A great place to check out for babywearing is thebabywearer.com lots of great info there. There is also a babywearing section here. Good luck finding the right carrier for you, they really are so much fun.
Also, I made the mei tais, so they were pretty cheap and exactly what I wanted.
I also have a Lucky Baby sling that I like a lot.
There r a ton of carriers out there...just think about what you want.
Do you want a Mei Tai? Narrow Podaegi? Onbuhimo? wide podaegi? Chunei? SSC? Woven wrap,
fyi...probably the MOST versitle is a woven wrap...good for all ages and all sizes...like a Didy, Hoppeidz, etc...
i also recommend the babywearer.com
my fav as a beginner was a ring sling.... just easy to use.
my fav all around is a long german woven wrap. i like the storchenwiege (storch) the best, especially the leo natural. i would recommend a storch or didymos (didy) in a color that you like.
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I also am a HUGE GypsyMama Wrap supporter, they are awesome for when babies are little and cuddely. I also love the BBS for when I'm shopping and running around in a store.
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awesome DIY patterns and instructions.
I did love my Bjorn when DD was wee, but I didn't know as much about the world of slings and carriers. DH still uses it occassionally with DS though (he says he's seen other fathers wearing them, so it's ok, but won't wear any others in public).
there are loads of links to DIY instructions on the DIY forum at thebabywearer.com and there's also a yahoo group for folks who make baby carriers and there are some files there that i found helpful. there's a good SSC one IIRC.
if you sew at all, a mei tai really isn't that hard. i've made several. i tested the waters making a few ring slings and pouches, but since i prefer mei tais and SSC's, that's mostly what i make for myself now when i want to make something new. any easy first mei tai would be one like the BBO that has wide unpadded straps. there's loads of folks who've been making them over at thebabywearer, lots of threads with tips and pictures for inspiration. i personally prefer padding in the straps, but i tried a BBO with an almost 30 pounder last year and it was quite comfy. once you have that one under your belt you can always do another and try it with padding if you want to
I'll probably get flamed for this, but we've had them all & our favorite is the Bjorn Active. :
I used to be a BabyBjorn user with my first 2 babies before I knew about other carriers.
I am wondering though what age your baby is and what you have tried so far.
Oh, also how long do you wear your baby per time?
Originally Posted by pixiepunk
since you asked specifically about back carries, i would say a mei tai or a SSC would be the way to go, definitely. i'm pretty much an exclusive back carry mama except for when they're wee tiny (and really, i do it even then, just not exclusively), and use mostly mei tai's with the under 25 pound set and SSC's with babies once they get heavier than that.
ITA. I'll go one step further and say that I love a tall-bodied MT for the smaller babies, because of the great back/head support it provides. Short-bodied MTs, IMO, are better for bigger kids who won't be napping in the carrier and don't need so much upper body/head support. You can always roll the bottom of a tall-bodied MT to make it shorter, but you can't make a short-bodied MT taller!
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I asked for advice on TBW on getting a woven wrap or mei tai for back carries for an infant, and the overwhelming response was a wrap. I currently have one woven wrap that I'm using for it and it works very well! A little learning curve, but not too bad - I tried it maybe 3 times before I got it. What I've got is a Vatanai striped wrap, the first woven I've really used. Very light and airy yet supportive. Though I haven't got much to compare to! There are several carries you can do on your back with a wrap - TBW is really a great resource for info on those!
I just got a BH and haven't tried a back carry with it yet. At first when trying the wrap I thought for sure a Mei Tai would make more sense, but now that I've figured out the wrap, I can't see how I'd do it with a Mei Tai!
Other than back carries I love... well, all of my carriers! I have a pouch (Mamma's Milk) that I use for quick in and out types of carries, but can wear for quite a while, too. I use the Hug-a-Bub stretchy wrap for longer carries when I want more weight distribution and ease of moving both arms. And now I have the BH which I wore for 2 hours today with no problems, and the woven which I'm still getting used to for back carries. I think they all have their own special use and love them each for different reasons!
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