From conversations I've had with parents of toddlers, many view babywearing as something for only babies, but little do they know that during the walking stage, a carrier may be their best friend. Initially, we use a carrier to bond with our babies and to give them a home on our bodies to grow. Carrying our children also allows us to take care of ourselves, do tasks in the household, or attend to our other children's needs. However, when our babies become toddlers, their curious nature and their quick little steps keep us constantly chasing after them, so we need to keep them safe. At this stage, a carrier is very helpful.
When my daughter was two and a half, I decided to venture to India. Traveling alone was not easy for me because I had a lot of weight to move around. However, wearing my daughter on my back and not having to think about her whereabouts kept my sanity. I just had to endure the trying times, and I tell you, strength training saved me. However, my greatest feat was carrying my toddler while climbing 600 steps to reach the top of the Monkey Temple. I wanted to meditate on the sunrise and get a bird's eye view of my beautiful surroundings. So after climbing for 30 minutes, we arrived in time for the 6:00 a.m. sunrise. It was breathtaking to witness the magnificence that surrounded us. Filled with beautiful green rice fields and huge boulders, Hampi, Karnataka, holds a deep, peaceful energy and a special place in my heart.
Back then I had not developed the Helina Baby Carrier, nor was it even a concept in my mind. But the experience of carrying my daughter is what inspired me to create the baby carrier.
If I never had a carrier or dismissed babywearing as only for babies, my trip to India would not have been so adventurous. Not only did it allow me to discover India with my little girl but using a carrier made life more convenient for me especially when she fell asleep or did not feel well.
If you are considering traveling with your young one(s), or a toddler who may be perfectly capable of walking on his or her own, bring a carrier. You won't regret it.