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Old 09-11-2006, 05:59 AM   #1
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Baby carriers for wearing on the back?

I'm looking for recommendations for any type of baby carrier that can be worn on the back. I will be doing some simple day hiking this fall and want a carrier that I wear my baby on my back. I need it to be comfy so that I can hike for an hour or so without killing my shoulders. My baby is about 17 pounds right now.

Any recommendations? I really don't know much about baby wearing - I have a pouch sling that I love for wearing baby on the front and a Bjorn. But I don't know much about carriers that can be worn on the back AND are comfy. We have a metal frame backpack (not sure what brand) and it hurts my shoulders so badly that I can wear it for about 10 minutes.

Thanks so much for any help!
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:28 AM   #2
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A Mae Tai or a Moby wrap!!!

I personally have never used a moby...but I heard they are great. I use the Mae Tais and LOVE them!
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I love my MT... It can be front, side or rear...

I think you can back carry with a ring sling too, but it felt weird to me...


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As long as you get it nice and snug, a Moby works fine for back carries with a small baby (look at my avatar!). Once your baby starts getting bigger, though, you may want to go with a woven wrap or a MT.
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:39 AM   #5
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When it comes to a Mae Tai (by the way - what is the correct pronuciation of that? Is it May Tie?) - are they all basically the same? I know lots of WAHM moms make them...are they basically the same from one place to the next or are there certain features/details to look for that make a difference? Is the Mei Tai really comfy on the shoulders or do they dig in? Is it hard to get the baby on your back without any assistance? Is it hard to get the baby out of the MT?

Also, what is a "woven wrap"? See, I'm really clueless!

Thank you for the recommendations so far!!
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When it comes to a Mae Tai (by the way - what is the correct pronuciation of that? Is it May Tie?) - are they all basically the same? I know lots of WAHM moms make them...are they basically the same from one place to the next or are there certain features/details to look for that make a difference? Is the Mei Tai really comfy on the shoulders or do they dig in? Is it hard to get the baby on your back without any assistance? Is it hard to get the baby out of the MT?

Also, what is a "woven wrap"? See, I'm really clueless!

Thank you for the recommendations so far!!
Close! It's "my tie" (pretty sure). A lot of WAHMS are making hybrid MTs that have wide shoulder straps kind of like a wrap would have. Like these: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/FrankenKozy.htm

I haven't tried one yet, but it sure looks comfy!

A woven has less stretch to it, which makes it less "forgiving" than a stretchy wrap, but it can be used for big babies & toddlers.

I'd recommend lurking in The Babywearer forum for some really good info.
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Re: Baby carriers for wearing on the back?

I carry my DS around for 1-2 hours at a time in my moby wrap. I could go even longer but after an hour or two he wants out lol. He weighs 19 pounds and I have a little frame. I tried using a mei tai with him but he doesn't like it because he can't wiggle around like he can in a wrap.

I love back carries, I wish I could do them without somebody else's help (haven't quite mastered that yet)
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Close! It's "my tie" (pretty sure).
It is actually pronounced "may tie" - a mai tai is an adult beverage

The MT's I've made have wrap-style straps and they are quite comfy! I prefer them to my ergo, but I think we're really in the minority that don't like the ergo. I'm hoping it will get better once DD is a little bigger, but yesterday I saw a tiny (6 months maybe) baby in an ergo (back carry) at walmart of all places, and she looked so cute and comfy I wonder why DD fights it so much.. she leans back and it's scary
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Re: Baby carriers for wearing on the back?

Try an Ergo baby carrier or a mei tai. Personally, I love the Ergo now that ds is over 25 lbs. and also my favorite type of mei tais for back carries are ones with wide, "wrap-like" straps. Go to The Babywearer website www.thebabywearer.com to get some recommendations for wrap-like MTs if that interests you. The one I have that i like best for back carries is called a Napsack, but I don't think they are available new at the moment because the owner just sold the company to someone in London. Good luck!
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Old 09-11-2006, 09:09 AM   #10
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Re: Baby carriers for wearing on the back?

Mei Tai are my favorite carrier. you can do back, hip, front carry with it and it is very easy to use and comfortable. i highly recommend them to anyone. I got mine from www.freehandbaby.com
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