Wearing A Toddler On Your Back In A Baby Carrier

When I had my first child, we chose the ErgoBaby carrier because of it’s comfort and the fact that baby could be worn on our front, our back and our hip.

By the time my second baby was born, I knew I needed more- I now had a two year old and a newborn. I needed to be hands free as much as possible and fast. After using my ErgoBaby on my back quite a lot while pregnant, I wanted to try something else. With my newborn, I used my Maya wrap a lot, but then I met some amazing babywearing moms who would wrap their babies on their backs. I was rather intrigued. Of course at first I was like, no no no, I could never do that! Well, I ate my words, bought a wrap, watched many youtube videos about back wrapping, and now I love it. I have a son who just turned one, and as soon as he sees the wrap come near him, he knows it’s naptime and he actually smiles about it.

If you wear your baby but haven’t tried putting them on your back yet, you should definitely try it! And if you’ve never worn a baby, let me tell you how wonderful it is to wear them like a backpack 😀 Here are some reasons why:

1. Baby is happy close to you – As a new human to the world, where would you rather be- on a cold floor or hanging out with mom? And sleeping cuddled up to the sweet smell of mom’s hair or neck? Sounds pretty relaxing!

2. Baby is seeing what you’re seeing – I often think of toddlers running about and just seeing a bunch of knees or butts (let’s face it, that’s what they’re seeing!) and I do feel so bad for them. In a high up back-carry they can see the faces that you see! They can touch what you touch! This is wonderful for their development. I recently had my son on my back at the grocery store, and he was reaching out and grabbing fruit with me.

3. You have two hands free to carry things, mow the lawn or cook – Moving house two months ago and would have been much harder without having my son on my back. He slept there, he checked things out, and I made quick meals for us. It was all round brilliant. Does Dad not know how to help out as much? Put the toddler on your back and go for a walk! Mow the lawn!

4. You can tend to your older children – If you have older children that want you to do things with them, this provides the perfect opportunity.

5. You can wear your baby while pregnant- Obviously this should be done with lots of care, and provided you’re in good health, but you can wear your toddler while pregnant too, keeping you hands free for other tasks!

Here are some different ways to wear a baby on your back:

A Mei Tei has no buckles, just tie waist and straps.

Photo Source: La Stella Blu
Photo Source: La Stella Blu

A buckle carrier like an Ergo below.

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 In a sturdy wrap, not a stretchy one, that can hold the weight of your toddler. The different carries you can try are endless!

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Do you wear your child on your back? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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Ladan Rashidi, Managing Editor. Ladan is a British mother of three, who moved to California in 2008 to live with her husband. Born and raised in London, she has the very British sarcastic sense of humor. None of her previous workplaces prepared her for becoming a mother and having the three most demanding bosses in the world, but also the cutest.

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Erica
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We spent a summer out of the country when my daughter was 2 and about 30 lbs. She spent more time on my back than in a stroller. She got to see the world and I got to hike around with out being forced to stick to the paved paths. I didn’t find her too heavy. I have a Lillebabe carrier and it was great.

Halima
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How do you recognize that baby is hungry though? You take him out and put on breast regularly?
I cant wait to put my lil one to the back carrier :)))) Shes already sooo curious 🙂 hope she enjoys the view from the top :))

Francie
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I wear my 3.5yo on my back just about every day in a toddler Tula. So much easier than carrying him in my arms when he’s tired and needs to be close!

amber
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I actually like the Boba better then the ergo. The child’s head isnt as squished to you. They have a bit more freedom to move their head around. I love carrying my baby. So comfortable and natural.

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