Using a great baby carrier has been part of my daily life with children for several years now. I’ve tested out more of them than I can count and was curious to see how the Ergobaby Aerloom baby carrier compares to others on the market. The Aerloom carrier is more streamlined and less structured than other Ergobaby carriers like the Omni 360 and Omni Breeze. It doesn’t have all the same bells and whistles as those more technical baby carriers but the good news is I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how versatile it is and how incredibly comfortable it is to use.
The Aerloom is made from innovative formaknit fabric that is 87% polyester yarn created from recycled plastic water bottles. It features mesh panels for built-in airflow and is an incredibly lightweight carrier that makes it an ideal baby carrier for taking with you on the go.
Table of Contents
- How Easy Is It To Use?
- How Comfortable Is It For Baby?
- How Comfortable Is It For Parent?
- Fabric Type and Care
- Can you fold it?
- Key Features:
- What would improve it?
- Recap & Final Thoughts
How Easy Is The Aerloom Carrier To Use?
The Ergobaby Aerloom baby carrier is easy to use. You put on the waist belt, pick up your baby and load them in, then you put on your shoulder straps and reach behind your back to do up the last buckle. Many other soft structured baby carriers on the market function similarly. I find it very quick to put on and take off, which is helpful when you’re on the go.
There are some good instructional videos online about how to get the carrier on if you’re having troubles. In addition, you can even join the Ergobaby Facebook group which is full of helpful moms as well as professionals from the Ergobaby company, who answer user questions and will provide you with a ‘fit check’ to see if your carrier is fitting you and your baby safely and comfortably.
As far as ease of use goes, babywearing in general can feel like a bit of acrobatics at first and takes some getting used to. It definitely gets easier as you practice.
How Comfortable Is The Aerloom For Babies?
The Aerloom carrier is very soft to touch, which is important for any fabric that comes into contact with your baby’s skin. It also has a nice big mesh panel for good airflow because baby wearing can get sweaty and mesh is a great comfort feature.
The Aerloom baby carrier also has light padding around the baby’s leg openings to help with weight distribution (no red marks on my baby’s skin) and lightly padded head support, which is nice and flexible.
My baby has been really comfortable in this carrier as we’ve been using it. The carrier’s simple design still has enough adjustments you can make to it to guarantee you’re getting the perfect fit for your child.
How Comfortable Is The Aerloom For Parents?
I find the Aerloom baby carrier to be an extremely comfortable carrier to wear, even for longer treks. It has good lumbar support and is very well-designed to distribute weight over your shoulders, back and waist.
The Aerloom carrier is one of the lightest carriers I’ve used compared to many other structured baby carriers; it only weighs 1.45lbs/.66kg. It’s nice that there’s not a lot of extra weight, considering baby wearing is already heavy on its own.
The Aerloom waist belt is very versatile and fits many diverse body types with a great custom fit. The waist belt can be adjusted from 17 to 53 inches (43.5 to 134.5 cm). This means it is a great option for petite wearers and many plus-size adults too.
The shoulder straps are contoured to fit nicely and offer good weight distribution over your back and shoulders without the need to cross the straps in the back. The Aerloom’s shoulder straps are not very padded and are not capable of crossing. If that’s an important feature for you, consider reading my review of the Ergobaby Omni Breeze, or Ergobaby Omni 360 (both are more padded and have crossable straps).
The Ergobaby Aerloom carrier is $219 USD when it’s not on sale ($279).
The Aerloom carrier is a premium, award winning, top of the line baby carrier and the price reflects it. Not only is it made from sustainable post-consumer recycled polyester, but the colors it’s available in are limited editions. There are a few big, expensive purchases you may make as a new parent, but investing in a good baby carrier is likely one that you won’t regret.
Fabric Type and Care
Aerloom baby carriers are knit with lightweight yet durable, post-consumer recycled polyester yarn and an inner lining that is 100% cotton OEKO-TEX certified fabric. The materials are all tested to be certain they are free from harmful substances and safe for your baby’s skin. This breathable carrier has mesh panels that help keep adventurous parents cool on hot days with its smart design and innovative material.
A certain number of carriers are available for each color, Once the company sells out of a certain color of carrier, you won’t see that exact color again.
When the carrier needs more than a spot clean, you should machine wash or hand wash it in cold water and air dry it. Ergobaby recommends using a wash bag or even putting it in a pillowcase before it goes through the wash. Use mild detergent in cool water and fasten all the clasps closed. They also recommend hang dry only.
Can you fold the Aerloom carrier?
Yes, you can fold the Ergobaby Aerloom carrier. It folds to be quite a bit smaller than most of my other soft structured carriers due to the fact that it has less padding and is made of lighter material. It’s quite ideal for packing to take with you on your travels or having as backup in your diaper bag or stroller.
Ergobaby Aerloom Key Features:
The shoulder straps are wide, soft and lightly padded. They have less padding than the Ergobaby Omni Breeze or Omni 360, which I was wary of, but I haven’t been sore from using it.
The shoulder straps do not cross behind your back. The slightly curved shoulder straps are designed to be contoured to your back to eliminate the need for crossing. I also find the curve helps them to not slip off my shoulders since I have a slim frame.
The infant seat has lightly padded leg openings for better infant comfort. It can be configured two different ways depending on the size of your baby. For a newborn, you can wrap the carrier once around a built-in band to reduce the body panel size so it doesn’t engulf the baby and cover their face more than it should. For a slightly larger baby, the carrier is extended to its full length.
The Aerloom doesn’t have all the same adjustment options as the Omni carriers Ergobaby offers. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it functions considering some of the bells and whistles it’s missing at first glance.
Waistband & Lumbar support
The waist belt can be adjusted from 17 to 53 inches (43.5 to 134.5 cm). This carrier is great for petite parents who may struggle to get a tight fit with some other carriers like the Omni carriers and carriers from Lillebaby I’ve reviewed. The lightly padded waistband is nice and wide and comfortable to use.
The waistband has nice, flexibly padded lumbar support to alleviate pressure that causes lower back aches.
You can use the Ergobaby Aerloom in a front-facing in position with a newborn (no newborn infant insert needed). Front-facing in position with an older baby. Front-facing out position and a back-carry position. You can see my different photos of the carrier in newborn mode for smaller babies below. Make sure to adhere to the recommendations in your carrier’s instructions or on the Ergobaby website so you ensure your baby has adequate neck control for each carry position.
The Aerloom reminds me a lot of the Ergo Embrace carrier in some ways since the Embrace also has the same number of carry positions. However, the Aerloom can be used longer and for up to a higher weight limit.
The weight restrictions for the Aerloom carrier are 7 – 35 pounds (no newborn insert needed). To start using this carrier, your baby must be a minimum weight of 7 pounds, and a minimum height of 20 inches. It can be used up until age 3 or until your toddler is a maximum weight of 35 pounds.
Instructions sewn in
The waistband of the Aerloom carrier has a small panel of instructions sewn into it in case you need to reference it on the go.
I find this can be super helpful if you have stored your carrier away for a while and need a quick guide.
The Aerloom carrier has one large zippered pocket sewn into the lumbar support of the waistband.
It looks very nice and flat compared to how bulky and puffy the detachable waistband pocket looks on the Omni carriers Ergo makes.
What would improve the Aerloom carrier?
It would be nice to have a sun hood option with this carrier, even if it was detachable (to help maintain how nice and sleek the carrier looks without it). A sun hood would come in handy in offering better head/neck support in a back carry position for an older toddler.
Many of the other ‘nice to have’ features that the Aerloom is missing (crossable straps, more pockets, more adjustable infant head support and seat adjustments) are all details that Ergo provides in other more technical baby carriers like their Omni carriers.
Recap & Final Thoughts on Ergo Aerloom carrier
The Aerloom is a very unique, premium quality baby carrier that I’ve really enjoyed using. This carrier is a great option if you’re looking for a baby carrier you can use from the newborn stage through to early toddler years. It’s a simple, sleek design that makes it easy to use and looks great. It’s also nice to have a variety of carry-position options available (front face in, front face out, and back carry).
I can happily recommend the Aerloom baby carrier as a good choice for both new parents and seasoned baby-wearing pros.
- My favorite Aerloom features:
- Sleek looking design
- Fabric is soft to touch
- Simple to use
- Breathable mesh panel
- Good ergonomic design for baby and adult
- IHPI certified ‘hip-healthy’ baby carrier
- Lightly padded shoulder straps
- Flexible lightly padded waist belt
- Folds easily & very light weight
- Machine washable
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