Anyone still babywearing?
Yes, I still wear my almost 30# 3 year old DD frequently although not as frequently as pre pregnancy. I am a wrapper and have always preferred wraps over anything else. I use a very toddler and mama friendly carry called Jordon's Back Carry however I use a few variations so that I am not tied off at the waist or over my chest. http://wrapababy.com/baby-wearing-wrapping-video-instructions/jordans-back-carry-variation/20/. I can try to take a video of myself and how I finish the job for you, but it won't be until tomorrow at the best ; )
I do find wrapping to be way more versitle than SSC or RS because you can wrap so many different ways. I have a dear friend with a wrap business http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/ TONS of great info on everything related to babywearing--there is a oregant babywearing blog post, too, if you search it. Also, if you have ever watched youtube videos of wrapping, you have likely seen her, she is pretty prominent in the community.
You may find that the best wrap for a NB won't necessary jive for a toddler--many mamas can find one wrap that they like for all ages/sizes, but I found that a lighter wrap like ellaroo or bali breeze or a gauze wrap was best for NB wrapping for me and a more substantial wrap was necessary once my DD got some weight on her. My favorite toddler wrap is a Neobulle Vert Anis--in fact thats me modeling it on Wrapyour baby's website ; ) and for newborn/infant/under 1 it was any ellaroo wrap, but then again...everyone is deifferent ;)
My youngest is 5 and NOT a "I want to be worn" 5. More a "I need to run/climb/jump/samurai fight/too big to be carried" 5. Most of the time. So I've carried him some lately still, like into the car, out of the car, to time out, etc (not because he can't or won't, just that occasional tired boy snuggly bit)
But I have worn babes while pregnant before, with my second I wore my first (she was 6-15 months while I was pregnant), with my third I wore a baby I nannied for (4-13 months)
However with both my second and third pregnancies, the boys were SO low I was gently dilating at 6 months and my midwife put me on a lifting limit, so I stopped wearing for the most part.
Don't know if you know about thebabywearer.com, but that is a great place to find a used wrap ; ) I have bought there many times.
I love wearing my little one still. I have to use my wraps though over any other carrier I have right now since everything either fits odd or hits my stomach. At lest I have lots of wraps though so I have no trouble picking one. I just wore DD yesterday for about 3 hours total while we were out and then again when making dinner. I basically still wear her daily. The youngest is only 18 months and the next youngest is 3. I don't wear the 3 year old much but now an then in my pods I will
I find DIY wraps don't really do the job for toddler wearing. They seem fine for babywearing, but anything with a bigger kiddo and you really do benefit from having a wrap made out of material meant for wearing. Every one is different, but if you find that you are having trouble with pressure points or discomfort I would try a non DIY wrap vs. assuming it isn't working for you ; ) I literally used a t-shirt to wear/wrap my DD when she was a wee babe though...they can be worn in anything! haha
yes, I can appreciate that. I have a mini stash and am an Ellaroo collector, so, I am fortunate to have many options for wrapping this new babe. I only have 2 wraps that I use for my DD, but I have 4 for a little baby and can't wait to wear them again ; ) I collected good priced used from TBW when my DD was little and we had more money. I did recently sell off my most expensive, most beautiful wrap to a dear friend and am really sad that I did now :(
If you want to DIY a wrap for a bigger baby or toddler, look for a good linen blend. YOu want it to be about 65-70cm(can't think of inches) wide. Depending on the carry you want to do 3.5-5.5 meters(again yards/feet escape me).
I have never tried an Ellroo even though I love a few of their color ways. I am down to about a dozen carriers right now, I have a mix of wraps(mostly), Mei Teis, Podegeis, and 1 lone ring sling I don't use but can't part with either LOL. I keep looking for a new wrap for this baby but not sure what one i want yet. I think I want to find a way to get the new kokadi wrap that has sheep on it since we raise them though.