Babywearing Ages and Stages: Preschoolers and Beyond

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!

About Steph

Steph is a Mum of three with a passion for babywearing and some excellent skills with knots.
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5 Responses to Babywearing Ages and Stages: Preschoolers and Beyond

  1. Anna says:

    My big kid spent a bit of time in and out of the Olives and Applesauce carrier as a 3 year old. When she was just over 4 I carried her for part of the steep hike where I knew she’d run out of steam. I was very grateful for the carrier! Hard on the knees but lovely and snuggly!

  2. Sarah says:

    I used to carry my 4yo and thought she might be missing it. So I did some research and found the Tula toddler carrier. Oh my goodness, she wanted up straight away and had to be on my back while I vacuumed the floor. It was amazing.

  3. Lisa says:

    My husband and I are mad hikers so it was natural just to put the kids in a back carrier when they were toddlers. They loved it! Of course there are a few to choose from and not all will suit so try them on with your child before you purchase 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    I agree with Lisa, although 3 year olds or older are independent, there is a time and place for a baby carrier for this age group. Hiking is the perfect example. This is a great opportunity to get the children outside as well as allow you to enjoy the outdoors.

    Thanks for your input!

  5. Fiona says:

    We are planning a 3 week holiday to Japan that will require a lot of walking. People have suggested taking a stroller for our almost 6 year old but I’d rather take a carrier, if anything. We have an ergo from when she was a baby but its too small now. Can you recommend anything else for back carrying? Thanks.

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