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Hi mamas,<br><br>
We need some advice. Brought 8-month old 19 lb DD home from Guatemala earlier this month, and she enjoys being carried, but DH likes to take really long walks. He was gone for about 2 hours with her today so had her in the stroller (which she likes too) but he thinks she would like it a lot more in a carrier so she can see higher.<br><br>
We have lots of back-carry capable carriers, Ergo, Kozy, baby fairies, etc. So far are fine for shorter-term carries. It's hard to go from no baby to 19 lbs of squirmy baby!<br><br>
Plus, we live in NC and DH sweats a lot when he is walking. LOL I also think his back could use some help carrying the 19+lb babe.<br><br>
Would a frame style backpack carrier work better for these extended walk/hikes? I think having some separation between them would help them both air out, and the frame would give more support to her wiggly self.<br><br>
I know most are for 12+ months but I know Evenflo makes a Snugli for 6+ months.<br><br>
Ideas?<br>
Holli
 

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A Kelty is your best bet my hubby uses it on our 38 lb son and he says the weight is more on your hips than your back with how it supports which makes it the best.He did alot of research on which ones work best for tall people and which ones distribute the weight throughout instead of all on your back.
 

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I used one with my son from about that age on (it also was for 12+ mo in age, but he was big & stable) and liked it. I used it till he was at least 2 1/2. That was 6 years ago, so I can't help you with a link, but I think one of those could be just what your DH needs. They also look very manly, which he should like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I don't find frame backpack carriers useful at all. IMO they hold the babe too far back from my body, which creates weird balance.<br><br>
I would keep at it with the Ergo, or maybe think about a wrap (check out <a href="http:" target="_blank">www.mamatoto.org)</a>... the Tibetan Rucksack carry is great.<br><br>
And yes, it IS hard to go straight to a 19 lb-er. I would suggest that your dh start out by carrying her, but take the stroller along to put her in when she feels heavy, so he can gradually build up his carryin' muscles.<br><br>
And congrats on your daughter! I'm so happy you finally have her home.
 

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I agree with Meisubaby- go for a Kelty. My husband and I have one for our daughter. She is a year and really seems to enjoy it for the long walks. We also live in NC-Wilmington, and it is great for the hot weather, especially when your out for a long hike/walk in the hot sun. It is pretty lightweight, I have used it myself, even though I too am partial to having her closer to me. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Okay, it was his birthday today so we checked out Kelty and REI ones at REI. I really wanted to see the Deuter ones too b/c they got good reviews, but couldn't find them locally.<br><br>
He chose one of the REI ones. They both looked pretty happy walking around the store. DD could see so well! DH said the weight distribution on his back was totally different and that he could definitely long hikes in it.<br><br>
So, thanks for the feedback! Those of you who can do 2-hour hikes in an Ergo, I bow before you! LOL We do not have that strength yet!<br><br>
Holli
 
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