A.R. asks from Danbury, CT on October 10, 2010
Infant Carrier for Large Baby
My 6 1/2 month old son weighs 19lbs 7oz, and is fast outgrowing his infant car seat. My baby has an almost 3 yr old brother, and we go out a lot to playgrounds, hiking, museums. So far I have been carrying the little guy in a Baby Bjorn (sport model) but I'm beginning to have almost constant back pain. I'd love to be able to carry the baby for as long as he'll tolerate being in a carrier. And when he grows out of that car seat, would also like a carrier that's easy to get in and out, to get us all to and from the car. Do any moms of large babies have recommendations on infant carriers that have worked for 20+ lbs?
E.R. answers from New York on October 11, 2010
Ergobaby Carrier. My 2 boys are 30 pounds plus, still fit in them on long hikes. Very comfortable!! HIGHLY recommend! Weight is evenly distributed to the hips, where it should be.
P.K. answers from New York on October 11, 2010
If I were you and I was having back pain, why don't you just put him in a
stroller? As far as car seats, he should be able to stay in his infant
carseat until he can face forward. Infants do most of their growing in the
first several months so chances are he will not continue to grow fast
and will be able to stay in seat. If not, you need a convertible seat. One
that is rear facing and converts to forward when baby is 1 yr.
R.K. answers from Boston on October 10, 2010
bjorns are horrible carriers. Try an ergo they are wonderful :) I can wear my 30 lb 3 year old on my back no problem with it and its easy to put on.
As far as a car seat goes they do make infant carriers that go to 32 lbs but its probably not worth the money. I say get a convertible car seat that will allow you to rear face for quite a while like a graco my ride. At that point you can just put the ergo on and put him in the carrier on your front or back.
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J.G. answers from New York on October 12, 2010
Yeah Bjorns aren't much good after 10-12 lbs. We moved to an Ergo around that time & I still use it on my 27 lb toddler.
I am a big lady so it works for me. If you're petite or short you might consider the Beco. Its just as wonderful but caters to a smaller frame a bit better I feel.
I've heard good things about the Lillebaby so you might check that one out too. (If you have a Buy Buy Baby in your town, they will show you how to use the carriers and you can see for yourself which you like).
A.P. answers from New York on October 11, 2010
The Ergo baby carrier is suppose to be great. Everyone I know that has one, loves it. I've also heard good things about the Beco baby carrier.
J.V. answers from New York on October 11, 2010
My son was 22 pounds at 6 months so I feel your back pain. I switched him from the baby bjorn to the ergo carrier and it is much easier on my back. He is 9 months old and I still carry him in the carrier (though I'm not sure for how much longer). Good luck!
M.F. answers from New York on October 11, 2010
We bought my Big-Boy a 'Graco Snugride 35' at about 6 months. The Graco...35 accommodates a kid up to 35" AND 35 lbs. The weight issue was similar to yours, but he was too tall to safely ride in his other carrier. A baby must have at least an inch from the top of his head to the edge of the car seat. I have read that length of legs makes no difference when it comes to appropriate fit for safety (who knew?), and even if the legs are touching you do not turn the baby around till at least a year (up to 2 years now if you can). As far as your other issue, I would just hipsling my son at that point (no, I was never good at the fancy slings) with a Peanut Shell brand sling-no rings, straps, buckles. The elasticity provided enough support to take the stress off my back. Good luck!
R.Q. answers from New York on October 11, 2010
Ergo or patapum toddler
T.D. answers from Cleveland on October 10, 2010
There are many, many carriers out there that are far better for you and the baby than the Bjorn (which is bad for your back and bad for the babies hips and spine). You can either go the route of an Ergo or Beco (which would be the most similar to the Bjorn you're used to but much, much, much better for you and baby). Or there are woven wraps (my personal favorite), ring slings or mei tais. A great resource for learning about all the different baby carriers is www.thebabywearer.com . It is an on-line community based around baby wearing. The ladies there will certainly be able to help you figure out what is the best carrier for you and your LO.
A.C. answers from Houston on October 10, 2010
I have a Calyx from Mama by Design...it is a buckle type Mei Tai carrier. I love it. I bought it when my daughter got too long from me to comfortably carry her in front in the Moby Wrap (I never could master a back carry). She is 3.5 now and about 35 pounds...she is still within its weight limit and I keep it in the car for emergencies...or when we travel.