My daughter is two! I wear her far less frequently than I did when she was a newborn but babywearing is still very useful. This week I wore her out and about twice and at home a handful of times.
I always bring a sling if I need to go out and I think my daughter may get tired. I try to avoid going out when she needs a nap but sometimes it is unavoidable. Early in the week I wore her in a mei tai in the supermarket. I tied her on after she got grumpy halfway through the shopping trip but in hindsight it would have been better to put her in from the start since I knew she was tired. A few days later I wore her for a trip to a local fabric shop where the narrow aisles make taking a stroller inconvenient. It's hard to shop and chase a toddler!
I mostly wear my daughter in the mei tai if I think I will be carrying her for a while but ring slings are still usefull for quick trips and frequent ups and downs. I wore her for five minutes in a double linen sling today while getting my older kids ready for school, after she was broken hearted at not being allowed to play with her big brother's new textas!
Babywearing with a toddler who is starting to talk is interesting. My daughter was unhappy but I just needed to do something quickly before I could sit down with her so I grabbed a ring sling. She wasn't happy when she saw that, (she kept insisting 'back' ) so I decided to get the mei tai in case she wanted a nap, she said 'no' and pointed to the ring sling, so I decided to carry her in a ring sling back carry (See picture) which thankfully she was happy with!.
I'd love to hear your experiences of carrying toddlers.
I love to sew. I have five curious and active kids who keep me busy!