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My pixie4 bump is ever growing and it’s getting more and more uncomfortable to tie my mei tai on, as I’m having to tie it above the bump. I really don’t want to get stuck using the pushchair as I could do with two hands free for holding pixies 1&2 as we live on a busy road and merri especially is a bit unpredictable. I managed to carry seren all through merri’s pregnancy, mostly in a moby stretchy wrap at the front as she was so tiny and my bump didn’t pop out too quick, and for the last month in a hotslings pouch on my hip, but high up so the front leg straddled the bump. However nerys is older and far heavier so I would need something much more supportive. I once tried an ellaroo woven wrap but I just couldn’t get the hang of it so I sold it. I’m guessing a woven is going to be my only option though if I want to carry through pregnancy, or at least a bit farther in than the 17 weeks I am currently. I love having nerys on my back so are there any carries that don’t involve tying round your tummy? Also I’m a bit scared of wovens if truth be told, they just seem so much harder. So any advice on babywearing while pregnant? Which slings are best, which carries, anyone recommend somewhere near derby I can get some help with learning carries? Tia, Sally x

Mummy to 4 little pixies: Seren (feb 08), Merri (may 09), Nerys (june 11) & Lyra (April 13)

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I should probably add, I never managed to carry merri through nerys’ pregnancy as couldn’t find a sling or tie that worked for me. I’m tying nerys on my back atm. I’m not keen on one shoulder carries as I like to spread the load over my back, but saying that I’ve only ever tried a pouch, never a ring sling.

Mummy to 4 little pixies: Seren (feb 08), Merri (may 09), Nerys (june 11) & Lyra (April 13)

http://www.crystals-and-ice.co.uk/ My sister’s amazing bead shop

I found back carries in a ssc, with waistband under the bump worked quite well. I carried DS1 like this until he was 2y7m, and I was about 7 months pregnant with DS2. Last pregnancy, I kept carrying DS2 like that right up until the day before DS3 was born, but with a 22 month age gap, he was obviously a bit younger and smaller than his brother had been when I was heavily pregnant the previous time!
Is the mei tai you’re using too short in the body to tie under the bump? Or is it that the knots are digging in to your tummy?

Thanks for replying smile It’s a bit of both I think. If I tie under bump nerys can’t see over my shoulder, she’s just staring at my back, and at the moment it also digs in, as my bumps at that slightly squidgy stage. I think the straps on my mei tai are also not super soft, so that doesn’t help. Hmm my sister has a ssc might need to see if I can try that out when I next go to visit her.

Mummy to 4 little pixies: Seren (feb 08), Merri (may 09), Nerys (june 11) & Lyra (April 13)

http://www.crystals-and-ice.co.uk/ My sister’s amazing bead shop

I carried grace until I was 6 months pregnant (and my hips hurt!) when she was 2.5 years. I used a Mei-tai in a high back carry.

Tie the waist band under your armpits, above your boobs. Let the sling hang down your back.
Lift child onto your shoulders (any way you can!)
Take the long straps of the mei-tai and lay them over child’s legs, making sure that the top of the sling is up to your child’s waist or higher.
Take hold of the straps firmly and slip child’s legs off your shoulders, so that they are sitting in the pocket of the sling.
Pull straps until they are comfortable then pass them under your armpits.
Cross or tie straps under child’s bottom and pass themround to the front.
Tie off, and you have a child well away from your bump! Their bottom should be just slightly lower than your shoulder blades.

Angie

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Ooo, Angie, thank you! I’m going to try that tomorrow. Does it squish your boobs a bit though, or do you need to tie it really high up?

Mummy to 4 little pixies: Seren (feb 08), Merri (may 09), Nerys (june 11) & Lyra (April 13)

http://www.crystals-and-ice.co.uk/ My sister’s amazing bead shop

Yes, it as high as you can - right under your armpits. It didn’t squash my boobs, but they aren’t very big…

Angie

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I loved my diddymos when pregnant and the my ergo worn right under bump

when life gives you a rainy day play in the puddles !!!
mum to 4 sons 13,7,4 and 2
a daughter 8 years ,
and always in my heart my angel xx

I mostly backcarried doing tibetan tie with a Woven

You can do similar with a Mei Tai or a Podegi (longer, bigger panel than MT and no waist straps) in a High back carry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA8WX3p0MOM&feature=related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FGuae3x6AE

With a Pod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0swrAPcoz1A she’s tying above bump, but you can tie off over your chest instead

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