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?
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.