I have been a fan of babywearing since Chloe[my 1st] was born. I crazy worry about the whole flat head thing that happens to babies when they are placed on their backs too often, so I try to carry them as much as possible[within reason]. Colton’s head looks like a bowling ball – this makes me smile.

I have a Baby Bjorn, a Baby Bjorn with back support, a sling, and a Moby Wrap. All of them have worked great – up until now.

My little baby is not-so-little. For the past couple of weeks I have had this intense pain in my right hip while carrying him. I know it is from his weight sitting directly on a nerve when I do not have him in a carrier. The problem now, is that he is fast approaching the weight limit on the carriers so my back hurts when I use them. My body is not aligned. I can feel this when I run.

My soon-to-be 6 month old weighs 21 1/2 pounds. I looked up when Miles[my 2nd] first weighed 21 pounds and it was when he was one. I basically I carry around a one year old all day.

My back and hip can not take much more of this. I have said this 1,000 times and I’ll say it again. This is why God made babies so cute. I can assure you that I never thought I would lug around 21+ pounds, be in pain and still smile while doing it. I love this boy.

The things we do for love.

Comments

  1. MCM Mama says:

    Get an Ergo or a Mei tai carrier (and there are a few other options out there, but I haven't baby carried in a while.) I carried my four year old in the Ergo for long walks with no problem as it put most of the weight spread out on my hips.

  2. Meghan says:

    I would also recommend the Ergo. It is the most comfortable carrier I have found, allows you to carry them on your back and has a high weight limit. Well worth the investment!!

  3. Rebecca Samson says:

    My back always kills after I have Marley in the bjorn for awhile. I agree with you though, they are so stinkin cute that it is worth it!

  4. Tim F says:

    Cute baby! That's tough . . . 21 pounds. I used to love walking on the treadmill with my now 16-month old. We would carry her around a lot, but she did not weigh 21 pounds until a couple of months ago. One option we used is the baby backpacks (for hiking) where you put the baby in it on your back (we could then go for strolls and she seemed to like it for a little while). It seems to cause less back pain than carrying the baby on your chest.

  5. Allison says:

    Oh man, I wish I could help you, but all my babies were built like Kenyans! I think they were each around 20-21 pounds at their 1-year checkup. What about one of those Mai Tai carriers on your back?

  6. Allison says:

    My bad. It's "Mei Tai" not "Mai Tai." Hahaha! Although, maybe a mai tai would help take the edge off of your pain… :)

  7. Denise says:

    good thing i'm not having kids…their heads would be flat as a board! never even heard of this!

  8. Katie says:

    I have used a Beco, which is similar to the Ergo, and I loved it! It was the best baby wearing item I have ever tried. I had no back pain or shoulder pain when using it with my boys.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I can't get over how cute Colton is! You're so tiny – I bet he looks half your size when you wear him around 😉 ohhh what a good mommy you are. Have I mentioned how *adorable* your babies are?!!?! – Ashley S.

  10. Anonymous says:

    We have a 6 month old and LOVE the ergo. We haven't experienced any pain and I use it for long periods of time with her (17-18 lbs).

  11. He is so cute! I am terrified of that flat head thing too! I am glad to hear other people worry about things like that. We love the Moby wrap in our house!

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