tips for babywearing really big baby
Our DD is almost 11m and is already probably close to 30 lbs. She is growing out of 2T clothing already and will probably be into 3T clothes before her first birthday. I have a woven wrap that I use to carry her in, using what I think is the standard front carry (crisscrossed across my back, and wrapped twice around my waist). The problem is that it really messes up my back, my shoulders, and my hips to carry her for any length of time. I end up doing it, because she really prefers to be worn, and because I want to be able to wear her for as long as possible. But the pain is really interfering with my ability to function (in particular, even with lots of core exercises intended to correct for this, I'm still having lots of trouble sleeping because of the pain).
So I was hoping some of you here might have some tips for carrying a large baby in a way that is better for hips/back/shoulders? I have thought about trying a back carry, but I'm not sure how on earth one does that in the winter when three layers of clothing and heavy coats are necessary? (I will need to wear a heavy coat for months yet, and a lightweight coat into early summer here.) Is it possible to back carry with a coat on? And can babies sleep in a back carry (she still falls asleep some of the time while being carried)?
I'm hoping some of you might have tips or suggestions? I'm generally in good shape (I climb the 7.5 flights of stairs to our apartment at least 4 times per day, and lift heavy stuff plenty of the time), but I had lots of problems with SPD with both pregnancies, and my hips/back have never fully recovered, which may be part of the problem.
Thanks in advance for reading my post!
DD born at 40w2d on 1/19/2011
DD born at 40w1d on 3/1/2014