I was wondering if you had any thoughts/ ideas on what to wear when carrying your baby or toddler on your back? I carry my son around a lot & find I have to think carefully about what I'm wearing as the belt of my ergo is obviously quite tight & so even though I'm pretty slim it makes me look like I have a bit of a beer belly ( I'm from the UK, I think you'd call this a "pooch"!).
At the moment I usually wear a long tshirt underneath the belt then pull my sweater or sweatshirt over the top so it kinda hangs over the belt, hiding (hopefully) the squidgy, bulgy bit. Im not sure how this looks from behind….i think its ok, as long as my jeans/ trousers aren't too skinny. Thoughts?
Thanks so much, I love your blog & congrats on finishing your treatment.,your hair looks great btw!
Thanks, Chloe! And YES. I totally get what you are saying. Both of my boys have spent a good deal of their lives in my well-worn Ergo, but Superchunk Pax has been, more often than not, on my back.
So. I have two words for you, my friend: Ponchos and CropTops.
Crop tops, now that they are becoming a thing again, are starting to actually show skin. I don't think I need to tell any new mom that we don't want those. Find a short, swingier top that hits right above the Ergo belt. Ergo…. (ha ha – get it?)
I've so helpfully switched this pic to black-and-white so you know it's from yesteryear. (Which is also why I have hair.)
But see how my shirt is short? Actually, "Short Shirts" may be a better moniker than "Crop Tops" now that I think about it….but my point is the same: something with a little bit of swing, something a tad short in the front will help hide a beer belly – even while babywearing. (I typically layer mine over a cami, just in case of wind, but if your stomach is in better shape than mine, you could skip the extra layer.)
Ponchos are basically large trapeze tops (which means that the swing starts at or above your bustline). So anything with a bit of a trapeze-top-like-swing will work, as long as it isn't too long.
Let's see if I have a side pic….
sweater: similar, 30% off at Juicy
cropped sweater (layered underneath): similar at Forever 21
denim: Rag and Bone
boots: wish they were these
Bag: Lily Jade
Carrier: Ergo organic carrier in "dark" chocolate (not so dark now, after 6 years of hard use….gosh, I love this thing still)
Honorable Mention: Dolman Sleeve Tops
Here's another old pic – this time I'm wearing my old J.Crew dolman-sleeve sweatshirt. If you can't find a poncho, dolman sleeve tops may offer enough volume to hide the belly. Either let the hem hang over the babycarrier belt, or do a half-tuck into the belt (pretend the babycarrier belt is the waistband of your jeans).
sweatshirt: similar on sale at 6pm
hat: similar, $20 at Nordstrom
Carrier: Kokopax carrier (Kokopax was bought by Sassy, new product won't be available until later this summer. To be notified, fill out the form located here. Just put "kokopax updates" into the comment section.)
Thanks for writing in, Chloe! Hope this helps!!
And Mamas – any other tips for dressing around a baby backpack? The beer belly thing is no joke.