When beginning to babywear, remember to give your body time to adjust to this new exercise. Especially if you are starting out with a heavier child, you need time to develop your core muscles so you won’t overwork your body and become sore or strained. This advice also applies when using a new carry. Front and back carries use different sets of muscles so even though you’re an experienced front carrier, don’t let your first back carry be an hour long. Watch the clock, and increase your time as you become stronger.
The mom in the link below is able to wear her 11 year old because they began wearing in infancy. Not everyone’s body is suited for this, but when a mom isn’t suited to carry a heavier child, look for another friend or family member who can!
© Robyn Miller and Therapeutic Babywearing, 2014.