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Baby is now 8 mos. old. I didn't get my wrap till he was about 5 months old. I haven't really used it.
: I started and found out I was trying to wear it too low, which would explain why I felt like he was going to fall out! I was wearing him facing out. He's a curious big boy he'd like that.


He is only 17 lbs, certainly small enough to still wear. But he's not used to it and is now a very active little guy who loves to crawl around, chase the cats etc etc etc.
I guess that's why I haven't really tried it, my initial fear of him falling out, and now I don't think he'd like it much because he's not used to it and likes to be free.

Help? Should I just save it for my next kid and get used to it with a newborn?

I think my back woudl have to be 'broken in' to this too......I have *bad* neck problems that might be aggravated by the extra weight supported on my shoulders.........If I'd started out with 6 lbs, might not have been bad at all


anyway HELP....
 

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Hi, I'm not an expert or anything, but it might be difficult for you to tie your stretchy wrap tight enough around your baby on your back. I have a woven wrap and even then I have a hard enough time getting it tight enough so dd feels secure. Have you tried a woven one for back carries? Once I get dd nice and tight on my back, I rarely have to adjust or retie, but with a stretchy wrap I've heard you need to adjust often, esp. if they fall asleep. Have you tried posting on thebabywearer.com? There's a lot more traffic over there and so many cool back-babywearing mammas that I'm sure you could find something that would work for you at a good price.

Good luck!
 

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PS in a "facing out" position, your center of gravity is all thrown off, so maybe it could cause back pain. I personally *cannot* do this with dd because I feel so unbalanced, plus I have a large chest. Boobies would get totally squashed.
 

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I love my Moby, and carry my 23 lb (but 30 inch tall!) year old in it. He is VERY interested in the world, and very curious, wanting to "meet" everyone. But because I know it would hurt me to wear him facing out, I wear him up high, facing me. He can twist and turn to his heart's content, but it doesn't throw me all off balance.

I can't speak to your back/neck stuff, but if you work on getting it really snug and high so he's high and secure, and if you have him face you, you should have less pain and less fear of him falling.
 

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answering the first post, no, I haven't ever tried putting my Moby on my back......I think that would make me feel even MORE insecure because then I wouldn't even be able to SEE him!
I was talking about getting used to the extra weight of baby in carrier on me.

I've never worn him facing in......figured he wouldn't like it......I would probably be more comfortable with that though...I could TRY it, worst that would happen might be he wouldn't care much for it. Not at the current moment though, neck and shoulders are BAD this week. (as in scale of 1-10 with 10 being pitocin labor, 9.5 on Sat. doing better now, still not great.)

I could try facing in though, I really want to get SOME use out of it! And next baby, I could try it again.

Where are people getting the ring baby slings too? Those look easy. Just curious.
 

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Hi Melanie, I got my ring sling at www.mayawrap.com but you can find them cheaper or used at www.thebabywearer.com. I only use it for short trips to the store when I need to get baby out multiple times in an hour, or quickly to and from the car. A ring sling really puts a lot of weight on one shoulder so I find it gets uncomfortable after a long time. Some people are not bothered at all, though. I think it's mostly personal choice which carrier is going to work for you, you can always sell or trade the ones you don't like (or baby doesn't like :LOL ). Also, for me (again, just one opinion here), it took me forever to learn how to use my sling, after hours and hours of frustration. I hope you find something that works for you!

P.S. I'm a big fan of mei tais because they distribute the weight evenly, so maybe check out a freehand or sachi (I think these have shorter bodies so baby can see out more while facing in).
 

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The Moby works great for the strap carry on your back. Try it, you'll like it!
I have a Moby and I've been trying to figure out how to use it for a back carry. Can you refer me to a description of this carry that you mention?

I carry my 7 month old in the Moby facing forward and she and I both love it. I can wear her that way on long hikes and I don't get tired at all. I use my ring sling for quick trips or when I need to take her in and out a lot, like the previous person said.
 

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I have a Moby wrap and I love it. It is the cotton jersey material, but it doesnt seem too stretchy, just stretchy enough to give and still have good support. I have an 8 month old dd who is about 20lbs and probably 28in long or so. I alternate between having her facing in or out depending on the weather and her mood and whether she is tired or not. I have been using the moby wrap or another wrap called a baby pouch since she was about 3 weeks old. I used to carry her in it all the time, but now I just use it for transporting instead of a stroller usually. Like someone else mentioned with their dc, if she can, she would rather be on the floor crawling around checking things out.

So as far as having it not be hard on your neck and shoulders (which I also have issues with), have you tried really spreading out the fabric that goes over your shoulders and making sure that the fabric is not twisted around at all where it crosses on your back? I find that any twisting and not having the fabric spread out on my shoulders really makes a difference in my comfort level. You can really spread the fabric out pretty widely around your shoulders so it almost looks like shirt sleeves (short sleeves though obviously).
And I dont know what your dc would prefer as far as being facing in or out, but my dd really likes to be facing out, that way she can check out the world around her and kick her legs and arms around. When she is tired or its windy or rainy I like her to face in, b/c then she will fall asleep or be protected from the weather.
I find either position to be pretty comfortable, but in addition to the other stuff I mentioned for adjusting, I also make sure it is wrapped pretty snugly, b/c that really keeps the weight distributed throughout the wrap and also gives good support for the baby too. If she is kind of hanging in it, its a little too pendulous and hard on my shoulders.
I hope that helps, I want everyone to love their mobywrap
 

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I have a Moby wrap and I love it. It is the cotton jersey material, but it doesnt seem too stretchy, just stretchy enough to give and still have good support. I have an 8 month old dd who is about 20lbs and probably 28in long or so. I alternate between having her facing in or out depending on the weather and her mood and whether she is tired or not. I have been using the moby wrap or another wrap called a baby pouch since she was about 3 weeks old. I used to carry her in it all the time, but now I just use it for transporting instead of a stroller usually. Like someone else mentioned with their dc, if she can, she would rather be on the floor crawling around checking things out.

So as far as having it not be hard on your neck and shoulders (which I also have issues with), have you tried really spreading out the fabric that goes over your shoulders and making sure that the fabric is not twisted around at all where it crosses on your back? I find that any twisting and not having the fabric spread out on my shoulders really makes a difference in my comfort level. You can really spread the fabric out pretty widely around your shoulders so it almost looks like shirt sleeves (short sleeves though obviously).
And I dont know what your dc would prefer as far as being facing in or out, but my dd really likes to be facing out, that way she can check out the world around her and kick her legs and arms around. When she is tired or its windy or rainy I like her to face in, b/c then she will fall asleep or be protected from the weather.
I find either position to be pretty comfortable, but in addition to the other stuff I mentioned for adjusting, I also make sure it is wrapped pretty snugly, b/c that really keeps the weight distributed throughout the wrap and also gives good support for the baby too. If she is kind of hanging in it, its a little too pendulous and hard on my shoulders.
I hope that helps, I want everyone to love their mobywrap
 
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