I purchased this product for myself and I was not paid for this post. My review does contain affiliate links. I am sharing my review of the Ergobaby Adapt since it is such a new product and I had trouble finding reviews when I purchased it.
I have used many baby carriers from wraps to ring slings to soft structure carriers with my babies. I have an original Ergobaby carrier and I love it. But, I have never used an Ergo with a newborn since you need a newborn insert to make it work. When I was pregnant with my third baby I did extensive research on finding a new carrier. I wanted one I could use with my newborn and I did not want an insert since summer was coming.
The Ergobaby Adapt baby carrier came out right around the time I had my baby. I actually returned the carrier I bought (from another brand) and bought the Adapt. At the time I was searching the internet trying to find reviews of the Adapt and did not see much. I knew I love Ergobaby so I went ahead and gave it a try. I have been using the Adapt with my baby since she was about a week old (she's three months now). I've used it almost every day for one to four hours at a time.
So, a little about the product..The Ergobaby Adapt baby carrier is the first insert less newborn ready carrier from Ergobaby. The seat of the carrier adjusts so it can be used from newborn up till toddler age. It supports 7-45 pounds. Besides the adjustable seat, it also has padded shoulder straps which can be crossed in back and lumber support on the waistband. These features make it a little different from all the other Ergo carriers.
Features of the Adapt taken from Ergobaby:
- 3 ergonomic carry positions: Front-Inward, Hip and Back carry positions
- Easy-to-use design, no infant insert needed for infants
- Ergonomic bucket seat gradually adjusts to a growing baby from newborn to toddler (7-45 lbs / 3.2-20 kg), to ensure baby is seated in an ergonomic spread-squat, natural “M shape” position at every stage
- Long-wearing comfort for parents with even weight distribution between hips and shoulders
- Padded, cushy shoulder straps with crisscross option, great for a snug fit for petite moms and those who prefer easy buckling on the front (adjustable 28 ¾ in - 48 ¾ in / 73 cm -124 cm)
- Lumbar support waistbelt (26 in - 55 in / 66 cm - 140 cm), can be worn low or high on waist to accomodate shorter or longer torsos and hold baby close enough to kiss, with double adjusters for easy tightening
- Cushioned and foldable head and neck support
- Tuck-away baby hood for sun protection and privacy (UPF 50+)
- Can breastfeed in carrier
- 100% Premium Cotton
- Machine washable
The ADAPT Baby Carrier has been acknowledged as a "hip healthy" product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
The Adapt carrier comes in grey and black. I was slightly disappointed at the lack of color options but I actually love the grey. It is neutral and light and goes with everything. I love the looks of the black but for summer I figured that would be too much. Baby wearing is always warm, I considered looking for a mesh carrier but went with the Adapt because it seemed lightweight and newborn ready.
I found adjusting the carrier simple and the instructions easy to follow. The seat adjusts by velcro and there is a guide on the carrier that shows you how to adjust it based on height. I have heard concerns about the velcro holding up but it is strong and does not seem like it will have any issues. It does not rub the baby at all. To use the carrier with my newborn I put the velcro on the tightest setting and then there are snaps on the outside of the carrier to pull it a little snugger. It would be easy and quick to adjust for an older baby as well. Since I am already used to using an Ergo putting it on was a breeze for me. I think it would be easy for anyone to learn.
The fit for my newborn is amazing. She has been snug as can be and falls asleep within minutes of getting in the carrier. I have had multiple back injuries and have had no back pain while wearing this. I can wear her for hours. Now I have not tried it with an older baby or toddler so I can't say how it compares to an original Ergo for an older baby but I will update my review as I find out.