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Old 09-16-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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babywearers - do you change sides?

I got into baby wearing a little late. Ethan was five months when I bought a Hotsling pouch and he's now 8 months. I primarily use my zolowear ring sling now b/c I like the more custom fit. I use the hip carry all the time now. The sling instructions suggest switching hips now and then - do you do that? I haven't yet. I feel that I should, but I mostly use the sling when running errands, or when we're at a place like the aquarium or something - I want my right hand free. What do you do?

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Old 09-16-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

With a bigger baby, I recommend a maitai. My back started hurting when I would wear my son in a sling around the time he was 5 or 6 months. I just started babywearing again, and we use a mai tai. I like using the back carry, and we both love it. He is weightless, and I have both hands free! it can be used for a hip carry and a front carry and in the front and back carry, it distributes the weight evenly across your torso!

If you still want to use the sling, I would definately try to switch sides every so often to counter act the excess weight/stress you are putting on one side of your body frequently. this helps to even it out.

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Old 09-16-2006, 09:57 PM   #3
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

thanks!! Maybe I'll get some more consignment shop money and I'll spring for another type of carrier!
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:12 PM   #4
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

i didnt switch sides only because i got used to carrying on my left hip. when i got my BHJ though i loved it and it evenly distibutes the weight, they are awesome!
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I don't switch sides either. I do just about everything with Taci in the sling,and I'm right handed so I need her to be on my left hip
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

I don't switch sides either when wearing a pouch or RS, it just feels weird! I always wear Tristan on my left side or hip because I am right handed and it leaves my right hand free to do things with.

Mind you, I wear a mei tai or a wrap alot as well so I guess it all evens out
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

I always carry on my right hip in my 4 years of BW i have yet to change sides But now that ds is 15 months i mainly use a MT for a back carry or a wrap for a back or front carry.
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

I always carry Ian on my left side if he's in the ring sling. Now that he's heavier, though, I love my wrap more - evenly distributes the weight and keeps my back from hurting so bad.
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

I don't change sides. I'm used to carrying on my left hip so changing sides feels ackward. I'm carrying my heavy 8 month old although I do alternate different types of carriers. I've got a mei tai on the way that I can't wait to try!
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Re: babywearers - do you change sides?

I don't but I wish I did! LOL I'm left handed, but for some reason I can only get comfy with her on my left hip so I don't have my "good" hand free!
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