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Options for back carry for very wriggly, back-arching toddler?

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BertieBotts Tue 29-Sep-09 14:20:45

I had a stretchy wrap when DS was younger, used to use it a lot, and I really miss carrying him I have got a woven wrap but find it too hard to tie with him in it as he is so wriggly. I can manage front carries, but he is just too heavy for them now (he is 1) and I can't hold him still enough to get him into a back carry. All the videos on youtube etc show people putting very willing, placid babies on their backs!

I tried a wilkinet and a ring sling on my back, but neither felt very supportive compared to the wrap (I have managed to use it on my back once with help, and it felt really supportive) and in the ring sling I didn't like how DS was only held in from the waist down and had nothing between his legs as when he decides he has had enough he does the back arching thing - and it's really sudden, not like he gets grumpy and then does it, so I don't have a chance to take him down first and it worries me that he might fall or slip out.

I was going to try an Ergo but have just seen a post on here saying they are not very good for back-archers, so was wondering if there was anything anyone could suggest - either a different carrier (though I haven't got the money to be trying several types unless I can borrow them) or a different way of tying the wrap sling - maybe part tying it on first and then popping the baby in?

There isn't a slingmeet locally, I tried to set one up and nobody came There is one other lady locally who I know of who uses slings but she is a ring sling fan and can't help me So any ideas gratefully recieved!

VirginiaLoveGlove Tue 29-Sep-09 20:59:06

dd is about the same age. she is now wiggly and archy. it is a phase.

you can try wrapping her at different times. dd seems to accept it better if she is not hungry or trying to do something else. also when she is tired.

which tie are you trying? a simple ruck is faster. I find if i lie her on the wrap which has been laid flat on the floor, I can scoop her up tight with the fabric already in place and do a superman toss quite effectively before she can wiggle free. it takes practice and confidence. will try to find a vid with this wrap too.

are you able to tie a slip knot? there is a good side carry which is the best of both worlds when it comes to wrapping a wiggly baby.

VirginiaLoveGlove Tue 29-Sep-09 21:15:30

I meant a santa toss but with a ruck sack carry.

monkeycat Tue 29-Sep-09 21:25:39

My DD is a wriggly 1 year old and I carry her on my back in a Connecta .

It comes up a bit higher than the Ergo so may feel more secure if he back arches. DD does a bit of wriggling in it when she's fed up but I'm never concerned about her escaping in any way !

It is also pretty easy and quick to get them in and out of .

It is the only sling that I have managed a back carry in - DD always got her arms out of the wrap and wobbled about a lot . Have been planning on trying again soon . will try the suggestions above !

CMOTdibbler Mon 05-Oct-09 11:29:56

Bertie - you don't live very far from me if your profile area is right, so would you like to meet up and you could try my meitais ? I've got three toddler sized ones, and as they have high backs are good for stopping arching.

I was planning on being at your local castle on Sunday if that helps ?

CarmelaDeAngelis Tue 27-Oct-09 08:33:32

I would say a connecta or other Mei Tai carrier (kozy, babyhawk).

My DS is soooo wriggly - I even used a framed carrier for a while (vamoose) - despite being a seasoned babywearer (with a large collection of wraps and mei tais).

It's not that he dislikes being worn - it's not that I'm rubbish at wrapping/tying - It's just he thought it was fun to bounce and put his legs together and wriggle - and it was difficult.

A connecta if you have help getting your child in place - or a vamoose framed carrier if you need to go that route for a while.


CarmelaDeAngelis Tue 27-Oct-09 08:35:05

PS You could try ebay for the macpac vamoose - to save some money - or look at the website for their slings!

Hulla Tue 27-Oct-09 08:49:54

We have a Beco Butterfly II and a wriggly 9 month old. She is fine in a back carry in this.

newlark Wed 04-Nov-09 21:59:52

I find a ruck tied in front the best carry for wriggly toddlers - I can get it tied pretty fast now. I also like using a mei-tai (I hip scoot onto my back with the back of the carrier already pulled up behind their back so get the straps over my shoulders and they are secure). Also some mei-tais and sscs have higher backs than others - one designed for toddlers might well suit.

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