Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Atlantic Canada
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I was going to say, a mei tai! I do think you just need to find someone to help you out a bit, cause a 23lb 13 month old should be fine and comfy in a mei tai. We have an actual Kozy, but I've used others and don't find there's that much difference.
I do have trouble putting dd in after I've let her down to walk/run and she needs to "ride" again. She doesn't want to be constricted at all, so she fights like a banshee. It's sort of embarassing! Is this what you mean when you say your kiddo is swinging all over the place? My dd does settle once I've got her mostly on. She likes when I "shake" her down. I sort of hold the shoulder straps up at my ear level and bouce to settle her into the body a little more. *Then* I tie it tight - gets a more secure fit that way.
If your kiddo is just trying to see what you're doing, have you tried folding the base of the body over once or twice to shorten it up (so, where the waist ties are), and then tying the whole thing on higher on your body (like above where the swell of your belly would be if you were pregnant)? She should sit a lot higher that way, and be able to see over your shoulder.
I think there's a beco that allows you to put the babe in before you put it on yourself (??). Hiking packs also usually put the babe up a lot higher (ie: Kelty). They're a bit of a different vein of babywearing, but still work in terms of convenience, motion, etc, etc. I'm not at all a fan of ring slings, especially if you have back issues!
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