96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mimics the way I cuddle my baby
We purchased the Ergo Baby carrier and Heart to Heart infant insert for use with our two-month-old son. Overall, my baby and I are very happy with the product.
1. I love that this insert holds the baby upright -- my son definitely prefers being carried this way. (The older style infant insert carries the baby in a reclining position,...
Published on March 30, 2010 by Emmy Jo
196 of 208 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessary at All
I have read a lot of reviews saying that this is absolutely necessary for newborns who can't hold their heads up but I disagree. I bought it and found it completely useless. Now, it may be that with a really tiny baby or with a different body type than mine, it could be useful, but I don't think so and I'm only guessing at that because I am trying to imagine why so many...
Published on December 10, 2010 by Johnna
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mimics the way I cuddle my baby,
This review is from: ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert, Natural (Baby Product)We purchased the Ergo Baby carrier and Heart to Heart infant insert for use with our two-month-old son. Overall, my baby and I are very happy with the product.
1. I love that this insert holds the baby upright -- my son definitely prefers being carried this way. (The older style infant insert carries the baby in a reclining position, "sling-style.")
2. The insert positions the baby EXACTLY the way I hold him when I'm cuddling him close to my chest. The little padded seat holds him up the way I hold him with my hands, and his legs are positioned exactly the same way. This tells me that the Heart to Heart insert really does mimic the most natural way of carrying a child.
3. It doesn't put all his weight on his crotch, unlike other front carriers.
1. It's very fluffy and padded. This is great for winter time, as you don't need coats or blankets for the baby. But if you were to carry a summer-born infant in this carrier, you and he might become uncomfortably warm.
2. It's a little tricky to position the baby in comfortably, and the directions aren't entirely clear. (At one point, the directions say it's important to put your hands under the baby's bottom and rotate the baby forward, which I'm still not quite sure I'm doing correctly.) But after a couple times, it's much easier.
3. The baby's feet are still inside the carrier and always feel a bit squished. My son seems perfectly comfortable, so I'm sure it doesn't bother him, but they do look rather squished.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product for a fall- or winter-born baby. If you live in a place with very hot weather and your baby will be a newborn during the warm months, you might need something a little more light weight.
196 of 208 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessary at All,
My daughter was 7 pounds at birth and I used the insert once before I realized I didn't need it. The baby carrier is easily adjustable and the baby doesn't need to be able to hold her head up to fit snuggly, safely, and comfortably in it. You just adjust the carrier so that she is held snug against you and she is sitting perfectly comfortable with her head exactly where you put it, with no danger of her falling out or becoming uncomfortable.
If, for some reason, the baby's head wouldn't stay where you put it (I didn't have that problem at all) then a receiving blanket could be tucked into the right position to correct the issue (without the potential of blocking an airway of course), but you definitely don't need to spend $25 to fix the problem. You could even stick a receiving blanket under baby's butt to keep her higher up on your chest if you wanted to (it would pretty much do the very same thing this does).. but I never needed to do anything like that. I just put her where I wanted her and adjusted the carrier to hold her there and it felt very secure. I had no worries at all.
Again, I don't know if this would be somehow different if she had been under 7 pounds or if I had a different body type. I am kind of average in terms of height and weight. Maybe if someone is very large or very small, or if their baby is very tiny, they might not be able to adjust the carrier with the baby in it as well I am able to, but I don't really think it would be a problem -- just suggesting that it might the reason for other reviewers saying that this is necessary.
Aside from being unnecessary, I found this to be too big, bulky, and uncomfortable for use(this is why I decided to see what would happen if I didn't use it, and ended up finding that it wasn't necessary at all). Even if it had been necessary, I probably would have just waited to use the backpack again until it wasn't.
I definitely recommend trying to use the backpack without the insert before you spend the $25 and if you need to give your infant extra support, see if you can do it using other means before you decide to buy this product. If all else fails, I would even suggest just waiting until your baby is 7 pounds. If the baby isn't 7 pounds already, it won't take more than a month before he or she reaches that milestone in most cases.. and why spend so much money for so little use.
114 of 138 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Test it with your baby before buying,
This review is from: ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert, Natural (Baby Product)This is the second Ergo infant insert I've bought. I bought this one hoping it would work better than the old infant insert. It doesn't. Basically, if your newborn doesn't like the Ergo carrier, it's likely neither insert is going to help. You should test the Ergo with your newborn before spending the money.
My husband and I loved the idea of the Ergo carrier, as the hip belt helps alleviate back problems and is much like our packs for backpacking, so we registered for one. But however much we like the carrier, my eight-week-old, 10.5 pound daughter hates it. I've been trying to get her into the Ergo using first the old infant insert, and now the Heart 2 Heart, repeatedly ever since she was born, but with no success. The moment I put her (in the insert) into the Ergo carrier, she starts screaming and doesn't stop until I take her out. I've watched the video for the old insert (note: there's no video for the Heart 2 Heart) and am following their technique exactly, but still she just hates the carrier.
Neither insert provides enough head support for my daughter, which is why I think she screams. The Heart 2 Heart in particular doesn't work; when she's settled into it as per the instructions, the insert doesn't come up high enough to support her head, and she's not a particularly long child. So her head flops forward when she tries to look around, which frustrates her.
Both inserts feel like a bit of an afterthought -- I'm not convinced the Ergo carrier was designed with newborns in mind. Having the baby's feet out one side in the old insert seemed like a stopgap solution, and the Heart 2 Heart doesn't quite solve the issue, either. Interestingly, I picked up a used Baby Bjorn as a last resort after having spent all this money on the Ergo and the inserts, and she likes the Bjorn, because it's stiffer and provides more support. I think she won't like the Ergo until her head's a bit steadier; we'll go back to the Ergo then.
So it's worth knowing before buying this insert that it may or may not be money well spent -- it all just depends on whether your child likes it or not, and there's a possibility she won't (as I've now seen multiple reports on various sites saying that their newborns also don't like the Ergo; wish I'd done this research before getting the Ergo and spending the money on the inserts). It's worth waiting until after your baby is born and trying out the infant inserts before buying them. Otherwise, you may want to hold off on the Ergo until 4-5 months.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great,
I mostly used it without snapping the side strap, but I never had much of a problem with it when I did snap it, it was probably set as big as it could go though.
It washes and dries easily- I haven't tried to clean the stuffed wedge at the bottom yet. That stuffed wedge can be taken out and used as an extra prop when breastfeeding as well.
46 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, the baby loves it!,
This review is from: ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert, Natural (Baby Product)I was a little skeptical after reading some reviews of the infant insert, but I decided to try it out anyway. I have used the Bjorn and various maya type slings, and this is by far the most comfortable carrier. I'm prone to plugged ducts and mastitis, and this carrier with the insert puts no pressure on my chest, so it's great in that regard.
I started using the infant insert when my newest was almost 3 weeks old. It was a little hard to figure out where her feet and legs go at first, and she was really uncomfortable when I tried to splay them out and have her feet poke out the sides. That's definitely not the way to do it with such a little baby. I found that the trick is to have her knees up following the line of the fabric just along the inside of the padding and her feet almost touching and down at the V shaped base. You may think they're getting squished but she doesn't complain at all so it must be comfortable for her.
I also couldn't figure out whether she was supposed to have her head resting on the top edge, kind of sitting away from my body or resting on my chest. She took care of that for me. When she's awake her head is up and she's peering around. When she gets tired she puts her head down on my chest and rests very comfortably.
The hotness factor was also something I read about. My daughter was born in mid June and we live in Maryland, where it's pretty hot and humid in the summer. Yes, the insert is hot. But so is the Bjorn, and so are slings. I just put her in a onesie and we're both a little damp on the chest when she comes out. No big deal, really. I think the pros outweigh the one con that it's hot.
So it does take a little fiddling to get it just right, but once you do it's super comfortable for you as the wearer, and a nice little nest for the baby to ride around in. I definitely recommend it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The old-style insert works better for us,
We now have a 4 wk old baby, and a friend lent us the heart-to-heart insert. So far it doesn't work as well for us: it seems harder to get the baby properly into it, and it doesn't seem to hold the head as well (his head flops forward against us, or side-to-side, or back against the edge of the insert).
Using the Ergo with the old insert continues to work some serious magic for us, however. An added bonus with the first kid was that we continued to use the Ergo with her until she was past age 2.
Overall we've been really happy with our Ergo. The inserts don't work for everyone, but they are certainly worth trying (start by borrowing one from a friend if you can).
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bulky, hot, overly restrictive for my baby. Quality made, though.,
This review is from: ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert, Natural (Baby Product)My girl (7.5 pounds at birth, now 13 pounds at 2.5 months) is not fond of this insert at all. I tried it at first when she was a newborn, and I've tried periodically since. Rarely, I could keep her in it-- IF I started walking quickly enough for her to pass out before her fussing escalated, but then she would just freak out when she woke up later. My husband seems to have gotten her into it successfully a few times for walks, but she still only enjoyed it for napping while walking. I wanted to be able to walk with her as well as carry her around the house for chores, particularly when she in in a "hold-me-all-the-time" kind of mood. I certainly don't think we could come close to a "babywearer's" experience with this product.
* All-cotton fabric is cool to the touch and feels healthy for baby's skin.
* Made very well, not likely to fall apart.
* Padded border of the insert is just the perfect "neck roll" size for baby.
* Baby is safe and secure inside Ergo.
* Combination of the Ergo itself and the padded insert makes the whole package very hot (like a sleeping bag)-- uncomfortable for baby and care provider. When my baby started sticking her feet out the the carrier, it was hard to balance dressing her in clothing cool enough to bear the carrier's warmth while keeping her legs and feet from being chilly.
* Makes the carrier very binding for baby so that she is really squished in there. My baby only liked swaddling for the first few days of life. If your baby is like mine and wants a lot of physical freedom of movement, your babe might not enjoy being squished in the insert.
This product might be great for the right baby, but it's not working for us. The insert makes it too hot, even for our area where the temperature has been in the high 60's in the midday. The baby's environment is too bulky and makes her feel unhappily squished.
I read someone else's review where the mom said she used the Ergo carrier fine without the insert since her baby was born. I'm going to give this a try. it doesn't seem like it would by any different than dropping my baby into a sling with her feet crossed. Please post your comments with details of your experience if you've already given this a try. Thanks!
I tried today and found that the Ergo carrier *without* the insert is perfect for me and my 2.5 month old baby. I used a rolled blanket under her bottom to lift her a little, which placed her neck right at the top of the carrier. (You could probably keep your baby lower or use the hood for more neck support.) Her feet went to either side of her and were hanging out the sides. In that butt-supported position I could have also crossed her feet beneath her, the way you would if she were upright in a sling. Hope this helps!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps him cozy and well-supported,
I gave it four stars because the insert makes the carrier very warm. The insert is quilted so when it is combined with both our body heat, we're both sweaty after a while. I feel lucky it is winter while I use this insert because I think we would be too warm to use this in the summer.
Other than that, this is well designed and made and I recommend it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comfy, but impractical for diaper changes on the go,
This review is from: ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert, Natural (Baby Product)This insert is definitely needed for newborns, as the regular Ergo (without insert) does not support baby's head adequately if he/she hasn't developed good head control. It's also extremely comfortable for the baby, almost like a little reclining chair with a seat cushion. Snug as a bug. My six-week-old son falls fast asleep in the Ergo and sleeps soundly for hours, and I enjoy the close contact with him. The Ergo + insert combo couldn't be more comfortable and secure to wear, and I can get into and out of it myself.
One drawback (and I consider it significant) is that having a separate insert makes it very difficult to change a diaper when away from home. You first have to take the baby + insert out of the Ergo, then find some place to put the insert while changing the diaper (I balance it between my knees so it doesn't fall to the floor) and then get the whole production together again while in a cramped, dirty bathroom. There is the option of putting baby back in the insert by resting the insert on the changing table, but this isn't very sanitary.
The same dilemma occurs when trying to feed the baby, as this involves taking baby out and repositioning him. Same problem when baby simply gets fussy and needs to get out of the carrier for a while. In each case, you're stuck holding the insert with one hand or finding some place to put it down.
I would prefer it if Ergo would find a way to Velcro the insert into the carrier, once it's properly positioned, so that you could just take out the baby without having to take out the insert and find some place to put it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars works great, but WARM!,
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