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Old 12-08-2007, 01:29 AM - Thread Starter
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It took me till baby #5 to make babywearing work for me. I started with a padded sling on the first few babies and it never worked. With #5, I had a WAHM make me 2 unpadded ring slings (1 for every day and 1 white iolet for Sundays). DH and I worked on it till we figured out how to make it work. Somebody told us always to walk while adjusting it. The babies would go to sleep within minutes of being worn. It was awesome! I take my babies to work with me, so it was great to have an easy way to give them a nap at a moment's notice.

My youngest is now 2 (30 months to be exact). We haven't practiced babywearing for over a year and I don't even know where my ring slings are. She doesn't go to work with me now, as I work at a dusty/dangerous place. She goes to "creative playtime" and my daughters babysit her a lot, so I'm not with her as much as I'd like. She is well-attached, still nursing about 5x a day and co-sleeping and such. But she also has some issues with being very aggressive (ok, violent) and clingy. The sibling rivalry between her and my 4yo daughter is downright toxic.

I'm wondering if it would help to start wearing her again. If so, what kind of carrier? I'm pretty lazy at home so I don't tend to be walking around much. This would require changes on my part, other than just tying on a sling.

Maybe the whole idea is wrong, but when I saw the sleepywrap here on Mothering, and I got to thinking about babywearing and why in the world I ever stopped.

I know that people still wear 2yo's. But does anyone have experience with putting a baby back in a carrier after a year out? What type is best? I know it would need to be supportive. I think she weighs about 30 lb.

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Old 12-08-2007, 09:55 AM
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it certainly couldn't hurt! i'd use an ergo backpack personally. it's very easy to get on/off. good luck! btw, my 3 yo still uses the ergo (about 34 lbs.)

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