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    I was asked recently about back carries with a mei tai. High back carries are good for smaller babies once you adventure into the world of back carrying (they need great head and neck control at minimum) and it great for when you don't want to tie the waist knot at your belly (upset stomach, pregnancy, etc). Aiden likes it because he can see over my shoulder.


    High Back Carry


    I tied the waist knot just below my boobs. When Aiden was smaller I would sometimes tie it above my boobs!




    And to compare, here's a picture of back carry with the waist straps tied at my waist:


    I didn't do it this time, but it is possible to tie a chest belt for many people when doing a high back carry, which helps some people back carry for longer. If you're having issues with being comfortable with back carries, chest bests often help.
    One version of a chest belt:

    Another version of a chest belt (sometime called 'tibetan'):

    You can also buy separate piece best belts or steal one from a SSC (soft sided carrier).

    HTHs.

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    That's awesome!

    I got one in my home-made mai tai carrier of when I am pg. This one is a little lower, but DD is bigger here (about 12-13 months) and I tied it below my belly.



    ETA: I cropped that. Maybe it'll catch up to itself.
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    Jackie, I'm sorry but that tibetan does not look very comfortable.

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    Anna that's a great picture for BWing while pregnant! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaRO View Post
    Jackie, I'm sorry but that tibetan does not look very comfortable.
    It actually is for some people, but not all! I personally can't stand for mei tai straps to be crossed in the front, but the shoulder straps eventually hurt my armpits without a chest belt. 'Tibetan' tying helps me a lot. But I know others who think it's crazy. Can't hurt to try it though Anna if you've got enough strap length!

    I should find a better picture for it though than what I posted. It does look off in the picture.
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    Found a high back carry photo from when DS was 3 months old! I could have definitely have gotten him up a little higher. Notice how it's tied above my boobs.

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    See, I always think the high back carry looks more comfortable (for baby and mom). Is there an advantage to a low back carry?

    I cannot wait to try back carries this time around. I didn't explore that at all with my DD but I really see how it could come in handy.
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    There is a big difference in how it wears to me. I prefer to have more weight transferred to my waist and hips since when I back carry I tend to do it for longer amounts of time. I do have some back issues which get worse as more weight is on my shoulders. What works best for one person doesn't necessarily work best for someone else.

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    BUMP. (Don't want this thread to get deleted!!!!)

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    I know I will be much more active on the board once I'm wearing again. Glad it's getting more traffic!
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    Me too!

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