*Disclaimer: I would consider myself an advanced babywearer. I know how to check for safety, I’ve been wearing a long time in many different carriers and many different positions. Please always use your own best judgement when carrying your precious babes! This post is not endorsed in any way by Ergo, and using any carrier in a way other that the manufacturer intended will almost always void the warranty.*
Last summer I posted a photo of Sally on my back at the beach. I had her in the Ergo but hacked so that it became an “Onbuhimo”. This is a style of baby carrier that has no waistband and is similar to a backpack. It can be super comfy to wear while pregnant but I LOVE that it has no waist belt to cut into my … less than rock hard abdominal region. Ha!
Once you flip your waist band and loop it through the armholes- THEN buckle your chest clip. It’s harder the other way around!
Sally is supported knee to knee and the back of the Ergo comes up to her armpits.
Check your buckles often to make sure their structural integrity is ok (i.e. no cracks, no stitching coming loose etc). Make sure the carrier still supports baby from knee to knee and that your babe has a deep “seat” (created when you flip the waist band of your SSC up and underneath their bum). It’s also important to make sure your baby is supported enough by the SSC backing. As a general rule of thumb, the back of the carrier should come up to about baby’s armpit when worn this way. Sally is about 16 months old and 21 pounds and this still works for us right now, but won’t when she’s a few inches taller. So just keep that in mind.
Once she falls asleep…
I pop up the hood so I can move more freely and still keep her head supported.
She loves being worn this way… goes right to sleep. I can keep her up and out of the construction that’s happening but still let her have a comfy nap. She’s got a double ear infection right now so it’s a bonus to let her sleep upright which definitely helps with her pain.
If this carry hurts your shoulders, you can try tightening your should straps so that baby is higher up on your back (so baby is able to see above your shoulder). This feels good to me at the moment so I keep her here.
And now everyone’s happy!!
Hope that helps those of you looking to try this out for yourselves.