When Is a Baby Too Big to Wear?

When a new mom heads out on the town with baby snugly wrapped to her chest, no one bats an eye. When that same mom heads out with her toddler in a sling two years later, the same people who gushed and awed over her wrapped newborn might raise their eyebrows and shake their heads in confusion or judgement.  

So, how big is too big for a baby to be worn? The answer depends on a few things, namely, what sort of wrap or carrier is mom using. Check out the size and age guidelines for some of the most popular baby carriers sold in the U.S. below.

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Baby K’tan

The Baby K’tan, popular for making the soft fabric and snuggly feel of a sling more accessible to those who don’t know how to use a traditional or ring sling, is a popular choice for babies and toddlers alike. The Baby K’tan can be used until a baby is 35 lbs. The companion guide offers parents a variety of ways to position baby as they grow for both the parent and the baby’s comfort.

Lille Baby Complete

The Lille Baby Complete is known for being a versatile, comfortable carrier that has the ability to adjust and grow as your little ones does. The Lille Baby Complete is designed to carry little ones as small as 7 lbs and as large as 45lbs. Since many kids start kindergarten weighing around 45lbs, it safe to say the Lille Baby Complete is a good investment.

Baby Bjorn

The Baby Bjorn, a classic carrier, is designed to be used with newborns and young babies. Babies must be 8lbs to ride in the Baby Bjorn facing inward, once a baby reaches around 5 months of age they can begin to face outward. This carrier won’t work forever, with a maximum weight limit of 25lbs, most babies outgrow it by the time they’re one year old.

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Ergo

The Ergo Original, a favorite among nursing mothers because of the ease with which baby can nurse while in the carrier, is one of the carriers with the highest starting weight. Babies under 12 lbs must use an infant insert to ride safely and comfortably. Once a baby reaches 12lbs though, parents can ditch the insert and wear baby until they’re 45 lbs. Ergo carriers are a favorite among parents who like to wear their older preschoolers while hiking or doing other walking-intensive activities due to the comfortable back riding position.

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When Is a Baby Too Big to Wear?

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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