Good for you for wanting to learn to do back carries! I won’t lie – it’s not the easiest carry to do with a new baby. But, it’s worth learning. Being able to carry your little on on your back means that you have your entire front available while wearing your baby.
Here are some tips to help you as you learn to do back carries with your newborn:
Safety first! When learning to do a back carry, always practice over a sofa or bed. Whenever possible, have someone behind you to “spot” the baby.
Stay calm. Babies can sense when we are flustered and will react accordingly. So, stay calm, slow down and take your time.
Happy Baby. Don’t try to practice back carries when your baby is hungry or fussy. Feed, burp, and calm baby so that you have a happy baby to practice with.
Bounce! When learning a back carry, it can take you a while to do the carry. And in the meantime, baby gets tired of waiting and starts to fuss. What to do? Bounce mama, bounce. Babies like movement, so bounce if baby starts to fuss. And once he’s up there, start moving.
Duration. Most newborns are not going to want to be on your back for very long, unless they are sleeping. Newborns eat so often, that you really only get a few times a day when they are ok being on your back. I mention this so that you don’t assume that your newborn doesn’t like back carries because she fusses when she’s there. The best time to do a back carry with your baby is when she’s happy, fed, and about to fall asleep or in a content stage. Once asleep, your baby can take her entire nap on your back. Once awake, be ready to take her down for a feeding.
Practice, practice, practice. You will not be an expert at back carries on day one. But, that’s ok! The more you practice, the better you will become. This is truly a case when practice really does make perfect. But, practice doing the carry correctly. Focus on technique before focusing on speed.