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Carrier for a 4 year old

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm sure it's been asked before but I can't find it. We're taking the kids to Yellowstone this Summer and I'm a little worried about the 4 year old hanging tough with a lot of hiking. Is there anything I can throw in the suitcase (we're flying) that "might" work? There hasn't been much babywearing since she found her running legs at 9 months. bag.gifdizzy.gifjog.gif I don't know if she'd even let a baby carrier happen, but she still loves to be carried around any other way I can manage it.

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post #2 of 17

Hi Xerxella!!!

I love my Ergo. We got the one that is a little larger for the" guy" to be able to carry the baby. It's wonderful and easy and I still carry my 2 year old in it. I imagine it would work for a 4 year old. And it's all cotton and can be folded up. Anyone else??

post #3 of 17
Woven wrap:)
post #4 of 17
Check out "the piggyback rider". Interesting concept.

Be sure to pack warm clothes!
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by tracyamber View Post

Hi Xerxella!!!
I love my Ergo. We got the one that is a little larger for the" guy" to be able to carry the baby. It's wonderful and easy and I still carry my 2 year old in it. I imagine it would work for a 4 year old. And it's all cotton and can be folded up. Anyone else??

I've been looking for something similar for my 3 year old. We have an Ergo, but she's actually not that comfy in it anymore because her legs are so long. I'm thinking some sort of wrap might be the way to go (but that piggyback thing looks neat if you can swing it!).
post #6 of 17

I've been to Yellowstone at least 10 times with children in tow.  It's a great place for kids!

 

There's always the option of using a stroller--especially since your four year old is not used to baby wearing.  Almost everywhere in Yellowstone is accessible with a stroller.  Yes, really, it is.  Unless you are trying to go really off of the beaten path then you can navigate just fine with a stroller. There are wooden pathways, compacted dirt trails, etc.  You have to carry the stroller up and down stairs and such; but, we've done it many times without a problem.  We usually end up with a combination of strollers, carriers, piggy backs, and shoulder rides.

post #7 of 17

An Ergo would not be comfy for either of you for any period of time. You should look in a Preschool size Kinderpack. 

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi Tracyamber!!! wave.gif

Thanks everyone! That piggyback rider looks great! It's interesting that its something my 6 year old might be able to use too! But it seems so expensive. (Don't all carriers?) I'll have to search around for that at a good price. I really like the backpack option with it for carrying snacks and such.

Rnra- yeah! I've been to Yellowstone without kids before so I'm not too intimidated. DH is worried more about our youngest who is.... Spirited. She tends to be extremely independent and generally rejects strollers as being too babyish. I can usually get her to do a wagon, but of course, I can't take that on the plane.

We have no grand expectations. We'll pack in layers and we won't be "backwoods" - ing it. Any other advice for taking a 4 and 6 year old to Yellowstone? We're staying at the cabins in Canyon.
post #9 of 17
Check out the junior ranger program
post #10 of 17

how about the kinderpack?

edit: oups, mamie cole suggested it

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by MamieCole View Post

An Ergo would not be comfy for either of you for any period of time. You should look in a Preschool size Kinderpack. 


Hi, just curious about your comment.  I use my ergo for my 19 month old and it's awesome for all-day hikes.  Have you had an Ergo?  At what age/weight did it become uncomfortable?  The Kinderpack looks like the same concept, it is just that it's roomier in the toddler size, or are there more differences?

post #12 of 17
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Hi, just curious about your comment.  I use my ergo for my 19 month old and it's awesome for all-day hikes.  Have you had an Ergo?  At what age/weight did it become uncomfortable?  The Kinderpack looks like the same concept, it is just that it's roomier in the toddler size, or are there more differences?

In our experience, my DD is long and lean, so even though she's only 28 lbs, the Ergo no longer provides good leg or back support for her. The fabric supports her to less than mid-thigh, and she finds it uncomfortable. I'd say we used it comfortably until the mid 2's.
post #13 of 17

It would depend on how big she is. I have carried my friend's 4 year old on my back  because she wanted to try out my Ergo (and I wanted to try my Ergo on a 4 year old! lol)... it was pretty comfortable for both of us. Only problem was my hair. 

post #14 of 17

I don't know much about the Ergo in particular, but we've used our Olives & Applesauce (another SSC) very comfortably with our 40lb-ish 3.5 year old. Most recently, dad wore him for 6-7km of a local street race (we walked). It was pretty comfy for both of them :)  The packs are good but a little heavier in themselves, so adding the weight of a preschooler might be a bit too heavy. Also, I know our little guy always has preferred the SSC since he gets to feel nice and close to mama or dad. 

Enjoy your trip! 
 

post #15 of 17

i used my Ergo when queuing up for immigration for more than  2 hours after 2 flights in a row when my 4 years old was asleep on my back .... i had actually baught the Ergo in prevision of that trip. I must say my 4 years old was of small built but still within the range on the charts.

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by VeryLovingMama View Post


Hi, just curious about your comment.  I use my ergo for my 19 month old and it's awesome for all-day hikes.  Have you had an Ergo?  At what age/weight did it become uncomfortable?  The Kinderpack looks like the same concept, it is just that it's roomier in the toddler size, or are there more differences?

I have had an Ergo. They are much better than some other mass-produced carriers on the market. I like that they provide a good seat for the wearee and are in general, comfy for the wearer. I used an Ergo with my first DS until he was 2.5 years and I used one for DS2 until he was 8 months...then I discovered Kinderpacks and realized what I had been missing.:)  DS2 is now 3.5 years old, 40lbs and I can still wear him comfortably in our Preschool Kinderpack for long periods of time. (There are lots of other carriers that are made for larger kids as well, including Tula, Bamberoo, Dream Carriers, etc.) Kinderpack is just the easiest to purchase since there is no stalking/custom spots needed. Although an Ergo (or any SSC for that matter) can be used in a pinch for larger kiddos, it just isn't ideal. The width and height of the Ergo is too narrow and too short for optimum comfort when carrying bigger/heavier kids. Carriers made specifically for toddlers/preschoolers have a wider base and provide better knee to knee coverage for larger kids. They also have a taller body to support the height of a taller kid. As a bonus, I prefer to support WAHMs/small business owners located in the USA, so it's a win/win. 

post #17 of 17
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We went with the piggyback rider. I like how the kids can just get on and off easily. I also like how both my 6 year old and 4 year old can ride on it. (6 year old shown above)

I'll let you know how it works out. We leave June 2nd!
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