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I have a heavy 2.5 year old DD. She about 39 pounds. Today I put her in the Maya Wrap on my back to see if it was feasable to still use the sling. The reason I ask is because I'd like to get out & walk with her more...but I fear having to carry her half the time because she gets tired. There are some lakes I could walk around, but I don't want to get halfway around & have to carry her the rest of the way. My arms get tired. I used to sling her all the time until she was 18months or so, but then it seemed like it was getting uncomfortable to do a front carry or really even a hip carry because it pulled on my shoulder too much. The back carry seems ok, but I wonder what everybody else does with older toddlers. Do you use backpacks?
 

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I had a Kelty backpack and used it until dd was about 3. It was okay to use up to 40 lbs., but dd was too tall for it before she hit the weight limit. It was great for hiking.<br><br>
I used a sling until she as about 2. I stopped because, again, she's very tall and it didn't work for either of us.
 

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My 2.5 yr old is still all about being carried, I use a MT or a wrap. He doesn't seem to have much patience for the wrap so the Mt is more common. Usually in stores and such....<br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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One thing that drove me nuts about our backpack was that DD could put her feet on the frame, and stand up... which she did. A lot. Makes it sort of difficult to walk, lol, with all this movement in back.<br><br>
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I like my MT for my DD (she is 2 also <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ). I also use a ring sling and pouch for the up and down times like at the store and such. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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I still use the maya with my ds 2.5 and 35 pounds. I have a baby trekker as well,but I am not sure on the weight limit.I think it is 36 for the maya and 40 for the trekker.
 

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I have a 2.5 year old who weighs 30 pounds. He still wants to be carried often, even more since I became pregnant.<br><br>
I use a pouch or ring sling for ups and downs at the park, store, etc. It is not as comfortable as it used to be, but a whole lot better than trying to carry him only in my arms.<br><br>
For long walks, I take along a mei tai for him to ride on my back. I don't have to use it that often, but it is really comfortable. If I am out and he needs to be carried for a long stretch back to the car, but I don't have a mei tai, I will carry him piggy-back. He is just barely tall enough to do this. It isn't the most comfortable either, but more so than carrying him that far in front of me, especially with a pregnant belly.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about what the stated weight limits are. I am sure most carriers would be fine, as long as they have strong seams and/or rings.
 

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My 3.5 year old DD still wants to be carried. I think she weighs about 35 pounds. The most comfortable sling I have found is my KKAFP for her. The stretch makes it easier to sling her. She is big though, and her legs dangle far down and it is certainly more cumbersome to sling her than my 9 month old DS. But, you do what you gotta do.
 

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We have a Madden backpack for long outings or if Daddy is wearing him, and I use an ABC carrier that I made. The ABC is flexible for me since I can use it for either my 2.5 year old or 6 month old (depending on who is in most need of being held at that moment), and I can roll it up and throw it in the diaper bag if I'm not using it. Or I just keep it on, roll it up and and tie the straps on around my waist....
 

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My 2.5 year old still rides in the Ergo when she wears out. It's still comfortable for both of us, although it is a little challenging getting her in when we are both wearing full winter gear. I think that, if I were shopping, I'd get a Mei Tai because the Ergo doesn't fit so well in the diaper bag, so dh usually ends up wearing it empty on long walks until it is needed.
 

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For short in and outs I use an OTSBH with my ds, 2 in about a week and 31 lbs. For hikes I use a Kozy but I still feel the weight after awhile. I agree about the KKAFP, the stretch makes things a bit more comfy, same goes for the hotsling.
 

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Wow! I was away for the weekend & didn't expect so many responses! Thank you!!<br><br>
Ok...dumb question...what's an MT?<br><br>
I've been drooling over the Ergo, trying to convence DH that I need one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I'm so glad I'm not the only one with a toddler who still wants/needs to be carried & who gets slung or backpacked!
 

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My 2.5 yo generally walks (since she has a baby sister who is carried all of the time). But for long hikes, etc. she is carried when she gets tired.<br><br>
For LONG walks, I like the ergo. For shorter walks where DD might walk half way/ be carried half way, I prefer a plain unobtrusive ring sling. The sling doesn't get in my way when DD is walking, and is easy to get in and out (and in and out ad nauseaum) of.
 

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Nevermind about the MT...I found the list of abbreviations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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I like the Patapum or my MT or kozy for my 2 and 3 year olds for longer walks, but I still use my Hotslings pouch as a hip carrier for quicker trips.
 
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