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I'm planning to do a lot of farm work this summer with my new babe, and was wondering what you guys would recommend. A back carry would probably be best.<br>
I have a moby, a ring sling and a storch. I'm not quite as in love with the storch as I thought I would be. Anyway, for popping in and out, the wrap just isn't working that great for me. And I have never mastered using the ring sling on my back, it always squishes my boobs, lol.<br>
What do you think of one of the structured carriers for me? Are they very hot (I will be heading south)? The babyhawk looks interesting...
 

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yeah, I can't do a back carry w/my ring sling. Well, I *can* do it, but I have the boob-mashing problem too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I love my Kozy (same idea as a Babyhawk or mei tai) and Ergo (which is a soft structured carrier) pretty equally - though I used the Kozy more when DS1 was smaller and then the Ergo just felt more comfortable when he got a little bigger. I was worried about how hot DS1 might get being right up against my back, but really, there was no noticeable issue.
 

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I tend to fall back on my babyhawk in a back carry for outdoor work. I do try and tie the front knots in a bow after knotting them otherwise they tend to get dirty w/ squatting and standing and carrying buckets and such. My wrap is actually more comfy for back carries BUT it tends to get too dirty. I've successfully moved large bags of horse feed, shovelled manure, carried buckets of grain and water, and moved heavy wheelbarrows w/ the back carry. The only thing that doesn't work so well for me is bending over (say to pick vegetables or something). DD really doesn't like it even if I squat and reach.<br><br>
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I've used a mei tai as well as a full frame back (the Tough Traveler). I guess I like the Tough Traveler (although it certainly doesn't look as cool as the mei tai) best for working. When dd was younger, I'd put hearing protection on her to mow the lawn, till the garden, etc. I live in humid Minnesota and yes, I did get hot!
 

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If it's going to be really hot (like 90s, 100s) how about a solarveil mei tai?<br><br>
I have been using a MTB for a back carry recently, though I'd love to try a SSC like a bECO/ergo sometime just for fun. DS only likes HIGH back carries. And as of yet I can't wrap to save my life...
 

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I love my Babyhawk too but recently got an Ergo. I can wear dd in this for much longer periods of time and the sleeping hood might help to keep the sun off your babe.
 

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I have a bECo that I bought just for this purpose. I have a 9 mo ds and with him in the bECO, I get all my housework done, clean 14 stalls and feed my animals. As a previous poster said, it is hard to do serious bending work, like weeding without him getting uncomfortable, but for everything else, I love my bECO. They don't seem to be too popular on MDC, but I don't know why. I absolutely LOVE mine.
 

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I've never heard of the bECO. I'll go look it up!<br>
I also didn't know the Ergo had a sleeping hood. It'd be really nice to have something to keep sun and rain off.... I was planning to modify a poncho but if the carrier has one built in it's all the better!<br>
Thanks for all the info <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 vote mei tai w/ a back carry. I use to wear my dd like that all the time to get barn work done (muck stalls, teach riding lessons, feed horses etc). Just remember to put a nice big sun hat on.
 

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I've done a lot of farm/garden type work with a ring sling. I've also used an Ergo in the garden which I love for babies with a little more head control and stability.
 
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