Forward facing carries
I know they are not ideal for positioning, but what do you do when your LO is ticked off about not wanting to face you? The other day I was attempting to shop for clothes (after three unsuccessful attempts) and Nora was just not happy with being in the carrier. I was desperate to actually accomplish something so I ended up shopping with one arm. I held her facing out on my hip (put the carrier in the diaper bag) and she was happy as could be. My arm was KILLING me. I have a RS (Jackie, haven't you done some variations in the RS when the problem arose?) but I've never used it. I'm sure it's easy enough to figure out but I don't really know how it works. I also have the MT and the wrap. So, what do you suggest?
Adair wouldn't be carried parent-facing until she was like 6 months old and could see around enough from that position. I mostly used the buddha position in a RS when she really wanted to look around (sitting up kinda cross legged) and she was also happy in a cradle position in the RS because she could see out to the side. I did FF in a Moby a couple of times but it was so hard to get her in/out I gave that up pretty quickly. MTs aren't really meant for FF.
Here's a pic of Addy in a buddha position in the RS when she was just turning 2 months (going to a wedding, obviously :)):
As you can see, I did stabilize her with my hand, but all the weight was on the sling. WAY more comfortable than just carrying them!
I'd usually try a hip carry first and then when that wasn't working, did the budda carry for a bit. Better than a screaming baby at a restaurant and such ya know? ;) Facing out just isn't great for them, but when all else fails they'll realistically survive just fine for a few minutes facing out.
I did a few rounds of bowling like this with Aiden. And then suddenly he was just fine being in a MT on DH's front. :)
ETA: Practice the rebozo carry with your wrap! Yeah, it'll be super long on ya, but it could work if you don't' have your RS on you!
I've never done any kind of hip carry. Nora is just now getting more stable to be carried on my hip w/o the support of a carrier. I'm not sure how much of a factor that would be. I've also never tried the rebozo carry. I hear the name all the time though! Must youtube more carries.
As a side note, I noticed my RS has a little bit of stretch to it. Not necessarily like a stretchy wrap... but like jeans that give a little. Does that make sense? I wonder how supportive it will be. Nora is already 16 pounds.
Some stretch is fine! In the 2nd picture Aiden wasn't even able to sit up unassisted yet. Key is to get a good seat deep seat and support their whole back.
Rebozo carry isn't hard if you know how to do a slip knot. It adjusts completely opposite of a ring sling, so it does take me a long longer to get a good secure hip carry just because I'm much more used to a ring sling but it's easy enough.