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My Ds is 8weeks and 16 pounds already! I pretty much wear him most of the day and lots of times it is the only way to get him to sleep. I wear him in pouches. The thing is, my back is starting to kill me, even if I alternate sides. He is just getting pretty heavy but he is still so young and needs to be worn a LOT. I don't mind wearing him (in fact I love it) except for the soreness issue. I have an Ergo that I have been trying to wait patiently to use until he is 3-4 months (he hates the infant insert and so do I). He is getting pretty decent head control. So, I'm wondering if I can go ahead and use the Ergo now with him facing in as long as I help hold his head. I think this would help out my back. My one concern is that I wouldn't want to put him in a position that is too early for him developmental-wise. Would having him sit this way with his legs hanging down hurt him at two months? I really can't find any info at ergobabycarrier.com. TIA. <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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I have (had) a big baby too, (now she is almost two), though maybe not as big, but one of things I would ask, is your pouch low? one thing people sometimes do is wear the sling or pouch too low. It needs to be above your waist. I can still carry my dd in a sling for short periods at 32 pounds, though now on my hip, not in a cradle hold or anything.<br><br>
I never had a ergo, but I would recommend a wrap, that is what we actually ended doing for longer periods, because I needed her weight to be across both shoulders, it really helped, plus,now she rides on my back in the wrap for walks and hikes. Plus you can tie the wrap in such a way to support her head.<br><br>
When she was younder she would ride on the front and I could breastfeed and she would sleep. Actually we did this just last month, when we where at the zoo for the day and she didn't fall asleep in the stroller, so I put her in the wrap and latched her on and she snoozed for awhile while dad and me walked around.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Wraps are wonderful (they distribute the weight so that you carry it on your torso, as opposed to your shoulders) for little ones. For an 8 wk old, I would go for an Indio Didymos -- the natural colorgrown ones (nat brown & nat green) are soooo yummy soft, and have a nice amount of 'give' to them (more than most German wovens).<br><br>
Ooooh, to have such a little one to carry again!
 

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I second trying a woven wrap.<br><br>
You can carry him two-shouldered and in cradle positions - good for both of you.<br><br>
(my nine month old is only 19 pounds!!!!)
 
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