Our daughter turned two years old at the end of December. She is growing daily and is now firmly into the toddler stage. Even though she can walk well, we still use her LÍLLÉbaby carrier often. We have had a lot of people tell us it was time to put away the carrier, but we will not be doing that anytime soon! This morning, we want to talk a little bit about toddler wearing and answer some common questions we get!
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Just because a child can walk, does not mean they can walk easily in a crowded environment. We often will use our carrier instead of our stroller in hard to navigate places. We also use a book bag style diaper bag, so there is really no need at all to try to use a stroller most places we go. The other reason we love toddler wearing is that it provides a perfect, comfortable place for our little one to nap even in noisy places.
While some older carriers may have been uncomfortable, there are modern carriers designed just for toddlers! The one we have is for children from 20 to 60 pounds. Our two year old is only 21 pounds now, so we will get plenty of use out of it! Our daughter feels much lighter when being worn than she does when she is being carried in our arms. The carrier is also designed to support your back, which does not happen when you are just holding your child.
This last one is not a question, but still a statement that we have heard before. The only thing we can say is, we are pretty weird, but toddler wearing should not be viewed as unnatural in any way! A majority of toddlers still use strollers, so what is the difference? Using a carrier is more convenient and it takes up less room in the car! While baby wearing is a fairly recent “trend” in America, people from around the world have been wearing their babies and toddlers for as long as history has been recorded!
If you would like to start wearing your toddler and you are unsure what carrier is right for you, we have a few suggestions!
The LÍLLÉbaby Tie The Knot Baby Wrap is a lower cost option for children up to 30 pounds. If you want to try baby or toddler wearing, but do not want to put down a lot of money in case you do not like it, this is a great option!
The LÍLLÉbaby 3 in 1 CarryOn All Seasons is our carrier of choice. It is safe for children over 20 pounds and 12 months of age. Our toddler is tiny, so we did not purchase this until around her second birthday. The has three easy positions and is super comfortable for both the wearer and the child. It is more expensive than the wrap, but it is worth the investment!
We would love to hear from you! How do you feel about toddler wearing? If you’ve never tried it, but have interest, please leave any questions below and we will try our best to answer them!