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With my bad back, slings just don't work. I need a carrier that goes over both shoulders. But I'm just reading some of the negative aspects of the Baby Bjorn. Is there a carrier that's better for baby? Any recs?<br><br>
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A wrap. I would suggest a dydimos. Well worth the money. You can spread the fabric out to hug your shoulders and use a tying method where it crosses on your back and wraps around your waist. Can't get more support than that. Super comfy! <a href="http://www.dydimos.de" target="_blank">www.dydimos.de</a><br>
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how about an ergo? it is a structured baby carrier that goes over both shoulders and is is much more comfortable than the baby bjorn and it is better for the baby's spinal development. I think that the website is <a href="http://www.ergobabycarrier.com" target="_blank">www.ergobabycarrier.com</a>
 

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A mei tai. Not such a huge wrap fan here, but I lurrrrve my mei tai.
 

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Any of the three mentioned above (wrap, mei tai, and soft structured carrier) would work well. Pick something that you like the looks of. You can get a used and generally greatly discounted baby carrier at the fsot boards here or else at thebabywearer.com. Good luck and I hope you find something that works.
 

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Didymos wraps might be a great investment, but I didn't have the money to invest in one. So, I checked out the DIY boards at <a href="http://www.thebabywearer.com" target="_blank">www.thebabywearer.com</a> and found some material suggestions to make one. There are many no-sew options out there, and this gives you a chance to see what you might like, length, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Other than a wrap, I would also suggest a Mei Tai, or even a buckle carrier like bECO or Ergo.
 

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I agree with all the suggestions. We have a wrap from <a href="http://www.theportablebaby.com" target="_blank">www.theportablebaby.com</a> and an Ella Roo mei tai and an Ergo. I like the Ergo more for hiking or long walks. The wrap and mei tai are great around the house and for trips to the library or other places. I love that in all these carriers you can wear your baby upright easily without putting the strain on their backs that comes from hanging them from their crotches (like in a Baby Bjorn or a backpack with a frame.)
 

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I have an ergo and a mei tai. I love them both-especially the ergo.<br>
There is a concern with the bjorn putting too much pressure on the crotch.
 

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I just purchased a Maya Tie Mei Tai and it's SUPER comfy to wear!! I have a bad shoulder and previous back injury and my RS's were aggravating both too much. The Maya Tie is like a mei tai, except is has wrap style straps that feel wonderful for both my shoulder and back!! It's a larger bodied MT, like a Kozy, and has a pocket for storage. Just thought I'd throw that into the mix. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have a bad back as well, and the Bjorn is HELL to wear. It puts all the baby's weight on your upper back and the tops of your shoulders, and it kills after a short period of time. I have an Ergo and love it. I think wraps are great for smaller babies.
 

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I've had three back operations, and love the Ergo for extended baby-wearing.<br><br>
Caveats: I like wearing a padded sling (<a href="http://www.parentingconcepts.com" target="_blank">www.parentingconcepts.com</a>) for "regular" wear, so maybe our back issues are different<br><br>
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also, I haven't tried the other wraps recommended.<br><br>
Good luck!!!!!!
 

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Ladies, you all are awesome!!! Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. I'm excited to research them all and try some out.<br><br>
Makes me sad that I didn't know about the problems with the Bjorn with my first babe (but I could say that about a LOT of things.) Live and learn.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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I have a sutemi <a href="http://sutemigear.com/" target="_blank">http://sutemigear.com/</a> which we loved for front and hip carries but I never used with the back carry because the straps criss cross on your chest and I always felt it made my boobs look funny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
For this new baby we just got the slingset <a href="http://www.theslingset.com" target="_blank">www.theslingset.com</a> with the support piece, I have tried a friends babe in it and liked it because it has the versatility of a wrap but the ease of a pouch.<br><br>
Mei teis are good too there are so many options!
 

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I have chiropractic problems and the sutemi has been my savior. My ds is 5 months and 20 pounds and INSISTS on being carried or worn much of the day.<br>
My only complaint is that I got it in black and it's a total lint magnet. But that's my cats' fault.
 
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