The Hipster: My Own Version of a Side-Saddle Baby Sling

This is one of my favorite doodads, because I invented it myself. Boobaby’s pretty big and no longer entirely comfortable in slings or our great Ergo carrier. She sometimes likes (or needs) to be carried, though, and for slim-hipped stay-at-home dads, that can be a challenge.

Enter “The Hipster”: a largish fanny pack stuffed with a towel. (Once I get this into production, I’ll have a much more elaborate setup, but for now, this’ll do.) Attach that pack so that it is just about where your wide hip would be if you didn’t have that Y-chromosome, and strap it tight. Voila! You’ve got a place for your toddler to perch!

I’ve also had great success slinging my diaper bag over my head and having her perch on that. I use one of those vaguely barrel-shaped canvas bags. I’ve added a rag for padding to the strap.

With either one, obviously, you need an arm around the baby, but it’s a nice, causal, non-confining way to carry her, and it’s easy to just toss the thing in the car to have around in case of emergency.

Pictures to follow…

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