I know it has been a while since you heard from me. Ironically it has been dealing with health stuff that has kept me from focusing on the blog. When you’re sick or in pain, you often just do what you have to do to get by and the other stuff doesn’t seem to matter as much. Recently I have had a flare of back pain and was initially terrified I had re-ruptured the disc in my back. Fortunately, that was not the case, just a situation of irritation and inflammation that often occurs a few years after the surgery I had. I’m still in PT getting stronger and healing, but feeling better every day. There is one thing that’s been a life-saver during this bout with pain.
My little dude is huge. He’s tall, heavy, and wiggly. He also is still young enough that he needs to be held, carried, snuggled, etc. I love being Mama and snuggling and caring for my little dude, but when I’m struggling with back pain it is incredibly hard. There is one item that I have that has helped me throughout my struggle with back pain and I want to tell you about it.
I have a MiaMily Hipster 3D baby carrier. Some friends of mine run Universal Design Project (look for a feature on them in the future!) and had a grad student who did a project on best adaptive baby gear and equipment for parents with disabilities or injuries. Her research found this to be the best carrier for parents with low-back injuries, so when we were expecting, I decided to go this route for a carrier.
From the beginning I could tell that this was the right choice for us. Even when he was a two month old, our little guy was hard for me to free carry for more than 10 minutes or so. I quickly figured out that I could carry him in the MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D for hours without pain. The support of the belt combined with distribution of weight makes it very comfortable. In fact, as odd as this sounds, I find that if I wear him while my back is hurting, I feel better when I take this off. I thought maybe I was nuts, but I have another friend who bought this carrier and said the same thing.
With the Hipster Plus 3D carrier, you can carry your baby facing forward, facing in, on your back, or on your hip. The carrier comes with a traditional two-shoulder harness, but you can also get a one-shoulder sling for carrying your baby.
The seat is great because it is structured and sits well. The design is safe for baby which is why it is endorsed by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as being “hip healthy” for our little ones. It also is hollow and has a zipper so I can store keys, wallet, Epi-Pen, burp cloth, etc. The harness portion can be removed so you can use it as a hip seat only. This enables you to carry your baby on your hip or front without jutting out your hip and bending/twisting your spine.
This is a great piece of baby gear for any mama, but especially for one with back issues. It enabled me to snuggle and soothe my baby when he was sad, get things done when he’s being clingy, and run errands or be social without losing the use of my hands while keeping him close. I also am a huge fan of wearing him when I shop because people are far less likely to invade my space to touch him than they are to come in to his space if he’s in a seat. This means less germs spread, particularly during cold and flu season.
Also, if your child is a spitter or a baby beaver like mine, you might want to invest in the drool pad. It snaps on and off and enables you to wash it as it gets grody!
I cannot overstate how helpful this had been as I have dealt with back issues as a mama. It enables me to remain close to my baby and care for him while preserving my back health. If you are interested in the MiaMily Hipster Plus 3D, you can use the code CARRIEJ20 to get a 20% discount on your order.