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I admit I've pretty much stopped carrying my 2 year old. She just wants to walk or she's too heavy for me. I still have my ring sling and a mei tai. Occasionally, I put her in one or the other but mostly she just sits in the cart in a store and otherwise walks. I miss carrying her I was just wondering if anyone still gets to carry their 2 year old around in stores and such.

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I carry my 2.5 y/o most of the time. She hates shopping carts and I would rather wear her than listen to her cry and scream. I do ring sling for quick trips and a mei tie or wrap for longer trips. She is a wanderer and does not stay close so letting her walk is not an option I am comfortable with.

Some night I wear her down to sleep. She has just stopped nursing to sleep and I find she can get her cuddle time in and I can still do the stuff that I need to do.

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I wore my daughter a lot until she was about 3. She is a petite girl though. I still carry her but she doesn't fit well in my pouches anymore. I miss it too. Thank goodness I have another one due any day now.
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I often did just because my boys it. I miss it now

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Oh yeah, my 2 yr. old is often on my back in a MT when out. She loves it and I don't have to chase her.

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I wouldn't say often, but I do wear my 29mo at least a few times a month... usually when we're travelling or on "needy" days where she needs a lot of physical touch and I need to get stuff done! Most of the time she's too independent/active to put up with the mei tai for long!

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I wore the 2yo I watched in a Beco and could still carry his 4yo sister in it. They're petite though so something like an Ergo that doesn't up up so high might be a better bet for some kids.
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I've got into wrapping and have been carrying my son in a wrap anytime we go in a store for a long time, i also carry him when we walk to drop my 5yr old off at school in the morning and in the afternoon to pick her up. He's starting to get used to it It's much easier than him throwing a fit and me having to carry him in my arms which makes him seem even heavier than 31lbs.


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I carried DS#2 in a hip sling when we went out, until he was almost 3. The older kids preferred to walk when they were that age, but DS#2 was a snugglebug, and it made him easier to keep track of in stores and crowded areas.
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Once a week I babysit another toddler boy. When I need to run errands and have both boys, I wear my son in the ergo and put the other in the shopping cart seat. My son's still pretty light though, only 25 lbs. at 25 months.

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My ds will be 2 in feb and I still wear him a few times a week - I have a pouch sling and do a hip carry. Works well at church when I have to keep him from trying to "play" the drums or "tune" someone's guitar! 1/2 hour is about our max, though - he gets sick of it then and wants to run and I'm tired by then, too.

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dd will be 2 in Jan, and i wear her whenever we go out. I used to use the MT all of the time, but mow we just use it whenever she needs to take a nap, otherwise i use my pouch, so its easy and simple to get her in and out whenver she is running around in the store, and i can just leave the sling on, instead of having to take my mt off and carry it around with me.

I am only 5ft and i know i will be wearing dd for a long time to come, i just hope she dosent get as tall as me anytime soon lol!

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I carried my son until he was two, I used a kari-me in the early days which was great and then a adjustable side sling. That was good, because it was very quick in and out!
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I still wear my 31 month old in the ergo

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Naked Baby is almost 21 months, and two days ago was the first day in his life he wasn't worn for at least a little while. But yes, we're still wearing him, though much less now; usually just out and about. I anticipate wearing him at least occasionally for another year or two (.
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I wore my son on occasion till recently!! He will be 5 in 2 weeks. We live in NYC, so I have no car and sometimes he just gets tired of all the walking. I usually put him up in a backcarry in a ringsling.
A few weeks ago I had him in my old Beco in a backcarry and it was so lightweight.
Last year I used Mei Tais a lot.
Of course he is walking most of the time but I think I could carry him for a while longer if I really wanted. He weighs 40 lbs.
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I wish she'd let me. I have a bunch of wraps that I wish I could use more but she's miss independant. Thankfully I often babysit a 22 month old boy who LOVES to be worn. I miss the closeness with my own dd though.

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gosh, my son was just too big by 2 1/2. He's consistently been around 90 percentile for weight and height. We did it once in a while when he was 2, like in airports or for portions of hikes or whatever. But once he hit about 30lbs it just was too exhausting for me. He's just turned 4 and is a great walker, can go long distances at a good pace. I enjoy wearing younger friends, and I look forward to wearing the new baby on the way, but I don't think I'm going to have kids who are the right size to be worn past toddlerhood!

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I've worn my friend's daughter, who's almost 3 and about 35 pounds. It really depends on the wearer and the carrier -- my friend can't wear her any more because of her back, and I probably wouldn't in a mei tai anymore, but I'm happy to do it in my toddler SSC.
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My youngest has associated being worn with going to sleep, so she flat out refuses. She wants to sleep in a bed, thank you very much. But yes, I do miss wearing her.

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I wish my 20 month old would let me carry her in the store. She mostly wants to ride in the cart or wobble around like a crazy person. She will go get my sling and tell me "In! In!" and that's always nice, but she's so big now I can't carry her for very long. I'll miss it when I really can't wear her anymore.
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I wear my 18 month old more frequently than I thought I would.

She rides in the carts at the grocery store or any place that has a cart available. But I wear her when I go walking, I wear her when I am shopping in stores that can be crowded--Barnes & Noble, etc...I also wear her when I'm cleaning the house.
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I still wear my 2 1/2 yr old sometimes. I go out a lot of places on my own with my boys on public transport as well, so often have a pram and a sling, and we rotate around. They take turns in the sling and pram and sometimes I have no-one in the pram as DS1 walks and DS2 is in the sling and the pram carries our bags. It depends on their needs that day. Majority of the time it will be my little one in the sling but some days DS1 needs extra Mummy time and DS2 is happy in the pram for a little while.

It's getting harder now though as DS2 is getting very familiar with my sling and will bounce up and down excitedly when he sees me get it out, and will be quite dissapointed if he isnt the one being worn, so DS1 is being worn less. He still loves it though.
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I wear my 30lb, 26 month old on my back in an Ergo or Toddler Patapum several times a week. We don't have a car and it works really well we need to walk places and don't have the time to sight see (which is how it is when she walks). She usually rides on my back to wherever we are going and walks home. She won't stay in it in the store though - too much to look at and touch and get in trouble with!!!

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I pretty much just use my arm to carry my 2 year old on my hip these days.

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I do carry my soon-to-be 2 year old quite often, but we have a Beco Butterfly, and I'm not sure I would be able to do it as often in a carrier that didn't distribute his weight so evenly. We use it for hiking and at the Farmer's Market - MUCH easier than a stroller! He likes shopping carts so we use them in stores. Most of the comments we get are really supportive, once in a while someone will say something about how big he is or that he must be heavy or something like that. I just say, "It beats a leash."

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My youngest is almost 21 months and still loves to be worn pretty much every day (see my siggy pic) - usually on front! he likes to cuddle

I don't wear him for long periods of time though unless he falls asleep or I'm trying to get stuff done and he's content. With four little ones sometimes it's easier to have him strapped onto me and I know he's not getting into trouble.

He often brings me a carrier (he's partial to a wrap or mei-tai but we use SSC exclusively while out an about) he say's mama, me! up up! So funny, how could I say no to that. And as long as I get the carrier tight enough and positioned right it is comfy. He's about 25 lbs.

Also, grocery shopping and other errands he usually is on my back so my hands are free to grab stuff. My 3.5 yr old rides in the front of the cart and the two older ones walk so it's the easiest way to go to the store.

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My 4 yo asked to be carried while I vacuumed the other day. She can squeeze into the hotslings but the ergo is much more comfortable. That is what I usually put her in.

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My 2.5 yr old loves to be worn when he is tired or unhappy. Sometimes he brings me the maya wrap and asks to be slung. : Usually only around the house, though I do take the wrap shopping sometimes.

I had to wean him sooner than I wanted to due to a hospitalization (mine) and I love that he can get mommy comfort through being worn still.
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My nearly 21 month old gets worn about once a day. I always have my Patapum in the car, and swing him around to my back when we go into most stores. I occasionally let him ride in a cart, but he tends to get grabby in the cart, and he wanders off if he is walking, so he rides most of the time. He really likes it, and only weighs about 25 pounds, so I can do it for pretty long amounts of time.

I actually just altered my Patapum to make it have a longer body so he will fit better. His torso was getting so long that he actually flipped backward and was hanging by his thighs once when I was trying to get him onto my back. Super scary for both of us. With the longer body, he fits snug as a bug in a rug back there.

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