When I was pregnant with Lyra I daydreamed about babywearing. That may sound a little crazy but I was in love with the whole idea of carrying them close to me. I like being quite independent when out and about so the idea of pushing a pram and having to worry about squeezing through doors and finding lifts etc. And then Lyra arrived. And baby wearing was all I had imagined it to be and more. It was an instant way to soothe her, a way to get housework done, and the best way to tackle the hills in Bath.
For some reason though I hadn’t given much thought to the idea of wearing Lyra when she got a little older. There was a period of time when she was about 12/13 months where I almost always reached for the pushchair. It seemed that I suddenly needed to take more with me so I was loading up her buggy instead of trying to squeeze it all in a bag. Our Ergo started to gather dust in the corner and we only really used it for country walks or National Trust visits.
That was until Lyra learnt to walk. And then, almost overnight, our baby carrier became an essential bit of kit again. I re-learnt the art of packing lightly to go out for the day with a toddler so that I could just carry one bag with us. Because chasing after a toddler whilst keeping track of a pushchair is just way too much for me. Lyra likes to walk as much as possible and so throwing the Ergo in the changing bag is a much more practical solution for us these days. I also love chatting to her whilst she’s giggling away on my back. I enjoy being able to show her the world around us whilst we’re on the same level.
I always knew I would love baby wearing with a newborn, I just never knew I would love it even more with a toddler.