ERGObaby Heart2Heart Infant Insert Review

I accumulated most of my baby slings, wraps and carriers after my daughter was three or four months old, so the past few months have been my first adventure wearing a newborn in a variety of carriers. As many of you may recall I slipped a disc in my back last month and have had some back issues on occasion over the past four or five years, so I need to be especially picky about what carriers I wear for what occasions. 


When I am out of the house or know I am going to be wearing my son for longer periods of time I typically need a structured carrier and the ERGObaby has been a favorite these past couple of months. It’s one that my husband even entertains the idea of wearing, because it looks more like a backpack than a sling or mei tai. It has offered me the much needed back support I need with the thick waist strap and chest and the thick shoulder straps are comfortable. I had the opportunity to review the new Heart2Heart newborn insert, which allows you to wear newborns in the ERGObaby carrier. 

It is called Heart2Heart, because the insert still allows baby’s tummy to be against yours, but it cocoon’s baby to properly support their spine and elevate them in the carrier so they don’t get swallowed. They literally look like they’re in a cocoon when you set them in the Heart2Heart and then you place your little bundle inside the carrier. You can see us in the blustering cold in the parking lot of the hospital on our way to his 2 week appointment (I still have my preggo cheeks, lol) and I also loved that it kept him bundled up and warm in the freezing January weather. 


The top portion of the insert can be folded down (check out some pics on their website here), but I kept it up in the picture to the right, to protect his little head from the chilly wind. The insert can be used until a child is four to five months old, but I find that my little guy is almost growing out of it already at about 13 pounds. I do tend to have little chunkers and he may be closer to 14 pounds now since the last time we weighed him. 

I tried wearing him without the insert this past week when we went to grab some groceries to tie us over until I made my Commissary run this week and he seems large and sturdy enough to be OK without it now. I think I may still use the insert from time to time this month until the weather warms up a bit since it does keep him nice and warm as well as keep him stable and properly aligned. If you notice (see picture, left) he has “froggy legs” which is more comfortable for a young infant and it also keeps him higher up in the carrier so he doesn’t get swallowed. 


If you need the support of a structured carrier from the beginning or only want to make an investment in one high quality carrier that will work from birth to 40+ pounds, the Heart2Heart Infant Insert makes that possible in the ERGObaby. I have a large baby carrier, sling and wrap collection and although each has its specially place for certain occasions or ages, the ERGO is my “go-to” carrier that I can use anywhere, anytime and at any age. 

The Heart2Heart Infant Insert is available in organic and non-organic versions. Visit ergobabycarrier.com for their full selection, additional information, accessories and carriers. 

Samples of the products mentioned in the review were provided for this review. No other compensation was received and the views and opinions are my own.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. Thank you so much for your review. We have an Ergo but we were beyond the newborn stage when we got it so I did not even consider getting the insert. I’ve been considering it should any future children come along so I appreciate your opinion on it. :) Do you think it will work with other SSC or only with the Ergo?

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