The Ergo Baby Carrier is one that has been around a long time, while the Onya Baby Carrier is a “new kid” in the baby carrier world. I’m going to compare the two today to help you solve the mystery of “which carrier should I get?”
The Ergo Baby Carrier:
The Ergo I tried was an older model, so I don’t know how a newer one would compare, but this is the information I have to go on. I tested this carrier when my toddler was 15 months and about 25 lbs. I didn’t do much front wearing, but it was surprisingly comfortable to wear him when I did. The pocket was easy to get to and would hold several items. I tried to cross the straps in the back, but the buckles were in an awkward spot, so I could not get them buckled by myself. Back carries were okay with this carrier, but not great. At the time my toddler was into wiggling, so I needed help every time I used it. There was some gaping of the shoulder straps above my shoulders that I never figured out how to adjust it so it fit better. My toddler is a leaner, so he would often lean way back, putting some stress on my back and shoulders. The carrier body was 12.5 inches at the waist and 13 inches high. The Ergo Baby Carrier is rated for children 12 lbs to 45 lbs. Infants weighing between 7 – 12 lbs can be accommodated by using the infant insert which is sold separately.
The Onya Baby Carrier:
I tried out the Onya when my toddler was 16 months and about 25 lbs. The front carry with him was comfortable. I couldn’t really reach the chest clip when the straps were done backpack style just because of the way the clip fastens at the side. The straps are able to be crossed, however, and that was made really easy by where the placement of the buckle was on the body of the carrier. Super easy to add more length to the strap and get it snapped in and tighten. It also made for a comfortable front carry with my big kiddo. Back carries where wonderful with this carrier. He fit so cozy in there, with the high back he wasn’t able to lean out, so it was comfy for me as well. The angled knee supports made the carrier fit him knee to knee and were padded as well. The height of the Onya is 18 inches when the headrest is fully up. There are several pockets on this carrier that are nice for packing a few things to be hands free. The Onya Baby Carrier is rated for children who are at least 15 lbs with good head control (about 3 months old) and up to 45 lbs. This carrier also has an added feature of being able to use it on a chair using the built in chair harness that hides away in a pocket.
Overall Ergo vs. Onya thoughts:
The Ergo is more versatile regarding the age range since with the additional infant insert you can use it from birth to about 3 or 4 years old. However, I feel that the Onya would more comfortably hold a larger child. The Onya carrier would be perfect for someone who has used an “infant” style of carrier, such as a stretchy wrap, while their child is young and then they would “graduate” to the Onya. The Ergo would be great for someone who might not plan to wear their child until they are 3, and is looking for a carrier that will last throughout their babywearing time.
Have you tried the Ergo or Onya? What did you think?
Disclaimer: I borrowed both carriers from friends. All opinions are my own. The link below is an affiliate link and I may be compensated if you click on it.