You may remember me saying last month that Abby and I had attempted to take some pictures for a post, and A-Train was completely uncooperative. This is that post!

So, instead of pictures of my toddler getting into back carry, you get to see me figuring out how to put my lanky preschooler back there!  I know there are other methods to do this, and I have friends who manage to get babies into back carry from about 6 months on.  This is the method I have used, and started using around each kid's first birthday.  Until then, I tended to wear the Ergo to nurse on the go, and back carry wasn't so hot for that.

So here we go!

1. First off, which hip do you usually carry your baby/toddler on?  Leave that arm free by putting the Ergo on and only putting your other arm through the strap. 

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2. Pick up your child and hold them on your usual hip.

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3. DON'T hoist your child over your shoulder.  It had been so long since I'd put Bean in the Ergo that neither of us knew what we were doing and I had zero sense of where his body was!

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4. The whole goal with this step is to get ahold of your kiddo's foot with your free hand on the inside of the Ergo.  Put your hand through where their foot should come out, and reach!  I lean forward and to the side and start to use my usual carrying arm to push A-Train/Bean toward my back.  It feels precarious, but I do have hold of them with that left arm.

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 5. Once their foot is through, lean a little further forward and also support your child with your previously free arm.  Use the usual carrying arm (my left) to get ahold of the remaining strap of the Ergo and pull it up.

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6. Now that both straps are on your shoulders, you child is well-contained/supported.  Clasp the chest strap and get ready to go hands-free!

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7.  You can still give your kiddo a squeeze, even when they're on your back.  (Got a monkey on your back?  Hug it!)

I recommend practicing this with a mirror and a spotter at first - it's surprisingly confusing to figure out what part of the carrier you are grabbing onto when everything is behind you and things can also get tangled.  The back carry is great for doign housework, but we mostly have used it for long hikes!