Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Getting a "Good Seat"

Sorry, if you were hoping to find out how to get front row seats  for the next big show at the Kennedy Center, you've come to the wrong place.  However, if you have a baby and a carrier, I might just have the advice you need!

Recently I've helped several mamas at meeting with carriers they are not finding comfortable, and I make one minor adjustment and suddenly they say, "WOW, that fixed it!"  So, I'm going to show you how to make that adjustment yourself.

Your initial carry might be safe in that baby isn't falling out.  It might look something like this:

Notice the carrier is low on the baby's back, there is fabric bunched under baby's bottom.  This will eventually pull on your shoulders and make you uncomfortable.

There are a few things you can do to fix this. 

1. Instead of pulling the carrier over baby from the top, instead smooth the carrier up over baby's bottom before pulling the straps over your shoulders, like so:

2. Bounce the baby down while holding the straps STRAIGHT up.  This is harder to accomplish in an SSC, but notice I'm reaching over my shoulder and pulling up from there.  When I say bounce, I do mean bounce.  We aren't talking feet off the ground jump, but bounce like you mean it.

See the huge difference in how high the carrier comes on her back?  And how she is settled into the seat?  Those will make all of you more comfortable with your positioning.  Happy babywearing!


  1. Hi! I love this how-to on getting a better seat in your mei tai, and would love to reprint it (with links back to you) on my blog, the SlingLady http://carrymeaway.com/slinglady/. Would that be okay with you? Let me know!

    :) Laurel aka The SlingLady

  2. Hi Laurel, sorry, I didn't see this before. Sure, we're happy to share the knowledge. :)