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Hi mamas!<br><br>
My ds is 7 months old, and when he was a newbie he didn't like being in a sling at all! When he was 4.5 months, I tried him again and he seems to like it. However, since we didn't do this in the beginning I'm not really in the "habit" of wearing him very much. I usually wear him when he's really fussy or not feeling well, and it really relaxes him. I wear him in a Mei Tai facing in or out...and sometimes back pack style.<br><br>
My baby is a large 7 month old, and I find it difficult to actually do anything productive while wearing him, so mostly we just rock and dance to music....so the wearing only lasts about 1/2 hour. I'm just wondering what you manage to do while wearing a larger or older baby, and how often would you say you do wear your older baby?<br><br>
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I'm in the same boat with my dd, she is 7.5 mos old and was never big on being slung. Now she doesn't mind but its hard to be productive and sling her.<br><br>
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You're starting earlier than I did with dd3 - she hated the sling when she was an infant and I didn't try again until she was over a year old. By that time, I only wore her when we were out and usually only for short periods of time. I couldn't be productive with her in the sling. I have a friend who wears her baby all the time, she wore her older ds until he was almost 4 - this woman can do anything and everything with a kiddo in the sling, it's like an extention of her. I guess it is just a matter of repetition and getting used to it. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful
 

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My Korean MIL would recommend a true podegi, which is basically a sort of blanket with two straps, and you tie the baby on your back and go about your day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
That said, I didn't wear my son around the house much. We only wear him outside the house, b/c he likes moving around while being worn.<br><br>
He always enjoyed playing on the ground, though, was very good at being alone for a few minutes while I'd do something in another room...I also got very strong and able to hold him while doing quite a lot. Vacuuming, laundry (not folding), that sort of thing.
 

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My 7 month old is over 21 lbs (not sure how big your baby is), and I wear him a lot. I get three types of things done while wearing him: 1. I put him on my back in a wrap or MT and do household stuff, like dishes or laundry. 2) ditto, except I go run errands (we're city folk). 3) I put him on my back or front in MT or wrap (sometime he hangs out and nurses), and bounce on the exercise ball while I work on the computer. I try to time this for when he's sleepy, and he'll conk out, if not, I attach toys to both shoulder straps, and he's happy to hang out for at least a half hour.<br><br>
The key thing for us is using a 2-shouldered carry, so both my hands are free and my back doesn't hurt. Ds also LOVES to look over my shoulder, so I make sure he's sitting high enough to get a good view. To him, even looking at me doing dishes seems to be fascinating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
It does take a little time to build up those babywearing muscles, though, so don't be surprized if you feel like you've had a bit of a workout in the meantime. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Happy baby wearing!
 

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My son is 4 months and we've used the sling since a week old, but personally i can't get my hands together in the front, so that means no dishes or anything of the like, but I use it lots if he needs to be held and i have to do laundry or get things picked up (awkward, but it can be done). So we don't use it much at home, since he's just as content to be with me on the floor or in a swing playing with his toys or just checking everything out and I can get things done a million times faster. we use the sling when we're out though- at the grocery store, mall, walks, hikes etc. He especially likes using it then when there's lots of new things to look at, and I don't have to worry about him being in a cart or strollre and wanting to sneak away for just a second to grab something.
 

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My seven week old is 16 pounds, and so the sling is definitely out. His head bumps against the plastic rings and he just grunts and wiggles when he's in there-no matter how long or frequently.<br><br>
So, I use the baby trekker since it holds him straight up and down. I make sure he gets other positions when he's out, too, to balance him out and keep his spine healthy. <b>He loves it and I have cleaned for 3 hours with him in it!</b><br><br><b>I really feel each child has his or her own personality and needs and I have to adapt to and respect how different each of my kids are.</b>
 

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I cooked dinner yesterday with my 2.5yo on my back in my Ergo. I can clean up junk in the house and vacuum with my 11mo on my back in the Ergo. I have a pouch that I love as well, but can't get much done using it. I feel that they kids are really secure and out-of-the-way in the Ergo.
 

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I wear my 18.7 lbs. 7.5 month old in a front sling. We also have a Snugli that will allow her feet to hang out, but it takes an act of God to strap her in that -- not because she hates it -- it's the Snugli. Anyway, I still manage to carry her in the front sling. The things I do is take the dog out and tend to him. I do laundry -- put it in the wash and dryer -- and that's about it. I wear her when we're out and she doesn't want to be strolled, or I just want her near. I am currently looking for a new sling. I didn't know much about baby wearing and this website when she was born, so I'm still new to everything. Good Luck!
 

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My DD is 13 months and ~22 lbs. When I absoluletely have to get something done around the house and she won't play by herself/with her brother or nap, I strap her on my back the mei tai or in the Moby Wrap. I hate doing housework with her on me because she likes to pull my hair when I can't give her undivided attention and it's frustrating, but I'm learning to ignore it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I prefer the mai tai for the back carry because it feels more secure, but I prefer the wrap for front/hip carries because it's more comfortable in those positions. I wear her pretty much every day because she likes it and because *this is going to sound weird* babywearing helps my back. The carriers act as a sort of backbrace on me and since I have a lot of back pain from having big boobs, it feels good. I used to get tired after a short time wearing her (from carrying around the extra weight) but now I can wear her for hours without really noticing she's there, weight wise.
 

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This thread is great...my ds is big for his age too....about 16 pounds at 10 weeks. I love my slings, but it is getting difficult to stuff him in there anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We have an Ergo but he doesn't seem old enough for that yet. That baby trekker looks interesting....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This thread is great...my ds is big for his age too....about 16 pounds at 10 weeks. I love my slings, but it is getting difficult to stuff him in there anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We have an Ergo but he doesn't seem old enough for that yet. That baby trekker looks interesting....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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A Mei Tai is great for a younger baby. I would imagine a baby that large would be hard to stuff in a pouch, but not enough head control for some other carriers. When my ds was that young, I would wear him front facing in the Mei Tai. That provided head support, plus he liked looking out. He wasn't a huge slingin' fan, but this was the best for us.
 

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We slung dd in a variety of ring slings (several homemade, one maya sling, one peas in a pod sling) and a Snugli more or less from birth. We also used an ultimate baby wrap for a few months. We'd sling her at home and while out/about town.<br><br>
When she outgrew the Snugli we moved to an Ergo and absolutely love it (there is an insert that makes the Ergo more "tiny baby friendly, but we didn't know about it in time)! She's learning to walk (she's 11mo) and likes having a lot of "down time" and it's so much easier to get her in and out of the Ergo than it was getting her in and out of the Snugli! Also, being able to put her on my back and be really confident that she's secure is a big plus. Often she'll fall asleep on my back and I get a lot done...I just have to keep reminding myself to squat down instead of bend over! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also, for mamas with slings and wraps...don't forget there are a number of positions you can use (including positions where the babe sits upright in the front or on your back back, and positions where they straddle your hip)! If a little one doesn't fit in the cradle carry but isn't too heavy for your shoulders, you might try one of the other holds since they'll be a little more out of the way while you're going about your daily activities.
 

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Another vote for a mei tai <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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I still carry my 36 lb. 3 yr. old around in both my pouch and my mei tai when we are walking a long distance and he gets tired (assuming my partner is around to carry the baby in his pouch or the MT).<br>
For my 3 mo. old (about 16 lbs) I prefer the mei tai. With him on my back I can make food, do laundry, clean the house, play basketball or football with his brother, swing at the playground, etc. Basically anything. I take him to class with me (two 2:30 classes each week) and stand up with him on my front in the MT the whole time so he won't make any noise.<br>
With Julian (the 3 yr. old) on my back I can't squat down as easily because getting up is hard with 36 lbs. on your back, but I can easily walk the mile loop at the zoo, or walk around the mall or grocery store. For shorter distances I sling Julian on my hip if he insists on being held. I never ever carry him on my front, it just doesn't work with such a big kid. I'd say 2 is the limit on front carries- my kid is just too long too fit there without hindering my mobility.<br><br>
Oh, I wear my 3 mo. old for several hours a day and I wear my 3 yr. old about 1-2x a week, for an hour, tops. Up until about 6 mos. ago I wore my toddler every day, though. It wasn't until my back started aching from the baby belly that I gave up the daily slinging and made my big boy walk anywhere.
 

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Nothing like having the kiddo rest his feet on your thighs as you walk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Oh, and don't forget the pushing down on the thighs as you go up steps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm 5'3" (63 inches) and DS was 22 inches when he was born...he grew tall FAST, so I've been dealing with that problem for ages now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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