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my daughter is 20 months now. I always wanted to carry her, but somehow we both never came to terms with a sling and since she enjoyed her stroller... Now, I have been using the Ergo baby carrier for a few days now and we both love it to say the least. She even fell asleep which she she usually doesn´t do anymore during the day and feeling her resting her little head on my back is just the most awesome thing in the world, esp. with a little energybundle that doesn´t like to be hugged to often
So I will continue to carry her as long as we both enjoy it but it would be interesting to know if starting to carry a child at that age still has benefits when it comes to attachment parenting?
I think any form of affection you give your child, at any age, has benefits. It's a great break for active toddlers who are trying to be so independant yet still need to be our babies for a while. The sling is going to give her your affection in a way that sleeping in a stroller can't.
I still carry my 3.5yo, we started when she was 1. It is harder now because she's longer so it pulls on my body more but she was always a very attached child so it helps to meet her needs when she wants them.
You know I completely forgot that when my oldest used to have tantrums I'd hold her close to show her that I loved her and to give her security when her emotions were hard to control. I guess asling would be good for this too-although it might behard to get a screaming toddler into asling
The other night we had one of my nephew's friends (visiting boy was 16 yrs old) at our home for dinner. My 7 yr old was feeling very shy and kept trying to cling to me just as she'd done as a sling-worn little one. I was still trying to finish some dinner preparations and so I asked her to run and get a fleece blanket (it's about 4 ft by 5 ft) from her doll's bed and we were able to fashion a makeshift sling big enough so that I could wear her in happy closeness AND allow me to finish getting dinner ready.