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#1 of 5 Old 06-07-2003, 08:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We are looking for advice about a baby wearing device. We have a VERY large 2 month old son who loves it in the baby bjorn, sort of tolerates the new native and maya wrap, but our backs are killing us.

What do you use?

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hi there
i use a rebozo (from ebay~ $25) and a packababy ( www.packababy.com ) . and i carry my 20 lb babe all day in one or the other, i meaan literally all day even for naps.
i have found that the secret to carrying a babe with out hurting your back is to have the baby very tight to your body. (which can't happen in a new native, imho.)

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megin -

I also had a very heavy babe (I now have a heavy toddler, lol!). I didn't have this board at the time or know about my carrier options, but there are several I've heard great things about.
One is the babytrekker, which seems to have good back support, and adapts (will work on your 2 month old but goes up to toddler weight on the back...).

I've only really used an OTSBH, and I agree that something adjustable like that allows you to have her whole weight tight against your hips and chest, not 'hanging' from your shoulders or back, if that makes sense? Also I like the padding with how heavy she is, though its bulky it's worth it to me - I still wear her in it on my hip at 16 months, nearly 30 lbs.

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there are a lot of options (we have a 25lber and use 3 of 4 different styles of sling each day) but the key is to have several good carriers and switch them out. any carrier that offers waist support (didymos and other wrap carriers, baby trekker, frame packs) will help your back. imo the baby bjorn is really hard on the back.

another thing is that with a growing baby it can be hard to keep your strwngth up unless you are carrying your baby a whole lot. sometimes i find that when tristan is in a growth spurt i have to carry him more often or while doing more strenuous activity to keep up with him. we eclusively sling him so we have to keep up! good luck!
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Originally posted by BowenTherapist

i have found that the secret to carrying a babe with out hurting your back is to have the baby very tight to your body. (which can't happen in a new native, imho.)

hth
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The other thing is to make sure you have the sling at or above waist height.

I really love wrap around slings like the Didymos/Girasol etc for pain free carrrying. My youngest was carried almost constantly in a Didy for the first 6 or 7 months of his life. The Packababy is also a great carrier. It will even work with my 5 year old. Not that I am over keen on slinging her anymore.

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