I just discussed how different carriers can be best for different situations in my last post, but I focused mainly on comfort and the ideal carrier for the situation. I discussed the limitations of a stretchy wrap, in that it isn't best for a larger kiddo, and I mentioned that I prefer to have heavier tots on my back
Now, I have tried back carries with a stretchy wrap in the past with no disasters, and some babywearers do think it is fine. Many suggest that if you just get it tight enough it will be secure. I am not an expert at wrapping, but many more experienced babywearers than myself agree that it isn't safe... and, tellingly, the Moby website no longer has instructions for a back carry. My Moby manual has those instructions... but I hear that new manuals don't. Obviously if Moby is pulling those instructions, they no longer feel that this is a safe use for their product. Their product images haven't quite caught up yet, since that is an Amazon image on the upper left for a Moby D, but maybe eventually those will be gone too.
I have tried back carries with a Moby Wrap, and a Moby D (which has a non stretchy panel designed to help with heavier babies and with back carries- it helped a little but I still felt it wasn't snug or secure or not, especially after a short period, as it would still start to sag.) While you know I love the Moby Wrap, and the Moby D, I don't think either of them, or similar carriers, appropriate for a back carry.
Ok, so I admitted I'm not a wrapping expert... however, I was happy to find these great videos showing better wrapping skills, and showing the same issue. Big thanks to Beth of BabyEtte for tweeting a link to this page with the videos!
So, what do you think? Did I convince you? Or not? Have you ever tried a stretchy for a back carry?