The moment the toddler scowls and says the dreaded words ‘no i walk’.
I swear he was tiny, pink and snuggled in a fwcc roughly a week ago, and now he’s strutting off down the road. I, on the other hand, am left with an oversized scarf and a churning feeling in my stomach – a mixture of grief and pride at watching my no-longer-baby feeling so independant and confident. I think of my sling stash, consider if it needs to go now I’m not carrying all the time. I mourn the loss of the new-sling thrill. I also get a little thrill at walking by myself for once while I think fondly of those teeny baby cuddles we once shared.
This time, I have the insider knowledge. I know that he’ll come back to me begging for ‘ups’, that there will still be those snuggles and sleepy cuddles, those moments where he looks snug and tiny again. My 4 year old is obsessed with being on Mummy’s back again, once he’s up it’s hard to get him down! At 2 he was the typical ‘no i walk’ child. I know this one will likely be the same, he’s just exploring and expressing his independence.
What am I trying to say? I guess the point is – stop stressing, and don’t sell all your slings. The babywearing journey is a lot longer than you think. Be proud that you’ve created such a strong bond with your child that they will happily stroll away from you.