Baby Carrier Recommendation – Beco vs. Ergo

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During our recent trip we decided to leave the stroller at home, making our Beco baby carrier a constant companion. Carriers are an indispensable parenting tool, keeping baby safe and close while conveniently allowing the hands free to do other things.

Before our daughter was born, my husband found a local store that carried both Moby Wraps and Ergo Carriers, so that we could try them out. This is where we were introduced to the Beco. I was hesitant at first, because A) I had never heard of the Beco, B) it was more expensive, and C) I already felt sold on the Ergo from all the good things my friends had to say. However, the sales lady was very knowledgeable, and clearly stated the differences so that we could decide for ourselves. In the end, we decided on both a Moby (which I also highly recommend) and a Beco (which David preferred over the Ergo).

Since I don’t own an Ergo, I can’t speak from experience of having both, but they have a very good reputation. However, there are several features which set the Beco apart. The feature my husband liked best (besides the fact that the Beco fit us both equally well) was that the Beco sits baby in a pouch, so that even if the waist belt somehow came undone, the baby would not fall through. This makes transferring the baby from person to person, which I have done, very easy. On the Ergo, a person to person transfer is impossible without taking the baby out completely and then re-settling her into the carrier. The Ergo’s waist belt forms the pouch, so the baby is only secure if the waist belt is fastened.

The initial cost of a Beco is more than the initial cost of an Ergo, however the Beco comes with the infant insert, and the Ergo’s must be purchased separately for an extra $25-$38. The Beco insert attaches to a large velcro strip on the inside of the pouch creating a raised seat, suitable for newborns and infants. The Ergo insert looks like a small, thick quilt, in which you wrap the baby (much like a hot dog bun) before inserting her into the carrier. Both carriers come with an adjustable hood. The Beco hood is removable and tucks into the front of the waistbelt. Tthe Ergo’s is permanently attached and tucks into the front pouch.

Another appealing feature of the Beco is it’s thinner profile and the multiple available patterns. I am stopped surprisingly often by curious and admiring mothers and grandmothers asking what brand it is. We have the River print (shown above). The one feature that the Ergo has that I’d love on the Beco is a zipper pocket.

Regardless of anyone’s opinion, there is no way of knowing which bag is right for you and your baby until you try them on yourself. We purchased ours before the baby came, so we wouldn’t have to bother with it afterward. Honestly, I highly recommend either one, especially if you’re into attachment parenting or just want the convenience of a safe and alternative mode of transportation, other than a stroller.

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13 thoughts on “Baby Carrier Recommendation – Beco vs. Ergo

  1. ergo is a better baby carrier, is price that too much for some mom
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  2. Good artical! I LOVE the fabric choices on the beco and that alone makes it an Emily choice!!! I also love the idea of being able to transfer the baby. You are right not easy on the ergo:-( I also think the infant thing should not be a factor. Next time I will use the moby wrap until they are old enough for the other anyway it seems so much more comfortable for an infant. I regret not having one for Ava. Maybe next time we get together I can try the beco and you can try the ergo and then we will be even better informed!!! Smiles and have a wonderful time in colorado!

  3. Does the becko have a hood or something to cover a sleeping baby’s head? Because this feature is very handy, especially as the baby gets taller. Now when Lorenzo falls asleep in the ergo, if I don’t put the hood up his head lolls all around poor guy. And of course the hood helps to keep out light and distractions. One more thing to compare/contrast!

  4. Thanks Greta! Yeah, I love the Moby still, and we’ve been using it so Chloe can face forward on my chest and look out. I don’t think there is another carrier/wrap that feels like it is holding the baby so close and firm. I only wish it didn’t take so long to put on!

  5. Hi Marcy – Yes, I mentioned the hood at the end of the fourth paragraph. You can’t see it on the Beco photo because it is removable and tucks into the waistbelt. It is also adjustable, with three different snap lengths to choose from. Since I see you more often than I see Greta, maybe I can try your Ergo again, now that Chloe is a bit bigger? And have you guys had any luck finding a backpack carrier for hiking? That is next on our list. 🙂

  6. thanks for this post. we are expecting in november and all this stuff is overwhelming!

  7. I love carriers. I had a snuggly for J that went over one shoulder, but he grew so fast we had to switch to a backpack. For Apple I bought the Cat Bird Baby, similar to Ergo, but no pouch. She loved it and spend the first year tethered to me. I still put her in now and then but solely so I don’t have to run after her :).

    p.s. yes carriers are pricey, but so worth it.

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  9. Thanks so much for this post. I am torn between the 2 – prefer that the baby is secure for back carrying in Beco, but afraid the straps are not comfy enough (less padding). I have not tried the Beco on & not sure that I’ll be able to before purchase. I got to try Ergo on & find it very comfy. Also like that the Beco is trimmer, but question the hood…seems more functional in the Ergo. Would it be silly to have both?

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  11. I registered for and eventually purchased for myself the Active Carrier. I love this carrier. With a bad back, I find the lumbar support VERY helpful. I do have to tighten it up, but is far from cutting off my breathing. My little girl loves riding in it too. She usually falls asleep within minutes of me putting her in it.

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  13. I think the ergo carriers are better- the waist is softer =) Great post!

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