Originally Posted by KTProvi
Watching this closely bc I have a 30-lb 10-mo-old! (I know.....). I usually have him in the Ergo in front but it is killing my back. I don't know how to get him in the Ergo on my back by myself (watched the Ergo video but they show a toddler who can somewhat help). Does anyone have advice for getting a baby into an Ergo on your back?
Practice, practice, practice at home is the best advice. Even at 10 months, if you practice it just once a day or so, your LO will learn very quickly what to expect and can "help" when getting into a back carry by clinging on to your back. Or at the very least, most babies tend to learn to be still while you are buckling your carrier.
Some people like to practice on a bed or while kneeling on the floor until they get more comfy with the process. I found that it worked better for me to practice in a more realistic position by standing up in front of a full-length mirror. (I won't have access to a bed or be able to kneel in a parking lot, so figured we might as well learn while standing right off the bat.)
There are lots of variations for getting your babe on your back. Some people use the superman toss. Some people buckle the carrier on their hip, put their babe in, then scoot the entire thing to their back, which I never did find very easy. I use the hip scoot method where I buckle the carrier on my waist, leaving the arm straps and body of the carrier loose. Then put your baby on your hip like you are going to carry him, lean over forward and scoot him onto your back, pull the carrier over his body, put your arms in the straps, buckle the chest clip, tighten your straps, then stand up. Sometimes, especially with an Ergo, a good bounce after standing will get your LO settled into the seat more, then you can tighten the straps further.
Here are some videos:
And a way I've never seen or tried before, but looks interesting