Today Michael and I went to Little Mountain Outfitters in Boulder where we got to try on some baby carriers. I've heard great things about the Ergo but while on Little Mountain's website I saw another carrier called the Beco. I started to wander the web, looking for more info. I found this Beco vs. Ergo article. After reading it and this comment about Ergo:
Company uses heavy-handed, threatening tactics with distributors and is attempting to monopolize the market for structured carriers through intimidation and lawsuits. You might not want to support these corporate values with your hard-earned money.
...well, I wondered what the heck that was all about so I did some searching and found these two articles:
Small retailer threatened with lawsuit.
Maybe another way for Ergo to look at the situation.
I tried them both on with Michael in them--both front and back. I liked the Ergo and the optional daypack you can attach. I thought it was more comfy in the front position and easy to use in that position as well (scary as hell to put him in it in the back position) The Beco was more comfy in the back position (which is how I will carry him more often--especially as he gets older) and is SO EASY to put on. There is nothing to 'get used to' or 'practice'. You're basically wearing the baby like a backpack. You can take off the carrier with the baby in it and give it to someone else to wear. This is HUGE for me!
The pattern I bought is called the Natalie. It's dark brown with this on the outside: