Wearing a Toddler

There’s been a slight shortage of outdoor adventures on this blog just lately. Tom and I have been full of cold and Mr Techno is missing without a trace – buried in the opening of the new restaurant (seriously. We’ve seen each other for about a total of 5 hours in the last two weeks – half an hour each morning as we both run out the door).

But this weekend was a chance to remedy that. Some lingering germs meant we couldn’t go to the playground, so Tom and I had a long walk out onto the Marshes on Saturday, meeting up with one of his friends from nursery on the way. And we went for another long walk with a friend of mine on Sunday.

Both times, we left the buggy at home, as we tend to do on non-nursery days. Tom walks really confidently now, but isn’t yet up to more than about a mile at a time. So when we go out, we tend to use the sling. And I love it. Never thought I’d still be wearing Tom at this age – he’s just turned 18 months – but I much prefer it to using the buggy. Here’s why:

Access – nowhere is off limits. Stairs, steep hills, muddy paths – none of these are an issue when you have no buggy to get stuck.

Bonding – now that I work 4 days a week, it’s really important that I find opportunities to renew my bond with Tom when we’re together. Carrying him close in the sling helps us to bond.

Exercise – I don’t really do much exercise. Definitely not a gym bunny. But I love walking and doing it with the 2 stone weight of my boy on my back turns it into almost a real life workout.

Sick Days – being at nursery means Tom gets cold after cold. And when he’s sick, the sling lets us snuggle whilst also getting some fresh air.

Joy – Tom is insanely happy to be out and about. Being carried closer to my face means he can share his joy at the world more easily. Usually whilst shouting “hiya!” at the top of his lungs. World – meet Tom.

Massage – not what you were expecting? Me neither. But Tom likes to carry a toy train or car with him in the sling and uses my back as the road, meaning I get a nice, if slightly patchy, massage as I walk.

Sling selfies – who doesn’t love a cute sling selfie shot?

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I can’t deny there are some downsides – he’s bloody heavy these days, so I can only manage about 90 minutes or so without a break. And it can be tricky to get him onto my back when I’m wearing a big winter coat. But otherwise, I’m loving wearing my toddler still and hope to enjoy it for at least a year more.

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12 thoughts on “Wearing a Toddler

  1. Aww, love the selfie! I couldn’t be without our carrier, Mr A has been carried since he was 2 days old and loves it! What carrier do you use? At 18 months A got a bit big for our standard sized Manduca, so got a toddler Tula and it feels so much comfier and he doesn’t feel heavy or unbalanced. It’s definitely my favourite way of walking and A loves to chatter away on my back. Looking forward to the less laters for us both though. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather šŸ™‚ x

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    1. We have a toddler patapum. It wouldnt actually have been my first choice…I really wanted a toddler connecta but couldnt find a decently priced one second hand. The patapum is pretty good but doesnt go as far up his back, meaning he can lean really far sideways and unbalance us. Still much easier than taking a buggy everywhere!

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  2. Awww i love this. I wore Evie up until recently. We’ve never really used the pram. She insists on walking everywhere all the time,but we’ve always kept a sling with us because she always comes up eventually. I really have found that it has helped our bond, and you’re right, nowhere is off bounds!!! Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with #whatevertheweather x

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    1. Its great for this stage isnt it? When they want to walk but still need to be carried sometimes. Though from your pics it looks like Evie can walk a pretty long way!

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  3. Having been pregnant and then a c-section I have only started toddler wearing this past month and I love it. M is 2 now and she loves it too. I find it funny when people say that baby wearing makes them clingy or that they are heavy without trying it!

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    1. Great to hear you were able to introduce it with an older toddler too. My muscles have grown with Tom, so I’d imagine starting with a heavier kid could take a bit of getting used to – sounds like it works fine though!

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  4. Slings are great to get out and about with. We used them with my son, but having twins stopped us…you just can’t fit two kids in a sling šŸ˜‰ Looks like Tom loves it! #Whatevertheweather

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    1. Yeah twins would be tricky. My brother and sister are twins and used to delight in running in different directions whenever let free of the buggy…

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  5. Oh yes! I remember those days of the baby backpack, I felt like I was wearing lead boots in the end!! I love taking walks and we also used to wear a sling, now the kids are older they can hike around six miles, it’s awesome. Sarah #whatevertheweather

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  6. 90 minutes is impressive! You’re so right about the benefits, and that’s one cute selfie. I still carry my 25 month old for short periods in an ergo, because pushing two bigger kids in a double buggy is havoc on the wrists. He likes it in short bursts then walks for a bit with his 3 yo brother. Kind of annoying getting his muddy boots on my coat though!

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