Toddler wearing.
September 02, 2011

Something tells me that I will never tire of holding my child close, smelling her hair, kissing her forehead.  But I might actually have to give this up before she gets to college.  The kid is starting to get a little heavy.

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  1. By Megan Stilley on September 02, 2011

    What carrier do you use?  Curious what carriers work after the baby stage.  Thanks!

  2. By Ellen on September 02, 2011

    I love my ergo! 

    Most days I feel like Ada lives on my back and although I love being able to have her out working with me (we’ve been feeding 600 chickens and making chicken feeders lately) she already gets to feeling pretty heavy at 10 months…especially when it’s 106+ out. 

    I figure I’ll proly still be wearing her some at 2 years though, if nothing else to keep her out of trouble :)

  3. By Sarah on September 02, 2011

    I love my Ergo too! I use the Hippy Chick hip seat which works well for us too as he wants to walk most of the time. It’s all about the balance!

  4. By Sarah Christensen on September 02, 2011

    Megan - I mostly use the Ergo at this stage, but I can also still use the Moby and my ring sling.  I’ve never been super comfortable with the ring sling - I always worry that she’ll fall out the bottom - but if I were more comfortable, I’d probably use it more frequently simply because she likes it more.  I think it’s more comfortable for her.  The Moby is fine at this age too, but I can’t do it on my back very well so my activities are limited - and since it stretches, I have to redo it sometimes.

    The Ergo is my best bet about 80% of the time at this age.  She’s easiest on my back, and she can climb in and out on her own which helps, and she doesn’t mind napping there either.

    Ellen - This sound weird, but I think they feel heavier and heavier until about 18 months.  Then it happens so gradually that you don’t even realize it.  Charlotte still spends alot of time in the Ergo on my back, but lately I’ve started noticing that geez, kid, you’re heavy, how do you feel about walking? =P

  5. By mommica on September 02, 2011

    She’s getting so big. :)

  6. By Megan Stilley on September 02, 2011

    Thanks! I currently use the moby and babybjorn, but the ergo looks so comfy!

  7. By Christy on September 02, 2011

    I wish Lily would still let me use a carrier with her.  She’s 4 months shy of 3 and about 30 pounds.  She wants to walk most of the time, but when she wants to be carried she wants to be carried.  I’d much rather use my Ergo, but she won’t have it.  I miss it.

    Enjoy Charlotte.  You both look wonderful and like your having a lot of fun.

  8. By Catherine on September 03, 2011

    We love to carry our 2 1/4 year old in our Ergo as well!  Who can ever get tired of the closeness?  :) Sweet pic,mama!

  9. By on September 03, 2011

    Sometimes I feel like I am the only weird one who wears their toddler.  I guess I just don’t see many.  I’m glad I’m not alone. :)

    I think it’s very similar to the Ergo, but I lovelovelove my mei tai.  I usually wear Hannah on my back in it, and the way it is structured, her weight is distributed across my hips so I hardly feel her.  I love feeling her close to me, and she snuggles her hands under the straps and hugs me and I die just a little bit every time from the happiness.

  10. By ScottieJ0e on September 03, 2011

    How much time do you spend carrying her a day?

    It two or three years ago at this time that the Motrin - mommy blogger fight broke out about baby wearing…

  11. By Sarah Christensen on September 03, 2011

    Erin - You aren’t alone!! =)  I wear Charlotte all the time.  I don’t have a mei tai to compare to, but I think they’re pretty similar.  Less bulky too.

    Scottie - I have no idea.  I don’t wear her in a carrier every day, it’s probably closer to 3-5 times a week depending on what sort of activities we have going on.  I let her walk on her own most of the time if she’s interested - she can go a few miles but she usually wants in a carrier after that.  When I carry her for a nap, she could be in the carrier for up to three hours as dead weight.  The rest of the time, it’s rare for it to go longer than forty minutes or so.  She just takes a rest or I run an errand or whatever, and then she’s back on her feet again =)

    I was just thinking about that Motrin debacle the other day.  It happened right around the same time I was learning about babywearing for the first time.  Crazy to think about that now!

  12. By ScottieJ0e on September 04, 2011

    I thought the Motrin Moms were a bit harsh.  It’s hard to write good creative ad copy, especially if it’s supposed to be funny.  Motrin was off, but I don’t think they were malicious. I’m more of a live and let live type.





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