From physical closeness to the chance to free up your hands, there are ample benefits to babywearing. It’s a sweet, special opportunity—and the best part is there is no need to put a firm expiration date on how long you can babywear. When you have an ergonomic, adaptable carrier that can support your not-so-little baby, you can continue to carry your child throughout the first years.

If your goal is to babywear throughout your little one’s toddlerhood, the best strategy is to start with a soft-structured carrier that allows for babywearing in multiple positions: facing in front carry, facing out front carry and back carry. For that reason (and many, many more), the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony is a wonderful option to see you through each step of your babywearing journey. 

Not only does the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony support children up to approximately 3 years of age, but it also makes for an impressively comfortable experience for the wearer. (Yes, even when you are toting a 35 lb. toddler on your back!) With generously padded back and shoulder straps as well as breathable 3D mesh, back-carrying with the Baby Carrier Harmony is a solution for parents who want to extend their babywearing experience.

What to know about back-carrying

Watching your baby grow is one of the most incredible parts of being a parent. But, when it comes to babywearing, this can make it less comfortable to wear your child in a front position by the time they reach their first birthday. Thankfully, back-carrying is an alternative that allows you to keep your child close while also helping you avoid the strain of front-carrying a toddler.

Just like front-carrying, there are emotional and physical benefits to back-carrying your toddler—with arguably even more perks. For example, now that your child is engaging all of their senses to take in the world around them, they are eager to look, listen and explore. While getting carried on your back, they have the security to observe while having you near to answer their questions. 

And although it doesn’t always seem like it, toddlers do tire out eventually. With back-carrying, you are able to go farther together, which makes it a great solution for family hikes or spending a big day at the zoo. 

With back-carrying, it is essential to wait until your child has good control of their head and neck. And because you can’t keep an eye on your baby quite as well with back-carrying, it’s generally advised to wait until your child is about 1 year old before back-carrying for longer durations.

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Why the Baby Carrier Harmony is perfect for toddlers

With the do-it-all Baby Carrier Harmony, you don’t have to commit to getting a new carrier just because you’re ready to try out back-carrying: Switching from front-carrying to back-carrying is as simple as adjusting the straps—which is honestly such a cinch with the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony. There are no hard-to-reach buckles or complicated straps, so you can get your toddler into the back-carry position without calling for back-up!

By evenly distributing your child’s weight and using the flexible mesh to hug your child toward your back, they are secure and you can feel comfortable while going about your business. At the same time, you can feel peace of mind that the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony is designated as “Hip Friendly” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute—which means your little one can keep on moving and growing. 

Available in six stylish colors that are made out of Oeko-Tex Standard 100-approved materials, you can even put your own touch on your baby carrier. We also all know that toddlers aren’t necessarily the cleanest people around, so it helps that the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony is machine-washable. 

As a do-it-all carrier that works from Day 1 through your child’s third birthday, the BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Harmony is the perfect way to make your baby-wearing experience a success—and will give you the inspiration to try out back-carrying, too. 

Learn more about the Baby Carrier Harmony on the BabyBjörn website.