If your child is now leaving behind their baby days and embarking on toddlerhood, or is an adventurous 3-4 year old you may be wondering why 'baby carriers' are relevant to you any more?
BENEFITS OF CARRYING YOUR BABY
Soft slings and baby carriers are often heavily promoted toward new parents looking at how to best carry and protect their babies, yet there are many advantages to continuing to carry your child as they grow older. The benefits of carrying babies includes positive attachment, improved sleep, reduced crying and symptoms of colic, and support for their physical development through gentle toning and exercise of their core muscles created by the parent's movements.
BENEFITS FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Babies and children up to (and beyond) the age of five years who are regularly carried by their parent will enjoy the sense of trust and bonding from being close to you. As they begin to explore the world you are their safe space to return to which can increase confidence and self-esteem. Children will often walk further and push their own physical limits if they know they can be supported easily when they tire.
Being carried high on an adults back with good visibility in all directions gives your child the 'best seat in the house' and can save aching arms or shoulders from boosting them up to see what is going on at exciting events like parades, shows and even fireworks. Otherwise young children are often disadvantaged, especially if seated in a buggy much lower down than eye-level for adults.
Carried babies and children often socialise well when carried due to being at eye level, they will get lots of positive attention which can help support language development. But at the same time children can use the close contact with their trusted wearer to limit exposure to crowds etc if they need space.
WHEN IS IT TOO OLD TO USE A BUGGY OR A CARRIER?
Let's compare the purchase of a buggy to that of a carrier: some parents will opt for a travel system that works from birth to 4 years old, others will have a pram and then move on to a light weight buggy. But not many would consider that a buggy is unnecessary beyond 2 years old yet using a carrier with older children is often considered to be spoiling the child or making extra work for their parent.
If we look at how a buggy or carrier might be used over four years we can see that in reality both are convenient ways to balance the child's needs with those of the rest of the family.
Initially babies need to be carried much of the time so a carrier and/or pram will get daily use. As the child becomes more mobile use of the carrier or buggy may reduce but is probably still used most days, especially on longer trips out, or when the child needs somewhere to sleep.
Once a child is able to walk a good distance and is more robust, no longer napping in the day, the buggy might stay in the hallway until a bigger trip or holiday happens. But it's going to be handy to have it around for those occasions and the same can be said for a carrier.
In fact the compact size of carriers mean they can be taken on a day trip without taking up boot space in the car, and brought on holiday without worrying about luggage allowances or where you are going to store a buggy whilst away. See our 'adventures' blog for all the great reasons to take a carrier on holiday versus a buggy.
Most parents who have experienced life with children under five will tell you that something quick, comfy and supportive that offers them the means to carry a tired little one at the end of a long day out, whilst travelling across busy cities or in airports, in the midst of energetic crowds at theme parks or festivals can be a game-changer!
Its all too easy to plan an exciting day out, that you hope will be a really special experience for your children, but it falls apart when they become so overtired by the end that they reach melt down. Expecting too much physical exertion from young children and then being resentful or just powerless to help when the child reaches their limits can be a negative experience for everyone.
Knowing they can be comfortably carried when they become tired can often improve a child's ability to keep up with the adults in their party and push themselves to walk further and explore more energetically when out for the day.
All this is why Action Baby Carriers come in standard and toddler size. Whilst our standard design can comfortably hold children up to 18 kgs (3yrs approx) if you are an active family who regularly goes out on adventures together covering a fair distance, on foot or via public transport, the added height and wider panel of the toddler carrier can make carrying children from 2-5 years old more comfortable. The ergonomic design provides support to the wearer and the child up to 20.4kgs. At just £79.99 the toddler/preschooler size Action Baby Carrier is one of the best economical options for carrying children over the age of two.
SPECIAL NEEDS BABYWEARING
The unique internal support within the main panel of both the standard and toddler/preschooler Action Baby Carrier makes it a highly efficient choice for carrying children with physical needs or disabilities. The upper weight limit of the toddler/preschooler carrier can enable parents to wear children with disabilities for longer ensuring everyone gets to join in the family adventures.
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