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I've been using a MacLaren front carrier for Aidan since he was tiny. Now, he really needs to be facing out, 'cause his legs have started hanging down in front of my legs, which makes it hard to walk. BUT, I just don't like the way it feels for him to be just hanging on the front of me like that. There's hardly any contact between us.<br><br>
I want him to still feel snug when he's facing out, so I bought a ring sling to try. He's okay in the kangaroo carry for a while, but I don't think either of us is completely comfortable with it. I just feel like his legs are way too cramped.<br><br>
The thing is, I really want the sling to work, but I've been spoiled by the front carrier. Does anyone have any advice that may help us out? Any ways in which slings are better than front carriers? Just knowing that it's better for us would help tremendously (if that's the case). TIA!
 

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Have you tried the tummy to tummy carry? If your maclaren is like the bjorn they aren't good carriers for the baby's spine. You could also try a pouch no adjusting or trting to get the right fit thre
 

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I have a ring sling that I've had for 10yrs and used w/4 kids carrying them in up to about 30 lbs. There's quite a few variations that you try...it just takes practice. I favor a side hip carry w/my 7 mos. old. She loves to be carried and it's the only way I can get any housework done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I think if you just keep with the ring sling, you'll figure it out. Usually, if your baby isn't fussing and making a racket, they're fine with their legs the way they are. I know if I get DS twisted or he just isn't comfortable, he'll squirm around until he gets comfortable or I take him out and start over again. I was really worried about his legs too at first, but once I got him in there wrong a couple of times and realized how much of a fuss he makes when he's not happy, I stopped worrying so much and figured he'd let me know if he didn't like it.<br><br>
Also, it might take a little used to if your DS is used to just hanging by his crotch. The sling will feel different to him as well, so he'll need some time to adjust.<br><br>
But YAY! I'm so glad you're trying to find something else that's better for his back and spine. And it is better for you. There's a link to some studies - I'll try to find it for you - that show how bad all that pressure on his pelvic area is and how those front carriers are also not good for their spines. They also have been shown to interfere with hip rotor cup formation, babies who were carried using front carriers had shallower cups, so when they got older, they were more likely to break their hips. Like I said, I'll find the studies for you and post up the links (or someone else might know here).<br><br>
HTH and good luck.
 

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I think a mei tai would be great to put your little one on your front, on your back and even on your hip. I believe that facing out is not good for their spine anyway. In a mei tai his legs will not hang down, because he is setting in the right position, where his little legs are not dangling around. You may want to give it a try. I was wearing my boy when he was about two in the front in our mei tai and it was comfortable. HTH, ANIKO
 

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My 6 mo old dd likes to have her legs free also and loves to face out. I have a mei tai but it's an awkward fit when she faces out. I bought 5 yards of material yesterday for a wrap and did the front cross carry with her facing out. She loves it!!! Swings her little legs the whole time. I just had to make sure I spread the fabric out enough to give her a seat to sit in instead of being supported by her crotch. Here's the link for how I tied the wrap<br><a href="http://www.wearyourbaby.com/Default.aspx?tabid=132" target="_blank">http://www.wearyourbaby.com/Default.aspx?tabid=132</a>
 

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Thanks for all the info. I decided to stick it out, and he's gotten to where he's comfortable with the kangeroo carry. I'm pleased to say that I haven't used the front carrier in almost a week. I really do think that, with practice, slinging will start to feel very natural. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy">
 

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Congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm so glad it's working for you. Practice really does help a lot.
 
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