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Beco or Ergo - Baby Carrier Comparisons

Updated on November 23, 2012
Beco Butterfly II
Beco Butterfly II | Source

There are a lot of choices when it comes to a carrier for baby wearing. Two of the most popular soft-structured carriers are the Beco or Ergo. This article will address the Beco vs. Ergo dilemma with side-by-side comparisons. When it comes to deciding between an ERGObaby and Beco Butterfly II, there are several things to consider. Let's look at the pros and cons of each carrier.

Which Baby Carrier Fits Best

The Beco Butterfly II has a user waist range of 25 to 50 inches (63 cm to 127 cm) and a user height range from 4 foot 9 to 6 foot 2 (144 cm to 188 cm). At 5’2” and a 25 inch waist, I chose the Beco Butterfly - it seemed to be built for a slightly smaller frame than the ERGO. After reading many, many product reviews, this seems to be the consensus. Fortunately, the Beco is still comfortable enough that it can also be worn by my 5'10" husband.

The Ergo, on the other hand, has a user waist range of 25 to 43 inches and fits from 5' to 6.5' body height. This is great for taller moms and dads.

Both have adjustable padded shoulder, chest, and waist straps that allows you to position the carrier for your comfort. The design of both carriers are easy to get baby in and out, even for short trips.

Design Benefits Of The Beco vs Egro

With the Beco, the baby 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 quite simple. With the Ergo, the waist belt forms the pouch, so the baby is only secure if the waist belt is fastened. This means that person-to-person transfer is impossible without taking the baby out completely and then re-settling him into the carrier.

Carrying Positions For Soft Structured Baby Carriers

The Beco Butterfly can be worn on front or back.

The Ergo can also be worn on the front or the back. However, only the ERGO allows for a hip carry.

With both models it’s important to note that the carriers are meant to be worn with the baby facing the babywearer. This means, when in the front position, the infant should have his back facing outward.

Sleeping Hood

Both the Beco Butterfly II and the ERGObaby have detachable hoods for baby.

The sleeping hoods are handy to support a head of a napping child. Although my little one has napped without the hood, he doesn’t look as comfortable that way. The hood can also be used as protection from sun, rain or snow, although it is not waterproof.

With both models, the sleeping hood is stored in a pocket on the carrier.

Minimum and Maximum Weight Comparisons

The maximum weight for the ERGObaby is 45 pounds while the minimum is 7 pounds. During baby's first months, the carrier must be used with the Ergobaby Infant Insert (usually sold separately). The Infant Insert supports baby's entire spine, versus just the neck, to ensure the health and safety of your infant when in the Front Carry position. At four to five months, or when baby has sufficient spine and neck strength to support the head, the carrier can be used without the Infant Insert.

The maximum weight for the Beco Butterfly is also 45 pounds while the minimum is 6 pounds. The Beco Butterfly also features a removable infant insert for babies less than 15 pounds to ride higher in the carrier in an ergonomically comfortable position. As you can see in the attached pictures, I was even able to carry my three year old in the Beco! Was she heavy, sure, but it was better than carrying her on my hip all day.

Stylish Baby Carriers

Both carriers offer a TON of styles and colors to chose from, although I do tend to see more fun patterns on the Beco. You can find girly prints, total boy prints or great gender-neutral prints, such as the espresso. There truly is a baby wrap to fit any style and any outfit.

The great thing about a gender neutral style is that both mom and dad can share one carrier.

Organic Cotton Baby Carriers

The Ergo, certified organic by CU to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), is made with 100-percent organic cotton twill and sateen. It’s also machine washable in cold water with mild detergent on gentle cycle.

The Beco is also made from organic cotton and is machine washable. With both carriers you should dry on delicate cycle and remove when seams are still damp and allow to air dry. Or better yet, line-dry your carrier; this will extend the life of your carrier.

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Beco and Ergo Price Comparisons

The Beco Butterfly II typically retails for about $139 while the ERGO runs about $110. However, the ERGO price does not include the infant insert, which about $22. This brings the comparable price to $132 – about the same as the Beco.

While $130+ may seem like a lot when you consider that a Baby Bjorn is around $60, but the ergonomics for the baby make the added expense worth every penny. Cheaper carriers tend to have a narrower crotch whereas the more comfortable carriers have a much wider seat, allowing for a more “frog-like” position. Whichever carrier you choose, look for a carrier that holds your child in a position in which you would naturally carry them in your arms in front, on your hip, or for a piggyback ride.

Enjoy Babywearing

I hope you enjoy baby wearing and much as I do. There are so many wonderful benefits of babywearing, for both you and baby. As a small example of attachment parenting, baby wearing can help bring you and your little one closer, as well as freeing up your arms for things like dancing with your older child. There are a lot of great carriers on the market but I hope these comparisons help you better compare the beco vs ergo. Have fun!


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