Now that I’ve been using the Scootababy for some time and had a better chance to compare it against the Ergo, here’s my verdict:
I recommend the Ergo.
Why I prefer the Ergo:
- It has a sleeping hood which is great for blocking out unwanted stimuli so baby can fall asleep more easily.
- The sleeping hood also offers nursing privacy in the event you don’t have a nursing cover (which I have been without from time to time when I have had to send it to the wash).
- It has a pocket for storing essentials – keys, wallet, nursing cover, wet wipes, etc. I guess this is only applicable to the models that come with the zip pocket, although you can purchase the pouch or backpack accessory and attach it to the carrier for convenience.
- Versatile styles for carrying – I can put Gareth on my back when I need to take Gavin to the toilet and don’t have someone to help me; I can side-carry Gareth when he wants to look out at the world; I can carry Gareth in front when I need to free both hands and keep Gareth nicely balanced.
Although I did initially complain that the side-carry was cumbersome and difficult to adjust to, I have since found that with time, it’s actually quite easy to adapt to. In retrospect now, I should have bought a second Ergo instead of the Scootababy.
That said, there are still some things that I like about the Scootababy:
- It’s easy to put on and take off.
- It’s side wearing so baby can have a better view of the world and still face Mummy.
There are also some other things Gavin and I didn’t like about the Scootababy:
- Gareth occasionally bumps his head on the buckle and cries (you can see in the picture above that if the girl swings her head forward she can bump her forehead onto the buckle – which is what Gareth does from time to time). I’m sure this is less of a problem with an older child who sits higher up and has more head control.
- Gareth is obviously too young to tell me anything but Gavin has complained about the comfort. I think it clips his leg somehow although I couldn’t figure out how. It was so bad he told me he rather walk than be carried (unless I’m using the Ergo).
Between the Ergo and the Scootababy, I’m afraid it’s got to be the Ergo hands down.