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Best carrier for bad back/sciatica?

(6 Posts)
BarbaMamma Sat 27-Feb-10 17:21:05

I've got newborn and have been using a Moby-style wrap sling which is great but it seems to bring on back ache and sciatica, and I don't like having the knot at the back - rubbish when sitting down.

Any hot tips on what the best sling/carrier could be for me to avoid lower back pain/sciatica? TIA.

Loopymumsy Sun 28-Feb-10 08:51:02

You can tie the knot at the front or side to avoid the back knot issue.

Re the back pain, it may be that you are not yet tying the sling tight enough initially (easily done with a newborn as it feels a bit odd to be squashing them into a tightly tied wrap). You might find a slingmeet useful as experienced slingers could help you hands on with that one.

Alternatively a woven wrap will offer more support, even for a newborn, if you have back problems. Again, slingmeet good to try this out!

If you want to carry your baby it is worth persevering as once you get it sussed carrying your child as they gain weight will in fact help your back by strengthening the back muscles. But it is important to build up slowly, so gradually lengthen the time you carry each day, and make sure you do try and do it every day too.

BarbaMamma Mon 01-Mar-10 10:30:01

Thanks Loopy - that's really helpful. I haven't quite worked out how to do it yet, but tight definitely seems to work better.

Have you got any experience of using the Ergo sling or similar for a new-ish baby? Just wondering if I (= my knackered old back) might be better off with a sling that carries the weight on my hips and not my shoulders or back.

Loopymumsy Mon 01-Mar-10 12:50:09

No, although I have an Ergo I don't have the infant insert so have never tried it. (Though I suspect a folded cot blanket would work in a very similar fashion to the newborn insert...)

Could certainly be worth a try, though I can't really say as I always do my Ergo up quite high, more on my waist than my hips, as I find that more comfy.

Just remember with your wrap - tie it tight to start with (tighter than you think it should be!) and take time to make sure the fabric crossing across your back is as spread out as possible (this is how the load gets spread). And always use the horizontal band across the baby once they are in the criss-cross.

JamInMyWellies Mon 01-Mar-10 13:08:19

I have beco butterfly which is brilliant.

I used a soft wrap when both my DC were newborn but as they have gotten older swapped to this. It can be worn on the front or back and will take a nb also a toddler. My 2.8yr DS still rides in it on my back.

great site you can hire the carriers to trial them

blu3sky Tue 02-Mar-10 13:08:34

I have an Ergo and do it up on my hips which has eased the pain in my shoulders but has made the lower back pain worse (especially when it isn't tight enough)... I think it is largely dependent on individual people though so you may find it great Sorry.

If you look on there are different ways of tying a wrap. Most of them are demonstrated with a woven wrap but I'm sure the one I've linked to would be good with a moby - and ties at the front :D There are ways to tie on there (there are also youtube videos all over the place) that may be better. You could tie high and very tight so the weight is on your shoulders and upper back. You can tie your wrap at your hips so your hips take the weight (which is what I do with my wrap and it really works). This is all if you don't want to buy another baby carrier wink

I second Loopymumsy's suggestion of a slingmeet as well grin

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