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ds is 8 months, and whenever I wear him he is constantly moving around and grabbing stuff. This isn't a problem if we're just walking around the house or outside, but it's really tough when I'm cooking - he's always trying to grab hot pans, sharp knives, and bits of food. It's getting so I can't really cook with him in the sling, which is a problem because he usually wants to be held at that time of day. Any suggestions? He doesn't seem to like being carried on my back at all.
 

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I usually give madison something to hold/play with if she's in the "gotta touch everything" mood. this works most of the time.
 

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I definitely feel your pain! I really think moving him to your back is the answer. Do you have a carrier or sling that is comfortable on your back?<br><br>
A few thoughts for making the transition:<br>
1. Don't try it at that dinner-making time of day. Try it at a peaceful time of day (well-rested, well-fed, dry baby).<br>
2. Get him tied onto your back, then immediately go for a brisk walk. Look at trees, cars, etc. together. Don't just get him up there and wait for him to protest -- he will! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
3. Put him nice and high on your back. A wrap or a mei tai are especially good for this, or possible a ring sling. The Ergo is hard to get up high. If he's nice and high, he can look over your shoulder at everything that's happening. Most babies love this!<br><br>
Sometimes babies have to be "persuaded" to like a certain carrier or carrying style, but they almost always can be convinced!<br><br>
HTH!
 

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I sososwoowowsoosos feel you on this....it's touch touch and then in the mouth....all the time! even the cat's tail is mouth-worthy....so my question is, how do I get him high and secure in the back carry? I have a moby (strech fabric) and ds is 9 mo (about 20 lbs)....I can't seem to follow the vids on mamatoto.org...any pointers?<br>
tia and gooooooood luck to the moms with grabby babes....it means they're interested and aware, right?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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