My ds2 is 6 months, just starting to crawl and pull up, and suddenly wants nothing to do with the SSC that we've relied on EVERY DAY. He arches his back, throws his head back and grunts and groans in it, even if we're briskly walking outdoors, which would normally be very soothing to him.
I don't know if he just doesn't like the restraint of it, or wants to be able to see out more, or if it's just a phase since he's going through a major milestone right now?
The only other carriers I have are a sleepy wrap, which isn't supportive enough anymore, and a pouch that I could do a hip carry with, but it hurts the back too much for my liking. I really don't have the budget to be shopping for more, but I can't survive caring for my 3 year old as well without being able to carry the baby contently somehow.
I was thinking of trying a back-carry, but I hate the idea of not being able to watch/interact with him as much.
I have an Action Baby carrier, and the rim of the carrier is in line with his mouth (perfect for nomming) but I wonder if maybe he's just too low in it/carrier body is too long? His arms can't really come out over the top of it- they only fit out through the sides. I'm not sure if a bolster would work.. I guess I thought that's more for newborns. He's pretty average size, about 18 lbs.
Maybe there's a different SSC that would allow more of the "freedom" he's looking for? I know out-facing is a no-no, but it almost seems like that's what he's itching for.