It happens to all of them, sooner or later. The reasons are many and varied: a crowded supermarket, a big family function full of adoring relatives, one too many cupcakes. Whatever the cause, when your toddler melts down in public it’s difficult to know what to do. Often, you will wish to remove the distressed child from the scene ASAP, but when 15 kilograms of screaming muscle is fighting you every step of the way, it’s difficult. When you have other children, items that need carrying or a long way to walk it becomes impossible.
Enter the strap carry. If you’ve never done one before, the strap carry is much like a ruck, but without rails. It could conceivably be done with any piece of flexible material that can carry your child’s weight. You can find instructions on how to do the strap carry here. When using this carry with an uncooperative child, I recommend a short wrap, long enough to cross between the legs and tie in front, but use whatever you’ve got on hand!
The beauty of this carry in a difficult situation is that there are no rails to adjust, making the carry extraordinarily quick to tie. It’s also very secure. My 14kg almost-three year old has spent considerable periods “testing” the strap carry and this carry and he hasn’t gotten the best of it yet.
So, next time your toddler is melting down and you know you simply can’t get him or her up into a ruck safely, think about the strap carry. It’s simple, effective and very easy to use even in adverse circumstances.
What do you do when your toddler melts down? Is babywearing a part of your parenting toolbox in this situation? What strategies work for you? Leave a comment and maybe we can all troubleshoot this stage together!