extra help then a full term baby. Since her Dad is away right now, I help her Mom out every now and then by watching her so Mom can do grocery shopping (it is not ideal for a premie baby to go out in public during flu season) or take a much needed hot shower (because being in a good state of mind is important for Mommies!).
The soft well padded straps of the carrier sits comfortably on my shoulders so that it causes me no pain. And she loves how snuggly the carrier and Heart to Heart Organic Infant Insert is and how it supports her body weight comfortable. She loves it so much she usually is fast asleep 10 minutes into my visit, all curled up in her ERGObaby!
In addition to this beautiful little lady I also baby sit from time to time for my neighbor's 15 month old son who also enjoys being carried. For him I usually use the ERGObaby when we go out shopping or to the park. I don't really like pushing the stroller because that is also hard on my shoulder (and have you ever tried navigating a stroller with only one arm?). And even though he weighs double what the little girl weighs, I still have no problems carrying him comfortably in the ERGObaby! My shoulder and the kids absolutely love it!
What I Love: I love how the ERGObaby carrier has saved my shoulder! It has been a huge relief for me to have this and be able to bond with this wonderful little girl in my life. When I have a child of my own I am sure that they will live in it! When I first got it I even threw my 26 pound dog in it just to try it out and even HE loved it! It's great for Dad's, too! My husband said he'd be willing to baby wear with the ERGObaby.
What I Don't Love: If I *had* to pick something I would say the price. The price reflects the cost of making these well crafted carriers and fair pay for workers, but at over $100 it is not cost-friendly for the frugal Mom. However, I strongly believe it is worth every penny! I encourage you to research getting a strong carrier and maybe passing on a stroller or baby swing to save money.
Head on over the ERGObaby website and check out all of the fabulous things they have to offer! While there, pick yourself up either a regular carrier (6 different designs to choose from, $105-110) or splurge a bit and get an Eco-Friendly Organic Carrier (8 unique and beautiful designs, $120-148). Your little one (and your back) will thank you!
While there be sure to pick yourself up some accessories like a coodinating Back Pack ($49) and an Infant Insert if you are going to be wearing a newborn ($25-38).
How much does ERGObaby rock!? So much they are offering one of my readers an ERGObaby Organic Carrier of their very own! This is an AMAZING giveaway and I am so excited to be able to offer this to you!
Mandatory Entry: I don’t care if you do this first, third, or last but you MUST do this in order for all other entries. Head on over to ERGObaby and take a look at their Organic Carriers, pick your favorite, then come back here and tell me which one you would like to win!
Don’t forget to leave an e-mail address on one of your entries so I know where to contact you if you win!
Extra Entries: Remember to leave a different comment for each additional entry. If I make a note that a certain entry is worth more than one entry make two comments (for instance: “I follow you #1” and ‘I follow you #2”).
-Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect (worth 2 entries)
-Follow me on Facebook
-Follow ERGObaby on Facebook
-Follow ERGObaby on Twitter
-Follow me on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway using this Tweet: Win an ERGObaby Organic Carrier with @ergobaby and @EFandFrugal! Ends March 4th. http://tiny.cc/ajS6t #giveaway #eco #babywearing (1 Entry Per Tweet, 3 Tweets Per Day)
-Vote for me on the Top Mommy Bloggers by clicking the button in the right sidebar (worth 2 entries)
-Are you an AP parent already? Are you pregnant and TTC or planning on it? Tell me why! (worth 2 entries)
-Add my button to your blog's sidebare (worth 3 entries)
-Comment on a non-giveaway post, counts for NEW comments only! (1 entry per post you comment on, NEW comments only this time!)
-If you have children, give them a hug! If you don't have children, hug the person closest to you (animals count!). Even strangers needs a good hug every now and then! Haha!
So there are you 11 ways to enter with 15 entry possibilities! Good luck everyone!
This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+. It will end at 10PM PST on March 4th, 2010. A winner will be chosen using Random.org and I will send them an e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.
And here is the small print...
All opinions expressed are my own. ERGObaby provided me with a free Organic Carrier for the purpose of this review, but the free product did not in any way influence my review and opinion. I was not paid to write this review.