When you think about “baby wearing” you typically think of a small little baby being worn in the first couple months of life. But even after the “baby” stage, there are tons of parents who continue to wear their children.
My Ben, who is now three years old still loves being worn in our ERGO. He started his love for being worn as a newborn when my husband would keep him in the Mei Tai we had for hours on end. Now that he is a tad big bigger, our carrier of choice is the ERGO. (Which goes up forty-five pounds)
I thought we were over the carrier phase. When Addison was born she didn’t have any interest in being worn like our boys did. She wouldn’t last more than ten minutes at most in a carrier. Of course all children are different and I just figured this was her way of wanting to be more independent which she has made clear since the day she broke my water days before my scheduled c-section.
Then a couple weeks ago when we were heading into New York City with only a single stroller and three children, I knew I would need to pull out another carrier.
Shortly after getting off the train Ben was tired of walking, and Addie was napping in the stroller, so on my back he went.
All thirty solid pounds of him.
At first I thought I was going to be hating life with him on my back, but it was really no different than when he was a little baby.
It was then our relationship with the carrier began again. I don’t know if it is him wanting to be closer to my husband and I, or if he genuinely just likes being in the carrier, but whenever we have the chance, he is using it.
I don’t mind at all since I have always been a huge supporter of baby wearing.
I never thought I would be wearing a thirty pound three year old, but I certainly am happy that he is still interested in it. For now of course!
Do you still wear your toddler?
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