Picking up Toddler

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RebeccaA'07's picture
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Picking up Toddler

What's the rule on picking up and carrying a toddler? My 2 year old is attached to my hip a and always wants me to "carry her" as she asks so sweetly. My line of thought has been, since I carried her before it should be fine...until it hurts or is uncomfortable?

wlillie's picture
Joined: 09/17/07
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That's what my doctor said. Jason is a little over 40lbs and I get tired carrying him for long distances (he usually sleeps into daycare in the morning) so I have to wake him up, but I tote him for as long as I can. Dh fussed a bit about it but I promised that if it was an issue for me I'd stop.

Marite13's picture
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Yep, I agree. If you did it before, and it's not causing you pain, it should be ok.

kristie_b1's picture
Joined: 03/07/09
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I agree, as long as your back isn't cracking keep at it! My baby is 26lbs and I feel fine picking her up. My new problem is I don't want to hold her as long as I use to lol. Getting heavy faster! lol

sometimes's picture
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DD is 36 lbs and I will carry her for as long as I can.. not much though, she's heavy! She's so solid it feels like picking up a brick. I think the general rule is if you did it before you got pregnant, it's okay to do it while pregnant.

newmommie25's picture
Joined: 09/20/07
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I am still carrying my 2 year old. She is about 33lbs.

Last pregnancy I actually carried in ds to the hospital while my contracts were 3 min apart. He was 17 months but about 34-35 lbs. Some times it wasnt comfy to carry him and he was a good walker but my dd will just throw herself on the ground and be limp and I cant drag her so I end up carrying her now.

violetjed's picture
Joined: 05/03/07
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I pick up my 45lb DS and it seems fine so far. I've definitely cut down on it since being pregnant but little man isn't quite 4. Isn't his fault he's such a big dude.

JDBabyHopes's picture
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I know the nurse at my prenatal interview (when I did my bloodwork and paperwork a few weeks ago) told me they RECOMMEND nothing over 35 lbs. for pregnant women, but knows for some (like me, a SAHM) that's just not feasible. DS is 25 right now and I still feel fine picking him up. And like I told her, there are instances where I *have* to pick him up (into his car seat, into his crib, etc.), so there isn't a way around that.

I'm sure you just need to listen to your body. If it doesn't hurt/cause problems, it's not a big deal. But once it does, that's when it's time to stop.

af1656's picture
Joined: 05/13/07
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My twins were only 8 months old when I got pregnant with my third child. I was always carrying around both of them at the same time, while I was pregnant and it never hurt anything. Like the others said as long as you did it before you got pregnant I'm sure its fine.

Joined: 07/27/06
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I have restrictions once my cerclage goes in, but my friends with normal pregnancies have never had restrictions like that unless they had back trouble. Good question for your next doc's apt...Im betting lots of docs with varying opinions on this matter.

boilermaker's picture
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Yep-- what they say.

I'm just lol'ing bc our tots are the same age and so different in size. Lexi is just barely 24 lbs these days....and Miles (4.5 yo) is just at 30 lbs--lol. I have such peanuts. I need to beef 'em up!

RebeccaA'07's picture
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"boilermaker" wrote:

Yep-- what they say.

I'm just lol'ing bc our tots are the same age and so different in size. Lexi is just barely 24 lbs these days....and Miles (4.5 yo) is just at 30 lbs--lol. I have such peanuts. I need to beef 'em up!

I like the tiny peanuts Smile And you make the cutest little ones!

Kaylin is 30lbs now, she feels like a huge weight!