My sister Emily is constantly telling me how amazed she is with the ease in which I toss AJ up on my back in the Ergo. I've received similar comments from others, but I have to say, it's really not a matter of amazing Super Mommy Prowess. Wanna know the secrets?
1) Practice early. The earlier you start wearing baby in the back carry, the more that baby will be used to the idea and sensation of being put into the back carry. I've never worn one of my girls in the back carry earlier than four months (although this article from thebabywearer does suggest one way to wear newborns on the back).
2) Practice at home first. Putting your little one in the back carry while standing in front of a bed or sofa is by far the safest way to start. Practice at home until you are really, really confident that both you and baby know what you are doing.
3) Practice the one-hand rule. Make sure while you are learning how to put baby in the back carry, you always, always keep one hand on your little one at all times!
What you want to do, as much as possible, is practice until you develop a kind of muscle memory for it. (I learned about muscle memory from The Coach. In case you aren't familiar with the concept, it's the reason why football players - all athletes, really - do all that practicing. The brain and muscles practice the same concept over and over and over until they work in perfect sync to do repeat the needed movements in a given situation without even really thinking about it.)
Another great idea for learning the back carry is to watch how others do it. If you know some babywearers, ask them to show you their techniques - maybe at a La Leche League or Attachment Parenting International meeting. If you don't know any other babywearers in real life, YouTube can be a great resource. Here's a video of how one mom puts a small baby up in the Ergo and here is one on how to get baby down from the back carry in a Calyx. Click on the related videos and you'll see there are many videos to help get you started.
NOW. Since that was (relatively) short and sweet from me, I have to send you over to the lovely Jen of The Things You Didn't Do. Jen's little Nate was born just days after AJ and they are definite kindred spirits. Jen wrote a lovely piece on why babywearing isn't just for the fussy babe - it's for super active, don't-slow-me-down mama-on-the-go, too!