Carrying Older Children

Beautifully put

The West Yorkshire Sling Library

You might not think you need to read this because your baby is still small, or because your older child is so huge you can’t possibly imagine carrying them, but read it anyway, it is about you. The baby will grow, and that big kid of yours you struggle to lift still needs you. We carry our children throughout our lives, literally, then figuratively – we carry their cares, their worries, we carry them as responsibility, out of love. They are the roots that keep us upright yet burden our shoulders, they are the constants that are always there but will one day leave.

I am often greeted with surprise or mild horror when I let library users know the weight or age limits of the carrier they have chosen. It is hard to imagine, when your baby is small, how big they will become, and how you will feel…

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