Carrying your baby on your back can be a fun way to switch up the way you babywear! It also can be more convenient, as you have more mobility with your hands with your front side free. However, getting used to carrying your baby on your back can be tricky! Here are some tips to help you master the art of back-carrying.
- First and foremost, do not attempt a back-carry until your baby is fully able to support their head and neck on their own (6-12 months old). Carrying your baby on your back doesn’t allow you the constant supervision that front-carrying does, so your baby should be able to sit up straight without needing support.
- Practice a few times with a spotter. Balancing your baby’s weight can be tricky. It’s a new experience for both of you! Having a spotter help you out can put you more at ease and able to focus on what works best for you.
- Make sure your baby’s legs aren’t dangling. Legs that aren’t supported are at risk for developing hip dysplasia (abnormal hip growth) or for dislocation of the hip joint.
- Pay attention to your baby’s cues. If they are squirming around a lot or making noises of discomfort, you may need to try repositioning.
Don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to get used to! Back-carrying is a tricky skill to master, but one that is well worth it!