Parents who carry their offspring beyond babyhood often have to face criticism. There are so many advantages to carrying your toddler on your back. Read here which carrying systems are available for toddlers. Also find out ten reasons why you should take your little one with you in a back carrier even after their first birthday.
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Carrying on the back is a great alternative to carrying on the front and is gentler on the carrying parent, especially in toddlers.
When carried in the HOMB carrying backpack, your child enjoys physical contact and a great view.
You have greater freedom of movement, train your back muscles and benefit from a high level of flexibility in everyday life.
Carrying a toddler comfortably and safely on the back: Which carriers are suitable for back carrying?
Different solutions are suitable for carrying a small child on your back, depending on their weight. The sling is primarily intended for babies. Instead, small children can be carried in special carriers with buckles and a hip belt . The Kraxe , which has a solid frame and is reminiscent of a trekking backpack, is ideal for hikes. The HOMB carrying backpack is also ideal as a carrying system for toddlers.
When can babies be carried on their backs?
The question of when you can carry your child on your back always depends on the carrier you choose. With the right tying technique, babies as young as three to four months old can be carried comfortably and safely on their backs in a sling or baby carrier. However, using a carrier is only recommended when your child can get themselves into a sitting position. This applies from around eight to nine months.
When can small children be worn with the HOMB?
The HOMB is recommended for confident walking beginners and is ideal as a carrier for a toddler aged 2 years . It is designed for ages one and a half to four.
Carrying a toddler versus carrying a baby
When it comes to carrying a child, age, motor development and body weight play an important role. Until the age of three to four months, babies still lack secure head control. Carrying on your back is therefore not recommended during this period. Because small infants are light, they can be carried in front of the chest without any problems. There you can keep an eye on your baby and see whether he is sleeping or awake and perhaps hungry.
Of course, the more your baby grows, the heavier it will become. The strain on the back increases. For this reason alone, it is advisable to switch to carrying your baby on your back at an early stage. In addition, older babies and toddlers have different needs when carrying. Small babies are primarily looking for closeness, physical contact and reassurance . They use the carrier as a comfortable place to sleep and rest. Larger babies and small children are often unhappy in the front carrier. They want to see more of the environment and move their arms freely. This is another reason why wearing it on your back is the better alternative.
10 reasons why you should carry your toddler on your back with the HOMB
There are many good reasons to use the HOMB as a back carrier for your toddler. The ten most important are:
Great flexibility: The HOMB is a 4-in-1 solution . It can be used as a regular backpack, diaper backpack, baby carrier and shoulder bag. Compared to the buggy, it is much more space-saving and lighter. This makes it a flexible companion for all your family trips.
More freedom of movement for parents: You have your hands free and enough space to carry out your activities. Finally, the days when you constantly have to push the buggy in front of you are over.
Clear view and more visual impressions for your child : Unlike in the buggy or in the front carrier, your child sees much more. It takes an active part in your excursions and can still rest.
More gentle on your back than carrying on your stomach: the strain on your back muscles is lower. The pelvic floor and the core of the body are also less stressed.
Training for the back muscles : If you start using the HOMB as a carrier for your toddler early on, your muscles will be strengthened little by little. As your child gets heavier, you will be able to cope better with the increasing load.
Psychological break for parents: If you use a carrier for your child's back, you can also enjoy a little break. Your child is busy observing his environment and you can have nice conversations.
Ergonomic weight distribution : The HOMB has padding in the back and hip areas. In addition, the load is shifted to the hips. This means the weight is distributed comfortably on your back. The HOMB is therefore ideal as a carrying aid up to 20 kg and beyond.
Upright posture : If you use the HOMB as a carrier for your toddler on your back, you automatically assume an upright posture. This has a positive effect on tension and back pain.
Child experiences everyday life : In the HOMB carrying backpack, your child is always in the middle of it all. No matter whether you go for a walk or do some household chores, it takes part in everyday life. This has a positive effect on development and language.
Physical contact and safety : Unlike in a day care center, your child has physical contact with you in HOMB. This gives him security and strengthens the parent-child bond.
Carrying on the back versus carrying on the stomach: Are there any advantages to carrying on the stomach?
Carrying on the front proves to be particularly beneficial for babies . In this position, newborns can snuggle close to their mom or dad. This will help them calm down and fall asleep better. When you carry it on your stomach, you can always keep an eye on your darling, pet it and support its head. Small infants are light. This means that carrying your baby on your stomach doesn't put too much strain on your back and pelvic floor. Is your little darling becoming more and more active, wanting to see more of the environment and gaining weight? Then you can carry your baby on your back. Use a sling or an age-appropriate baby carrier.
How do I carry my toddler on my back? HOMB explains it!
With the HOMB, carrying a toddler on your back is child's play. Putting on the backpack and getting on and off is child's play. There is no need for a second person to help you put on the backpack. We'll show you the exact procedure in this video .
You pull open the bottom and side zippers to access the pocket element. You put this around you as a shoulder bag using the strap . Then you open the carrying element, which contains the safety vest for your child. You adapt this to your child and his or her measurements. After that it is simply created. The safety vest is connected to the carrying element of the HOMB via the leash. Then you put the backpack on, adjust it to you and let your child climb into the foot elements. Bend forward slightly, pull the safety line tight and fix it. Now your adventure together can begin!
The great thing about this back carrier is that you don't have to hold your child yourself. It is secured tightly to your back by the safety strap and your hands remain free. If you use the HOMB as a carrier for small children , you should still always pay attention to your child. If he fidgets or slips his feet out of the foot straps, take a break. You should avoid carrying your child on a piggyback ride all the time. Encourage him to walk on his own every now and then. This prevents your back from being put under too much strain due to the heavy weight.
We conclude: Carrying a toddler on your back is a great thing. This transport option offers you great flexibility on excursions and allows your child to take a little breather . In a suitable toddler carrier like the HOMB, the weight is distributed across the entire back . Accordingly, you don't have to expect back pain. It's best to try it out yourself. You will see that a carrier is really a relief even for big children.
What is the best way to carry my child on my back?
Small babies up to six months of age are ideally carried on their backs in a sling or baby carrier. Afterwards, you can use a crib or, for toddlers, use the HOMB carrying backpack.
When can I carry my baby on my back?
If your child has good head control, they can be carried on their back in a sling. This is the case from around four months onwards. Since it has to assume a sitting position in the crib, it is only recommended to use it once the baby can sit down on its own.
In which situations should I carry my toddler on my back?
Carrying it on your back is ideal for hikes, walks or excursions. Whenever your child is exhausted and no longer wants to walk on their own, you can put them in the back carrier.
Why should I carry my toddler on my back?
Your hands are free, your child has physical contact and sees more of the environment. Carrying on your back is also gentler on your muscles and spine than carrying on your stomach. This is especially true for small children, who weigh significantly more than babies.