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What's the best carrier for those who had back problems before baby wearing?<br><br>
I've been using a moby wrap with DS but now that he's 18+ lbs it's not working anymore.<br><br>
It seems like the Ergo has the most support? What do you mama's with bad backs find most comfortable?
 

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With my 2nd pregnancy, I had bad back pain that stayed after birth. I used woven wraps for about 8 months and I thought they were comfy enough. I switched to the Ergo and the back pain was gone within about 2 months. Amazing!
 

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I'm also most comfortable in a good soft structured carrier worn correctly -- Ergo, Patapum, and Beco are all good choices. A lot of people adore woven wraps for their versatility and supportiveness, and although the learning curve is quite steep, you can also really customize the carry/fit to suit your body and your needs. There are so many brands of great wraps -- they're pricey but very durable. Some good ones to look at are Didymos, Storchenwiege, Hoppediz, and Girasol.
 

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I have hip, back, and knee problems galore (including a total hip replacement) and went through several carriers. The only thing that has worked for me consistently for long periods of time are the woven wraps. I have Girasol, Didymos, and Storchenwieges in my stash. Got rid of all the rest. I have to have something that I can fully adjust to pull the babe close to my body and have carried my los from newborn and can still carry my almost 50lb 5.5yo on my back.<br><br>
Everyone's body is different and we all have different issues. I can't use an Ergo for more than 15 mins, my neighbor returned hers after using it for 5 mins, yet another friend swears it's the only carrier she'll ever use .... so try different kinds (if you have a NINO in your area, that'd be a great place to start) and see what works for you.
 

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I have had back problems for years, had surgery a few years ago, and I love my Ergo. I can still carry DD in it at age 2 1/2 (I'm a bad mommy to #3 - I have no idea what she weighs!). It is my 4th carrier and the best for my back (couldn't use Baby Bjorn or Maya Wrap, did love my Hotsling when DD was little).
 

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A good woven wrap for me as well, either a Didymos or BB Slen. I've tried almost everything else out there (yes, really and I'm not addicted honest!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and the only thing that works for me is a woven wrap. Not an ellaroo though.
 

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I'll second this as an Ergo user with Scoliosis.
 

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I have scoliosis<br><br>
I have found that wraps are the most comfortable carriers for me - BY FAR!<br>
Didymos and Storches are the best I have tried<br><br>
I hated structured carriers with padded waist (like the Ergo) One shoulder carriers only worked for max 30 minutes (pouches and ring slings)<br><br>
Some meitais / buckle-ties are good too such as the Freehand, Baby Hawk, Sachi, Napsack and Connecta.
 

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my baby is 20+lbs and i use the ergo. i tighten the waist as tight as i can and it doubles as one of those back braces almost.
 

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I have had back problems for years, and have a 27 lb one year old who I am still wearing daily, usually for at least an hour.<br><br>
I have a storch which is great. And I also love my diy mei tai- it has wide padded straps and is very comfy.
 

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A wrap made of non-stretch material is my first choice, my babyhawk meitai is second. Although, after a few hours I still get excrutiating neck/upper back pain with both and with the mei tai I get some lower back soreness as well (front carry, ds isn't old enough fro a back carry yet). Ds is about 15 lbs now.<br><br>
I tried a hotsling pouch, babybjoorn (before I know they aren't good for lo's spine), an Ergo, and a ring sling...all those didn't work out well for me.
 

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Thank you so much for your replies. Does anyone know of any online stores that let you purchase baby carriers (mei tai style and wrap) and try them out and return them if they don't work for you (if they are still in new-condition)?
 

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I have scoliosis and a lot of back pain. I used a pouch sling until about 30-35 lbs. with my oldest, and didn't have anything else. I wore him on my back in the pouch and it didn't hurt my back much. With my little guy, I started out with pouches and a mei tai and used both-- the mei tai was very comfortable for the first 20 or so pounds, but when he was 1 year and 21 lbs., I got a Yamo and have used it pretty much exclusively since, with occasional pouch use (like to run from the car into my son's karate, or from the car to our apartment). He weighs 31 pounds now and when I wear him for a long time, in any carrier, I get back pain and cramping. Luckily he doesn't want to be worn anymore (which is weird since I wore my oldest until almost 3, when I was too pregnant to do it anymore).
 
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