Is Your Toddler Too Big to Carry? Ergonomic Carrying solutions – can be a life saver for you and your child.
If you’ve been wearing your baby for a while, one day you will have a surprising revelation that your baby has grown into a toddler. Once this happens, as you continue to enjoy those special times of baby carrier convenience and fun, you may start wondering about this precious season called toddlerhood.
If you’re asking yourself if your toddler is now too old or too heavy to carry in a sling, think about how often you’d be carrying him in your arms if you didn’t have your trusty carrier for support. We all know how toddlers work – they run around, then ask to go back in the pram, or to be carried by you, then they want to go off again. A supportive carrier can be a life saver when you’re out and about with a toddler as your arms will be free and you’re not even hampered by a pram. It’s great for museum visits or catch ups with friends at the park, for example.
Toddler speed – Full Turbo or Stop.
Most parents of toddlers know that drill ….toddlers do not pace themselves well – and for most little ones especially from 18 months to 4 years they often operate on 2 speeds. Turbo charge and then Stop. Yes, your child is bursting with energy …and running in circles one minute and then suddenly the switch is turned and they can’t walk another step.
The green Go traffic light suddenly turned to red …Stop. We have seen many parents out and about trying to carry their now tired and very heavy exhausted child ….without a carrier which positions them twisted and trying to hold a sleepy body whilst juggling shopping bags or picnic baskets.
It is times like these that the benefits of a comfy ergonomic carrier can be realised. Helping your little one to pace themselves and continuing to keep them safe and close at times when it is wisest to do so. Toddlers love a back carry and being able to see over your shoulder …chatting and seeing the world at the same height as their parents.
Know your carriers
Most carriers and slings are designed for infants and older babies. Lillebaby Complete – soft structured carriers are made to carry your child up to 20kgs and with the great comfort features and fantastic lumbar support – could be the only carrying solution that you may need from newborn to 3 + years. If your child is extra tall – then if they seem to be outgrowing their standard carrier then definitely have a look at the dedicated Lillebaby toddler carrier that have a wider and taller torso support and can carry a child up to 27kgs. This is a product that you will appreciate when your active little one runs out of pep ….and decides that being on Mum or Dads back is the only solution for their little legs …and so the family time and outing can continue.
Don’t ditch the cuddle carrier closeness just yet
For a bigger child – 18 months plus in a standard carrier you may want to adopt a back-carrying position at least some of the time. Adding foot stirrups to your carrier can assist with an older child evenly distributing their weight (think when you offer a piggy back – children love to put their feet in your hands) – or consider a dedicated toddler carrier.
As your child gets bigger, it may consider changing carrier to a dedicated toddler carrier rather than stop wearing. As the parent the length of time that you carry your little ones will depend on your size in relation to your bubs size, the type of carrier you use – think ergonomic, symmetrical support which keeps your toddler close to your centre of gravity. Always follow the manufacturer’s instruction booklet and videos for tips on best use.
Toddlers love close connections and security. While you can – keep the cuddle closeness going.