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So I've been carrying Lilah in the Ergo carrier if we go on walks or whatever, and she's fine in there if she's tired. She'll nap for a bit, but when she wakes up she starts crying and squirming because she wants out, she wants to stretch. A couple days ago I remembered about our Baby Bjorn. Lilah has really good head control, so I thought I'd try her in that facing out (for short periods, I know they don't support the baby as well as the Ergo) and she LOOOOOOVED it. She just hung out in there totally happy, looking around everywhere, and then she fell asleep! It was great!
Yes, I know it's bad for their spine, which is why I put her in it for a short time and why I threw in there that I mostly use my Ergo because I knew someone would point out that facing out is bad, and so are Baby Bjorns. She does not get over stimulated - she gets mad when I carry her facing in because she can't see. Every baby is different. Maybe some babies get over stimulated, but not all of them.
Kary - yes it can be used facing in but it's not the best carrier to use. An Ergo or a wrap supports the baby better! Our Bjorn was a gift, and I've used it for both my other girls but not until they were older.
I would think that overstimulation would be more of a worry for a newborn or a preemie. Also, if a baby gets overstimulated, wouldn't they get fussy? I think every mom just needs to watch for signs of it in their own babies, because like Erin said, all babies are different. Kody seems to like noise, motion, and color to fall asleep. He often will fall asleep to watching TV when he's particularly fussy. When he's having a good day, he will fall asleep facing my chest or nursing. But when nothing will calm him down, distractions are a great way to get him to conk out.
I use a wrap with Kody that makes a broad seat for him, so that he's not just hanging by his crotch (which I know can be bad).
Sometimes I feel like there are so many no-no's out there that parents can get to where they feel their hands are tied when it comes to doing what seems best for their children. It can be frustrating sometimes. As for me, I tend to adapt the rules to suit my kids as seems best for me.