I'm a major ergo lover and insisted on buying my sister one for her new baby. She is a stylist and I wanted something fashionable and this one sure is! It's the ergo we all love in a beautiful pattern!
This Petunia Pickle Bottom print baby carrier is part of Ergo Baby's designer series. It was recently discontinued, so they have become a bit harder to find. However, they are still out there, such as here, on Amazon, from authorized retailers.
As an owner of several different baby carriers, I've had the opportunity to compare this particular ergo to a few different options. It stacks up great against other carriers of similar quality and style. In fact, I'd be willing to say this is my *second* favorite carrier to my Beco Gemini.
The fabric of this carrier is great. It is made from all organic materials. It is very soft and breathable. I much prefer this fabric to that of the standard ergo or the Ergo Performance. While the standard ergo does get soft after breaking it in and a few washes, this ergo was very soft straight out of the box, and was wonderfully cushy after only one gentle wash. It does not seem to get as hot as other carriers because the fabric is so breathable.
The hoods on the ergos are hard to beat! Other carriers (including my favorite Beco) just don't compete. It offers plenty of coverage from the sun and distractions when a baby needs a nap or some quiet time. the hood on this carrier is black and very soft. It does not get too hot on my baby's head in the sunshine, which I was a little worried about. She stayed comfortable the whole time.
The adjustments on this carrier are the same as other Ergo carriers. You'll find the waist band is very adjustable to fit a wide range of people. The adjustable shoulder straps also help this carrier fit wonderfully on most body types. The chest clip, which, when wearing your baby on your front, clips behind your shoulders, is a bit difficult to master. This clip, which is necessary for both safety and fit, is my primary complaint about all Ergo carriers. I just don't find it as easy to get into this carrier on my own as I do some others.
As for weight, when you are wearing your baby in your ergo, it's very comfortable. I can't say there is zero pressure on your shoulders, but the weight is pretty well distributed across your shoulders and hips, which makes carrying heavier/older babies for long periods of time comfortable for the wearer. I do wish that Ergo allowed for the straps to cross across your back when you are front carrying. The Beco does allow this, and it makes a world of difference in comfort. Despite the lack of this option, it is still hard to beat the weightlessness and comfort this carrier offers.
This Ergo is designed to be used for babies who are at least twelve pounds. For the first three or four months you'll need to use an infant insert (Ergo sells them separately, you can find them for about $20 on amazon in either a khaki color or black/grey) or a rolled up blanket under baby's bottom to create a seat to support them in the carrier. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to create your own seat for a tiny baby, and I really suggest watching a few if you're planning on using this with a tiny one.
Overall, this Ergo carrier is my very favorite Ergo I've tried, and one of my favorite carriers overall. I've been using it for a couple months now, and while I don't reach for it as often as my Beco, I do use it plenty. The print is unique and you don't see a lot of them out in the world like you do the standard tan or grey ones. Would definitely recommend this to any baby wearer... but I'd still try to talk you into a Beco first. :)