Forward facing carries

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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?

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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!

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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? Wink 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. Smile

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!

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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.

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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.