By Diana Rosenfield for WrapYourBaby
As your baby grows into a toddler and beyond, periods of insisting on walking will be interspersed with demands of "uppie." Toddlers love to explore by themselves, but they need to be held as much as ever when they're worn out, when they are over-stimulated, when they are jealous or scared.
Your baby needed to be held and stay close to dad (or mom). Now your toddler thrives when taken out into the world to explore new things. A woven wrap is the perfect way for a father to take a toddler or pre-schooler on hikes and other long outings without having to mess with the stroller, or to places where stroller-bound toddlers might miss out on! If hiking, remember to always stay safe, and on slightly steeper inclines if necessary use a climbing carabiner and a rope to secure your footing.
Take a look at these dads and their kiddos. Maybe the best baby carrier for hiking is not the frame backpack that takes up so much space. A woven wrap lets your child cuddle right up against you like a warm hug, while giving you the convenience and comfort of sharing a center of gravity!
Toddlers wrapped up with their daddies:
A woven wrap is a secure and comfortable way to take your toddler off the beaten track!
Front Carries are perfect for cuddling or feeding toddlers!
Exploring the world with Daddy in a woven back wrap--the perfect vantage to get up and personal with all the cool things!
Going for a ride on daddy's back in Bali Breeze Iris, a gauze wrap.
Sometimes big kids need front carry cuddles, and sometimes dads do, too! Pocket Wrap Cross Carry.
Between teething and a cold, this little girl needed extra love and a nap on daddy's back was just what she needed.
Wrapped up on daddy's back is perfect for an outdoor fair, a zoo, flea market, or anywhere with a lot of walking when little legs get tired!
A woven wrap like this Kristen EllaRoo wrap affords a safe place to nap after a long day, while the rest of the family can continue enjoying the hike, the zoo, the fair, or the festival without getting stuck behind a bulky stroller.
What better role model for our children than a strong, loving, attached father who can capably care for his baby and big brother, too?
Here's us almost a year ago: my amazing husband wearing Annabelle (22 months) in a Rucksack with Inka Storchenwiege, and Cassidy (6 months) on my back in a Double Hammock Carry in an EllaRoo wrap. The cute 7 year old is my daughter Ada. Luckily for her, having little siblings doesn't keep us from taking her camping!