You never thought you’d be carrying a baby THIS big- but she’s not a baby any more! She’s a toddler. She may have begun to walk by now, but she almost certainly will by the end of this stage. She’s temperamental, wilful and has a mind of her own: welcome to toddler babywearing!
What Works Well:
The ring sling or pouch is coming back into its own at this stage. Quick to put on, easy to fold up and stuff into a bag: it’s perfect for those “Carry me/put me down” situations.
When wearing for a longer period of time, by the end of this stage you’ll probably need to start thinking about a heavy duty SSC, mei tai, wrap conversion or wrap to do the job. Head to the forum to ask for advice on good brands: they’re not all created equal.
If you’ve gotten this far, you’ll know that toddler-wearing is ideal for crowded, busy places that your temperamental delight can get into mischief in. It’s also a great way to calm down a tantrum and reconnect when things have not been going right.
What To Watch Our For:
Carrier strikes are really common at this age. Sometimes they last for a day, sometimes for months: your toddler is asserting her independence. When you absolutely have to carry her out of a bad situation, try to use a front carry when she’s resisting: back carries are difficult and more likely to end badly when there’s a tantrum going on. Toddlers can be bribed into a carrier with snacks or milk or a toy. But mostly, accepting (as much as possible) their independence is the best way to deal with it.
The added weight of your toddler will tell more quickly on your back and shoulder and the precision of your babywearing technique (no matter which carrier you are using) will be the best way to stay comfortable.
Do you carry your toddler? What do you find are its advantages? Where do you find it difficult? Leave a comment and let us know!