How long can I carry my child in a baby carrier?

Is your kid not to old to be carried?

When you carry your toddler, you probably hear from your family, your friends or even from strangers that your kid is slowly becoming too tall to carry. Phrases like: You spoil your child. He will not want to walk later. Or is he not too heavy for you? Many of you will know.

But how long can you actually carry your child? At what age is the wearing time over?

Huckepack Onbuhimo Preschooler carrier for kids, child carrier for toddlers.
Child sits in a Huckepack Onbuhimo Preschooler

10 Reasons why babywearing  has advantages even for older children

  1. Your child is already running a lot, but the little legs get tired in between and your child enjoys taking a break and being carried.
  2. For a longer trip, e.g. when traveling or hiking, it is often difficult to take the stroller with you. Many places are also difficult to access with a stroller.
  3. Your child can take a break in the carrier and process the many new impressions.
  4. Proximity and security to the parents is still important to infants, especially in a new environment, such as on vacations.
  5. Your child can sleep in the carrier, if you are traveling longer or come home later.
  6. If you carry your child in your arms without a carrier, your body automatically gets into a balance posture and your child will quickly become too heavy for you.
  7. In a carrier your child sits close to your body and your spine is evenly loaded. A back position is ideal for toddlers.
  8. Your pelvic floor is spared.
  9. When a sibling is born, the big sister or the big brother often wants to be carried again.
  10. You can discover the world together with your child.
Child in a Huckepack Onbuhimo - Discover the world together with your child.
Child in a Huckepack Onbuhimo - Discover the world together with your child.

The babywearing strike

If your child is just starting to walk, it is often the time for a babywearing strike. Your child wants to discover the world, turn over every stone, look at every leaf and explore every flower extensively. A short walk can turn to a very long walk. During this time, some children do not want to sit in a carrier anymore. This is often just a phase of a few weeks or a few months. Often follows a second babywearing time.

Back Carrier - Huckepack Onbuhimo, Toddler baby carrier, wrap conversion.
Back Carrier - Huckepack Onbuhimo

Huckepack toddler and preschooler carriers

The Huckepack carriers are available in toddler and preschooler size. The toddler carrier starts at 86cm, while the preschooler starts from 98cm and are intended for the really big  kids. This kid carrier is available as a Huckepack Full Buckle, Onbuhimo, Half Buckle and Wrap Tai. You can also wear your child comfortably in a Ring Sling or Podaegi. Which carrier is best for you, you should try. You can, for example, order a test package.

Tandem babywearing, big kid is sitting in a Huckepack Onbuhimo, while the newborn is in a Huckepack wrap. Wearing to children.
Tandem babywearing, big kid is sitting in a Huckepack Onbuhimo, while the newborn is in a Huckepack wrap.

Special custom-made carriers for disabled children

We have often made baby carriers for disabled children. We can customize the carrier to the needs of your child.

We made our largest carrier so far for an 11-year-old disabled child, so that he could be worn by his father during a school trip and thus participate in the hike. We are looking forward to advise you, if you need a customized carrier.

When is the babywearing time over?

You can wear your child as long as you feel comfortable with it. There is nothing wrong with wearing a 4 or 5 year old child. The moments of babywearing are becoming increasingly rare, so enjoy these moments as long as possible. With a gcarrier, you can carry even a heavy child comfortably and it facilitates the everyday life in many situations.


Write us in the comments how long you have been wearing your child. Do you remember when you last carried your child?

My child was 5 years old, when he was the last time in a carrier. We were at a concert by Paul Simon and at the end of the concert, my son was very tired and wanted to sit in the carrier, but kept his eyes open and listened to the music, until the very end. On the way home he fell asleep in the carrier.

Today, 8 years later, he remembers the end of his babywearing time. And the concert left so much impression on him, that he really wanted to play the guitar.

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