Babywearing conjures up pictures of a blissful cocoon where tiny heads nestle against chests and tiny fingers clutch at fabric, creating a world of warmth and closeness. But hold on, caregivers! Don’t relegate that beautiful connection to the fleeting newborn stage. The magic of babywearing extends far beyond those first few months, blossoming into a vibrant, playful bond with your toddler or preschooler.
Whether you’re looking to extend you’re babywearing journey or have only just discovered the joy of babywearing, you absolutely can carry your child beyond the baby stage.
Here’s why carrying your bigger little one unlocks a whole new world of benefits:
Our ring slings are safety tested from 5lb up to 35lb (15kg). We have lots of customers who have used our slings for their toddlers, and I regularly carry my own toddlers.
To be honest, they can feel a little diggy, but it can be overcome by spreading the fabric on your shoulder evenly to further distribute the weight.
They’re especially brilliant for toddlers who want quick up and downs.
Soft Structured Carriers
Carrying a bigger little one is perfect for navigating tourist attractions and allowing your child to experience the place without getting lost.
Soft structured carriers (full buckles, half buckles, meh dai and onbuhimo) are sized according to the panel that supports baby and it is usually quoted as a ‘knee to knee’ measurement.
Baby Sized –
body panel 16 inches at the widest point and 16 inches tall, not including the waistband.
Toddler Sized –
body panel 18 inches at the widest point and 18 inches tall, not including the waistband.
Preschool Sized –
body panel 20 inches at the widest point and 20 inches tall, not including the waistband.
Our carrier panels taper towards the centre of the panel so the waistband can be rolled over to shorten the height of the panel which in turn reduces the width of the panel where baby sits in the carrier.
Babywearing toddlers and preschoolers isn’t just about convenience or tantrum taming. It’s about rediscovering the magic of closeness in a new way. It’s about stolen giggles shared on bustling streets, whispered secrets on moonlit walks, and the quiet comfort of a familiar heartbeat against your back. It’s about reminding yourself that even as your little one grows taller and more independent, the need for connection, for that safe haven in your arms, never truly fades.
If you need any further advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to chat!