Okay, your little one is not too little anymore. No longer an infant, your baby has grown into a toddler. Too big to be considered a baby anymore; he or she is still young enough to want to be carried around. And even when they are old enough to walk around, it’s so much easier to have them strapped on you safe and sound in some form of toddler carrier. Running around after a child in a store just ends up taking twice as long to get things done and it’s not enjoyable for you or your child. Luckily, there are many carriers for toddlers. This way you can still have your child close to you and they can still take in all the sights and sounds of the world without getting into any trouble.
Before we take a look at some of the best carriers available, perhaps we should ask ourselves exactly what it is we are looking for in a toddler carrier? The official definition of a toddler is a child between the ages of one and three years old – the age at which they start to ‘toddle’ and then walk. The average 3 year old will weigh approx. 35 lbs so any carrier which holds a child of 40 – 45 lbs will certainly cope with any toddler and even a little beyond that.
Your choice of toddler carrier.
The BabyHawk Oh Snap! will carry a child weighing up to 45 lbs and comes in a whole range of various colors and patterns. Not only is it flexible for the size of your child, it is also possible to adapt the straps to cater for small to large parents too.
The Ergobaby Performance Collection carrier will carry your newborn (using an insert) right up to when they are 45 lbs in weight. Like all the Ergobaby carriers it is ergonomically designed to be comfy for you both. It can be carried on your front, back or hip.
The Boba baby carrier range includes the Boba Air which will carry babies and toddlers up to 45 lbs. This is also available for various sized parents and will fold up for easy storage.
The Union from the Infantino baby carrier range will take you far as it can accommodate your baby from 8 pounds up until he or she reaches 40 pounds. Your child can ride facing you on the front or backpack style. The ergonomic design gives you and your child enough comfort that will let you both go all day without a hitch. The padded back and head support keep baby happy and the super wide padded shoulder straps help absorb some of the shock from walking keeping mom or dad happy.
The Pikkolo baby carrier can be worn in four various positions – hip, back or on your front facing either in or out. It comes with a detachable sleeping hood and is for babies and toddlers up to 40 lbs.
If you are looking for a hiking baby carrier which can be used as your child becomes a toddler then it is worth looking at the Kelty baby carrier range. The Kelty Junction 2.0 is a mid range carrier which carries up to 40 lbs in total weight. As with any toddler carrier of this sort, you do need to determine what you intend to carry. Whilst it doubles as a rucksack with lots of available pockets and compartments, remember that the 40 lbs refers to the total weight – not just that of your toddler.
A hip seat carrier is a perfect solution for carrying kids up to about 3 years of age. Unlike the above this is no toddler carrier for long walks but is ideal for short journeys where ease and convenience are the key. While not completely hands free it is so easy to pick up and put down your toddler as necessary.
Toddlers and beyond…..
The following products are not what you would consider to be ‘normal’ baby wearing products. While each is a perfect toddler carrier they are also ideal for carrying your child for several years after that…
The Piggyback Rider is a clever idea which allows you to carry a child of up to about 7 years old or 60 lbs in weight. He / she can stand on the sturdy foot bar, hold on while peering over your head or shoulder, and still be securely strapped to you. It folds down to the size of a towel when not in use.
And then we have this Saddlebaby baby shoulder carrier. We can all remember being carried this way as children ourselves – but now we as parents can do it safely and in comfort. The foam seat is comfortable for both parent and child while the Velcro straps mean that you can carry safely and securely while hands free. This child / toddler carrier can be used for very small children upwards depending how long you want – and are able! – to carry them.