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Toddler and Preschool Baby Carriers: My favourite options
This is the last article in our Toddler and Preschool Babywearing series (check out our other articles: Toddler and Preschool Carriers: Do I need one? and Toddler and Preschool Babywearing: Getting the Most out of Your Current Carrier).
So you have decided to continue your babywearing journey but want to upgrade your current baby carrier to fit your toddler or preschooler? Wearing your older child has so many benefits as the snuggles are still so nice and little legs get tired! Choosing a toddler/preschool size baby carrier can be hard but these are my favourite ones that I have used with both my daughters!
My top Toddler and Preschool Carriers:
Kokadi Flip or Tai Tai
Kokadi make amazing carriers and the fantastic part of these is that they also come with the adjustable seat so that you can fit the carrier to your child and extend it as it grows. The Flip also differs in the toddler and preschool size to the baby size as you can chose where to connect the shoulder straps either into the back panel or waist strap. This is amazing as you can choose how the weight is distributed. Toddler size is from approximately one year and the weight restriction is 20kg. Preschool size is from approximately two years old and the weight restriction is to 30kg.
Tula Toddler Size
The Tula Toddler is a great option to continue your babywearing journey. Suitable from approx 1 year – 18 months (or size 2 clothes) until 27kg it will last a long time. You can choose from their classic design or have the mesh back panel and hood for hotter climates. The only downside is it is not adjustable which is why you need to make sure that your toddler will fit as a baby carrier that is too big can be unsafe.
Fidella Fly-Tai (Meh Dai), FlyClick (Half Buckle) or Fusion (Full Buckle) in a Toddler Size
Fidella have just released their Toddler Flytai, FlyClick and Fusion range that now go to 30kg which is one of the highest weight restrictions on the market. All of these are made from Fidella’s amazingly soft wove wrap fabric and are so adjustable for baby (in width and height) and for you too. As the Fly-Tai and FlyClick have fabric shoulder straps, you can also use the shoulder straps to extend the seat and reinforce the carrier if required.
This is a great option for quick ups and downs for toddlers. Onbuhimo’s can be used generally once your child is 1+ and they are walking as without a waist belt, a lot of the pressure is on their upper back in the carry. Not everyone loves this carrier (as positioning can be tricky and is pivotal for comfort) as the weight is all on your shoulders but is definitely a fast option for any impatient children. As it is a high back carry, your toddler can see the world perfectly.
If you haven’t used a woven wrap prior to your child becoming a toddler, there can be a bit of a learning curve for the both of you. In saying that woven wraps are amazing for toddlers as it fits you both perfectly each time and you can wrap them in multiple different carries including front, back and hip so it allows for a lot of versatility. With woven wraps, you can also reinforce the carry with multiple passes to keep your child secure and help to distribute their weight.
This is an amazing baby carrier if you only want one that will last you from newborn to preschool! The Boba X is so adjustable that it will fit throughout your babywearing years – 3.2kg to 20kg. Super comfortable with lots of adjustability options for both you and your baby plus it comes with toddler extenders to give you a lot more seat!
To see our full range of toddler and preschool carriers, head HERE
Before purchasing it is useful to try them or at least measure your child and compare it with the measurements of the carrier to ensure it fits. SAFETY NOTE: Never go up a size in the hopes that this one carrier will last longer and that you child will ‘grow into it’. This is especially important for little babies as they don’t have the spine or muscle development for bigger carriers. Manufactures develop size guides to ensure that your baby is safe in the carrier and if your carrier is too big, your baby’s hips and legs are overextended, the back panel will come up too high over their head and there will be excess fabric/material that they can slump into which is a suffocation risk and does not meet the babywearing safety guidelines T.I.C.K.S. So more about babywearing safety here
If you have any questions, please pm me or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy those babywearing snuggles,
Certified Babywearing Consultant