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I wear dd in a ring sling quite often during the day. DD is 8 mo and is fascinated by everything in front of her face. Of course, she wants to touch everything and explore things, especially things that I'm touching. That's all great, but what do I do when I want to wash the dishes? Or cook? I try to put her in the highchair when I do these things, but she usually gets tired of sitting alone, so I end up putting her back in the sling. I usually wear her tummy-to-tummy, with her arms out. Even if I give her a toy to play with, or some other interesting object, she is more interested in touching what I'm touching. That's not so good when I'm dealing with dirty dishes, knives, choke-able food. This question sounds totally rediculous, but HOW DO YOU DO IT!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> How do you manage to get things done around the house while still attending to your baby's need for attachment and enrichment?
 

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Try a back carry. You can pop her on your back. You can do with this a ring sling. I still occasionally do chores with my 4 year old on my back in a pouch or a wrap.<br><br>
This site has a photo of it:<br><a href="http://www.snugglebaby.com/slingpics.html" target="_blank">http://www.snugglebaby.com/slingpics.html</a><br><a href="http://www.pachamamatrading.com/images/ss52_back_kolbi_300_1_.jpeg" target="_blank">Another photo</a>
 

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I wait until weekends or after dinner, when dh gets his daddy-baby time and then do what I cannot do during the day with a baby. Or, at your baby's age, I was also using the exersaucer. I had one with minimal stuff on it so I could give her new stuff all the time. I often sat with her and folded clothes and played more than folded. For dishes, high chair with her right there, again more playing than washing. You could also try back carry with a pack or mei tai or wrap.
 

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Moved to BabyWearing <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 second Meco, back carries are the way to go for housework. Our favorite was a <a href="http://www.mamatoto.org/Default.aspx?tabid=183" target="_blank">ruck sack</a> with a wrap at that age.
 

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Another vote for back carry. I used an ergo carrier, you can do front or back. The back carry worked great for ds#1. He was happy & I could cook.
 

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Here is a pic of dh sweeping in the kangaroo carry. It is hard to see, but you get the idea, he is using a vaccuum.<br>
Here<a href="http://mykarmababy.com/images/daddysweeping.gif" target="_blank">http://mykarmababy.com/images/daddysweeping.gif</a>
 

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Put the baby in a sling, leave a note detailing what should be done for DH and go for a walk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . K. Back to reality. I too agree with pp's that a back carry is easiest. MT's work very well for me. And remember, this phase seems tough but it too shall pass. Now dd likes to play with toys while I wash dishes. (or sometimes, stand on a chair to "help") If all else fails, there's always bangin' on pots and pans!
 

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Definitely a back carry! I put DS on my back in either the Ergo or my mei tai, and go about my business.<br><br>
He always falls asleep when I vaccuum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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definitely back carry. it will change your life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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im glad someone brought this up---iv tried to put my 3 mo in a back carry and he will not have it---he stats screaming as soon as i start to wrap him-i have a moby any suggestions?
 

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Personally, although Moby does give instructions for it, I don't recommend it for back carries. IMO it is too stretchy and not supportive enough to do a safe and secure back carry unless you are a super-proficient wrapper. If you want to stick with wraps, I would go for something like a GypsyMama Bali Baby Stretch or a woven wrap, or go for a mei tai or structured carrier for a back carry.<br><br>
But as far as screaming babies, I think you just have to keep practicing, talk to them, try to do it when they're in a good mood, etc.
 

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i agree - i don't think a stretchy wrap is very good for back carries. i mostly back carry in a MT. that way you can get it half-way on (around the waist) before you even put the kid back there, grab the straps, pull them up, and the baby's secure. then you can have a minute to fine-tune the tying without disturbing the babe too much.
 
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