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A mama in my LLL group has a 2 year old dd who has apraxia and has both high and low muscle tone; i.e., she's floppy in the torso and very stiff in the inner thigh area. The mama used a Maya Wrap for the first 18 months or so and dd loved it, but then started arching backwards and protesting so that didn't work any more. I took over an Ergo for them to try out today, but it didn't go over so well, as the dd doesn't like having her legs spread in a seated position because the muscles in her inner thighs are quite tense. She's not crawling or walking, and needs to be in-arms frequently.

So I was thinking -- what kinds of wrap carries could this mama do that would a) get her dd on her front or even better her back and give her her arms and hands back, b) help her dd develop better trunk control, but c) not require a full spread-leg position like an Ergo or MT would? Any ideas?

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I would think any of the wrap cross carries would work. Since there are three layers of fabric over the baby, it would offer good back support and you could adjust the bottom so the baby's legs aren't spread too much.

I also know a MyBeiBei www.mybeibei.com is meant to be tied so that the baby's legs are straight down but its a pretty large blanket. Just not sure how much trunk support it would offer.

Also I would probably opt for a guaze or woven wrap so it wouldn't be too stretchy
 

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Go for a wrap, but not with stretchy material. My friend who has a very similiar child uses one. Hers is stretchy though and she can't use it now that her 18 month old is so heavy.

I can carry my 18 month old who isn't SN in front with her legs straight down in an unpadded ring sling. That might work too since you can loosen the top rail to help with muscle tone in the trunk. You can back carry with them too.
 

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I also recommend a wrap, these people sell the best German wraps for less,
http://www.lemonbalmessentials.com/. There is a position that is the same as the Latin American style back carries where the babies legs are not spread at all, they are high on the back and can see over your shoulder & there is a knot the baby sits on. Here's a link, I tried it first with a queen size sheet & then with didymos and found it to be super comfortable for baby.
http://www.familialibre.com/sabanaecuador.wmv I first saw this here! It may take an assistant the first few times.
 

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I like my baby trekker (http://www.babytrekker.com) for ease of getting The little ones on my back (DD is 2 1/2, DS is 3 months). I think it's narrower in the crotch than the Ergo. I carry both of them facing in on my back (not at the same time
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I woudl think a wrap would work well once on but I've never got the hang of getting mine on my back without help. I can't imagine carrying DD on my front for very long and she's only 24lb.

Another option might be a frame backpack. It's much more combersome than the other options but I do find it comfotable for long periods. Ours has a seat for the child and straps over the shoulders to hold them in. I think they could easily be padded if the child needed them for support too.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Karrimor-papoo...QQcmdZViewItem
 

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Thanks, mamas!
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