Not many people regularly carry their child 3 years and older. After all, they’re independent humans with a desire (and a need) for exercise! However, sometimes the walk is too long, the airport too fraught with obstacles or the tantrum too distressing: it’s not babywearing any more! Big-kid-wearing soothes, distracts and helps you connect.
What Works Well
At this stage, you’ll need to think about heavy-duty SSCs or wraps. These are big kids you’re carrying! There is quite a specialist market out there for these kinds of carriers so ask around for advice (or in the comments below). Back carries are more or less essential as many children this age are simply too long to fit into a front carry.
What to Watch Our For
Listen to your body. You’re probably pretty strong, but make sure you’re aware of your limits. It’s OK to say “no” if it’s not working for you. It’s also OK to limit the time they spend up on your back.
This is an age where children are often very keen to relive their younger days and spend some time up on a parents’ back, but it’s not usually on a daily basis. They will communicate their needs with you. It’s also an age where it can be used as a great gentle-discipline tool. Instead of “time out”, “time in” can reconnect parent and child after a particularly difficult time.
Do you carry your big kid? What do you love about it? What does your child love? Leave a comment and let us know!