I started carrying Talitha on my back in our ERGObaby Performance Edition carrier when she was eight months old, around the time she started crawling. For some reason, I just didn’t feel comfortable doing it before then. Actually, the wait worked well for us. Although ERGObaby’s instructions say you can wear babies on your back when they can sit, I recently heard a babywearing consultant say that they shouldn’t be on your back in a carrier like that until they can sit up (as in, get themselves into a seated position, independently). Incidentally, woven wraps can do back carries much earlier but that’s another topic.
Wearing her on my back, naturally raised the question: where should I put my bag? There are a few solutions for this. You can put it on your shoulder but then you kind of need to hold it there, which I don’t mind but Laurence finds annoying. You can use a bag with long strap and sling it diagonally across your body. This is probably my favourite. If you’ve got a lot of shopping you can roll a bag with wheels – granny chic, anyone? I do do this, though!
The ERGObaby backpack gives you another option – to attach the bag to the straps of the carrier and carry all the weight on your back. I show you how it works in this video. Talitha was grumpy and tired hence the fussing. I promise she was fine and I did give her a snuggly nap straight after. Also, her cardigan obscures it in the video, but the ERGO is all the way up to her armpits. This is very important for safety.
Honestly? I’m not a huge fan of attaching the backpack to the carrier. She’s already heavy and even if I put the bare minimum in the bag, it still adds to that. Also, it slightly throws off the balance when I’m putting her on there and I back carry every day. I can’t imagine that someone newer to it will find it a breeze. That said, Laurence really likes it as a solution so it probably depends on who you are.
I sometimes wear her on my front. Putting the backpack on my back then works fine but then, I could do that with any back pack. It is a nice size as a changing bag though. I comfortably fit three cloth nappies, a change of clothes, a sippy cup, snacks, wipes, wet bag and the ERGObaby rain cover along with my personal effects. It also has a useful pocket on the side for my water bottle. So, as a changing bag, it’s a nice one to go for if you want something that’s not girly, which, funnily enough, Laurence does.
Would I buy it?
Probably. It’s a good one for dads. I’d also get something a bit prettier and patterned for myself though.
For more on the ERGObaby Performance Edition featured here, see ERGObaby rain cover and front carry.
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I was sent an ERGObaby organic backpack in grey for the purposes of this review. As always, I’m nothing if not honest.