Reasons you need to check out the Ergo Adapt! by Sarah Heydinger Blakeley

Ergo’s latest carrier the Adapt offers a wide variety of options and features for caregivers. The new features along with ergonomic position for baby also have caregivers’ comfort in mind. The level of attention to detail on this carrier is outstanding, so to really appreciate it let’s take a look at the differences between the Ergo Adapt and the Standard Ergo. Is important for parents that always look out for all the aspects of their babies from comfort to the protection of the skin with or other best baby products.

[image of a white women with a white toddler in a SSC in NYC]

Here is the data by the specs:

Standard Ergo Ergo Adapt
Weight Limits 7-45 lbs (7-12lbs with insert) 7-45 lbs / 3.2-20 kg
Shoulder Strap Length 28-47 in / 71-120 cm 28 ¾ in – 48 ¾ in / 73 cm -124 cm
Waist Belt Length 26-55 in / 66-140 cm 26 in –55 in / 66 cm – 140 cm
Carry Positions Front-Inward, Hip and Back Front-Inward, Hip and Back
Crossable Shoulder Straps No Yes
Infant Insert Needed Yes No
Hood Yes Yes
Zipper Pocket Yes No
Machine Washable Yes Yes
Lumbar Support No Yes


The Ergo Adapt features 3 places on the carrier to make sizing adjustments to best fit your baby. You can adjust the seat using the velcro tabs on the waist belt, suggest sizing is printed on the waist band for each tab placement. You can further fine tune this adjustment with the snaps mid-panel to achieve the M position with knee to knee coverage. The third adjustment point is at the top of the panel with buttons to decrease panel height, It can be folded inward and buttoned on the lowest button to increase head support for baby’s that need increased head support.

[collage image of carriers adjustable points. Top left shows panel height adjuster, top right shows snaps for fine tuning seat, and bottom shows waistband seat adjusters.]
So how does this carrier fit in real life? I along with Chicagoland VBE, Stephanie Hopkins tried the Adapt on different size baby’s. Stephanie is shown with her 10lbs, 5oz newborn in the carrier. Baby is 4 weeks old, 23 inches and wearing size 0-3 month clothes, these baby onesies are something that he miss out on, they are so cute.

image of a white woman with a newborn in an Ergo Adapt carrier, series of three photos. First photo shows a side view of the carrier, second photo is a close up of the torso showing the knee to knee position for baby and the third photo shows the strap position on the back in a front carry.

The Adapt sized down nicely to fit around her newborn’s legs without being bulky behind the knee. It provided comfort and support to both baby and caregiver. It’s a wallet friendly option to grow as baby grows.

I took the Adapt on a roadtrip from Chicago to NYC and back giving plenty of opportunities to try it in a variety of settings. Travel is a big part of my life and where my love for Ergo Standard started. Our Standard has helped us through six moves, a couple dozen flights and countless meltdowns. I’m shown wearing an 18 month toddler weighing 20 lbs, 31 inches and wearing size 12-18 month clothes.


[series of images of a white woman wearing a white toddler in a grey SSC. First image shows torso shot from side, second image shows torso shot from front, third image shows head shot with baby sleeping and paper napkin on her head.]
The Adapt offered really great support going full knee to knee on my toddler. The adjustments were a breeze and very comfortable to both myself and toddler. I really liked the additional panel height adjuster, as my toddler just reached the furthest setting in the seat adjustments the panel fit folded down fit best. I pulled the panel up while she napped and it provided additional support to keep her head from dropping back. A hood could provide similar support but this toddler is not a fan of hoods.

Other things to know, the Adapt comes with a safety tag on the chest clip, this tag is made from a tear-away fabric and for optional fit should be removed prior to wearing the carrier. The carrier adjusts in two directions on the waist band. To center the lumbar support adjust slightly in alternating directions until the desired position is reached. On my personal carrier, that is used by two caregivers, we have marked on the inside of the straps each of our normal wearing positions. This makes for fast adjustments between caregivers.

So which to choose, the very loved Standard, or the Adapt with additional adjustment features? That decision is up to you! Every carrier fits each caregiver differently, attend a BWI meeting near you and try one on. As for this writer, the beloved Standard is nearing the end of its life expectancy and I spy and Adapt in the future.

To try an Adapt in the USA check with your local BWI Chapter.

If you want to know more about the Adapt carrier, head over to their website or Facebook page.

For more info on how to use the Adapt carrier, check out their YouTube channel.

You can also check out their Instagram for great user photos.

Ergobaby is a 2016 Double Diamond sponsor of Babywearing International. Thank you for your support.

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