How to Carry a Toddler

Three Methods:Side HoldPiggy-BackReverse Piggy-Back

Sometimes young children will complain about having tired legs, not wanting to walk, or it's just too crowded for them to walk on their own. Here are some solutions to this small problem.

Method 1
Side Hold

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    Have your toddler stand in front of you. It is harder to pick them up from the side of from the back, for sometimes they will squirm or slip out of reach.
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    Place your hands under their armpits.
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    Gently lift the toddler off of the ground.
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    Bring the child closer to you, and hoist them to your side. They will then wrap their legs around your waist and arms around you as a means of holding on.
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    Wrap your closer arm around their back to stabilize them. You can also place your other hand on the child's bottom for extra sturdiness.

Method 2
Piggy-Back

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    Have the child stand on a bed, ledge, chair, or other surface tall enough for them to comfortably reach your shoulders or neck.
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    Sit or stand in a position to where the child is more able to reach you. Two common positions are for you to be on your knees, or squatting with your hands on your knees. Be sure that you're steady enough so that you won't fall when they grab on to you.
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    Have them grab around your shoulders/neck.
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    Have them wrap their legs around your waist. Some smaller children may need your help with this. Put your hands behind their knees and guide them into position.
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    Put your hands or arms under their legs. This helps support them. You may find it comfortable to lock your hands together in front of you.
    • If you were supporting yourself with your hands on your knees, do this after standing up.
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    Slowly stand up. If the child begins to slip, put them back on the ledge to try again.
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    Double-check that the child is comfortable and is holding on securely.
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    Walk at a pace that is comfortable to you. You may have to focus more on keeping your balance, especially if the child is heavy.

Method 3
Reverse Piggy-Back

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    Have the child stand on a surface that goes up to your waist, where the child is still able to reach your shoulders and neck.
    • If no surface is high enough, find a lower one and kneel.
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    Stand (or kneel) facing them.
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    Tell the child to grab onto your shoulders or back. Make sure that their grip is tight enough.
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    If you were on your knees, stand up.
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    Have them wrap their legs around your waist. If they need help, grab them behind the legs and guide their legs into position.
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    Gently get a grip on the child's thighs or bottom to stabilize them, and tell them to put his/her head on one of your shoulders.
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    Walk at a slow pace until you are comfortable with the child being on your chest.

Tips

  • You may consider bringing along a stroller in case these methods are not fruitful.

Warnings

  • If the child is on your back, be sure that their head doesn't hit anything. If they're tall, or high up on your back, their head may be higher than yours. Be particularly careful of door frames.
  • Walk slowly at first. You've just added a lot of extra weight in a position you're probably not too used to. You may have to focus a little bit more on keeping your balance than usual.
  • Be sure that their grip is secure.

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Categories: Toddlers | Parenting