Is it too late?
If you came on here saying you had a 5 year old boy...then yeah probably a bit too late! lol
My son is 26 months and 35lbs and I still wear him! hehe
Get a mei tai hun - they are fab! hehe
With my older dd, who could not be put down, I used pouches at first and then nothing until she was around 6 months. I didn't realize you could do more than just cradle in a pouch and I was sling-challenged and knew of no other options back then. We used the hip carry in the pouch for the next year and then discovered wraps. She adjusted fine as she needed to be pressed up to me 24/7.
I have seen people come in and try babywearing and the babies scream or push away. It seems to me that the ones that scream are on a feeding schedule and the mom is convinced that "it is not time" to eat. And the ones that push away are not used to being held.
Sleep is the other main factor. Babywearing is a great way to put a baby to sleep but there may need to be a lot of movement/bouncing/walking. Sleepy babies can fuss a lot but that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be worn.
It's easier to learn to nurse a 5mo in a sling than a newborn since they are so good at it by that point. So many moms miss this. If you do want to try it when baby needs to nurse (or baby decides it is time to nurse), then get them in the carrier however, get them latched, and then get it comfortable around them. Eventually it becomes the opposite; you know where they need to be so you get them just so quickly and latch them on.
my ds took a break from bwing completely at around 9 mos. to 13 mos. because he was just too antsy.
there is a plus at this stage. he has good neck/head control. Good luck! you can do it!
I'm looking for a carrier I can use to do chores in like unloading the dishes, sweeping the floor and that sort of thing.
Today we used a front-carry in the Snugli but it's not the best carrier, it's really small (for him) and he kind of flopped around. It pinched me a little too. It was a hand-me-down so there's nothing lost. BUT he seemed to enjoy the movement and I handed him a spoon and he was entertained for about 20 minutes (which is AMAZING for him)
I think I'd like a back carrier so that I can get more done. What do you think?
I love my Baby Hawk Mei Tei for getting things done, but I also could not live without a good pouch sling (Momma's Milk is my favorite).
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
My bf just did that w/her toddler who went on her back for a shopping trip for the first time. He usually stays in the front in her Ergo. And she said he let her shop for 2 hours! Wow!
My ds was always quite and calm, happily observing when he's on my back.
Any other suggestions for back carriers? I am going to give this info to DH for Christmas!
I am of short stature and I'm plus sized. My baby is about 27" long and 20lbs, great head and neck control, very curious.
I would recommend either a wrap or an ergo. An ergo has a shorter learning curve, but I find a wrap more comfortable. If you've been using a snugli, I think you'll transition really well to an ergo, since they are both soft structured carriers. Good luck!
But 5 m.. heck no....
I wore DD out of the hospital..(hospitail was NOT happy) ohh well
and Ds the day we got home....we had to go ot Kmart.. i wore him .. -people's mouths dropped.. he was tiny... I LOVE BABYWEARING!!!
Kirsten, wife of Jason, mom to Anne, 7, and Orion, 5 (my HBAC baby!). Owner of Bloo Kangaroo Carriers - bringing moms, dads, and little ones closer since 2007.
I carried both of them out of the hospital in a wrap/scarf as well and the hospital wasn't thrilled with it, but I used to work there so they didn't say anything. Actually, the nurses didn't care, it was the unit secretary who kept saying "she can't do that! It's against the RULES!"