From: toypup on
On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 13:42:02 -0700, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward wrote:

> Is it okay to carry a baby or toddler on the hip? There are all these
> carriers out there that you can buy for it, and I know it's done
> traditionally in some cultures, but I feel like it might mess up my
> back in some way that's worse than carrying the baby in front on me,
> in my arms. What say you?

I don't know if it's medically okay, but I know that carrying baby in arms
is much tougher on me than in the sling. In fact, I've carried DS when he
was 5 yo in the sling when he was sleeping like a rock and I had to get him
into the preschool to pick up DD. (If you know him, he is impossible to
wake up from a deep sleep.) Definitely easier than just carrying him in my
arms.
From: Sue on
I say carry your child in whatever position is comfortable for you.
--
Sue

"Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward" <penelope(a)rescueteam.com> wrote in message
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> Is it okay to carry a baby or toddler on the hip? There are all these
> carriers out there that you can buy for it, and I know it's done
> traditionally in some cultures, but I feel like it might mess up my
> back in some way that's worse than carrying the baby in front on me,
> in my arms. What say you?
>


From: Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward on
Sue,

I wish there was a comfortable position! There doesn't seem to be. I
must get my lower back checked, because I'm not happy whatever I try,
it seems...

On Sep 25, 8:25 am, "Sue" <sburke9...(a)wideopenwest.com> wrote:
> I say carry your child in whatever position is comfortable for you.
> --
> Sue
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> "Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward" <penel...(a)rescueteam.com> wrote in messagenews:1190666522.073255.187740(a)w3g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
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>
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> > Is it okay to carry a baby or toddler on the hip? There are all these
> > carriers out there that you can buy for it, and I know it's done
> > traditionally in some cultures, but I feel like it might mess up my
> > back in some way that's worse than carrying the baby in front on me,
> > in my arms. What say you?- Hide quoted text -
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From: Irene on
On Sep 25, 12:02 pm, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
<penel...(a)rescueteam.com> wrote:
> Sue,
>
> I wish there was a comfortable position! There doesn't seem to be. I
> must get my lower back checked, because I'm not happy whatever I try,
> it seems...
>
> On Sep 25, 8:25 am, "Sue" <sburke9...(a)wideopenwest.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > I say carry your child in whatever position is comfortable for you.
> > --
> > Sue
>
> > "Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward" <penel...(a)rescueteam.com> wrote in messagenews:1190666522.073255.187740(a)w3g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
>
> > > Is it okay to carry a baby or toddler on the hip? There are all these
> > > carriers out there that you can buy for it, and I know it's done
> > > traditionally in some cultures, but I feel like it might mess up my
> > > back in some way that's worse than carrying the baby in front on me,
> > > in my arms. What say you?- Hide quoted text -
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If you aren't comfortable with any methods you've tried, you might
want to try a two-shouldered type of carrier, esp. for a back carry -
that may work better for you. A well-tied wrap would be the most
supportive - next would be a mei tai or soft structured carrier like
an Ergo, depending on what fits best.

Fwiw, I often carry my 3.5 y/o dd on my hip without a carrier. It's
actually a lot easier to carry an older toddler/preschooler on your
hip than an older infant in the "dead weight" stage, btw, since the
older one will wrap their legs around you, which helps distribute the
weight. And since I do it often, I've built up the appropriate
muscles. I did carry dd in my ring sling for a half hour walk
recently with a hip carry - that was a little too long for comfort!
(But she'd fallen asleep, so making her walk wasn't an option, lol)

And of course, if you ever need help figuring out what carrier to get,
check out www.thebabywearer.com. (Not for profit, and I am not
affiliated with them other than spending way too much time hanging out
on the forums there.)

Irene

From: Anne Rogers on
I suspect a hip carrier is going to be better than carrying a child on
your hip without a carrier, which seems to be inevitable. Being right
handed, I've always carried on my left hip with my left arm holding the
child leaving my right arm free - but I injured my left hip badly during
the birth of my 2nd child and there's no way I can carry a child on
that hip, though it probably looks like I do, I carry the child a couple
of inches higher with my left arm under rather than round, so they sit
on my forearm, they both hold on enough now that I don't usually use my
right arm to support them, but I used to. It's not just my hip that
caused problems and though I can't carry either for long, this method
has got me through the necessary carrying, other than climbing stairs,
it's my arm that gives up before anything else.

Cheers
Anne