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I see some mei tai makers advertising that you can put a very small baby, even a newborn, in a back carry position with them. I'd love to be able to carry DS on my back sometimes, but he is 2 months and our selendang just doesn't work for back carrying, while he won't be ready for back carrying in the ergo for a few months yet. Would he really be secure in a mei tai on my back at this age?
 

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There are instructions on the Kozy website. <a href="http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com/instructions.html#anchor_316" target="_blank">http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com...tml#anchor_316</a>
 

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i started carrying DS on my back in a freehand MT when he was 2 months. changed my life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> definitely try it. start over the bed or the couch, or with someone there to 'spot' you so you have confidence that you won't drop him.<br><br>
i second the rec for Kelley's directions at kozycarrier.com - she's got great pics and directions for all kinds of carries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I saw the directions-- just wanted to make sure they really work, safely, and weren't just a sales ploy.
 

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Absolutely they are safe. I prefer a larger-bodied carrier like the Kozy or a tall-bodied Babyhawk for carrying a little baby, for good head/body support, but learning to get my newborn dd up on my back in a high back carry was life-changing for me.<br><br>
Practice over a bed, in front of a large mirror, until you're confident you can do it properly and safely. Like any other physical skill, it takes practice until you know what a good, safe carry feels like. When you're ready to take it on the road, use a car window or store window as a mirror to spot yourself and check your work.<br><br>
Kelley, who invented the Kozy, thereby modernizing the mei tai and bringing it to the US market, is a very experienced, very knowledgeable babywearer, and is also extremely conscientious and ethical -- I promise you that she would never, ever recommend something unsafe. She is the person on the Tummy 2 Tummy babywearing DVD who demonstrates mei tai use, and is very careful to cover safety instructions.
 

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def not a sales ploy. i know kelley IRL (she and her kids are in a playgroup we go to regularly) and i have always been impressed at the fact that she's not ever trying to sell people her merchandise. she often tells people she thinks some other carrier would be better for their needs (like a wrap, or a ring sling, for example) and always uses the generic languaging of mei tai vs. saying 'kozy' when she's referring to that style of carrier. and she is super safety-conscious, as Quirky mentioned. she wouldn't demonstrate (and thereby advocate) an unsafe use for her carrier.<br><br>
and ITA that a larger bodied MT is best for a small baby back carry, because there's more fabric to contain them, and since you're froggying their legs, you need their whole body to fit in there and be wrapped up nicely in the fabric. if you feel there's too much, you can always roll it down to shorten it, but there's nothing you can do to add length to a short MT. though having said that, i did a back carry with my tiny baby with a Freehand, which is a smaller bodied MT, with no troubles whatsoever, so it can be done either way.<br><br>
fyi, you can also see directions for small baby back carries at mamatoto.org in the wrapping instructions. the process is quite similar, really, so it might be helpful to see it demonstrated in various ways.<br><br>
there's probably also pics/instructions at thebabywearer.com someplace as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Hey<br><br>
yeah u can def do that...also u can use an Onbuhimo as well. I started ds on my back at 3 weeks so def 2 months is possible...just get them up high and snug.<br><br>
p.s. dont try a "santa toss" at that age though...<br><br>
Umm Ibrahim
 

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UmmIbrahim;8145059dont try a "santa toss" at that age though...<br><br> [/QUOTE said:
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I did a santa toss all the time with my little baby -- put her in the MT with the straps under her armpits, gripped the straps in one hand, put the other hand in her crotch and levered her up and over my head onto my back. I don't know how else you'd get a little baby in a high back carry.
 

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Hey<br><br>
See I tried to a do a santa toss when I first started putting ds on my back and he was like 3 weeks old but he was soo "jello-ish" that he'd slide out, iregardless of how snug I had him.<br><br>
What I did...and it worked wonderfully was lay him inside the carrier...laid him and carrier on the bed, laid out the straps, sat down infront of his feet and quickly and carefully leaned backwards, taking the straps in my hands (like the strap part that meets the carrier body), and then as I would quickly get up he would be snug against my back with the carrier and baby up high, then i'd bend over and readjust if I need too.<br><br>
It worked very very well and is akin to putting a heavy backpack on.<br><br>
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santa toss always worked well for me. but you can also do a modified santa toss that's less, um, tossy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> basically lifting the baby up so their feet are pointing towards your shoulder, and then gently slide them onto your back.
 

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I started wearing my babe on my back in a locally made mei tai using the santa toss starting at 2 mos. It's still the easiest, fastest way to get my baby on my back-- easier than my Yamo!
 

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Oh I never thought of a Santa Toss. Is that the same as sliding over yur shoulder a la mamatoto.org?<br><br>
I wor emy baby at 3 weeks on my back to do dishes etc. But I used a wrap. But I think it is the same concept.<br><br>
You may have to roll up the bottom of your mai tai though, so it's not too deep.
 
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