Why do you need a carrier for toddlers? Well, just because your child *can* walk doesn't mean he *will* when you want or need him to. Plenty of people say, "Oh, but I won't be carrying my kid when he gets to be that big." Well, yes you most likely will, on anything but the shortest outings. Or else you'll be toting a stroller with you, which is not so convenient when you are walking on the beach, going for a hike, or need to travel light. Plus, when your child *wants* to walk a bit, you still have to push the stupid stroller!
I personally find it easier to just wear a Patapum Toddler around my waist on such outings, ready to go. It rolls up and snaps to itself at the small of your back, so it won't get in your way if you're not using it. If your child gets tired of walking, starts to melt down, or needs a nap, just swing her up piggyback-style, pull the bottom straps UNDER her legs (the only part that takes a little practice) and then pull up your shoulder straps and click the chest buckle. Presto! Your child is now comfortably on your back, and you can continue on your way. No fuss, no muss. Awesome for both mamas and daddies.
The Patapum Toddler Carrier is also great for reconnecting and snuggling with your older child. Toddlers and preschoolers still like to be held and cuddled, and still enjoy physical closeness, especially during times of stress, illness or upset. The Patapum Toddler Carrier provides a perfect way to stay close to your child, keep him/her safe, and calm everyone down. A walk around the block with an upset child is often a great remedy.
The upper weight limit for this carrier should be determined by the comfort of the person wearing it. It is safety tested to over 60 lbs. (28 Kgs) but most parents find that it isn't comfortable to carry a child who is much over 40 lbs. (18-20 Kgs) for long periods of time. For reference, my 5.5 year old son is of average height and weight (around 50th percentile for both) and he weighs 42 pounds. So your need to carry your child will most likely go away before you max out the weight limit on your carrier.
- Good for toddlers and even preschoolers. Not so good for smaller babies, as this carrier has the most difficult back carry of the 3 carriers I sell. It works best when your child is old enough to be able to sit unassisted in piggyback position on your back while you thread the child's legs through and then pull up the straps. You CAN use it with a smaller baby, but it's not going to be as user-friendly as the Pikkolo (medium difficulty for back carries) or the Beco Butterfly (easy for back carries).
- Clean, stylish, minimalist design.
- Can be worn on front or back
- Long straps ensure enough length for bigger sizes. Big and tall daddies can wear it too!
- Easy to wear and adjust.
- Lightweight & compact
- Dual adjustable waist belt, allows up to 140cm/55 inches)
- Detachable mesh sleeping hood, supports the head of your napping child without trapping heat.
- Machine washable in cold water
- 100% cotton canvas outside, brushed twill inside
- Shoulder straps lined with lightweight, breathable, synthetic material, making it easier to get straps on and off.
- Elastic loops on the head hood to be able to roll up and secure the hood when not in use
- Elastic loops at the end of all the straps keep loose ends nice and tidy.
- Snaps on the outside of the waist belt allow you to wear your Patapum with the carrier body and straps tucked away when your child wants to get down and walk a bit. Just unsnap the sleeping hood, then fold the top of the carrier down to the waistband and resnap there.
- Fabulous Patapum Hip Pocket available!
Step-by-Step Photo Tutorials
• Front Carry
• Standard Back Carry
• Standard Back Carry (showing smaller baby)
• Front-to-Back Spinaround (for babies who can't sit piggyback unassisted)
• Sleeping Hood
• Taking Your Child Out of the Carrier
Baby Carrier Accessories
|Baby Carrier Hip Pocket
|Get this accessory Hip Pocket for secure and easy access to important items while wearing your baby. Durable fabric, nice design, roomy, good pockets and zippers. Fits all carriers sold on my website. Makes it easy and quick to pop out for a quick trip to the store, take a walk on the beach, survive a day of traveling, or anywhere else that you need to keep your stuff safely close at hand and easy to access.
If you are going out without your carrier, there's no need to transfer your stuff. Just pull out the detachable shoulder strap and your Hip Pocket instantly converts to a mini-shoulder bag! Fabulous!
This item is also a must-have for travel. Keep plane tickets, passports and wallet attached to your body, right at your hip. No more endless searching through your bigger bags at the airport, no worries about putting your purse down and leaving it somewhere with crucial items inside. Keeps important items safe and secure, right at your fingertips.
|Attaches to carrier waist belt by means of Velcro flap OR two heavy-duty snaps OR a pass-though belt loop, plus has a detachable shoulder strap, a keyring, and all the necessary amenities. Will carry a wallet, sunglasses, keys, small toys...all your essentials.
Slim and chic. Basic black. Matches everything.
Patapum Toddler vs. Ergo
Many of you have asked me how the Patapum Toddler compares to the Ergo. The photo below shows the taller carrier body of the Patapum, as well as the set of middle straps used specifically to pull your child in closer to you, without having to make the shoulder straps so tight that they hurt your shoulders.
Ergo wearers (myself included) often complain that their older children feel like they are "falling backwards" due to the shortness of the carrier body, so they end up tightening their shoulder straps too much to compensate. The Patapum Toddler solves this issue quite nicely by supporting the upper body of the child, and by providing an independent adjustment for how closely your child is held to your body.
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