During a recent trip, we were in transit at Hong Kong airport for about 12 hours. We hurried out of the airport with the idea of doing some shopping until reality hits – how can ANYONE shop with two little kids?
Seriously, we only managed to check out shoe shops and even so, we had to quickly try on the shoes before both kids knocked down towers of shoe boxes or messed up the shoes on display!
We saw some nice shoes at Clarks and Timberland but then they were all out of our sizes. Sigh.
In the end, we ended up having an early lunch and climbed on to the next taxi to head back to Hong Kong airport -_-
We had the stroller with us but my 2 year old is now in that “clingy” stage because she’d whine “Mi (mummy)! Ree (carry)! Ree! Mi – ree! (Mummy, carry!)”, which sounded very similar to my son when we visited Disneyland Hong Kong when he was 2 and a half years old.
Of course, she didn’t want her dad either. Neither did she want the stroller.
Luckily, I had the mother’s instinct (hehehe) to pack the Manduca Baby Carrier - thought of it at the last minute!
Interestingly, the tot seems to have sweet memories of the baby carrier because she stopped fussing and whining when she saw the bright RED. I guess it’s because she was in a sarong sling since she was 2 months old and I carried her the most in the Connecta Integra…
Now that she’s walking, I hardly use the Manduca and it took me a while to adjust the straps before carrying her on my back. I wanted a photo of her on my back but Hubby refused
Anyway, she’s about 11-12 kg now but the straps were sturdy and she felt safe and secure. Her legs are longer now – I don’t think she was that comfortable.
Since she was happy munching a dinner roll in the Manduca, that left my hands free to push the boy in the stroller while Hubby handled the luggage. I could even look through some magazines at the bookstore LOL
Soon, I felt her body weight and guessed that she had fallen asleep. I asked Hubby to pull the sleep hood over her head but he said that it was too short o_O
Since I didn’t want her head to flop backwards and neither did I want to keep my back bent for her to lean, I decided to switch her to a front carry.
See how long her legs are? Aww…don’t you just love the tiny hand holding Mommy? So cute.
I love carrying her in front because I could pause and sniff at that delicious baby smell when I liked
Babywearing at the airport now gives me the confidence to travel with the kids.
Now that I tried it out with a toddler, I feel that the Manduca baby carrier is best for babies and 1 year olds. You can read my review here.
Will I get another baby carrier for toddlers? We’ll see.
*Updated* I got a Boba 3G baby carrier for the toddler! Read about it here.