There are many different baby carriers and toddler carriers, so how do you know which one to choose? The selection can seem daunting at first, but luckily we've got you covered with our in-depth guide.
What is a Toddler Carrier?
Carriers for a 2 year old are often carriers that are specifically designed to carry older babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Some baby carriers are even suitable for 2 year olds. Toddler carriers are bigger versions of baby carriers, that often have reinforced stitching and extra padding.
Toddler carrying is very much the same as carrying a younger baby, such as in a carrier for younger babies (it's just doing it with a bigger, heavier baby). You know that you carry your toddler every day in your arms - it’s where your toddler is often most comfortable, it’s where you love to hold them, where you know they are happiest and safest. A toddler carrier makes this easier - a toddler carrier is the same as a baby carrier, but it is bigger in its proportions to account for the larger size of child.
If you want the best toddler carrier for your little one, the most important thing to think about is fit.
It’s the perfect fit that makes a toddler carrier safe and comfortable. Aside from this, you can choose between different fabrics and designs, as well as different sling styles that are suitable for different situations.
Do You Need a Carrier for Your 2 Year Old?
It's a fact that toddlers get tired, and when toddlers get tired, or you don’t want them roaming around (such as busy streets or airports), having a place where they can safely sit and rest or nap is not only helpful for them, but for you too.
Using a sling to carry your toddler is an extension of carrying your toddler in arms. A sling or baby carrier for a toddler allows you to carry your toddler, to continue the loving touch they need, whilst at the same time having your hands free to get on with every day things, whether that's indoors doing chores, out with the family, or, most often, looking after another child.
But it's not just the practical aspect of babywearing a toddler that has its benefits. Toddler-wearing has such meaning, it’s deep bonding that lasts. With everything going on in a small child's world, so much to absorb and learn, and so much to cope with, the downtime and connection they achieve when carried is very profound.
Carrying a bigger baby or older child can have a profound and lasting impact on you both. It's never too late to start carrying & how long you carry for, is completely up to you both. It may be every day, it may be now and again. It may only be when they are poorly or as an out-the-blue-you-haven't-been-carried-for-years surprise. It doesn't matter - it's closeness, deep bonding and absolutely cup-filling. The closeness, the chitchat, the jibber-jabber and sharing of experiences, it’s amazing!
Granted, carrying an older baby, toddler or preschooler can be no easy feat given their size. But sometimes they absolutely need that 20 minute nap/rest after running around, and this is of course one way to manage it. They may be heavy, but carrying your toddler in a sling is much more comfortable than carrying them in your arms, and ultimately, they'll be a happier child for that little reconnect and nap!
Here is our run-down of the ‘Best Carriers for a Two Year Old’.
Isara Trendsetter Toddler & Preschool Carrier
The Isara Toddler - Preschool Carrier has adjustable panel (in both the width and height), so you always get the perfect fit for your baby. The Isara grows a little bit, exactly enough, every time.
The Isara Toddler is suitable from 6 months through to 5 years, so it’s a great option for carrying through the years.
Tula Toddler Carrier
It's tough being a toddler - no matter how much you want to walk everywhere all the time, those little legs do get tired. So we've always thought it fab that Tula have designed this carrier suitable for toddlers from around 18 months/25lbs to 4+ years old.
Customers love the huge range of designs available - with designs ranging from vintage and classic to funky and floral, there's a colour and pattern for just about everyone.
Plus, they love that the The Tula Toddler Carrier is ergonomic and comfy, and it's easy to use, whether you're carrying your toddler on your front or back. The waistband sits on the hips or waist spreading toddler's weight to help keep you carrying all day long! The extra padding at the legs means your toddler stays comfy, happily snuggled up close to you, whether you're hanging out at home, or out for long days at the zoo, or long country walks.
The Kibi Carrier IN is an awesome buckle carrier for babies from 4 months to 4 years.
You’re thinking ‘no way!’, right? This is a real world size guide, and it really does work. The Kibi has a hardcore dedicated fan base, and for good reason. It's true to say that we love a clever carrier and the Kibi Carrier is not only super-clever in its design, it totally works too.
The Kibi is suitable from around 4 months to 4 years, so it’s the perfect carrier to upgrade to, once your little one has outgrown their stretchy wrap.
All of our stock of the KIBI is the new, updated KIBI ‘In’ Carrier.
Love & Carry AIR X
A superb buckle carrier with extra lumbar-support, the Air X is fully adjustable and will grow with your little one from 4 months to 3 years thanks to the width-adjustable body panel; so this carrier lasts and lasts well until your baby is a big toddler.
It comes with an integrated neck support, sleep hood and a large, detachable zip pouch. The AIR X has has a roll away and mesh panel to help keep you cool in warmer weather, because we all know that carrying toddlers can be hard work.
Great padding in the straps makes for comfortable and supportive carrying, even when wearing a toddler.
Little Frog XL Carrier
Little Frog make toddler carriers from their woven wrap fabrics. This means their carriers are super comfortable, soft and supportive - great for carrying toddlers. They come in a range of designs and because they are made from wrap fabric they are simply stunning!
The soft contoured panel ensures your toddler is carried in their natural ergonomic close-enough-to-kiss position with their knees slightly higher than their bottom.
The crossable shoulder straps can be adjusted 3 ways to ensure a great comfortable fit for both you and your toddler, ensuring both of you are as comfortable as possible.
Customers love how easy it is to use and how comfortable it is.
The choice of carriers suitable for a 2 year old is huge. We’ve narrowed the selection down to make it more manageable for you, but you can choose other options such as baby wraps, for example. These carriers are tried and tested by us and other parents, for parents, so you can be sure that each of these carriers offers you the best of everything.