Recommendations for my big hyper-active baby!

Josie - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi all! Lovely to find this group :-)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a good baby carrier/sling for my very son. He's just turned four months old but very tall and heavy for his age (nearly 8kg) and as an added challenge never, ever sits still! We've tried a few carriers with limited success - a ring sling was lovely when he was very little but now he needs to have his legs and arms unrestricted so he can wave them about and likes to face forward so he can see the world (although having him facing in is useful too when trying to get him to sleep - a very rare event for Kai!). At the moment I'm using a baby bjorn active but I don't think it's ideal and would love to find a better option. We have a baby hawk for when Kai's old enough for a back-carry position but can't use it facing forward on the front so its still in the wrapper at the moment.

Thanks!

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Anna - posted on 09/06/2009

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I use a moby wrap and find it very comfortable. my son is big too - 10kg at 8 months. I've tried ring slings and pouch style but I like the moby because the weight is spread out over both shoulders and because you can use it many different ways.

Rody - posted on 11/21/2008

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I use the Etc.Sling. It's great because you can use it as a ring sling like the OSBH, but you can also use it like the Moby, but with much less material. You can find them at slingsandmore.com and she includes a video of all the uses of the sling. Front, back, side, it does it all. My kids have loved it and I only recently stopped using it for my 5 year old. Very indestructible.

Josie - posted on 11/21/2008

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Thanks for the suggestions! Have been trying Kai in a hip carry in the ring sling and he loves it! Only problem is he gets so excited he tries to launch himself out of it but by keeping it nice and tight and keeping one arm round him he's fine. Am going to attempt a back carry with the baby hawk this weekend when my hubby is around to 'catch' if I'm struggling to get the little wriggler in! Will google some other suggestions too - thanks again!

Sara - posted on 11/18/2008

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ihi, have tou ever tried a moby wrap? i made my own for very little cost, and i love it! i use it everyday. its simple durable and convenient once you learn how to use it. I went to baby wearing on youtube and i foundsome really easy videos. Its really cool there are some different ways to wear the bby, i can even wear my 22month old in it with no problems....

Lalla - posted on 11/18/2008

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btw, hes old enough to be put on your back. and if hes big for his age especially so. just give it a try and see how both of you feel in it!

Lalla - posted on 11/18/2008

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or you could try a mei tai on your back with his arms out the top so he can wave em about, his legs are free, and its quite good for making them feel lighter! im switching to one from a ring sling as my daughtr is 11 months, big for her age too (ppl thought she was 1 at 6 months!) so now i too need something a little more secure for my little wriggler! lol hope this has helped. oh and i currently have her in the hip carry with the ring sling. id give it a shot, as its quite good. when they get bigger though they just get too squirmy to feel safe dont they!

Em - posted on 11/18/2008

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You could try a different carry with your ring sling. Sierra (my DD) is 5 months and I recently switched to a hip carry in my sling because she also likes to have her arms and legs free. With a hip carry, baby can look forward or back over your shoulder and swing his legs about. Just make sure the sling is making a nice seat for his bum and that sling fabric is nice and tight across his shoulder blades so he can't fling himself out.



I agree that the bjorn is less than ideal. A couple things about your babyhawk (a great mei tai, BTW): First, a forward-facing front carry isn't it's intended use but you CAN do it. It's just not as comfortable for you as the regular (tummy to tummy) front carry or a back carry so you might not be able to carry that way for as long. Also, at 4 months, I imagine Kai has pretty good head control, so there is no reason you can't start carrying him on your back NOW. Like with the sling, just make sure the fabric is up high enough on his back so that he can't fling himself out. If he really likes to see the world, you can try a high-back carry so he can see over your shoulder (warning: be prepared for hair pulls).



For both of these, you can find some videos on YouTube. Search "hip carry in a sling" or "mei tai high back carry" etc.



Good luck.

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We use an Ergo. You can find them used on Ebay. Our son is 9mo 24 lbs and has been big, active and tall for a while now. We love the Ergo. It is a front and back carrier and can be used form birth to 40 lbs. Good luck to you!

Jennifer

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