From: Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward on
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: Banty on
In article <1190666522.073255.187740(a)w3g2000hsg.googlegroups.com>, Lady Penelope
Creighton-Ward says...
>
>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 did carry my son that way a lot.

Where I ran into back problems was from carrying a heavy diaper bag
bandolier-style, with the long strap over one shoulder, and the bag on the
opposite hip.

Banty

From: Rosalie B. on
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward <penelope(a)rescueteam.com> 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 never had any kind of a carrier that I wore. Well I had two, but
they didn't work for me. But this was back in the dark ages, as my
oldest child was born in 1961.

I don't know whether it causes problems or not. I did it a lot, and
I've seen my kids do it a lot with their kids I even carried them on
my hip when they were bigger and older. Before dd#3 was born, I would
carry #1 and #2 on each hip to do something like cross the street
quickly. They might have been one and three years or two and four
years.

Some babies like to face out, and some don't mind facing you.

I found carrying them in my arms tiring.
From: hschinske on
On Sep 24, 1:42?pm, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
<penel...(a)rescueteam.com> 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 found there was a space when slings didn't work well for me, and
then they started working again really well when the child was old
enough to sit on my hip. It probably depends on your back situation,
but I do get lower back problems from time to time, and the hip carry
with a sling never aggravated them. But this is a situation where you
might have something funky with your back that doesn't apply to my
situation. If you can't get it to feel good, don't do it.

--Helen

From: Chris on
On Sep 24, 4:42?pm, Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
<penel...(a)rescueteam.com> 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?

Well, my last lil' soft and squishy baby (polite description
substituted for tub-o-lard or fatso), I wore in a carrier in front of
me the majority of the time. I've had terrible back issues since then
that are only lately starting to abate some. On my x-rays, last year
my spine was 7 degrees past normal position due to excess weight
pulling my tummy outward with me leaning back to compensate the
balance. I never had that problem with my other 2 kids--granted they
were a lot leaner than this last baby, but I also never "wore" them in
front of me either.