At 10 months old we didn't have a second vehicle and I had enrolled us in a Kindermusik class about 10 minutes away. It was winter and I didn't want to deal with a stroller on the bus, so I would bundle him up in his snowsuit and strap him in his Baby Bjorn carrier.
This morning I remembered how convenient it was to wear him and thought - hey! why can't I carry a toddler? I read a blog post a couple months about toddler wearing and have been thinking about re-introducing it for a while now. I immediately dug out my Hotslings baby wrap and put the instructional dvd in to see how a toddler is supposed to be worn. I hadn't used the sling since he was probably 8 months old. With a quick refresher we tried it out and I was relieved to read that it can handle up to 30 pounds. E just weighed in at 28.5 pounds at his Dr's. appointment last week.
I was worried it might be hard to get him in, but it was actually easier since he could follow my directions and help me out a little (put your feet in here, no this way!). And E loved it. He kept saying, "Mommy, walk me!"
Here we are testing out the hip carry. (I wasn't comfortable with the back carry.)
|He looks like such a big boy!|
We had to wait for a few minutes for the first bus,
and then a few more minutes for our connecting bus,
but E was in heaven the whole time; asking me questions and commenting on the bus' speed and just taking in the sights.
When we arrived at WestFest we walked the street, received a balloon sword made by a clown, waited in a long well-worth-the-wait-line for the bouncy castle, got a sponge-on tattoo, watched the dogs splash around in the dog pond, watching the gymnastics demonstrations, sat on the curb to eat a hamburger, watched balloons float into the air, played on some children's play structures, listened to some great music and then finally packed up to head home for a nap. E was tired by this time so I carried him in the sling on the way to the bus station.
It was a great morning and I'm looking forward to wearing my toddler again. I'm kicking myself for not buying a quality toddler carrier to back carry him - I may just have to invest in one now!