Editor’s Note: October 5 to 13 is International Babywearing Week and the NYC Dads Group can’t get more international than our own Jason Greene talking about his experience wearing his child across Europe on a recent trip.
My family is a baby-wearing kind of family. So when we were packing for our recent trip to Europe, we brought along our new Baby Bjorn We Carrier instead of a stroller because we planning on wearing our child during this adventure.
When the We Carrier is folded up, it takes very little room, which was perfect since we had plenty of other suitcases, bags and car seats to juggle. We could even fit the We Carrier into our backpack when our 2-year-old wanted to walk around.
We mainly wore our toddler on our back, except for a few times when it was nap time and he wanted to rest on our chests. We carried him around Spain, Italy, and France’s most amazing locations and it was perfect for the frequent tight squeezes and cobblestoned streets one finds in Europe – places where a stroller won’t work. It was also perfect for visiting locations where our son was tempted to touch priceless artifacts, like the Royal Palace in Madrid. With him safe on our back, we could relax and enjoy history.
My son sat comfortably and we carried him around comfortably. The straps were easy to snap together and even if one of us was alone with our toddler, we could place him in the carrier quite easily.
It was nice having my 2-year-old close to me as I experienced our adventures. While he won’t remember hiking up Mount Vesuvius in Italy or visiting the beach in Barcelona, I will always remember wearing him on my back as we took in the amazing sites.
The Baby Bjorn We Carrier can hold children up to 33 pounds and my quite-large 2-year-old is proof that even older kids can enjoy the ride.
Disclosure: Baby Bjorn provided Jason with a We Carrier for his review, but he was not compensated and the opinions are his own.