I have been having fun experimenting with podaegi's lately. The podaegi is a type of baby carrier which originated in Korea. It has two long straps and a long blanket. The straps are the part of the carrier that holds the child's weight so the blanket can be of lighter materials than a mei tai which is nice for summer. Pods can be used in a front carry from birth and a back carry from when your baby has good head control (around 3-4 months). Podaegis can be made with two types of straps - straight or angled. Angled strapped podaegi are used for front carrying and for a rucksack style high back carry. I decided to make a straight strapped podaegi to try first as this type can aslo be used for a low back carry or torso carry.
I really liked the pod in a front carry. I was surprised at how comfortable it was. My son liked it too - the first time I tried out this carry my son fell straight to sleep!
Here is the pod in a rucksack carry. It was more comfortable than I anticipated as I thought the straight straps might not pull my son in close enough to me - but I found it quite good and my son enjoyed looking over my shoulder.
The third carry I tried was a torso carry with shoulder support. The first time I tried it it wasn't tied quite right so I found it uncomfortable but the second time I tried it I loved it. It is a very comfortable carry if you have picky shoulders as very little of my son's weight was on my shoulders - I felt the weight more across my torso and lower body. It felt like my son was sitting on my bum! - different than what I'm used to but really comfy.
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