Is There a Doctor in the House? Should You Carry a 40 Pound Kid In a Baby Carrier?

April 5, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

A few weeks back, my coworker came into the office astounded by something she’d seen on the street: a big kid in a baby carrier. I laughed it off because I too have seen kids in baby carriers who clearly should be walking. But hey, I’m not the one carrying the kid, so who cares, right?

Except as I was recently researching the best baby carriers for a friend, I was suddenly astounded by the weight limit on some of these baby carriers. The ERGO Baby Carrier, which is arguably one of the best baby carriers on the market, has a weight limit of 40 pounds. 40 pounds!!

Now let’s be honest: who the heck is carrying around a 40 pound kid in a baby carrier? There’s a reason it’s called a baby carrier–because it’s for babies! The thought of it just makes my back sore. Walking around with that much weight on your back for any extended period of time has to be bad for you, no?

Doctors and doctor moms alike, help me out here: should we be carrying around 40 pound kids? When did you stop carrying your child in a baby carrier? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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